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

Supreme Virtuoso

How can I began to express the genius I witnessed in Florence. Let me start by giving you all a brief background on the history of this masterpiece even before Michelangelo came into the picture. Many had attempted to sculpt this seemingly perfect block of marble before him and had given up due to the near perfect technique needed to execute this flawless marble. It was not until 25 years later, that Michelangelo would pick up where these failed attempts left off, in an attempt to finish what no other man was able. For three years Michelangelo worked in secrecy, often sleeping fully clothed so he could continue his work upon waking. Da Vinci is quoted describing him as such, "He looks like a baker. The marble dust flours all over him and his back is covered with a snowstorm of chips." Supreme dedication and personal torment would endure as such, up until the unveiling of the time's greatest masterpiece.

It is said that, "Anyone who has seen Michelangelo’s David has no need to see anything else by another sculptor, living or dead"

Noah Minuksin | May 23, 2012


CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

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


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

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


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


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

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


ART + DESIGN, CULTURE, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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


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


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


TATTOO

Saint Felipe

 

Good start with Adrian. First session under our belts.

Noah Minuksin | August 23, 2014


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

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

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


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

TATTOOLIFE

Hard work pays off. Honored to have our team spotlighted in the newest issue of Tattoo Life Magazine. A great article showcasing a deeper look into what happens behind the scenes during our travels. Good friend and up and coming writer, Michael Nguyen, met with us during our last trip to the east coast back in December and shared the experience first hand. Think deeper than the finished product and focus on what lies within. Again the process of development, how and why, are crucial, but the team, even more so...

Every member contributes in their own right. One person's hard work can lead to great things, but when the collective effort of those willing to work and sacrifice themselves for one shared vision come together, the possibilities become endless.

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

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

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

Noah Minuksin | July 31, 2014


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


ART + DESIGN, INSPIRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, TATTOO

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


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


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, 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

Dangerously Beautiful

Long days lead to longer nights. Much exciting work has been in the works in and out of the studio lately, that will be revealed shortly. For now, take a look into a recent project with the brother Sal.

To kick off Sal's collection he chose to pay homage to the strong and beautiful mexican women that have impacted his life.

Never underestimate the strength of a woman, especially one ready for war...

Remember fellas, it's a man's world, but it wouldn't be nothin without a woman or a girl.

Noah Minuksin | October 21, 2012


TATTOO

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


TATTOO

Angels and Demons

The brother Carlos was in the studio last night to seal up his chest we had started some time ago. Another one thats in it for the long term, already with some great work from the brother's Jun Cha and Lil B, and honor to add another addition to his collection. Long hours last night with this one...

Based on the trials and tribulations of the great Saint Michael battling the fallen angels of heaven. The question lies, what side of the battle do you wish to partake in? The inner demons one carries are only know to the beholder, but how you push forward is the basis for how one's character is built. Here lies the battle of a Saint...

Some closer looks...

A nig thanks to Carlos for pulling through and sitting like a rock. Further additions to his collection in the works...

Noah Minuksin | June 29, 2013


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


TATTOO

Follow your Heart

 Another good start...

Client in to honor the love of his life.

Noah Minuksin | October 30, 2014


TATTOO

Davinci Code

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

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

Noah Minuksin | October 31, 2014


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


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


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


CULTURE, INSPIRATION, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

Student

The past week has been a refreshing reminder that the student is the best position one can obtain. Since I walked through the doors over here at Lowrider I have been consumed in absorbing all the knowledge that Jose and the rest of the homies have been willing to share with me. This studio houses nothing but family, and it just so happens that they are some of the most talented artists I have had the honor of getting to know. With the adjustment and the vigorous workload ahead the homies have been preparing me for whats to come... In the meantime let me give you a sneak view of what Jose has been up to in the lab...

I hope Jose doesn't mind me sharing this with you all, for it is still in its early stages of completion, but I couldn't help myself.

Timeless...

Catching my breath before I dive back into the studio. One last thing, take a trip down memory lane with Jose on the Lowrider Tattoo Studios Blog. Thanks for the honor brother.

Stay the course, moving forward

Noah Minuksin | January 12, 2012


LIFESTYLE, TATTOO

Life AFTER

The brother Mike is in for another round with his life and death inspired collection. Homestretch with Mike as we come full circle to wrap the lower leg. Diving into the transitions that lead to the afterlife, there is a beauty that lies in death... rebirth.

The skull plays its part to symbolize mortality and the notion of memento mori, while the butterflies symbolize rebirth and growth.

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

Noah Minuksin | March 6, 2014


TATTOO

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


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


TATTOO

Afghan Anguish

Another one for the books with the brother Manny. With roots planted deep in the turmoil of Afghanistan, we began his collection honoring the struggles that he bare witness. No holding back with Manny for his first tattoo. Long hours with this one but the brother held firm and power through. Much more to come from him in the coming months.

Noah Minuksin | April 18, 2014


ART + DESIGN, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, TATTOO

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


CAMPAIGN + TRAVEL, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, TATTOO

Touchdown

Go to sleep in LA and wake in London.

We settled into our loft in Eastern part of city and got straight to work.

Sandeep is in to begin his collection inspired by classical Dia De Los Muertos Arte.

Long hours with the brother...

A strong start with the trip. Day 1

Noah Minuksin | January 18, 2013


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


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


ART + DESIGN, CULTURE, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY

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


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


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


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


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