When I started tattooing, Dave Gibson, Morgwn Pennypacker, and Milford Barnes all helped teach me a thing or two about painting with watercolors. To me its like exercising, you want bigger muscles work out more, you want to be a more efficient tattooer, draw and paint more. The medium I paint with is similar to the way tattoo ink works in the skin, not as many variables as skin of course, but similar. Just as painting random images without deep purpose or meaning is great and I do that often, sometimes I get all emo and paint. This painting here is one of those times, it represents the feeling I have about my last break up, I loved the girl completely, and it broke my heart to break hers. Also the yellow rose represents; a promise of a new beginning, jealousy, and “I care”. I’m a big fan of symbolism and incorporate it into my paintings perhaps much more often then noticed.
“As time goes by, an eye for an eye. We in this together son your beef is mines. So long as the sun shines to light up the sky. We in this together son your beef is mine”
Just a normal night in the LES, New York City. Invisible GP Crew.
The Peoples court is the original tv reality show, It started in 1981 showing actual cases with actual parties involved. The first reality court show that did not use actors. There has been a few judges on this show but I did not start watching the show till maybe 2002 or so and Judge Marilyn Milian has been there ever since.
I am not a big tv watcher at all these days, I spend at the very most 2 hours a week or so in front of the tube, other then that I Netflix at my drawing table. I believe life is for the living not the watching. But I do still DVR The Peoples Court, partly because I think Judge Milian is the wonderful, and partly because I enjoy learning the basic laws involved with small claims. I had the opportunity to to sit in on a taping a couple months back, I had such a great time talking with the judge and all the people behind the scenes. Special thanks to Matt for the warm hospitality.
It has been quite a few years since I have done the Ink & Iron tattoo convention. The last time I did, it was with my dear friend Nervio, and we had such a good time. So this year I will be flying in from New York to do Ink & Iron and working with one of my favorite people/tattooers in the world my friend Tim Hendricks. We will be next to our friends from Goldrush Tattoo in Costa Mesa and other great friends including Dan Smith and Dave Kruseman. Tim will be selling all his great swag; custom tattoo machines, sketchbooks, tattoo pens and his new T shirt line, which is a must have in any wardrobe
I will be selling some new very limited prints, the classic “California Love Lucky’s Tee” and sketchbooks. I am 99% booked up but please stop by and say hello. We will see you there. June 8,9,and 10
Picture above: Hand painted name signs, Tim did for our booth at the show. He’s truly the best.
It must have been ten years ago that I seen Blueprint perform with Atmosphere in a small club in San Diego, some shows and artist are easy to forget, that show wasn’t and this dude ain’t. Thanks to Riki-Kay for sending me a link to this one . This is some good shit right here. Get with it kids, this is hip hop. Thanks Blueprint and Rymesayer’s for putting out some serious quality.
“all they want to do is rhyme about their shoes and gear.. they sound like chicks talking about they nails and hair”
I have been slowly working on a small Rose Sketchbook over the past year, it will be over 50 pages of just roses. It will have guest pages from some of the best tattooers in the world. The few guys that have asked to be a part, I have asked for two reasons, 1: distinction in their roses (styles I personally love). 2: They are friends of mine whom which I respect and Im proud to have them involved. (TH,MW,CG,LC) to name a few .) Stay tuned.