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
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
7 Deadly Sins
Clint is back in from Canada for back to back sessions. Its an honor to work withÂ clients like Clint that are willing to invest themselves both mind, body and soulÂ in theÂ building process of these larger scale works. Of course both sides, the client and the artist would like the end vision to be realized sooner than later, we must respect the fact that the end results are always dictated by the attention to detail during the building process. FewÂ see what goes on behind the curtains, the countlessÂ hours in the studio, multiple sessions, andÂ endless other areas of workÂ that go into each and every project. Clint is truly partÂ of a rare breed...
Beginning with the inner section that will eventually bridge to the outer, Temptation and Lust are the focus.Â Theme surroundingÂ the conscious understandingÂ ofÂ 7 Deadly Sins, so that theyÂ do not decide one's downfall.
Always a smooth run with Clint, when you love what you do its easy to get lost in your work and let those late nights turn into early mornings.Â AnotherÂ one of those sessions where the sunrise found us before the work day was done.
A fun twist to the classic story of Medusa, providing a contemporary depiction thatÂ remainsÂ consistent with the whole.
"We are punished by our sins, not for them..."
Be sure to keepÂ an eye out for this collection. Follow ups to come.Â
Noah Minuksin | July 21, 2014
The past week has been a refreshing reminder that the student is the best position one can obtain. Since I walked through the doors over here at Lowrider I have been consumed in absorbing all the knowledge that Jose and the rest of the homies have been willing to share with me. This studio houses nothing but family, and it just so happens that they are some of the most talented artists I have had the honor of getting to know. With the adjustment and the vigorous workload ahead the homies have been preparing me for whats to come... In the meantime let me give you a sneak view of what Jose has been up to in the lab...
I hope Jose doesn't mind me sharing this with you all, for it is still in its early stages of completion, but I couldn't help myself.
Catching my breath before I dive back into the studio. One last thing, take a trip down memory lane with Jose on the Lowrider Tattoo Studios Blog. Thanks for the honor brother.
Stay the course, moving forward
Noah Minuksin | January 12, 2012
A quick Â look back from Italy, taking a break to explore Venezia.
Little did we know when we arrived it just so happened to be the first day of Carnival.
Aside from the beauty that Venice brings, one thing that stuck out from our visit was the amount of effort put into the masks worn for theÂ "La Maschera piÃ¹ bella."Â If a jury of international costume and fashion designers make the trip out to host the contest for best mask, it must be worth it..
Jose joining in on the fun..
Just to give you an idea of how many are still interested in keeping the spirit of Carnival alive
Truly a memorable visit with the brothers.
Noah Minuksin | February 17, 2013
Amanda is in with a strong start to her collection. Pulling inspiration from one of my favorite works of art carved by the master Michelangelo. There's no underdog story like this one...
A better look all the way around.
Much more to come from Amanda, be sure to stay tuned for future projects in the works.
Noah Minuksin | September 4, 2013
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
Â Arturo is back in to add to his collection surrounding the first piece of script that I did under the watchful eye of Jose when I arrived in January. In the light of the holiday, I am pleased to say that I have much to be thankful for this year. I made the trip down to LA with dreams and aspirations and nothing more. No place to live, no place to work, the only thing for certain was that I had been accepted to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.Â I knew not what to expect, but I knew my mind was ready. I had convinced myself that the stars had alligned for me and that the time was now. I had found much trouble in my past, and now had an opportunity dictate what type of footprint I would leave behind with my life, and made the decision it was to be greater than what it was. I had arrived in LA after being on the road all day and made my way directly to Fountain Valley to see the man that would prove to change my life forever. I am blessed and very fortunate to have found Jose. I remember walking in that night, he was working at the time I arrived, but had stopped what he was doing to hear me out. His client ended up having to wait a few more hours to get back to work for we talked for awhile. That night he made the decision to take me under his wing and since that night he has been nothing but a positive influence in my life in and outside of the studio. I have learned an incredible amount from Jose and continue to do so with everything that he shares with me. Its an almost unrealistic thought to think you can get anywhere in this world without the help of others. It takes a collective effort of equally invested individuals to achieve the greatest things that life has to offer. Take a minute to salute the ones that have helped you out along the away...
I guess what I am trying to say here is if you are one of the lucky ones to actually realize your dreams there is no reason that you should limit yourself from pursuing and acheiving them. Jose told me once that ,"time whats for no man, don't be the one that lets it pass you by." There is no better time than now, to begin the fight for what you believe. Whether it be an engineer or doctor that you aspire to be, or a father, or maybe its an artist. The only one to limit yourself from acheiving this is you. Once you have built the courage to dedicate your mind, body and soul completely, believe me, the rest will be easy. To my young dreamers out there, I salute you! May your journey be a smooth one...
There is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey. -Jim England
Â Happy thanksgiving to all from your boy Noah
Noah Minuksin | November 22, 2012
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
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
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
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
Building the collection with the brother Santiago. The classic St. Michael begans telling the story of the great battle that we all share, being the one within us. We start with creating the strong focal point of interest that will transition to the lower. Touching on the ideas of everyday striving to overcome our demons as we pursue our life's ambitions. Using our struggles to fuel the fire within and continue to move onward...
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
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
Â Were making our way towards the end of the Summer term over here at the Art Center. When you start seeing piles of students sleeping in the cafeteria you know were getting close. Aside from the rest of my studies here, Painting has been one that stands out and has really intrigued me. Although I have explored I little on my own in my younger years, nothing compares to all that I have been exposed to at school. It has proved to be meditation and torment at the same time. Honestly the most challenging medium I have attempted to pick up aside from trying to learn how to tattoo back when I first started out. Roosevelt said, " Nothing in this world is worth having or doing unless it means effort, pain and difficulty." The struggle is the most valued ingredient. Learn from your failures and keep pushing forward.
Take a look at some studies thus far pulled straight from the classroom
This is definitely something I will persue further... only the tip of the iceberg and I think i have found...
my new love
Noah Minuksin | August 3, 2012
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
The brother Myles is back in to finetune the collection. Being the first one in his family to dive in and pursue a career in the medical field, we focused on the moments that led up to his chosen path. Hardly ever, are others willing to share your dream, your passion, or even attempt to believe in it as you do. Especially in its earliest stages, before the seed begans to grow and bloom. For Myles, like many others, the hardest part for him was to break free from the life that was planned for him and start his own journey, to pursue the life that was meant from him. The great ones usually have to go against the grain at some point, Myles is no different.
With this collection there are many subtle reference points. The figure lower right acting as the oracle that leads the heart, followed by the motherly figure to the left providing the love and support that was shown by his moms along the way. Making our way up to the untamed passion that can only stay quite for so long.
A big thanks to Myles for unduring some long hours to this project all the way through. This short clip from apple goes out to all the crazy ones out there thatÂ think different...
Noah Minuksin | March 20, 2014
Join the Ranks
An early look into a larger scale project in rotation. The brother Daniel is in for a monster sitting.
Still a ways to go.
Noah Minuksin | October 30, 2014
Good start with Adrian. First session under our belts.
Noah Minuksin | August 23, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The Good Fight
I recently had the honor of working on one of my instructors from Art Center. Beginning his career working for Disney, actually helping build Disneyland, he has enjoyed an amazing career, now being able to give back by teaching as well as creating children's books, which you can view here. I have come to understand that the life of an artist is not an easy one. Most are spent struggling, some lead to torment, almost none lead to riches... so why then? At some point passion overides all. You battle back at what comes at you for following your lifes greatest ambitions. In return you get the fulfillment of one that has fought to follow the dream, not just as an artist but whatever your craft may be. Not conforming to society's idea of the norm, and having the courage to be an individual, is what I respect. Ron Robledo has mine. For his piece we pulled inspiration from the classic underdog film, Rocky. A great session with Ron, take a look..
âLife's not about how hard of a hit you can give... it's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.â Â Â -Rocky Balboa
Now to take us out some memorable words from coach...
Noah Minuksin | March 4, 2013
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
Don’t Let Up
Checking back in from the daily grind. No days off in the studio alongside my right hand Jose. Again, working through those vigorous sessions, as nights turn into early mornings.Â Surrender yourself to your work, and uncover the true fulfillment that is found in the process. When you let go off time, and embrace every moment with everything that you got, you tap into aÂ purity in the form of true passion.
Enjoy a few looks in session...
Noah Minuksin | September 4, 2014
I was both suprised and humbled to be awarded here in Rome at the convention over the weekend. Having so many amazing artists under one roof is always inspiring for me and now being able to have my work stand alongside them is truly an honor. We took home 1st small black and grey for the work done on our very own Krystal. I was talking with Jose about what these awards mean. When you work as hard as we do, its obvious we don't put in the hours in hopes to just receive awards. Its our craft, our passion, our commitment to excellence, that keeps us pursuing this. But its also nice to be awarded with a kind of recognition that is respected by your fellow tattoo artist, as the ones are here over seas. It feels good to be awarded for my work, but knowing that my mentors and colleagues are proud of me and what i'm doing, feels better...
The award was a piece of art in its own right. Something nice to bring home to moms.
Heres a closer look at the healed work on Krystal
So much love here in Rome. Thank you for all of the love and support!
Noah Minuksin | May 6, 2013
Ryan fromÂ Indonesia is in for a monster sitting. His first tattoo...
Noah Minuksin | August 31, 2014
Â Real men love their moms. Joey is in to pay tribute, not to someone that has passed away, but to his living and healthy mother. Why? If your asking yourself that, then you need to go find your moms and go give her a hug and a kiss immediately. Great way to end the New York campaign. I want to send a huge thank you to everyone that made this trip so memorable. Your love and support most definitely does not go unnoticed. Thank you all.Â Last one from New York...
Recap to follow
And since were on the topic of mommas, heres some classic Tupac for you from the archives.
Noah Minuksin | January 6, 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
Milano Convention x Lowrider Tattoo
Â Wrapping up work here at the Milano Convention. It's not every day where I am able to receive advice from great artists like Robert Hernandez and get to watch the masters of the Horitoshi family work under the same roof. Any amazing weekend to say the least. Aside from slaving away at the booth I managed to break free a minute and see what the world looked like away from my station. The greatest part was having the opportunity to meet so many great people from all over the world, both collectors and artists.Â So much love here in Italy, enjoy a few views from the show. Jose leads us into battle...
The brother Miguel showing strong all weekend.
Our brother Macko from Italy had the honor to seal up Og David's body suit, which later took 1st place for best overall body suit.
Horitishi family keeping tradition alive, a privilege to witness their process in person.
Looking forward to returning to Rome come May. Thanks once again for all the continued love and support.
Noah Minuksin | February 11, 2013
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
Uffizi Painting Collection
Florence houses one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the western world.Â Take a minute to soak in some much-needed inspiration with a walk through the Uffizi Gallery's painting collection found right here in the heart of the city. At the beginning of the trip I had the opportunity to take in the collection at the Vatican, and now here we are once again with more masterpieces to drewl over. I have found myself in a very critical point in my pursuit of painting and the arts in general. Seeing these masterpieces for myself has given me a boost of hunger to return home to work and study harder than ever before. These artists reached the levels that they did not by chance, luck or any magic of any kind. No tricks or gimmicks, but passion, commitment and perseverance. Nothing in this world is given, but if we strive for more, we can surprise ourselves at what can be achieved. I believe that the greats had no idea of what their work and passions would lead to. The levels that they reached, in many cases had never been reached before. One thing I am sure they had in common is a thirst that couldn't be quenched, a love for their work that overrides any selfish need or want. When you find your life's work, nothing else matters. Find your niche and own it. Learn from the greats and push it further...
Leonardo Da Vinci
And lastly the man who reached the highest level of painting than any other... the one and only Rembrandt. Here you can see his development from early in his career to his later more abstract style later in career.
The brush strokes are magnificent...
Noah Minuksin | May 11, 2013
The brothers and I are back on US soil and back to work. After a great trip to Europe its time to dive back into my studies with school as well as taking all the inspiration I soaked up from over seas and re-injecting it back into my work. The studio is like our lab. Constantly we are trying to new things, working nonstop, anxiously waiting to showcase and share that progress with the world. In fact, one of the main purposes that we travel is this, to spread what we are excited about here at Lowrider with you all. Under this roof there are no egos, no negativity, just a band of brothers collectively driving this craft in hopes to push it to another plateau. I guess what I am trying to say is it feels good to be home...
Progress with Justin's collection.
Much more to come from Justin's corner. Keep an eye out
Noah Minuksin | February 18, 2013
Last piece from London. Amanda is back in the chair for another long one. This girl is true soldier. With a room full of men getting tattooed crying about, she sits like a statue, not a word. A big thanks to her for sticking it out with me. Saint Michael the protector...
Noah Minuksin | September 10, 2013
After a week of straight tattooing I managed to break out of the studio with the brotherÂ JunÂ to explore the city some. First stop was the National Gallery to admire some of the worlds most treasured masterpieces. When it comes to painting collections like this, the masters still live...
From Caravaggio to Rembrandt, Michelangelo to Rafael, me and Jun spent the day drooling over countless masterpieces
The virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo... Timeless
What we found most interesting though was the pieces by Michelangelo and Leonardo that showed their process. The unfinished painting by Michelangelo below was one I didn't even know existed.
And Lastly, this amazing drawing by Da Vinci. Showcased in a private room this piece reveals his finished perfection but more importantly his raw process. The natural aesthetic to his marks translate beauty that is simply not matched. Da Vinci was it....
Taking some great inspiration back to the studio with us.
Noah Minuksin | January 26, 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
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
Here are some flicks from a recent trip to the "Art In The Streets" exhibit at the MOCA in downtown LA. Jeffrey Deitch did an amazing job at bringing the worlds most dominating graffiti artists from all corners of the globe to showcase their talent, and most of them did so right there on the spot, straight bombing the walls in the museum. Being a graffiti artist myself this exhibit was very inspiring. The bridge between so-called fine art and "street art" is slowing disappearing into thin air. Now we are seeing living proof with this exhibit. Whether it be Tattooing, Graffiti Art, etc. I wont let supreme talent be overlooked by a certain label that is put upon us. We WILL overcome our being enslaved for so long, break the chains, storm the world with OUR style, and earn our respected level in history with the rest of the greats!! Keep moving fam were well on our way.... in the meantime enjoy some inspiration..
Noah Minuksin | May 22, 2011
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
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
Another smooth run with Krystal's collection. Last night turned into a memorable session over here at the studio. With Jose overÂ myÂ shoulder for a change, we began to analyze and breakdown technique, approach and the overall direction that these pieces take. Another reminder of the importance to never stray to far away from the drawing board. As we grow, it is crucial that we continue to think in terms of recreating, rebuilding and re-thinking every step of the process. As easy as it is to fall into a comfort zone or familiar way of working, it is critical that we keep our minds fresh and moving forward. Never get to comfortable with a certain way of working, for that in turn is when the growing process will cease. As we are all striving to learn and progress over here at Lowrider Tattoo School, no matter what side of the globe your on, we need to continue to use our time wisely, think out of the norm, and strive together to elevate this craft to a new platform.
So much rich culture to come from times of the Mexico Revolution.
Future sessions will build more on classic Mexican heritage.
Noah Minuksin | February 22, 2014
Another good start... Client reflecting on the impact of the twoÂ most influential people in his life. I can only imagine what comes withÂ raisingÂ a child. The responsibilities of guiding a life, preparing one for the world unknown, deserves the highest honor. This one goes out to all the mothers and fathers out there that have made the ultimate sacrifice, putting their dreams on hold to give the greatest gift of all... we salute you
Noah Minuksin | June 15, 2014
They say that one's true character is like the spots of the Jaguar, not even the mightiest storm will wash themÂ away.
Honored to have an old friend in the studio, making the trip down from the bay. To much fun with this one...
Looking forward toÂ focusing on more works like this.Â
Noah Minuksin | November 17, 2014
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
There is no doubt that Milan is Da Vinci's city. Witnessing his genius for myself was definitely one of the highlights from the trip. After seeing his paintings at the National Gallery in London, it was here that I saw his true passion unfold.Â Â Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man,Â a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination".Â From what we know of him through his diaries, he considered himself to be a scientist and an engineer first, and a painter and sculptor second.Â He is widely considered to be perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived and I think I would agree.
âIt had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.âÂ
On display were rare pages pulled from his notebooks.
Being that he was THE artist of the time he was given special permission to dissect human bodies and study them personally.
A the Museum of engineering, that is dedicated to him, you can find all of his inventions brought to life. From flying machines to military weaponry, they did a great job of bringing life to his genius. He was definitely a man light years ahead of his time...
And lastly Leonardo's decaying masterpiece, The Last Supper. Not sure how I managed to leave this place without ending up in an Italian jail, as countless security rushed me and threatened to take my camera and fined more money than you can imagine. All of my photos were forced to be deleted, but somehow a few survived... Since you all have been so loyal, heres few from behind the walls, enjoy.
Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.âÂ
-Leonardo Da Vinci
Noah Minuksin | February 14, 2013
Our very own, Krystal Reyes was back in the chair to continue work with her leg. Krystal has been doing great here at the studio, soaking up all the knowledge she can from both Jose and the rest of the guys here. The great thing about Krystal is she understands what it takes to learn and grow and all of the hard work involved that is mandatory to do so. I am happy and proud to have her travel with us to Rome in the coming weeks. Hard work pays off... be sure to keep an eye out for Krystal as she has been doing some really nice work lately. We wanted to get this piece fresh for Rome, take a look at the last session used to tighten everything up and smooth out the greys.
Noah Minuksin | April 17, 2013