Hard work pays off. Honored to have our team spotlighted in the newest issue of Tattoo Life Magazine. A great article showcasingÂ a deeper look into what happens behind the scenes during our travels. Good friend and up and comingÂ writer,Â Michael Nguyen, met with us during our last trip to the east coast back in December and shared the experience first hand. Think deeper than the finished product and focus on what lies within. Again the process of development, how and why, are crucial, butÂ the team, even more so...
Every member contributes in their own right. One person's hard work can lead to great things, but when the collective effort of those willing to work and sacrifice themselves for oneÂ shared vision come together,Â the possibilities become endless.
"The strength of the team is each individual member, the strength of each member is the team."Â
Jose Lopez, Klown Saravia, Pablo Aponte and myself share the endless amount of work that goes into these trips,Â and the rich fulfillment that blesses us thereafter.
A huge thanks to Michael NguyenÂ and Miki Vialetto for the opportunity. Pick up your issue today...
Noah Minuksin | July 31, 2014
Vatican Painting Collection
First up is a look at the Vatican Painting Collection.Â The collection contains some masterpieces of the greatest artists of the history of Italian painting, from Giotto to Beato Angelico, from Melozzo da ForlÃ¬ to Perugino and to Raphael, from Leonardo to Tiziano, to Veronese, to Caravaggio. All the Italians are here under one roof...
Also in the permenant collection is one of Caravaggio's best, "The Entombment of Christ"
A rare look into the painting process of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Of all the old masters I witnessed at the Vatican, the work of Raphael is what stuck with me. His grace, clarity and natural quality that embody his work are executed at a level of ease that seems almost too natural to be a painting.
With such a complex composition of so many figures it's hard to stay fluid and keep the work from stiffening up. With Raphael nothing is repeated, everything about his paintings feel so lifelike and natural, theres a kind of complexity that is mastered here, that no one but Raphael can achieve. In essence, nobody paints like Raphael...
Probably the most extraordinary room in the paypal pallace, are the Raphael Rooms, which at one point in time was the room that the Pope would sign important decrees and documents. When Raphael was painting these rooms, not only was the Bascilica being redesigned but Michelangelo was down the hall painting the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. These rooms are considered to hold the greatest frescoe paintings of the high rennasance. Enjoy...
The last piece I'll showcase is the most famous fresco in the collection entitled, The School Of Athens. Here Raphael depicts the greatest minds of Ancient Greece. The central figures being Plato and his student, Aristotle were the ones that laid the foundation for western philosophy and science. Plato, interested in the spiritual, the every day world, is shown pointing upward to the devine and Aristotle more concerned with the physcial and what we can observe and make sense of is shown with his hand extended level to earth. Two different ways of thinking about the world, both as influential as the next.
And of course paying respects to Michelangelo he includes him in this work below.
Noah Minuksin | April 28, 2013
Fall of the KING
The good bro Brian is back in the studio to continue. The long hours are starting to pay off. Enjoy some progress shots from the journey so far... Still to early to go into detail, but the general theme surrounding his collection is entitled, "The fall of a KING."
A closer look...
A few weeks later Brian stopped by to show us how everything healed up.
Keep an eye out for future sessions as we began to bring together the whole side. A big thanks to Brian for being a trooper everytime were in session.
Noah Minuksin | October 7, 2013
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
Back To Back
Back to back sessions with the brother Joel who made the trip all the way from Australia. Long days turned into longer nights and being that we only had a few days we had to make the most out of the time we had. The first day was spent on the Lady Justice inspired piece dealing with the idea of life and the pursuit of success and happiness. Its easy to let trends or money get in the way of the way we perceive the world around us to be. Sometimes we might get so lost in this that we find ourselves trying to lead the lives of others. For Joel its aboutÂ blinding yourself to the outer world in order to truly find what feels right to your own sensibilities. And once find it don't look back...
A closer look with the classic Og Abel money rose used to seal off the lower section
As we move to the inner section of the arm we are met with the idea of "moment mori." Which is a latin phrase that translates to "remember you must die". Death is inevitable, but how we use our time while we are here is up to us. Joel is a world traveler and wakes up every morning eager to began his next adventure. This is a daily reminder to continue to do so.
A huge thanks to Joel for making the trip out and sticking it out with me through those long sessions.
Noah Minuksin | December 17, 2012
On a day like today…
On a day like today the greatest painter to ever live was born. Rembrandt Van Rijn has been a artist under close observation lately, with an ongoing master copy of his currently in the works. His process, technique and magnificent brushwork is something to be schooled on time and time again. Here's a look into some of the works we witnesses in Florence earlier in the year. Notice the evolution of his brushwork from the earlier more refined to later more abstract.
Noah Minuksin | July 15, 2013
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
Go to sleep in LA and wake in London.
We settled into our loft in Eastern part of city and got straight to work.
Sandeep is in to begin his collection inspired by classical Dia De Los Muertos Arte.
Long hours with the brother...
A strong start with the trip. Day 1
Noah Minuksin | January 18, 2013