With the times moving rapidly, I wanted to slow down and take the time to share this design I made roughly three years ago for the studio. In the beginning all I wanted to create was a Pint Gonzalez influenced skull on a 16×20 illustration board. After placing the skull and getting some input from the fellas here at the shop, the direction changed to a rollcall of the boys and all the countries they’ve hit.
Following the background lettering which was influenced from 80-90’s neighborhood gangwriting, I went ahead and threw in two different block lettering and drips. Really tried to give it that OG lowrider style for everyone supporting the movement. In the end I was really content with the outcome of the artwork, all done meticuluosly with fine-tip micron markers. Altogether a very entertaining project.
When I happen to show Jose Lopez the pattern, his first reaction – let’s go ahead and throw that on a shirt! Listening to him say with such enthusiasm made my whole day…scratch that, my year!! Thanks to all the our supporters who took part in making this shirt a very successful run. I truely believe that however much you put into anything that you do, in the end results, it will give it right back.
Much love to big-chief sosa Jose Lopez & all the brothers for collectively helping put together my first ever custom shirt design. More long-term collaborations dropping real soon, so be on the look out.
Early 1980’s Gangbangin’
Surviving The Times.
Happy Birthday to my boy David Blas - tattoo talent coming from the West Side of LA. He’s well on his way to reaching the top, taking the necessary measures to reach his full potential. Already enrolling in school and starting a black and grey tattoo collection are some examples to broaden his horizons.
We got to work on a Pint Gonzalez inspired skull with a crown of olives, an element from David’s personal watermark. Some background shading and smoke, with layers of clouds to give this piece a little bit extra.
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After some intense work in and out of the studio, the people behind the scenes have revamped the Lowrider Tattoo site. With a lot of solid photography and a great layout, take a look at the newly remodeled -
”Progress lies not in enhancing what is, but in advancing toward what will be. -Khalil Gibran”
The very classic Marilyn Monroe on Mason from the Bay Area. It can’t be described how much impact her very stylish charm to this day and age still elures everybody. We couldn’t deny the 50’s – 60’s american icons seductive persona.
The actress, model, singer, and sex symbol who drove the world into a frenzy, by just being herself ultimately. May she live forever. Norma Jeane Mortenson.
”I restore myself when I’m alone. -Marilyn Monroe”
Aaron came in from Vallejo to begin some work on the arm last week. Drove down all the way from the bay and booked two days. The all popular Jesus piece with a sacred heart, Chuey Quintanar reference for the heart with a few minor adjustments. Also, some custom script for Psalms 91, a passage from the holy bible.
After some conversation with the brother from the Bay Area, we came to find that we were both from the same state in Mexico. Little did we know that our families are neighbors down in the motherland, what a small world, literally the next town over. Small world indeed…
The deadly world of mexican narco-ballads, a prime example of an emerging genre in Mexico that’s stirring up our nation as well. Drug Ballads about drug traffickers and their exploits. This documentary takes a long,deep look at the ultraviolent lyrics of recent groups and singers, that promote heightened levels of torture, guns, drugs, extortion, etc.
“People love listening to stories of bad people. They eventually convert them to their own heroes. I am not sure why, but it’s so good to see people from the hood to get wealthy and powerful no matter what.” -El Komander
Jonny came to get a lion portrait for the final day of the London Tattoo Convention. A returning client and good friend who sat really well through his eight-hour tattoo session.
I want to thank each and everyone who supported the entire Lowrider Tattoo team & our London campaign. Much love to all our friends who held it down alongside with us as well.
My english roll-dog Alex Fitzpatrick for his Chuey Quintanar inspired Virgin Mary on his stomach. We finally sealed this one to kick off an entire project. Much more to come so check back with us for the upcoming year, January we add some back ground to this traditional chicano piece.