During this trip to California I put a little tattoo on CM Punk in our friend Toby’s office up in Los Angeles. CM Punk was the last member of the LYD- Crew (our crew started in NYC last year after the 6 of us went to see “Into the Abyss” one night, I personally didnt love the movie, but I love the message we took from it ) to get his tat. The circle is now complete.
Our #LYD- Crew = Seth aka Goon, Myself, Toby, CM Punk, Jere, and Jake #PMA #OLOC
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My dear friend Alyasha and his cool ass bike. Aly is one of my favorite people and Im honored and proud to call him friend. Bookmark his blog “Stack Aly” to see cool photos and learn about cool shit. He should charge for all the game he gives out for free on there.
A throwback photo of Norton, Brian, and D (Grand opening of new shop location circa 2009) That was a good time. but the best is yet to come.
It was also my close friend Morgwn Pennypackers birthday that day and about 28 or so friends got a little cartoon head of him tattooed. It was a great night my friend Diablo Dimes played, the Diamond Dog Crew was all there, and old cars lined the outside of the building. The night was full of fun, laughter, and well wishing friends from all over. Thank to everyone who was there. Here some more photos of that great night.
GP is Family, a Crew, a Fellowship, and an understanding.
Made up mostly of quiet giants people you may have never heard of people who are constantly pushing independently, artistically and financially …Mostly fellas who have come from very humble beginnings and should never have made it as far as we have, dudes who have made it through the ghettos in which we were raised without being jailed or killed. And have made it beyond the traditional ghetto mentality … And instead of fighting over our blocks were fighting to buy our blocks…becoming owners not renters . Leaders not followers. Through any means… violently, politically, or poetically. Not just survive bit thrive. And when we roll though hoods we are protected because real recognizes real. Ghetto Protected. Were out to snatch fame from the lames…and chedder from the haters. And give game to our youngsters… So they can stop looking up to wanksters.
=G/P FAMILY= Welcomes Kiku
Although “Festivus” is somewhat officially celebrated on the 23rd I always think of it on christmas eve or christmas day. I always get a little weird on holidays due to the fact Im usually traveling abroad or living away from my family and some of my favorite people to be around, so “festivus” is a fun way for me to be a bit cynical abut the christmas holiday. Im a big Seinfeld fan and thats where I first heard of this silly holiday.
Amanda Lopez is one of my favorite photographers from California. She is best known from shooting Latina homegirls, street musicians, and family members. Her work has been published in Vibe, XXL, The Reed Pages, Essance, and many other magazines and books.
Growing up in southern california myself around a prevalent Latino culture, Amanda’s photographs strike close to home and to the heart. My first love was a Latina and her family helped raised me for a length of time, I’ve consider myself fortunate to have been raised around the Mexican people and deep in their culture. I’ve learned alot about pride, hard work, honor, respect, and tradition from the Latinos I grew up around.
I found this old photo of Dave Gibson and I (back then we didn’t take many photos, no Iphones), Im not sure exactly but I think this was about 1998 at the original Lucky’s Tattoo Parlor on 7th street downtown San Diego California, where I started my tattoo career. I owe a lot to this man, more then I can express. Those early years I learned so much priceless information about all aspects of tattooing. It was the foundation of my livelihood.
Thank you Mr Dave Gibson I will always hold you in the highest regard and speak of you with the utmost respect, regardless of the nonsense that we have been through.
Your Tattoo and Fraternal brother,