Only a few hours rest after I returned from London, did I find myself back in full swing with the Fall term here at Art Center. Halfway through the program things are starting to make sense. The theme is simple...
Destroy ... & Rebuild
A brief look into a couple of studies done over the past few days. The key to growing in any craft is to come to an understanding that every brick layed will uiltimately lead you towards the finish. All time spent on any lesson learned is used later. So it only makes sense that in whatever you do with your time you are always fully invested. Of course you would, right? No matter how basic, or simple, or seemingly unimportant, you may not see it now but have faith that it will most definitely be called upon sometime down the line. Basic perspective may seem boring, but without that knowledge, recreating an ancient city in Greece would be that much more difficult... if it wasn't so much already.
Once again I preach that the foundation is the most important ingredient.
This term im diving back into my studies with oil as a medium. It feels great to be pushing paint around once again on a regular basis. Finding inspiration for a few fun head studies was closer to home than I thought. One was inspired by the big homie Estevan, pulling an image from his Classic book, LA WOMAN.
The other was my neighbor Gonzo. My instructor wanted me to find someone the was intense and very charismatic. He gets Gonzo. Luckily he is always willing to lend a hand when it comes to doing my homework. Don't let the tough shell fool you, underneath is a big tedybear.Â
Starting to build some momentum... stay tuned
Noah Minuksin | September 29, 2013
Thin Line Between Love and Hate
Â Heres a look at an original painting I finished up last month based on the ancient Greek tragedy ofÂ MedeaÂ written by the great Euripides. For those of you who are not familiar with her story, it is one filled with plenty of drama, betrayal and revenge. Medea was a mother of two children that not only left her home and everything behind to be with her husband Jason, but also saved his life and is the reason that he was pushed into greatness for slaying the dragon. This is the kind of woman you just dont use up, throw away, and leave behind for another woman without expecting to see any reproductions. To seek revenge she not only took the life of his new bride, but took the lives of their two children as well. This woman made sure her first cut was the deep.
Â Â When approaching this project I chose to stay focused on the phsycology of the piece. The killing and the revenge is one thing, but I wanted to take a step back and look deeper into her story. My depiction of Medea takes place during the moment where she conciously or not decides that there is only one way out of the situation brought before her... the moment where this woman essentially goes from a loving mother and wife to a ruthless murderer with nothing but revenge on her mind.
"Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge." Scott Adams
It felt good to wrap up this piece. My love for the craft of painting has grown much throughout this project and Â I can assure you this isÂ only the beginning... stay tuned
Noah Minuksin | September 4, 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
King of Kings
Next up is the brother Brian in to seal up his inner bicep with late great, Roman General, Julius Caesar. Caesar a man with a vision beyond his years, one who created one of the greatest empires of all time. As an up and coming musician laying the bricks for something bigger, my man Brian can relate. This one goes out to all my young entrepreneurs out there.
"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
Another smooth session, more to come.
Noah Minuksin | December 20, 2013
We landed in Milan and after working for two weeks straight in London, its timeÂ for a much needed break with the brothers. After getting settled in we made our way towards the center of the city, the DUOMO. One thing that I find most interesting about the church is the fact that it took nearly 6 centuries to complete. Me and Jose where thinking how it would be to dedicate your life completely to a project, knowing that you would not live to see it completed. Talk about believing in something that is bigger than yourself. Aside from that, the time that passed also allowed 6 generations of styles influence the structure. Some say the styles conflict, but what I witnessed was 6 generations in perfect harmony with one another that came together in some way to complete something spectacular.Â From the unbelievable amount of sculptures that coat the exterior to the design that's so complex, it seems as though one might study it a week without exhausting its interest. Enjoy some views as we reload with some inspiration...
The bronze doors that greet you are nothing short of amazing both in size and detail. Note the size with Jose and I standing in front...
The brother Miguel and I made the trek to the top just in time to catch some views from the top before the sun went down.
Architecture at its best...
Next up... Venice
Noah Minuksin | February 4, 2013
Follow your Heart
Â Another good start...
Client in to honor the love of his life.
Noah Minuksin | October 30, 2014
Beginning of the End
Â Met up with the brother Chris back up north to seal up his chest with one last session...
Not an easy spot to get worked on, but like a true soldier my man powered through. Future projects in the works with Chris
Noah Minuksin | September 4, 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
It's been a smooth journey with my brother Michael. With last night's session we were able to seal up his chest we had started some time ago. Unlike other mediums, tattooing is purely a collaborative process between both the artist and client. If one is more invested then the other the results are never met to their fullest potential. It's not just the client or the artist, but both to be equally invested in the process, from start to finish. Since day one Michael has been soldier. No whining, easy to work with, and sits like a rock every time. Take a look at the finished work focusing on the religious key figures; St. Paul and the Virgin Mary.
One of the biggest questions the artist's asks himself is when is the work finished? With each session you dig deeper and deeper, and it gets harder to say when...
"Art is never finished, only abandoned." -Leonardo Da Vinci
A big thanks to Michael for soldiering through those long sessions with me. A great start with his collection.
Noah Minuksin | September 30, 2013
I've officially died and gone to heaven. I cannot recall another time in my life that my eyes have layed upon such beauty and perfection. They say there are some things in life you truly have to experience to understand, and standing under the SistineÂ chapel is especially one that is like none other.
Now photography in the chapel is strictly prohibited, but since you all have been so loyal...
"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving."
Noah Minuksin | May 4, 2012
Observing life and translating your experiences through marks on paper is one of the most liberating feelings for any artist. When it comes to sketching, Kim Jung Gi is the one. This man may have as close to a photographic memory as it gets. The video below is one of about 3 that he completes daily to keep his hand fresh. Not for awhile has there been a draftsman like Kim, and more so one that can use his skills so freely. Get inspired...
Noah Minuksin | March 13, 2014
The Lost Leonardo
Last piece from Milan, the brother Alessandro is in to move forward with his old master inspired collection. When I get the opportunity to work on fellow tattoo artists from around the world, its a real honor and a privilege as well. Ale, seeking much inspiration from Leonardo as I do, chose to began his collection with the Lost masterpiece ofÂ The Battle of Anghiariâ¦.
Commissioned by Niccolo Machiavelli to decorate the Hall of Five Hundred, Leonardo worked on this project during the same time that his rival Michelangelo began work on the opposite wall. This was the only time that Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo worked together on the same project.Â Michelangelo did not stay long enough to finish his portion of the hall, for he was called by th Pope to return to Rome. Familiar ending with Leonardos work as well, who began having some troubles with his experimental painting technique, and later abandoned the project. For ten years the paintings stood unfinished, until Vasari was ordered to renovate the hall, leaving the fate of the paintings lost foreverâ¦
We have an idea of the beauty leonardo created, through the master copy of Peter Paul Rubens, as well as in depth descriptions expressed in Vasariâs writings.
Always a pleasure to see our boy Alessandro. Keep an eye out for future work with this collection.
Noah Minuksin | February 12, 2013
ClientÂ traveling from Northern England is back in to continue. While the brothers wereÂ on the grind in London it was nonstop in theÂ LA studio. Not an easy session to pull through, GarethÂ sat like a warrior.
After the foundation has settled in we can continue to layerÂ the greys,Â which allows us to achieve a richerÂ and wider value range.
Another fulfilling project,Â feels good to see this one come full circle. Keep an eye out for more to come with this collection, come London in January.
Noah Minuksin | September 6, 2014
The brother Matt is back down from the bay to continue work with his backpiece. The initial sessions for larger scale projects such as this one, are mainly dedicated to laying down the groundwork and really trying to see the direction we want to take with each collection. With the foundation set, we began building...still much work to be done, heres a look in process.
Matt's back is based around the idea of sacrifice.
Still to early to go into detail, but keep in mind...
"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." -Martin Luther King Jr.
A big thanks to Matt for making the trip. Be sure to keep an eye out for future sessions to come.
Noah Minuksin | November 20, 2012
Tales From The Crypt
Found here are thousands of corpse belonging to friars from the church over 400 years ago. The tombs are painted with death. Leaving us with a friendly reminder...
"What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be."
In life there is only one thing guaranteed...
Use your time wisely
Noah Minuksin | May 16, 2012
The brother Mike is in for another round with his life and death inspired collection. Homestretch with Mike as we come full circle to wrap the lower leg. Diving into the transitions that lead to the afterlife, there is a beauty that lies in death... rebirth.
The skull plays its part to symbolize mortality and the notion of memento mori, while the butterflies symbolize rebirth and growth.
âEach night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.â -Mahatma Gandhi
Noah Minuksin | March 6, 2014
Still going strong here in New York. For now enjoy some views from a visit earlier in the week to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its undeniable that the Met holds one of our countries most prized collections, last week I was reminded whyâ¦.
The halls are filled with endless inspiration.
Canova's presence was definitely felt in the hall of sculptures. First up is the Perseus with the Head of Medusa
And one of my personal favorites, Count Ugolino and His Sons.
Easily the favorite from our outing. Touring from the Netherland's Vermeer's, "Girl With the Pearl Earing" left us speechless.
Noah Minuksin | December 30, 2013
Â Next in the chair is the brother Callum in to began his left sleeve.Â Inspired by the latin quote,"Fortes fortuna adiuvat" which translates to, "Fortune favors the brave," Fortuna the greek god of fortune,Â was know to only help those who take big risks. Being the up and coming soccer player that Callum is, we made the connection regarding the relationship of him and the way he approaches his sport, in a more biblical sense. As David was depicted gazing upon the battlefield before he dominated Goliath, Callum looks upon his field in the same sense... Â
The angel sculpted by Bernini holding the dice symbolizes the chance of fate and fortune.
To some the outcome may seem uncertain, but we all know how this story plays out...
Invest yourself completely and hold back nothing. Take the risks needed to move forward and the reward will be more fulfilling than you can imagine.
A huge thanks to Callum for being such a trooper over the past few days. Keep an eye out for this collection, only the beginning
Noah Minuksin | January 26, 2013
Loyal client under the Lowrider roof is Brandon. With a growing collection from both Jose and I, Brandon has been enduring some long hours in the studio lately. Last night we managed to sealed up his chestplate we had started a little while back. Take a look at some views from our last session...
Brandon will be in the chair with Jose next to seal up the rest of his front panel, bringing both the upper and lower sections together. Stay tuned...
Noah Minuksin | November 20, 2013
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
One of the most amazing things about Italy is simply, when you look up...
Â No words can explain the beauty found in the Sistine Chapel.
How far the masters took this projects is breathtaking.
The amount of detail unbelievable.
Noah Minuksin | May 17, 2013
Angels and Demons
The brother Carlos was in the studio last night to seal up his chest we had started some time ago. Another one thats in it for the long term, already with some great work from the brother's Jun Cha and Lil B, and honor to add another addition to his collection. Long hours last night with this one...
Based on the trials and tribulations of the great Saint Michael battling the fallen angels of heaven. The question lies, what side of the battle do you wish to partake in? The inner demons one carries are only know to the beholder, but how you push forward is the basis for how one's character is built. Here lies the battle of a Saint...
Some closer looks...
A nig thanks to Carlos for pulling through and sitting like a rock. Further additions to his collection in the works...
Noah Minuksin | June 29, 2013
Making some progress with our good brother Toby Leonard's collection. This is the first piece of many that will fill the remainder of his leg. Toby, who has been one of our main support systems in London, recently made the move to LA to pursue some great opportunities. Im proud of my brother, who is embarking on this new chapter in his life. Not many can muster the courage to make those bigger decisions that dictate what one's future will be. Dreams are the inspiration, ambition starts with courage, why make it harder than it is? Take the leap and test the waters. With Toby it was a no brainer, and he has the discipline and passion to do great things out here, which I am looking forward to seeing unfold. Always a pleasure working on my brother from another mother, take a look at progress from last night's session.
Noah Minuksin | November 7, 2013
UNLOCK THE CODE
Flashback to London, heres a few a looks from the British Museum, which holds some of history's most amazing ancient artifacts.
From Greek to Egyptian, the collection educates one with the world's most precious gems.
Probably the most impressive piece in the collection was the Rosetta stone. To think how much we came to know of the ancient world from this one rock is amazing.
The answers are all there, we just have to know where to look...
Noah Minuksin | March 27, 2013
Story of a Saint
A new favorite in rotation right now, the brother Mike is in to begin his chest plate. The first piece is based off of the Saint, Paul. Great start with Mike...
Noah Minuksin | May 24, 2013
I have been sharing views a few of the places I have been visiting to draw lately, so its only right to show a few sketches from the days out on location. The technique used below is all based on basic principles. Perspective, relationships, boxes, cylinders and line quality, to name a few. Keep in mind this isn't a finished drawing technique, but a dynamic way of sketching, focused on capturing what you see accurately and with some fines. I am at peace when I am out and about with a sketchbook and a pocket full of pens. Here's a few pages from the sketchbook I've been keeping with me when I go out. Enjoy a few scribbles from last weeks efforts...
Noah Minuksin | April 22, 2013
Slow down.... trade in the freeway for the unchartedÂ mountain trail.Â Loose the city life and find the peace that lies within trueÂ nature.Â Â A few months back,Â before the term started back up at Art Center, I took it upon myself to break free from the daily grind and get lost in the wilderness. You must always take time toÂ regroup the mind and soak up inspiration from the greatest designer of all.
Wandering through forests filled with RedwoodsÂ over 2000 years old, enjoying crystal clear water to crystal filled caves,Â beauty is at every corner.
Some friends I came across on my journey.Â
They say to truly experience peace one must have enduredÂ the struggles that are found in the trenches. If you are ruthless with your work and know the trenches I speak of, you need this in your life.Â A free mind with no anxiety or stress, is the mind at its purest. Never before I have been ably to think so clearly, taking this opportunity to reflect on the year and prepare for whats to come.Â
Noah Minuksin | October 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
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
Live From NEW YORK
Landed and settled into headquarters. Feels great to be working with our east coast fam once again, it's been to long. No time to play, straight to work.
Enjoy some views from the studio...
The commander in chief leads us into battle.
The brothers Klown and Pablo waste no time... Great to have them with us for this run.
Noah Minuksin | December 18, 2013
Another great start that will serveÂ as a foundation for the long-term.Â One of the noblest professionsÂ that I have come to admire is the commonly overlooked position of our firemen. When these boys get the call 9 times out of 10 its a life orÂ death situation, andÂ day in and day out they come to the aid of the onesÂ who call upon them. The lower section represents the painÂ andÂ uncertaintyÂ that is shared on theÂ end of theÂ suffering. And above, is the veiled angel whoÂ embodies the idea of the unknown hero who will soon be their savior. Blessed to know that there are try herosÂ like my brother Jared are on the other end if I were to need them.
Noah Minuksin | July 16, 2014
I recently had the privilege of taking a trip out to visit our boy Jeff Bloodhound at his studio. For those of you who are wondering what type of machines use, this is it. First he showed me the equiptment he is running which is no joke, I think if I were to sell one of these machines I could probably pay for my entire tuition. He than ran me through the whole process from start to finish.Â Nothing Jeff uses to build his machines are premade or shipped from over seas.
Every single piece from the contact screws...
Â to the armatuer bars...
Â to the frames themselves,Â are all hand crafted and cut right here in the lab. That hand quality and prestine craftsmanship that Jeff is so passionate about is what sets him apart from the rest.
What makes for the perfect machine? We had a long talk regarding some machines that he is building for me right now. Lately we have been trying to push the boundary with the past few machines he has built for me, making minor tweaks here and there, and I think we might now have come up with the ultimate formula. I swear Jeff is like the mad scientist when he's in here, he takes an idea and just runs with it, not stopping until he has mastered it. This man knows exactly what he is doing and in my opinion is by far one of the most talented machine builders of our time. Truly an honor to get a glimpse into what goes on behind the curtains with the art of machine building. For more information about contacting Jeff click here.
Noah Minuksin | October 9, 2012
A small look intoÂ a portion of the work being prepared right now for midterms at Artcenter. Here's a few preliminaryÂ illustrations showing invaluable early thinking that goes before anyÂ final compositions. Scrambling to prepare countless presentations with not even close to enough time to do so.Â Long nights will surely leadÂ into early mornings. When failure is not an option you must deliver by any means. Stay posted.
Noah Minuksin | July 16, 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
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
Â "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Â -Leonardo Davinci
Good start laying the bricksÂ with this Leonardo Da Vinci inspired collection.
Noah Minuksin | October 31, 2014
Great beginnings with Clint. Hailing down from our neighboring country of Canada, we kicked off his collection with two sessions back to back. Still in the early stages with our first meeting, but a good start none the less. Our early efforts were focused on a dedication to the recent passing of his moms. Never an easy subject to work with, but hopefully this bring some closure.
Next was a different approach on the opposite end of the spectrum, twisting the theme of temptation and using the symbolism of the forbidden fruit to help tell that story.
Noah Minuksin | April 5, 2014
Back to Back
When a client dedicates his back to his collection you know he's fully committed at that point. In my opinion, and I am sure many will agree, that working on one's back is the biggest honor an artist can have. With the body's biggest canvas, along comes the most work. Ready, willing and able, these fellas are in it for the long term. Heres a few of the many larger scale projects currently in rotation. An early healed look with the brother Faze as we go in for yet another strong session... Still much work to be done with this one.
Niv has been a straight soldier throughout the whole process of working on his apocolypto inspired back piece. When you come across the rare client who is as dedicated to the process as we are, your become similar to a band of brothers going into battle time and again. We are dedicated to the finish. Quality in every step. Long days and longer nights. Feels good to see this one come as far as it has. Still needs another session to complete. Heres a look from last night's session.
A huge thanks to all the clients that have been coming in day in and day out, sticking it out with me throughout those long sessions.
Noah Minuksin | March 7, 2013
How can I began to express the genius I witnessed in Florence. Let me start by giving you all a brief background on the history of this masterpiece even before Michelangelo came into the picture.Â Many had attempted to sculpt this seemingly perfectÂ block of marble before him and had given up due to the near perfect technique needed to execute this flawless marble. It was not until 25 years later, that Michelangelo would pick up where these failed attempts left off, in an attempt to finish what no other man was able. For three years Michelangelo worked in secrecy, often sleeping fully clothed so he could continue his work upon waking. Da Vinci is quoted describing him as such,Â "He looks like a baker. The marble dust ï¬ours all over him and his back is covered with a snowstorm of chips." Supreme dedication and personal torment would endure as such, up until the unveiling of the time's greatest masterpiece.
It is said that, "Anyone who has seen Michelangeloâs David has no need to see anything else by another sculptor, living or dead"
Noah Minuksin | May 23, 2012
The brother Gary is back in from Houston Texas to continue. This session was spent laying in both hand shots. One based on strengthÂ and one family. To think, five months ago, Gary came to see me he had not one tattoo, and now we've just about sealed up both arms completely.Â Its clients like Gary that understand the process, the patience and endurance involved with reaching the end of these large scale projects. Quality is always the motivation. With time and persistence we get there. Always good to have Gary in the chair... be sure to look out for final looks with his collection...
A few closer views...
Noah Minuksin | June 25, 2013
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
Lord Of The Sea
Lord of the sea Neptune seals up the upper arm. Another smooth run with last night's Session.
Noah Minuksin | June 15, 2014
Good start with Adrian. First session under our belts.
Noah Minuksin | August 23, 2014
Long days lead to longer nights. Much exciting work has been in the works in and out of the studio lately, that will be revealed shortly. For now, take a look into a recent project with the brother Sal.
To kick off Sal's collection he chose to pay homage to the strong and beautiful mexican women that have impacted his life.
Never underestimate the strength of a woman, especially one ready for war...
Remember fellas, it's a man's world, but it wouldn't be nothin without a woman or a girl.
Noah Minuksin | October 21, 2012
Last piece from the studio here in LA. The brother Chris is back in to add to his growing collection with THE Roman General, Julius Caesar. Next stop LONDON.
Noah Minuksin | January 15, 2013
Been away from the computer for awhile, taking a break to relax the mind a little. Will share some photos from the past few weeks soon, but for now heres a look back at some work from the a few weeks back. The good brother John is back in the studio from Chicago. Building on what we had started on his last visit, we made some good progress with this meeting. Pulling inspiration from the trials and tribulations of Hercules, John can easily relate to those unthinkable feats embarked on during his time spent in Afghanistan. One of the first deployed after 9/11, his stories that he shared were nothing short of amazing that he is still here with us. The funny thing about John is, you would think after all of the shit he had been through over there he would hold bitter feelings of anger or resentment. Actually he is the opposite. Probably the most approachable guy in the room he is full of life and always has a smile on his face when he's here with us. A true soldier, he did what he had for us and was able to maintain himself in the process. A real inspiration for all of us...
Noah Minuksin | August 26, 2013
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
The brother Garret is in to seal up the inner bicep. Pulling inspiration from Daniel and the Lion's Den, the theme will transition to the outer arm with coming sessions.Â
Noah Minuksin | February 4, 2014
Long hours in the studio. A few recent works in rotation....
The generalÂ Casear takes us in.
Rudy from the bay in for the classic good vs evil theme, sealing up the lower arm which act as the foundation for whats to come.Â
And of course the classic tale of Perseus and Medusa...
Noah Minuksin | August 10, 2014
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
As we near our upcoming trip to Europe, here's a look back at some views from Rome earlier in the year...
When you witness these masterpieces for yourself, you are in the company of artists that have dedicated their whole lives to perfecting their craft. To reach the level of excellence that these old masters did, is not impossible, it just takes endless amounts of work. Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with it and never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.Â Â I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit. There is always a yearning to achieve more. I'll continue to climb, trying to reach the top, but who knows where the top is.
"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all." Â -Michelangelo
Noah Minuksin | December 12, 2012