ART + DESIGN, CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, INSPIRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY

Leonardo’s Legacy

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.  Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". 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. He is widely considered to be perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived and I think I would agree.

“It 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.” 

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.”  -Leonardo Da Vinci

Noah Minuksin | February 14, 2013


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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


CULTURE, FILM, INSPIRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY

WAR HORSE

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. 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...

 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, that welcomes you as you enter the park.

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Noah Minuksin | February 18, 2012


TATTOO

Follow your Heart

 Another good start...

Client in to honor the love of his life.

Noah Minuksin | October 30, 2014


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Touchdown

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


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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


LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

Life AFTER

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.

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” -Mahatma Gandhi

Noah Minuksin | March 6, 2014


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Supreme Virtuoso

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. Many had attempted to sculpt this seemingly perfect 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, "He looks like a baker. The marble dust flours 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 Michelangelo’s David has no need to see anything else by another sculptor, living or dead"

Noah Minuksin | May 23, 2012


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Unchained

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 that think different...

Noah Minuksin | March 20, 2014


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King’s Den

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. 

Closer look...

Noah Minuksin | February 4, 2014


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Slip Away

  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


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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


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Face Off

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


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Last Of A Dying Breed

In a day where everything is beginning to be mass produced, shipped over from china fresh off the conveyer belt, and numbers sold seem more important than the integrity and quality of the actual product itself, it's good to know that real craftsman still exist. Watching my good brother Jeff work from raw material to actual form and functionality was a breath of fresh air. Jeff is a rare breed. Honored to have the opportunity to take part in his process from start to finish...

20 plus pieces are handmade here in Jeff's studio...

The attention to detail I observed was incredible. No detail went unnoticed.

Enjoy a short vid put together via my iPhone. A day's work in 15 seconds...

Noah Minuksin | March 12, 2014


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Afghan Anguish

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


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The GENERAL

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


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Savior

Another great start that will serve as a foundation for the long-term. One of the noblest professions 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 or death situation, and day in and day out they come to the aid of the ones who call upon them. The lower section represents the pain and uncertainty that is shared on the end of the suffering. And above, is the veiled angel who embodies the idea of the unknown hero who will soon be their savior. Blessed to know that there are try heros like my brother Jared are on the other end if I were to need them.

Noah Minuksin | July 16, 2014


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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


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Jaquar

They say that one's true character is like the spots of the Jaguar, not even the mightiest storm will wash them 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 to focusing on more works like this. 

Noah Minuksin | November 17, 2014


TATTOO

Davinci Code

 "Art is never finished, only abandoned."   -Leonardo Davinci

Good start laying the bricks with this Leonardo Da Vinci inspired collection.

Noah Minuksin | October 31, 2014


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Michelangelos creation

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 Sistine 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


LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

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


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Korean Krafstman

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


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Parental Guidance

Another good start... Client reflecting on the impact of the two most influential people in his life. I can only imagine what comes with raising 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

Closer look...

Noah Minuksin | June 15, 2014


TATTOO

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 of The Battle of Anghiari….

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. 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 forever…

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 Vasari’s writings.

Always a pleasure to see our boy Alessandro. Keep an eye out for future work with this collection.

Noah Minuksin | February 12, 2013


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Anatomy Of Type

Going back to my younger years, I remember bombing the city streets using graffiti as a tool to communicate my art. That deep rooted passion for lettering would cultivate there and later grow into the form of a tattoo, as most of my first tattoos were of course lettering. Its elegance and timeless qualities have always inspired me, but not until recently did I really get to explore the beautiful world of typography in the historical sense. Diving into the birth of hand drawn symbolism, to the old styles of the early empires, and then coming full circle to today. To push and explore any area of interest, its important to understand the anatomy of where it comes from. Thinking about balance, weight, spacing, and overall harmony within the letters in just as important as the word that is being communicated. Studying alongside graphic designers at my school that are religious about this stuff has made me look at type in a whole new context. Take a look into the process...

Learning through endless practice...

"Know the rules well, so that you can break them effectively" -Daili Lama

Its interesting to see how tattoo artists have pushed the boundaries with lettering such as script and old style fonts. Watching guys like Miguel Ochoa and Johhny Opina push the envelope into creating these truly unique styles that my instructors trip out on is nothing short of inspiring. To think that tattooing is impacting and contributing to something 1000's of years old is amazing.

Here's my twist...

Noah Minuksin | July 24, 2014


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Rome’s Treasures

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.  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."   -Michelangelo

Noah Minuksin | December 12, 2012


TATTOO

7 Deadly Sins

Clint is back in from Canada for back to back sessions. Its an honor to work with clients like Clint that are willing to invest themselves both mind, body and soul in the 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. Few see what goes on behind the curtains, the countless hours in the studio, multiple sessions, and endless other areas of work that go into each and every project. Clint is truly part of a rare breed...

Beginning with the inner section that will eventually bridge to the outer, Temptation and Lust are the focus. Theme surrounding the conscious understanding of 7 Deadly Sins, so that they 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. Another 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 that remains consistent with the whole.

"We are punished by our sins, not for them..."

Be sure to keep an eye out for this collection. Follow ups to come. 

Noah Minuksin | July 21, 2014


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Vandal Squad

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


TATTOO

Victoria’s Angel

The brother Cj made the trip out from Virginia to begin work to his lower right sleeve. A fun way to put a twist on the classic angel theme. Like me, Cj has his queen back home, but it doesn't hurt have having a girl like this one watching over your shoulder when times get rough. Strong first pass with the brother who sat like a rock.

A better look all the way around...

"Angel's have no philosophy but protect."

A big thanks to Cj for making the trip from the east coast.

Noah Minuksin | June 4, 2013


ART + DESIGN, LIFESTYLE

Uniform

While thick in the study of the human form we take a turn in the study of what lyes on top. The beauty of drapery, or clothing, is how it enriches the appearance of the human form while simultaneously gives clarity to the movements and actions that occur within. As we break down the essentials and formulas to each fold, I have now been made aware that certain laws govern the seemingly randomness of folds that we encounter. Once the artist can break down the structure, the beauty of line and almost musical rhythm of the material can now play their part. The ones that mastered this art, is where I turn. Leonardo and Durer have been my teachers over the past couple of nights. Take a look at some recent studies taken straight from the classroom...

Noah Minuksin | April 4, 2012


CULTURE, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Student

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.

Timeless...

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


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King’s Path

     

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


TATTOO

DAVID

 Next in the chair is the brother Callum in to began his left sleeve. Inspired by the latin quote,"Fortes fortuna adiuvat" which translates to, "Fortune favors the brave," Fortuna the greek god of fortune, 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...  

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


CULTURE, FILM, TATTOO

Dear Mama

 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. 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.

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Noah Minuksin | January 6, 2014


TATTOO

Necessary Evil

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


TATTOO

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


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National Treasures

After a week of straight tattooing I managed to break out of the studio with the brother Jun 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


TATTOO

Give Refuge

Client traveling from Northern England is back in to continue. While the brothers were on the grind in London it was nonstop in the LA studio. Not an easy session to pull through, Gareth sat like a warrior.

After the foundation has settled in we can continue to layer the greys, which allows us to achieve a richer and wider value range.

Another fulfilling project, 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


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Vatican Painting Collection

First up is a look at the Vatican Painting Collection. The collection contains some masterpieces of the greatest artists of the history of Italian painting, from Giotto to Beato Angelico, from Melozzo da Forlì 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.

Amazing...

And of course paying respects to Michelangelo he includes him in this work below.

Noah Minuksin | April 28, 2013


LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

Power Through

Strong start to the trip with the good brother Callum. Picking up where we left off in Rome...

Always a soldier in the chair. A big thanks to Callum for enduring another long one with me.

Noah Minuksin | August 31, 2013


TATTOO

Dangerously Beautiful

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


ART + DESIGN, LIFESTYLE

Map Out

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, the 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


TATTOO

Calm Canadian

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


ART + DESIGN, CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

TATTOOLIFE

Hard work pays off. Honored to have our team spotlighted in the newest issue of Tattoo Life Magazine. A great article showcasing a deeper look into what happens behind the scenes during our travels. Good friend and up and coming writer, 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, but 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 one shared vision come together, the possibilities become endless.

"The strength of the team is each individual member, the strength of each member is the team." 

Jose Lopez, Klown Saravia, Pablo Aponte and myself share the endless amount of work that goes into these trips, and the rich fulfillment that blesses us thereafter.

A huge thanks to Michael Nguyen and Miki Vialetto for the opportunity. Pick up your issue today...

Noah Minuksin | July 31, 2014


ART + DESIGN, LIFESTYLE

Organized Chaos

A small look into a portion of the work being prepared right now for midterms at Artcenter. Here's a few preliminary illustrations showing invaluable early thinking that goes before any final compositions. Scrambling to prepare countless presentations with not even close to enough time to do so. Long nights will surely lead into early mornings. When failure is not an option you must deliver by any means. Stay posted.

Noah Minuksin | July 16, 2014


CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

When In Rome

Fall asleep in LA, wake up in Ancient ROME... We landed in the eternal city and immediately hit the streets. The rich beauty and history found here gives this city a certain type of energy that goes unmatched. I cant help but describe Rome as the mecca of art. Countless influential masterpieces can be found here in all fields from sculpture to architecture, painting and everything in between. The brothers and I covered some serious ground over the day and into the night, leaving us with an overwhelming feeling of inspiration. Take a look at views from day 1 beginning around the corner from our apartment at the Colosseum.

From the infamous bridge filled with Bernini's angels...

To the Vatican...

While walking through St. Peter's Bascilica our new friends, who happen to be the Vatican Guards, gave us the oppertunity to experience the Church after closing. I think when we visited last year we shared our visit with over 5,000 tourists. Today, we had all of this to ourselves...

And there she was...

The city is comes alive at night. The warm glow of the marble is truly a beautiful sight to see.

 The only way to end the evening. A big thanks to Paolo, the man behind the Rome Convention, for a memorable dinner with the family.

Views from painting, sculpture and architecture to come....

Noah Minuksin | April 28, 2013


TATTOO

Beginning of the End

 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


ART + DESIGN, CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, CULTURE, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Duomo

We landed in Milan and after working for two weeks straight in London, its time 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. 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


LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

Holy Grail

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


ART + DESIGN, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Destroy…Rebuild

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. 

Starting to build some momentum... stay tuned

Noah Minuksin | September 29, 2013