Thursday, January 14, 2010

Pin Up

I have been tattooing for about 11 years now...off and on. Although I though it was my last a few years back when I closed my shop. Well, Just 7 months ago I had the opportunity to work at my good ol friends shop...I jump at the chance., because he is an all around swell guy! And two weeks into work at the shop, they pointed me in the right direction... aka I have been using the wrong machine for color work....for TEN FRIGGING YEARS! UUHHHG! hence one of the reasons out of many... I stopped... because my color work would go out looking GREAT... and then come back looking like and un-polished turd!

So, I'm excited to say that this is my 4Th complete pin up I have ever done on skin. I just finished it Yesterday. Well, I might do one more treatment on the "arms" of the pin up to get the fade better. The client wants his arm sleeved. I plan on adding a Bomber, some P-40's, a Stuka, a few Messerschmitt BF-109's along with clouds and sky. I LOVE tat'n these... but I hardly do them and I wish I could do these all day everyday.... I would be happy.




These photos where taken right after I finished yesterday....It will look even brighter once it is healed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Min one!

Good to see Min painting again.
It is also a relief to see that he stuck to he's guns and kept to his traditional "MIN" style versus the new styles that kids "be doing" now a days, you know the non foundational letters with sharp points, bars, loops and other non-sense flying of the letters looking like a greek salad on a wall.

I do like how the Duel complements the Min piece. Nowadays this is a practice that is hardly done, were writers would actually get together and work on a "window down" sized wall and than figure out what the lead writers style is and than mimic it. This is how it was done back in the subway days and this is what I did growing up painting with my crew. It's sad to me that this part of NYC subway graffiti tradition is dead.

What I don't like about this photo is all the writing around it... it's too cluttered and takes away the pieces.



Man!!! When it comes to the graffiti greats....This Cat is waaaaay underrated in my book. ...speaking of books I would LOVE to see him put one out!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Bando

Man, I have been on a graff spree lately, looking at old flicks , Style Wars, Subway art, etc etc.
I had to get this year started... I have been craving to paint my first piece this year. I have been drawing in my black book daily which helps keep the edge off, just a little, but it's nothing compared to actually going to a yard and paint and that doesn't even compare how it used to feel back when I used to paint illegally. But I'm 40 now 9 arrest a wife 2 kids and a family business. NOT WORTH IT!!! But I can't help to think of those moments out alone in the yards or on the side of the freeway painting my name. Ahhhhhhh.

Okay
Besides the graff....I'm still working on my other art in the mean time. This eats most of my free time. So It's nice to have another medium to work with that is different and doesn't take a lot of time to execute. The piece below only took me round 1 hr and 50 minutes to complete. Why am I so focused on how long it takes me to paint a piece? Well, two reasons. One I used to take for ever with my graff/aerosol pieces. It was not enjoyable anymore, especially when I would do technical stuff. (which I love doing) Some of my older piece's would take me weeks to do. I got to the point were I hated to paint commission murals etc because of the time it took and when I would show up to paint I only would work for an hour at a time.

The 2nd reason is this is how the actual act of graffiti writing was operated. You didn't have all night to paint maybe 8 hrs max, the faster the better with the eception of being clean, no drips runs or eras. So now I make a point to myself and blogging that I need to be quicker and more efficient with my pieces, the less time and paint usage the better for me. okay I'm done rambling!





Mane and I in the yards again. Not really.... Writerz Blok

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Freestyle

I painted this for my Nephew in 2008 for his birthday. I normally don't freestyle pieces but for some reason (maybe being lazy) I didn't draw an outline. If I had it planned out it would of turned out way better, he loved it and was surprised to see it.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Nov 1996

I had nooo idea that Juxtapoz magazine ran a photo of me painting a piece while I was visiting my x Crew mate Mike Giant at the Winrock mall sewer ditch in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was there #8 issue, Kind of crazy being part of the first mentioning of Graffiti in this art magazine which now features other graffiti artist/painters of the same vain on a regular basis. Although I hate the term "Street Art" It was cool seeing this for the first time a few weeks back.





Sunday, January 3, 2010

SD Home Garden

My sister found this in one of here older SDHG mags. Luckily for me she is a pack rat. It features the pokez Mural I painted.




Saturday, January 2, 2010

M is for Mud

It was smoking hot today! In the 80's ...
it was like this a few days before Christmas just last week. Soooo instead of complaining there is no snow, rain or clouds like I normally do around this time. I took advantage of the weather and had Miles play in the sprinklers to cool him off.







Friday, January 1, 2010

AF89

Here is a T shirt I did back in 1989. My older sister had this stored in a box and recently gave it back. The only other person that I know of that has one, is My cousin Margot. She was actually wearing it when I went back to Saratoga Springs 2 years ago, it was in really good condition still.


The Shirt was designed for an event we were doing called Aerosol Fest. It was supposed to be at the Oceanside amphitheater during the Kumba-fest. But for some reason I can't quite remember why I didn't happen.I remember cutting the ruby lift and Doze Green's Apt in Encinitas. We also printed them at my bosses garage in Lakeside.