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Mamma.

Yesterday’s session on Ivan, for his dedication piece for both his grandmothers. The Mamma’s always having unconditional love and care for all of us.

On my part, I am the first grandson so I am very close to my mamma, glad to hear others stories and how they feel the same.

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Format.

while all my friends are out partying…

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Bapu.

”A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes. – Mahatma Gandhi”

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Summer Nights.

Here in Southern California, you have to take advantage of those warm summer nights. We’re heading to autumn and things are beginning to transition over. This week’s client is a fellow artist and most importantly long time friend, Dustin Yip from Skanvas Tattoo in Artesia.

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We began a lower back piece with a portrait of his wife, Jen, another amazing artist. This time with a traditional gangster twist, which made it that much more fun. Thanks for always supporting me throughout my journey. I’ll never forget it.

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There is a light that never goes out…

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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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