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Pleasure IS Pain

These past couple of weeks have been dedicated to the coming end of the Spring term over at Art center. As if I wasnt sleeping before.... the nights have turned to morning, and we can now start to see the light in the near distance. Lets take a minute to go over one of the most recent works to come from these past couple of days. Based on the psychology of Aphrodite (the goddess of love), I chose to play off the ideas of both pleasure and pain. The story comes form ancient greek mythology, where Hephaestus (Aphrodite's husband) is tipped off by the sun-god that his wife has been unfaithful. Unwilling to immediately accept this disheartening news, he then decides to configure his bed as to if any one was to share his bed without him, they would be engulfed in chains, and then forced to face the music. As Hephaestus leaves for work the next morning, sure enough like clockwork, Ares, (the well-known god of war), sneaks in to bed with Aphrodite only to be greeted with the unforgiving chains of Hephaestus. Now the scene that I chose to depict is not the initial reaction of the poor blacksmith slapped with the truth of betrayal, but yet digging further into the scene. As Hephaestus is threatening to call upon the gods for justice, and Ares faced with agony for his integrity has now been tarnished... now take a look towards Aphrodite. Shouldn't she share in this emotion? While cupid is busy playing with her chained hand, her gaze tells us otherwise. The glimpse of pleasure has been lost, and the black widow has struck again...

 With classism, composition and form as the main focus, the emphasis is the idea of creating harmony and balance with your work

rhythm and emotion...

The Trials of Aphrodite

Original compostion by Noah Minuskin

Graphite on toned paper, heightened with white

 

Keep an eye out for more works from the classroom as we wrap up the term.

Noah Minuksin | April 14, 2012


ART + DESIGN, INSPIRATION

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


ART + DESIGN, CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, INSPIRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY

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


CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Overcome Adversity

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


ART + DESIGN, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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


CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

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


LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, TATTOO

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. 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 a purity in the form of true passion.

Enjoy a few looks in session...

Noah Minuksin | September 4, 2014


TATTOO

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


LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

Sacrifice

The brother Matt is back down from the bay to continue work with his backpiece. The initial sessions for larger scale projects such as this one, are mainly dedicated to laying down the groundwork and really trying to see the direction we want to take with each collection. With the foundation set, we began building...still much work to be done, heres a look in process.

Matt's back is based around the idea of sacrifice.

Still to early to go into detail, but keep in mind...

"A man who won't die for something is not fit to live." -Martin Luther King Jr.

A big thanks to Matt for making the trip. Be sure to keep an eye out for future sessions to come.

Noah Minuksin | November 20, 2012


TATTOO

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


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


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


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

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


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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


TATTOO

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


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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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


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


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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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


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


TATTOO

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


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

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


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

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


ART + DESIGN, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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


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

apollo

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

Noah Minuksin | August 31, 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

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


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


TATTOO

REPENT

Client Joey is in for a first pass on this jesus piece...

Noah Minuksin | March 12, 2014


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


ART + DESIGN, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

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


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


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


CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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


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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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


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Sisters Of The Inquisition

Had the privelage of visiting with the big brother Shaun Berke at his studio today. When you hear about all of these incredibley talented underground  painters, and they are out there, Shaun is one at the top of that list. Fellow Art Center alumn who stills come back to teach as well, this guy's talent and knowledge in the field of painting goes unmatched. With a solo exhibition nearing at the reputable La Luz De Jesus Gallery, my man has been dedicating much time into his newest body of work entitled, "Sister's of the Inquistion."

"When principles are put to the question, there is no escaping physical reality. Though an idea cannot be broken, a bearer can. Fire speaks to ice, and an acolyte melts. These are the forms of water, unbound, in the house of black and white. These are wet nuns.  Drink Venezia dry."

Luckily for me he took some time fom his hectic schedule to talk with me about his work and show me around his studio. Its always inspiring to walk into a room filled with amazing work, not just finished but in process as well.

Shaun has been experimenting lately developing his own techniques, which are beyond me at this point. The technical level he is executing is truly incredible. But yet he makes it look so easy...

You can tell much about a man by what books he houses in his library. It pays to be the one that knows...

 

"SISTERS OF THE INQUISITION"

January 4 - 27, 2012

Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM

 A big thanks to Shaun for having me. Note that this is only a glimpse into what he will be showcasing come January. If you are in the area this show is a MUST.

Noah Minuksin | December 19, 2012


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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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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


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SPOTLIGHT

The new issue of Urban Ink just dropped with  in-depth interviews on myself as well as Jose Lopez, Jun Cha and Miguel Ochoa. Couldn't be any more proud and honored to share a spread alongside my brothers, as we do here. The article focuses on the strength of our team and the continued growth of us all as artists. Interesting stories from all that shed light on humble beginnings and brighter futures. A huge thank you to Urban Ink and our brother Michael Nguyen for the honor. Be sure to pick up your copy today and read up on the articles yourself.

Noah Minuksin | April 2, 2013


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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


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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


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Look UP

One of the most amazing things about Italy is simply, when you look up...

 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


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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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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