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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 friend Alyasha in San Diego by way of Brooklyn NYC

January 13th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Friends | Photos - (Comments Off)

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.

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Brian in action in Central park at the Wollman Rink Trump New York

January 11th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Events | Friends | Trips | Videos - (Comments Off)

This was the first time my brother and I had ever went ice skating. I turned the camera on at the perfect time. His lady had done it before and was getting a kick out of watching us. here is a you tube video to prove it.

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A chest Tattoo I finished the other day

January 10th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Tattoo - (Comments Off)

My buddy from Canada does not mess around. We finished this piece the other day, all and all I think we put  maybe 10 hours in this one. The roses and doves really sealed the deal.

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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.

 

 

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Day of the dead skull tattoo

January 10th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Reference | Tattoo - (Comments Off)

The “Sugar skulls” or “Calaveras de azucar” are one of my personal favorite tattoos, I love that they can be done in so many ways, Full of color, designs and life.   (The Sugar Skull tattoo was ague-ably first done or at least first made popular by my friend and tattooist Freddy Corbin from Oakland California, Temple Tattoo)

The sugar skull tradition-

Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.  Mexico, abundant in sugar production and lacking money to buy fancy imported European church decorations at the time, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay molded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century.

Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. Common ingredients for making sugar skulls include powdered sugar, egg white, corn syrup, vanilla, and corn starch. Typically, sugar skulls need to dry overnight or for several hours. Sugar skulls are labor intensive and made in very small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers. However, these artisans are disappearing as fabricated and imported candy skulls take their place

 

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Rose tattoo reference “Always in bloom”

January 4th, 2012 | Posted by admin in Photos | Reference - (Comments Off)

You can “Google” roses or buy flower books to get more reference,  but nothing beats the observant eye.  Look at this beauty on the side of the sidewalk in my old neighborhood in San Diego, California. Nothing beats the real thing. (no photo filter) amazing.

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Happy New Year ! The best is yet to come #PMA #LYD-

January 1st, 2012 | Posted by admin in Events | Tattoo - (Comments Off)

2012 is here and me and my friends are already on 2015. You guys better get to work and catch up.

Things to watch for this year; 

*Reven Clothing Blowing up

*At least one new Book release by me

*Guesting all over NY INK (TLCs hit tattoo”reality” show)

*My little brother getting married.

*First Art show in New York City.  (March 2012 at Max fish

*A few trips out of the country. (starting the end of March with Germany)

*As well as tons of other projects old and new.

*New  G/P x PMA x LYD-  Members

*And of course much more haters.

 

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Diego, Brian, and I chilling on the stoop at my work in Soho. I love when my family visits from California. It really makes my week. Thanks Brian (and D) for coming out to spend new years with me and start this year off right. Family First.   =GPxPCxCSxLYDxBTSxLTDxILMTxGxPV=

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One of the last tattoo flash sheets I’ve painted

December 27th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Painting - (Comments Off)

This one is a bit edgy with the upside down cross and stuff, but as you grow and go through life you learn to question the things that you may have been forced to believe as a youth.  I wont get too deep in what I write here about this sheet. All I’ll say is I try to paint whats on my mind and in my heart. Seek truth.

(this is a 11″x14″ watercolor on Archer Paper)

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