Last piece from London. Amanda is back in the chair for another long one. This girl is true soldier. With a room full of men getting tattooed crying about, she sits like a statue, not a word. A big thanks to her for sticking it out with me. Saint Michael the protector...
Noah Minuksin | September 10, 2013
After a week of straight tattooing I managed to break out of the studio with the brotherÂ JunÂ to explore the city some. First stop was the National Gallery to admire some of the worlds most treasured masterpieces. When it comes to painting collections like this, the masters still live...
From Caravaggio to Rembrandt, Michelangelo to Rafael, me and Jun spent the day drooling over countless masterpieces
The virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo... Timeless
What we found most interesting though was the pieces by Michelangelo and Leonardo that showed their process. The unfinished painting by Michelangelo below was one I didn't even know existed.
And Lastly, this amazing drawing by Da Vinci. Showcased in a private room this piece reveals his finished perfection but more importantly his raw process. The natural aesthetic to his marks translate beauty that is simply not matched. Da Vinci was it....
Taking some great inspiration back to the studio with us.
Noah Minuksin | January 26, 2013
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
Â Next in the chair is the brother Callum in to began his left sleeve.Â Inspired by the latin quote,"Fortes fortuna adiuvat" which translates to, "Fortune favors the brave," Fortuna the greek god of fortune,Â was know to only help those who take big risks. Being the up and coming soccer player that Callum is, we made the connection regarding the relationship of him and the way he approaches his sport, in a more biblical sense. As David was depicted gazing upon the battlefield before he dominated Goliath, Callum looks upon his field in the same sense... Â
The angel sculpted by Bernini holding the dice symbolizes the chance of fate and fortune.
To some the outcome may seem uncertain, but we all know how this story plays out...
Invest yourself completely and hold back nothing. Take the risks needed to move forward and the reward will be more fulfilling than you can imagine.
A huge thanks to Callum for being such a trooper over the past few days. Keep an eye out for this collection, only the beginning
Noah Minuksin | January 26, 2013
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
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
The brother Myles is back in to finetune the collection. Being the first one in his family to dive in and pursue a career in the medical field, we focused on the moments that led up to his chosen path. Hardly ever, are others willing to share your dream, your passion, or even attempt to believe in it as you do. Especially in its earliest stages, before the seed begans to grow and bloom. For Myles, like many others, the hardest part for him was to break free from the life that was planned for him and start his own journey, to pursue the life that was meant from him. The great ones usually have to go against the grain at some point, Myles is no different.
With this collection there are many subtle reference points. The figure lower right acting as the oracle that leads the heart, followed by the motherly figure to the left providing the love and support that was shown by his moms along the way. Making our way up to the untamed passion that can only stay quite for so long.
A big thanks to Myles for unduring some long hours to this project all the way through. This short clip from apple goes out to all the crazy ones out there thatÂ think different...
Noah Minuksin | March 20, 2014
Tales From The Crypt
Found here are thousands of corpse belonging to friars from the church over 400 years ago. The tombs are painted with death. Leaving us with a friendly reminder...
"What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be."
In life there is only one thing guaranteed...
Use your time wisely
Noah Minuksin | May 16, 2012
The brother Mike is in for another round with his life and death inspired collection. Homestretch with Mike as we come full circle to wrap the lower leg. Diving into the transitions that lead to the afterlife, there is a beauty that lies in death... rebirth.
The skull plays its part to symbolize mortality and the notion of memento mori, while the butterflies symbolize rebirth and growth.
âEach night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.â -Mahatma Gandhi
Noah Minuksin | March 6, 2014
We landed in Milan and after working for two weeks straight in London, its timeÂ for a much needed break with the brothers. After getting settled in we made our way towards the center of the city, the DUOMO. One thing that I find most interesting about the church is the fact that it took nearly 6 centuries to complete. Me and Jose where thinking how it would be to dedicate your life completely to a project, knowing that you would not live to see it completed. Talk about believing in something that is bigger than yourself. Aside from that, the time that passed also allowed 6 generations of styles influence the structure. Some say the styles conflict, but what I witnessed was 6 generations in perfect harmony with one another that came together in some way to complete something spectacular.Â From the unbelievable amount of sculptures that coat the exterior to the design that's so complex, it seems as though one might study it a week without exhausting its interest. Enjoy some views as we reload with some inspiration...
The bronze doors that greet you are nothing short of amazing both in size and detail. Note the size with Jose and I standing in front...
The brother Miguel and I made the trek to the top just in time to catch some views from the top before the sun went down.
Architecture at its best...
Next up... Venice
Noah Minuksin | February 4, 2013
Still going strong here in New York. For now enjoy some views from a visit earlier in the week to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Its undeniable that the Met holds one of our countries most prized collections, last week I was reminded whyâ¦.
The halls are filled with endless inspiration.
Canova's presence was definitely felt in the hall of sculptures. First up is the Perseus with the Head of Medusa
And one of my personal favorites, Count Ugolino and His Sons.
Easily the favorite from our outing. Touring from the Netherland's Vermeer's, "Girl With the Pearl Earing" left us speechless.
Noah Minuksin | December 30, 2013
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
Sisters Of The Inquisition
Had the privelage of visiting with the big brother Shaun Berke at his studio today. When you hear about all of these incredibley talented underground Â painters, and they are out there, Shaun is one at the top of that list. Fellow Art Center alumn who stills come back to teach as well, this guy's talent and knowledge in the field of painting goes unmatched. With a solo exhibition nearing at the reputable La Luz De Jesus Gallery, my man has been dedicating much time into his newest body of work entitled, "Sister's of the Inquistion."
"When principles are put to the question, there is no escaping physical reality. Though an idea cannot be broken, a bearer can. Fire speaks to ice, and an acolyte melts. These are the forms of water, unbound, in the house of black and white. These are wet nuns.Â
Drink Venezia dry."
Luckily for me he took some time fom his hectic schedule to talk with me about his work and show me around his studio.Â Its always inspiring to walk into a room filled with amazing work, not just finished but in process as well.
Shaun has been experimenting lately developing his own techniques, which are beyond me at this point. The technical level he is executing is truly incredible. But yet he makes it look so easy...
You can tell much about a man by what books he houses in his library. It pays to be the one that knows...
"SISTERS OF THE INQUISITION"
January 4 - 27, 2012
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM
Â A big thanks to Shaun for having me. Note that this is only a glimpse into what he will be showcasing come January. If you are in the area this show is a MUST.
Noah Minuksin | December 19, 2012
ClientÂ traveling from Northern England is back in to continue. While the brothers wereÂ on the grind in London it was nonstop in theÂ LA studio. Not an easy session to pull through, GarethÂ sat like a warrior.
After the foundation has settled in we can continue to layerÂ the greys,Â which allows us to achieve a richerÂ and wider value range.
Another fulfilling project,Â feels good to see this one come full circle. Keep an eye out for more to come with this collection, come London in January.
Noah Minuksin | September 6, 2014
Lately I've been getting lost in the beautiful world that is painting. When prepping for a larger piece, one can never forget to neglect the planning, studying and problem solving that goes into the development stages. Before moving forward to the finish, theÂ big problems first need to be solved. As with anything, the importance lies in the bricks. Here's a look at a head study for a new painting in the works.
A short clip pulled from Instagram, take a walk through some of the process...
Noah Minuksin | April 4, 2014
Slow down.... trade in the freeway for the unchartedÂ mountain trail.Â Loose the city life and find the peace that lies within trueÂ nature.Â Â A few months back,Â before the term started back up at Art Center, I took it upon myself to break free from the daily grind and get lost in the wilderness. You must always take time toÂ regroup the mind and soak up inspiration from the greatest designer of all.
Wandering through forests filled with RedwoodsÂ over 2000 years old, enjoying crystal clear water to crystal filled caves,Â beauty is at every corner.
Some friends I came across on my journey.Â
They say to truly experience peace one must have enduredÂ the struggles that are found in the trenches. If you are ruthless with your work and know the trenches I speak of, you need this in your life.Â A free mind with no anxiety or stress, is the mind at its purest. Never before I have been ably to think so clearly, taking this opportunity to reflect on the year and prepare for whats to come.Â
Noah Minuksin | October 24, 2014
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
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
How can I began to express the genius I witnessed in Florence. Let me start by giving you all a brief background on the history of this masterpiece even before Michelangelo came into the picture.Â Many had attempted to sculpt this seemingly perfectÂ block of marble before him and had given up due to the near perfect technique needed to execute this flawless marble. It was not until 25 years later, that Michelangelo would pick up where these failed attempts left off, in an attempt to finish what no other man was able. For three years Michelangelo worked in secrecy, often sleeping fully clothed so he could continue his work upon waking. Da Vinci is quoted describing him as such,Â "He looks like a baker. The marble dust ï¬ours all over him and his back is covered with a snowstorm of chips." Supreme dedication and personal torment would endure as such, up until the unveiling of the time's greatest masterpiece.
It is said that, "Anyone who has seen Michelangeloâs David has no need to see anything else by another sculptor, living or dead"
Noah Minuksin | May 23, 2012
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
Lord Of The Sea
Lord of the sea Neptune seals up the upper arm. Another smooth run with last night's Session.
Noah Minuksin | June 15, 2014
Don’t Let Up
Checking back in from the daily grind. No days off in the studio alongside my right hand Jose. Again, working through those vigorous sessions, as nights turn into early mornings.Â Surrender yourself to your work, and uncover the true fulfillment that is found in the process. When you let go off time, and embrace every moment with everything that you got, you tap into aÂ purity in the form of true passion.
Enjoy a few looks in session...
Noah Minuksin | September 4, 2014
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
Uffizi Painting Collection
Florence houses one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the western world.Â Take a minute to soak in some much-needed inspiration with a walk through the Uffizi Gallery's painting collection found right here in the heart of the city. At the beginning of the trip I had the opportunity to take in the collection at the Vatican, and now here we are once again with more masterpieces to drewl over. I have found myself in a very critical point in my pursuit of painting and the arts in general. Seeing these masterpieces for myself has given me a boost of hunger to return home to work and study harder than ever before. These artists reached the levels that they did not by chance, luck or any magic of any kind. No tricks or gimmicks, but passion, commitment and perseverance. Nothing in this world is given, but if we strive for more, we can surprise ourselves at what can be achieved. I believe that the greats had no idea of what their work and passions would lead to. The levels that they reached, in many cases had never been reached before. One thing I am sure they had in common is a thirst that couldn't be quenched, a love for their work that overrides any selfish need or want. When you find your life's work, nothing else matters. Find your niche and own it. Learn from the greats and push it further...
Leonardo Da Vinci
And lastly the man who reached the highest level of painting than any other... the one and only Rembrandt. Here you can see his development from early in his career to his later more abstract style later in career.
The brush strokes are magnificent...
Noah Minuksin | May 11, 2013
Â Arturo is back in to add to his collection surrounding the first piece of script that I did under the watchful eye of Jose when I arrived in January. In the light of the holiday, I am pleased to say that I have much to be thankful for this year. I made the trip down to LA with dreams and aspirations and nothing more. No place to live, no place to work, the only thing for certain was that I had been accepted to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.Â I knew not what to expect, but I knew my mind was ready. I had convinced myself that the stars had alligned for me and that the time was now. I had found much trouble in my past, and now had an opportunity dictate what type of footprint I would leave behind with my life, and made the decision it was to be greater than what it was. I had arrived in LA after being on the road all day and made my way directly to Fountain Valley to see the man that would prove to change my life forever. I am blessed and very fortunate to have found Jose. I remember walking in that night, he was working at the time I arrived, but had stopped what he was doing to hear me out. His client ended up having to wait a few more hours to get back to work for we talked for awhile. That night he made the decision to take me under his wing and since that night he has been nothing but a positive influence in my life in and outside of the studio. I have learned an incredible amount from Jose and continue to do so with everything that he shares with me. Its an almost unrealistic thought to think you can get anywhere in this world without the help of others. It takes a collective effort of equally invested individuals to achieve the greatest things that life has to offer. Take a minute to salute the ones that have helped you out along the away...
I guess what I am trying to say here is if you are one of the lucky ones to actually realize your dreams there is no reason that you should limit yourself from pursuing and acheiving them. Jose told me once that ,"time whats for no man, don't be the one that lets it pass you by." There is no better time than now, to begin the fight for what you believe. Whether it be an engineer or doctor that you aspire to be, or a father, or maybe its an artist. The only one to limit yourself from acheiving this is you. Once you have built the courage to dedicate your mind, body and soul completely, believe me, the rest will be easy. To my young dreamers out there, I salute you! May your journey be a smooth one...
There is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey. -Jim England
Â Happy thanksgiving to all from your boy Noah
Noah Minuksin | November 22, 2012
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
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
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
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
One of the most amazing things about Italy is simply, when you look up...
Â No words can explain the beauty found in the Sistine Chapel.
How far the masters took this projects is breathtaking.
The amount of detail unbelievable.
Noah Minuksin | May 17, 2013
Follow your Heart
Â Another good start...
Client in to honor the love of his life.
Noah Minuksin | October 30, 2014
I recently had the privilege of taking a trip out to visit our boy Jeff Bloodhound at his studio. For those of you who are wondering what type of machines use, this is it. First he showed me the equiptment he is running which is no joke, I think if I were to sell one of these machines I could probably pay for my entire tuition. He than ran me through the whole process from start to finish.Â Nothing Jeff uses to build his machines are premade or shipped from over seas.
Every single piece from the contact screws...
Â to the armatuer bars...
Â to the frames themselves,Â are all hand crafted and cut right here in the lab. That hand quality and prestine craftsmanship that Jeff is so passionate about is what sets him apart from the rest.
What makes for the perfect machine? We had a long talk regarding some machines that he is building for me right now. Lately we have been trying to push the boundary with the past few machines he has built for me, making minor tweaks here and there, and I think we might now have come up with the ultimate formula. I swear Jeff is like the mad scientist when he's in here, he takes an idea and just runs with it, not stopping until he has mastered it. This man knows exactly what he is doing and in my opinion is by far one of the most talented machine builders of our time. Truly an honor to get a glimpse into what goes on behind the curtains with the art of machine building. For more information about contacting Jeff click here.
Noah Minuksin | October 9, 2012
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
Making some progress with our good brother Toby Leonard's collection. This is the first piece of many that will fill the remainder of his leg. Toby, who has been one of our main support systems in London, recently made the move to LA to pursue some great opportunities. Im proud of my brother, who is embarking on this new chapter in his life. Not many can muster the courage to make those bigger decisions that dictate what one's future will be. Dreams are the inspiration, ambition starts with courage, why make it harder than it is? Take the leap and test the waters. With Toby it was a no brainer, and he has the discipline and passion to do great things out here, which I am looking forward to seeing unfold. Always a pleasure working on my brother from another mother, take a look at progress from last night's session.
Noah Minuksin | November 7, 2013
UNLOCK THE CODE
Flashback to London, heres a few a looks from the British Museum, which holds some of history's most amazing ancient artifacts.
From Greek to Egyptian, the collection educates one with the world's most precious gems.
Probably the most impressive piece in the collection was the Rosetta stone. To think how much we came to know of the ancient world from this one rock is amazing.
The answers are all there, we just have to know where to look...
Noah Minuksin | March 27, 2013
Another good start... Client reflecting on the impact of the twoÂ most influential people in his life. I can only imagine what comes withÂ raisingÂ a child. The responsibilities of guiding a life, preparing one for the world unknown, deserves the highest honor. This one goes out to all the mothers and fathers out there that have made the ultimate sacrifice, putting their dreams on hold to give the greatest gift of all... we salute you
Noah Minuksin | June 15, 2014
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
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
A quick Â look back from Italy, taking a break to explore Venezia.
Little did we know when we arrived it just so happened to be the first day of Carnival.
Aside from the beauty that Venice brings, one thing that stuck out from our visit was the amount of effort put into the masks worn for theÂ "La Maschera piÃ¹ bella."Â If a jury of international costume and fashion designers make the trip out to host the contest for best mask, it must be worth it..
Jose joining in on the fun..
Just to give you an idea of how many are still interested in keeping the spirit of Carnival alive
Truly a memorable visit with the brothers.
Noah Minuksin | February 17, 2013
Back To Back
Back to back sessions with the brother Joel who made the trip all the way from Australia. Long days turned into longer nights and being that we only had a few days we had to make the most out of the time we had. The first day was spent on the Lady Justice inspired piece dealing with the idea of life and the pursuit of success and happiness. Its easy to let trends or money get in the way of the way we perceive the world around us to be. Sometimes we might get so lost in this that we find ourselves trying to lead the lives of others. For Joel its aboutÂ blinding yourself to the outer world in order to truly find what feels right to your own sensibilities. And once find it don't look back...
A closer look with the classic Og Abel money rose used to seal off the lower section
As we move to the inner section of the arm we are met with the idea of "moment mori." Which is a latin phrase that translates to "remember you must die". Death is inevitable, but how we use our time while we are here is up to us. Joel is a world traveler and wakes up every morning eager to began his next adventure. This is a daily reminder to continue to do so.
A huge thanks to Joel for making the trip out and sticking it out with me through those long sessions.
Noah Minuksin | December 17, 2012
I've officially died and gone to heaven. I cannot recall another time in my life that my eyes have layed upon such beauty and perfection. They say there are some things in life you truly have to experience to understand, and standing under the SistineÂ chapel is especially one that is like none other.
Now photography in the chapel is strictly prohibited, but since you all have been so loyal...
"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving."
Noah Minuksin | May 4, 2012
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
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 thenÂ coming full circle to today.Â To push and explore any area of interest,Â 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 asÂ the word that is being communicated. Studying alongsideÂ graphic designers at my school that are religious about this stuff has made me look at type in a whole new context. TakeÂ 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 likeÂ Miguel Ochoa and Johhny Opina push the envelope into creating these trulyÂ unique styles that my instructors trip out on isÂ nothing short of inspiring. To thinkÂ that tattooing is impacting and contributing to something 1000's of years old is amazing.
Here's my twist...
Noah Minuksin | July 24, 2014
Vatican Painting Collection
First up is a look at the Vatican Painting Collection.Â The collection contains some masterpieces of the greatest artists of the history of Italian painting, from Giotto to Beato Angelico, from Melozzo da ForlÃ¬ to Perugino and to Raphael, from Leonardo to Tiziano, to Veronese, to Caravaggio. All the Italians are here under one roof...
Also in the permenant collection is one of Caravaggio's best, "The Entombment of Christ"
A rare look into the painting process of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Of all the old masters I witnessed at the Vatican, the work of Raphael is what stuck with me. His grace, clarity and natural quality that embody his work are executed at a level of ease that seems almost too natural to be a painting.
With such a complex composition of so many figures it's hard to stay fluid and keep the work from stiffening up. With Raphael nothing is repeated, everything about his paintings feel so lifelike and natural, theres a kind of complexity that is mastered here, that no one but Raphael can achieve. In essence, nobody paints like Raphael...
Probably the most extraordinary room in the paypal pallace, are the Raphael Rooms, which at one point in time was the room that the Pope would sign important decrees and documents. When Raphael was painting these rooms, not only was the Bascilica being redesigned but Michelangelo was down the hall painting the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. These rooms are considered to hold the greatest frescoe paintings of the high rennasance. Enjoy...
The last piece I'll showcase is the most famous fresco in the collection entitled, The School Of Athens. Here Raphael depicts the greatest minds of Ancient Greece. The central figures being Plato and his student, Aristotle were the ones that laid the foundation for western philosophy and science. Plato, interested in the spiritual, the every day world, is shown pointing upward to the devine and Aristotle more concerned with the physcial and what we can observe and make sense of is shown with his hand extended level to earth. Two different ways of thinking about the world, both as influential as the next.
And of course paying respects to Michelangelo he includes him in this work below.
Noah Minuksin | April 28, 2013
Back In The Days… NOMAD
Its so important to surround yourself with like minded positive people as you pursue your craft. As I look back on the ones with the greatest influence on me as a younger artist and now today, I can see how much they truly inspired and impacted me. I Remember beign a little knucklehead at 14 and finding Grafitti. I picked up a can of spray paint and had no idea what I was doing. It wasn't until my good friend, R.I.P Joe Hyland, began showing me the ropes and educating me on the medium, that I began to love and pursue the artform in a different way. There's is only so much you can learn and do on your own, the truth is when you learn and grow alongside your piers that are just as hungry and passionate as you are, is when the magic happens...
Heres a little walk down memory lane with some of my old graffiti work from back in 2003- 2005. The piece below was done in honor of my biggest influence in the art, Kidicarus... Rip brother
Legends Never Die
Also some airbrush work... circa 2005
And lastly a piece where both spray paint and the airbrush was used.
Noah Minuksin | April 19, 2013
Long days lead to longer nights. Much exciting work has been in the works in and out of the studio lately, that will be revealed shortly. For now, take a look into a recent project with the brother Sal.
To kick off Sal's collection he chose to pay homage to the strong and beautiful mexican women that have impacted his life.
Never underestimate the strength of a woman, especially one ready for war...
Remember fellas, it's a man's world, but it wouldn't be nothin without a woman or a girl.
Noah Minuksin | October 21, 2012
The Lost Leonardo
Last piece from Milan, the brother Alessandro is in to move forward with his old master inspired collection. When I get the opportunity to work on fellow tattoo artists from around the world, its a real honor and a privilege as well. Ale, seeking much inspiration from Leonardo as I do, chose to began his collection with the Lost masterpiece ofÂ The Battle of Anghiariâ¦.
Commissioned by Niccolo Machiavelli to decorate the Hall of Five Hundred, Leonardo worked on this project during the same time that his rival Michelangelo began work on the opposite wall. This was the only time that Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo worked together on the same project.Â Michelangelo did not stay long enough to finish his portion of the hall, for he was called by th Pope to return to Rome. Familiar ending with Leonardos work as well, who began having some troubles with his experimental painting technique, and later abandoned the project. For ten years the paintings stood unfinished, until Vasari was ordered to renovate the hall, leaving the fate of the paintings lost foreverâ¦
We have an idea of the beauty leonardo created, through the master copy of Peter Paul Rubens, as well as in depth descriptions expressed in Vasariâs writings.
Always a pleasure to see our boy Alessandro. Keep an eye out for future work with this collection.
Noah Minuksin | February 12, 2013
Long hours in the studio. A few recent works in rotation....
The generalÂ Casear takes us in.
Rudy from the bay in for the classic good vs evil theme, sealing up the lower arm which act as the foundation for whats to come.Â
And of course the classic tale of Perseus and Medusa...
Noah Minuksin | August 10, 2014
Good start with Adrian. First session under our belts.
Noah Minuksin | August 23, 2014
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
Caravaggio led a tumultuous lifeÂ filled with passion, violence and glory. Actually we know much of Caravaggio through his police records. An advocate of the lower class, Caravaggio was notorious for brawling, getting in bar fights and carrying weapons, one of which actually killed one of his opponents during a tennis match. In the past his high-placed patrons had protected him from the consequences of his escapades, but this time they could do nothing and because of this he had to flee Rome and go into hiding. During this time he would be closely followed by enemies in pursuit of his life in which attempts were made regularly. Nonetheless he was still painting and taking on monumental commissions that only heightened his fame with every place that he visited. At the age of 36, his powerful friends in Rome made a breakthrough with the newly appointed Pope, and Caravaggio was given a pardon to return to Rome, although he would never make it back alive. Much controversy is said by his unexpected death in route from Naples to Rome, some say his past caught up with him, others say he died of a fever on the shores. None is clear, but the overall impact of a man's short-lived pioneering style that would be often imitated but never duplicated, stands the test of time.
"With the exception ofÂ Michelangelo, no other Italian painter exercised so great an influence."
The exhibit currently on display at the LACMA clearly shows his impact on the painters that followed him. Not mainly originals from the master himself, maybe 8 in all, but regardless impressive works from Gentileschi, Ribera, and VelasquezÂ alike, all making this show a must see...
Best known for his a radical naturalismÂ that combined close physical observation with a dramatic, even theatrical, use of chiaroscuro. Caravaggio preferred to paint his subjects as the eye sees them, and at a time of heavy religious influence he broke out of conventional methods and Â was able to tweak them to his own sensibilities. criticized often for pushing the limits, for example, using known prostitutes as a model for the The Death Of The VirginÂ and other paintings alike, he was successful in reducing the religious class to human terms.
Remembered as martyr of the lower class Caravaggio will continue to be a topic of conversation now, and surely in years to come...
Noah Minuksin | November 18, 2012