ART + DESIGN, CULTURE, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Quality Defined

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. Nothing Jeff uses to build his machines are premade or shipped from over seas.

Every single piece from the contact screws...

 to the armatuer bars...

 to the frames themselves, 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


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


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


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


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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

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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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

King’s Path

     

Making some progress with our good brother Toby Leonard's collection. This is the first piece of many that will fill the remainder of his leg. Toby, who has been one of our main support systems in London, recently made the move to LA to pursue some great opportunities. Im proud of my brother, who is embarking on this new chapter in his life. Not many can muster the courage to make those bigger decisions that dictate what one's future will be. Dreams are the inspiration, ambition starts with courage, why make it harder than it is? Take the leap and test the waters. With Toby it was a no brainer, and he has the discipline and passion to do great things out here, which I am looking forward to seeing unfold. Always a pleasure working on my brother from another mother, take a look at progress from last night's session.

Noah Minuksin | November 7, 2013


TATTOO

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


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

Follow your Heart

 Another good start...

Client in to honor the love of his life.

Noah Minuksin | October 30, 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


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


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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

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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National Treasures

After a week of straight tattooing I managed to break out of the studio with the brother Jun to explore the city some. First stop was the National Gallery to admire some of the worlds most treasured masterpieces. When it comes to painting collections like this, the masters still live...

From Caravaggio to Rembrandt, Michelangelo to Rafael, me and Jun spent the day drooling over countless masterpieces

The virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo... Timeless

What we found most interesting though was the pieces by Michelangelo and Leonardo that showed their process. The unfinished painting by Michelangelo below was one I didn't even know existed.

And Lastly, this amazing drawing by Da Vinci. Showcased in a private room this piece reveals his finished perfection but more importantly his raw process. The natural aesthetic to his marks translate beauty that is simply not matched. Da Vinci was it....

Taking some great inspiration back to the studio with us.

Noah Minuksin | January 26, 2013


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


CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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


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


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

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


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


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


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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


TATTOO

Switch Gears

The brothers and I are back on US soil and back to work. After a great trip to Europe its time to dive back into my studies with school as well as taking all the inspiration I soaked up from over seas and re-injecting it back into my work. The studio is like our lab. Constantly we are trying to new things, working nonstop, anxiously waiting to showcase and share that progress with the world. In fact, one of the main purposes that we travel is this, to spread what we are excited about here at Lowrider with you all. Under this roof there are no egos, no negativity, just a band of brothers collectively driving this craft in hopes to push it to another plateau. I guess what I am trying to say is it feels good to be home...

Progress with Justin's collection.

Much more to come from Justin's corner. Keep an eye out

Noah Minuksin | February 18, 2013


TATTOO

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


TATTOO

REPENT

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

Noah Minuksin | March 12, 2014


TATTOO

Beginning of the End

 Met up with the brother Chris back up north to seal up his chest with one last session...

Not an easy spot to get worked on, but like a true soldier my man powered through. Future projects in the works with Chris

Noah Minuksin | September 4, 2012


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Uffizi Painting Collection

Florence houses one of the oldest and most famous art museums of the western world. 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...

Enjoy

Botticelli

Leonardo Da Vinci

Michelangelo

Raphael

Artemisia Gentileschi

Caravaggio

Van Dyck

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


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

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


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


LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

Back to Back

When a client dedicates his back to his collection you know he's fully committed at that point. In my opinion, and I am sure many will agree, that working on one's back is the biggest honor an artist can have. With the body's biggest canvas, along comes the most work. Ready, willing and able, these fellas are in it for the long term. Heres a few of the many larger scale projects currently in rotation. An early healed look with the brother Faze as we go in for yet another strong session... Still much work to be done with this one.

Niv has been a straight soldier throughout the whole process of working on his apocolypto inspired back piece. When you come across the rare client who is as dedicated to the process as we are, your become similar to a band of brothers going into battle time and again. We are dedicated to the finish. Quality in every step. Long days and longer nights. Feels good to see this one come as far as it has. Still needs another session to complete. Heres a look from last night's session.

A huge thanks to all the clients that have been coming in day in and day out, sticking it out with me throughout those long sessions.

Noah Minuksin | March 7, 2013


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, 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


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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


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


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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


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


ART + DESIGN, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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

Michelangelos creation

I've officially died and gone to heaven. I cannot recall another time in my life that my eyes have layed upon such beauty and perfection. They say there are some things in life you truly have to experience to understand, and standing under the Sistine chapel is especially one that is like none other.

Now photography in the chapel is strictly prohibited, but since you all have been so loyal...

"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving."

Noah Minuksin | May 4, 2012


TATTOO

Saint Felipe

 

Good start with Adrian. First session under our belts.

Noah Minuksin | August 23, 2014


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


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Raging Bull

Another smooth run with Krystal's collection. Last night turned into a memorable session over here at the studio. With Jose over my shoulder for a change, we began to analyze and breakdown technique, approach and the overall direction that these pieces take. Another reminder of the importance to never stray to far away from the drawing board. As we grow, it is crucial that we continue to think in terms of recreating, rebuilding and re-thinking every step of the process. As easy as it is to fall into a comfort zone or familiar way of working, it is critical that we keep our minds fresh and moving forward. Never get to comfortable with a certain way of working, for that in turn is when the growing process will cease. As we are all striving to learn and progress over here at Lowrider Tattoo School, no matter what side of the globe your on, we need to continue to use our time wisely, think out of the norm, and strive together to elevate this craft to a new platform.

So much rich culture to come from times of the Mexico Revolution.

Future sessions will build more on classic Mexican heritage.

Noah Minuksin | February 22, 2014


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


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


ART + DESIGN, CULTURE, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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


CULTURE, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

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

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


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


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