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Mustang Sally

You may remember Janelle, who made the trip down from the bay, and is back in the studio to continue with her collection. With the outside of her arm in dedication to her moms and granny, the inner was saved specifically for pops. In the crucial stages of a developing young man or woman, you need that father figure there to toughen you up for whats to come. Any daughter will most likely agree, that they tend to be somewhat protective, but I have a feeling thats how they show that they care. The spanish mustang brings her relationship with her father to life. With a good session last night we managed to seal up her lower arm. Take a look at the progress...

Heres a recap look back into her previous session...

Great having Janelle back in the chair for making the trip down

Noah Minuksin | June 10, 2012


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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

Build

 

Long hours in the studio. A few recent works in rotation....

The general 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. 

And of course the classic tale of Perseus and Medusa...

Noah Minuksin | August 10, 2014


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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.

Stay tuned...

Noah Minuksin | December 18, 2013


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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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Milano Convention

Milano Convention x Lowrider Tattoo

 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. 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


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Thin Line Between Love and Hate

 Heres a look at an original painting I finished up last month based on the ancient Greek tragedy of Medea 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.

  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  I can assure you this is only the beginning... stay tuned

Noah Minuksin | September 4, 2012


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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


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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


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CARNIVAL

A quick  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 the "La Maschera più bella." 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


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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


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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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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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


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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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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


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Dynamic Sketching

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


TATTOO

Krystal

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


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Showcase

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


TATTOO

apollo

Ryan from Indonesia is in for a monster sitting. His first tattoo...

Noah Minuksin | August 31, 2014


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


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New Love

 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


TATTOO

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


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


CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Sanctioned

Earlier tonight myself and the brothers from the studio, stopped by Cartoon's warehouse in support of his new line of Sanctioned products. Toons is a true pioneer and has been a huge inspiration to me since day one. Seeing the level of success he has come to know is beautiful. This evening proved to be a memorable one with the boys and one that has left us with the notion of what hard work can lead to.

Enjoy some views from the event...

On display for all to drewl over were his countless candy chariots...

Eyecandy...

And for all you loyal viewers out there, here's a behind the curtains look at the Cartoon's work station. Trip out on the new masterwork that's in progress

A huge thanks to Toons for having us. Be sure not to sleep on his new products and take a trip to his new site for a free sample.

Stay Tooned...

Noah Minuksin | March 29, 2012


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


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The MET

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 why….

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


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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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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


TATTOO

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


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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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Caravaggio’s Legacy

Caravaggio led a tumultuous life 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 of 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 Velasquez alike, all making this show a must see...

Best known for his a radical naturalism 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  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 Virgin 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


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


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Give Thanks

 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. 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

 

 Happy thanksgiving to all from your boy Noah

Noah Minuksin | November 22, 2012


TATTOO

Never Surrender

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


INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Inner Peace

Slow down.... trade in the freeway for the uncharted mountain trail. Loose the city life and find the peace that lies within true nature.  A few months back, 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 to regroup the mind and soak up inspiration from the greatest designer of all.

-Robert Frost

Wandering through forests filled with Redwoods over 2000 years old, enjoying crystal clear water to crystal filled caves, beauty is at every corner.

Some friends I came across on my journey. 

They say to truly experience peace one must have endured 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. 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. 

Noah Minuksin | October 24, 2014


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


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


TATTOO

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


TATTOO

Temptations

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


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

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


TATTOO

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

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 about 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


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


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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, 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


ART + DESIGN, INSPIRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY

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


TATTOO

Protector

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


TATTOO

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...

Closer look.

Noah Minuksin | May 24, 2013


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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..

“Life's not about how hard of a hit you can give... it's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.”    -Rocky Balboa

Now to take us out some memorable words from coach...

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Noah Minuksin | March 4, 2013


ART + DESIGN, FILM, INSPIRATION

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