Anatomy Of Type
Going back to my younger years, I remember bombing the city streets using graffiti as a tool to communicate my art. That deep rooted passion for lettering would cultivate there and later grow into the form of a tattoo, as most of my first tattoos were of course lettering. Its elegance and timeless qualities have always inspired me, but not until recently did I really get to explore the beautiful world of typography in the historical sense. Diving into the birth of hand drawn symbolism, to the old styles of the early empires, and thenÂ coming full circle to today.Â To push and explore any area of interest,Â its important to understand the anatomy of where it comes from. Thinking about balance, weight, spacing, and overall harmony within the letters in just as important asÂ the word that is being communicated. Studying alongsideÂ graphic designers at my school that are religious about this stuff has made me look at type in a whole new context. TakeÂ a look into the process...
Learning through endless practice...
"Know the rules well, so that you can break them effectively" -Daili Lama
Its interesting to see how tattoo artists have pushed the boundaries with lettering such as script and old style fonts. Watching guys likeÂ Miguel Ochoa and Johhny Opina push the envelope into creating these trulyÂ unique styles that my instructors trip out on isÂ nothing short of inspiring. To thinkÂ that tattooing is impacting and contributing to something 1000's of years old is amazing.
Here's my twist...
Noah Minuksin | July 24, 2014
Caravaggio led a tumultuous lifeÂ filled with passion, violence and glory. Actually we know much of Caravaggio through his police records. An advocate of the lower class, Caravaggio was notorious for brawling, getting in bar fights and carrying weapons, one of which actually killed one of his opponents during a tennis match. In the past his high-placed patrons had protected him from the consequences of his escapades, but this time they could do nothing and because of this he had to flee Rome and go into hiding. During this time he would be closely followed by enemies in pursuit of his life in which attempts were made regularly. Nonetheless he was still painting and taking on monumental commissions that only heightened his fame with every place that he visited. At the age of 36, his powerful friends in Rome made a breakthrough with the newly appointed Pope, and Caravaggio was given a pardon to return to Rome, although he would never make it back alive. Much controversy is said by his unexpected death in route from Naples to Rome, some say his past caught up with him, others say he died of a fever on the shores. None is clear, but the overall impact of a man's short-lived pioneering style that would be often imitated but never duplicated, stands the test of time.
"With the exception ofÂ Michelangelo, no other Italian painter exercised so great an influence."
The exhibit currently on display at the LACMA clearly shows his impact on the painters that followed him. Not mainly originals from the master himself, maybe 8 in all, but regardless impressive works from Gentileschi, Ribera, and VelasquezÂ alike, all making this show a must see...
Best known for his a radical naturalismÂ that combined close physical observation with a dramatic, even theatrical, use of chiaroscuro. Caravaggio preferred to paint his subjects as the eye sees them, and at a time of heavy religious influence he broke out of conventional methods and Â was able to tweak them to his own sensibilities. criticized often for pushing the limits, for example, using known prostitutes as a model for the The Death Of The VirginÂ and other paintings alike, he was successful in reducing the religious class to human terms.
Remembered as martyr of the lower class Caravaggio will continue to be a topic of conversation now, and surely in years to come...
Noah Minuksin | November 18, 2012
Lately I've been getting lost in the beautiful world that is painting. When prepping for a larger piece, one can never forget to neglect the planning, studying and problem solving that goes into the development stages. Before moving forward to the finish, theÂ big problems first need to be solved. As with anything, the importance lies in the bricks. Here's a look at a head study for a new painting in the works.
A short clip pulled from Instagram, take a walk through some of the process...
Noah Minuksin | April 4, 2014
Jarome is back in to continue. With prior themes surrounding deception and now building towards temptation and the symbolism behind the forbidden fruit. Constant reminder to stay focused and stay the course.
Noah Minuksin | January 22, 2014
Longtime client Gary is back in from Texas to start sealing up the chest. Playing with the idea of time and how easily it can slip away from us if we don't don't take full advantage of every moment. Another smooth session with Gary, more to come.
Noah Minuksin | August 19, 2014
I managed to take a trip to Santa Anita Racetrack last week alongside my father to watch some of the countries most fit horses battle it out on the track. With pop, it was a trip down memory lane. The day was filled with stories of how he would cut class in junior high only to be able to catch the opening race by noon. He couldn't have been more than 15, and would find gentlemen hanging around the track to place his bets for him. When I was 15, I wouldn't have to look far, for I always had pop to get in on a piece of the action and place my bets for me...
My pops love for horses quickly rubbed off on me at a young age.Â The mixture of both beauty and grace, as well as power and strength, has always intrigued me about horses. This rare formula creates a harmony that is most incredible.
Their god-like muscles that bulge from their physique, when triggered, can burst with such power that it is unchallenged. Yet step away from the field and they are most elegant and graceful with every poised step that they take. Peaceful... yet intense.
Da Vinci also shared my love for horses...
Â Seeing these magnificent animals up close is something you have to experience for yourself to truly appreciate. I could hang around this place all day
Although me and pop didn't win a fortunate betting all the longshots, it was, to say the least.... a memorable day. To take you out, heres a shot of the sculpture of famous miracle horse Seabiscuit,Â that welcomes you as you enter the park.
Noah Minuksin | February 18, 2012
Sisters Of The Inquisition
Had the privelage of visiting with the big brother Shaun Berke at his studio today. When you hear about all of these incredibley talented underground Â painters, and they are out there, Shaun is one at the top of that list. Fellow Art Center alumn who stills come back to teach as well, this guy's talent and knowledge in the field of painting goes unmatched. With a solo exhibition nearing at the reputable La Luz De Jesus Gallery, my man has been dedicating much time into his newest body of work entitled, "Sister's of the Inquistion."
"When principles are put to the question, there is no escaping physical reality. Though an idea cannot be broken, a bearer can. Fire speaks to ice, and an acolyte melts. These are the forms of water, unbound, in the house of black and white. These are wet nuns.Â
Drink Venezia dry."
Luckily for me he took some time fom his hectic schedule to talk with me about his work and show me around his studio.Â Its always inspiring to walk into a room filled with amazing work, not just finished but in process as well.
Shaun has been experimenting lately developing his own techniques, which are beyond me at this point. The technical level he is executing is truly incredible. But yet he makes it look so easy...
You can tell much about a man by what books he houses in his library. It pays to be the one that knows...
"SISTERS OF THE INQUISITION"
January 4 - 27, 2012
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM
Â A big thanks to Shaun for having me. Note that this is only a glimpse into what he will be showcasing come January. If you are in the area this show is a MUST.
Noah Minuksin | December 19, 2012
Another one for the books with the brother Manny. With roots planted deep in the turmoil of Afghanistan, we began his collection honoring the struggles that he bare witness. No holding back with Manny for his first tattoo. Long hours with this one but the brother held firm and power through. Much more to come from him in the coming months.
Noah Minuksin | April 18, 2014