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Oh Hey Karen.

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-Hula-

Attached days for Bay Area resident Julz for this hawaiian sleeve design in the works. She was a definite trooper who remained unstirred through and through.

We both tried to bring something fun and distinct to the plan, here’s the outcome of our compromise.

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Mau Loa.

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Aloha!

Vacations, for the most part are usually planned, but that wasn’t the case for me.  My itinerary had everything marked to spend a great week in Hawaii, but I doubled-up on fun when I found out some close friends were also visiting the island. Amidst the fun, LA’s very own Norm tops it off and finally opens the doors to his new studio in Honolulu, where Eric Marcinizyn & I were fortunate enough to work a couple days.

As a resident in the paradise isle, Norm and the fellas showed us all a great time. Here’s the rundown…

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After all the fun in the sun, we get back to the city and head to work. Grind Time!!

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Norm WillxRise

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Eric Marcinizyn

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Honored to tattoo some custom script on the Lettering King himself, also threw down some freehand fonts on Oahu native Kyle from Morals Fiber. After the long hours some dinner and drinks, and can’t forget dessert, malasadas from Leonard’s portuguese bakery.

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And before you know it, the trip is over and we’re all heading back home in different directions. Til’ next time, Mahalo!


 

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Flow.

Finally bringing closure to some projects from a few months back. Eric from the state of Colorado for these back to back sessions, we sealed the inside arm thoroughly. Everything tied in and ran down flush, thanks for giving me the opportunity to do this for you.

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Feeling completely in control and  inspired by some fellow artists, he brought references from Steve Soto & Eric Marcinizyn to the table. I hope I gave these tattoo giants justice.

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Long sessions of 10 hours plus can be quite draining and tough to pull through, but it’s a collective effort. The conclusion being a project of different ideas and thoughts being made a permanent artistic reality.

Thanks to each and everybody dropping in as of late and supporting all of us here at the studio.

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Bank.

There are two sides to every story…

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…just believe in your hustle.

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Carnival.

Here’s my take on European medieval court life with a modern twist of course. My personal assistant Justin Villalobos in the hot seat for this Alex Garcia inspired piece. I wanted to give him something more along the lines of class and royalty. Subtle yet bold, a strong nine hour sitting on my young apprentice.

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Jersey.

Here’s my review of another great trip along with the Lowrider Tattoo Camp. Much love to Atlantic City for showing the crew all the love and support.

WE DEM BOYZ!

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Jose Lopez (Captain)

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Klown Saravia

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Pablo Aponte

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Andrick Aviles

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Miguel Ochoa

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And of course a huge shout-out to the WHANK Team for providing all the endless fun and laughter. The entire campaign went by so smooth all thanks to Jake and the band.

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Say G’Nite to tha Bad Guy!

 

 

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Pick of the Week.

Sometimes I do feel this way about many things not just music in general. But here’s Chi-Town’s best delivering his mellow flow on his 1994 hit. The song uses an extended metaphor, using a woman to represent hip hop music. The acronym “H.E.R” means “Hearing every rhyme”, therefore stating “I Used to Love Hearing Every Rhyme and also Hip Hop in its Essence is Real.”

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Prince.

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 ”I gave him a friendly shove. Smiled. ‘You’re a prince, Hassan. You’re a prince and I love you.”

The Kite Runner – Book by Khaled Hosseini

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Bold.

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 As bold as they come, Julius Caesar statue from the Louvre in Paris. Cory from Florida for this epic empire sleeve in the works. The general who played a critical role in roman conquest, will soon showcase a very thorough tattoo project. Stay tuned for the upcoming additions on this particular plan.

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