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..
âLife's not about how hard of a hit you can give... it's about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.â Â Â -Rocky Balboa
Now to take us out some memorable words from coach...
Noah Minuksin | March 4, 2013
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...
Noah Minuksin | May 24, 2013
They say that one's true character is like the spots of the Jaguar, not even the mightiest storm will wash themÂ away.
Honored to have an old friend in the studio, making the trip down from the bay. To much fun with this one...
Looking forward toÂ focusing on more works like this.Â
Noah Minuksin | November 17, 2014
Sisters Of The Inquisition
Had the privelage of visiting with the big brother Shaun Berke at his studio today. When you hear about all of these incredibley talented underground Â painters, and they are out there, Shaun is one at the top of that list. Fellow Art Center alumn who stills come back to teach as well, this guy's talent and knowledge in the field of painting goes unmatched. With a solo exhibition nearing at the reputable La Luz De Jesus Gallery, my man has been dedicating much time into his newest body of work entitled, "Sister's of the Inquistion."
"When principles are put to the question, there is no escaping physical reality. Though an idea cannot be broken, a bearer can. Fire speaks to ice, and an acolyte melts. These are the forms of water, unbound, in the house of black and white. These are wet nuns.Â
Drink Venezia dry."
Luckily for me he took some time fom his hectic schedule to talk with me about his work and show me around his studio.Â Its always inspiring to walk into a room filled with amazing work, not just finished but in process as well.
Shaun has been experimenting lately developing his own techniques, which are beyond me at this point. The technical level he is executing is truly incredible. But yet he makes it look so easy...
You can tell much about a man by what books he houses in his library. It pays to be the one that knows...
"SISTERS OF THE INQUISITION"
January 4 - 27, 2012
Artist Reception: Friday, January 4th; 8-11 PM
Â A big thanks to Shaun for having me. Note that this is only a glimpse into what he will be showcasing come January. If you are in the area this show is a MUST.
Noah Minuksin | December 19, 2012
Back To Back
Back to back sessions with the brother Joel who made the trip all the way from Australia. Long days turned into longer nights and being that we only had a few days we had to make the most out of the time we had. The first day was spent on the Lady Justice inspired piece dealing with the idea of life and the pursuit of success and happiness. Its easy to let trends or money get in the way of the way we perceive the world around us to be. Sometimes we might get so lost in this that we find ourselves trying to lead the lives of others. For Joel its aboutÂ blinding yourself to the outer world in order to truly find what feels right to your own sensibilities. And once find it don't look back...
A closer look with the classic Og Abel money rose used to seal off the lower section
As we move to the inner section of the arm we are met with the idea of "moment mori." Which is a latin phrase that translates to "remember you must die". Death is inevitable, but how we use our time while we are here is up to us. Joel is a world traveler and wakes up every morning eager to began his next adventure. This is a daily reminder to continue to do so.
A huge thanks to Joel for making the trip out and sticking it out with me through those long sessions.
Noah Minuksin | December 17, 2012
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
Follow your Heart
Â Another good start...
Client in to honor the love of his life.
Noah Minuksin | October 30, 2014
Observing life and translating your experiences through marks on paper is one of the most liberating feelings for any artist. When it comes to sketching, Kim Jung Gi is the one. This man may have as close to a photographic memory as it gets. The video below is one of about 3 that he completes daily to keep his hand fresh. Not for awhile has there been a draftsman like Kim, and more so one that can use his skills so freely. Get inspired...
Noah Minuksin | March 13, 2014
Slow down.... trade in the freeway for the unchartedÂ mountain trail.Â Loose the city life and find the peace that lies within trueÂ nature.Â Â A few months back,Â before the term started back up at Art Center, I took it upon myself to break free from the daily grind and get lost in the wilderness. You must always take time toÂ regroup the mind and soak up inspiration from the greatest designer of all.
Wandering through forests filled with RedwoodsÂ over 2000 years old, enjoying crystal clear water to crystal filled caves,Â beauty is at every corner.
Some friends I came across on my journey.Â
They say to truly experience peace one must have enduredÂ the struggles that are found in the trenches. If you are ruthless with your work and know the trenches I speak of, you need this in your life.Â A free mind with no anxiety or stress, is the mind at its purest. Never before I have been ably to think so clearly, taking this opportunity to reflect on the year and prepare for whats to come.Â
Noah Minuksin | October 24, 2014
Tales From The Crypt
Found here are thousands of corpse belonging to friars from the church over 400 years ago. The tombs are painted with death. Leaving us with a friendly reminder...
"What you are now, we once were; what we are now, you shall be."
In life there is only one thing guaranteed...
Use your time wisely
Noah Minuksin | May 16, 2012
I recently had the privilege of taking a trip out to visit our boy Jeff Bloodhound at his studio. For those of you who are wondering what type of machines use, this is it. First he showed me the equiptment he is running which is no joke, I think if I were to sell one of these machines I could probably pay for my entire tuition. He than ran me through the whole process from start to finish.Â Nothing Jeff uses to build his machines are premade or shipped from over seas.
Every single piece from the contact screws...
Â to the armatuer bars...
Â to the frames themselves,Â are all hand crafted and cut right here in the lab. That hand quality and prestine craftsmanship that Jeff is so passionate about is what sets him apart from the rest.
What makes for the perfect machine? We had a long talk regarding some machines that he is building for me right now. Lately we have been trying to push the boundary with the past few machines he has built for me, making minor tweaks here and there, and I think we might now have come up with the ultimate formula. I swear Jeff is like the mad scientist when he's in here, he takes an idea and just runs with it, not stopping until he has mastered it. This man knows exactly what he is doing and in my opinion is by far one of the most talented machine builders of our time. Truly an honor to get a glimpse into what goes on behind the curtains with the art of machine building. For more information about contacting Jeff click here.
Noah Minuksin | October 9, 2012
Vatican Painting Collection
First up is a look at the Vatican Painting Collection.Â The collection contains some masterpieces of the greatest artists of the history of Italian painting, from Giotto to Beato Angelico, from Melozzo da ForlÃ¬ to Perugino and to Raphael, from Leonardo to Tiziano, to Veronese, to Caravaggio. All the Italians are here under one roof...
Also in the permenant collection is one of Caravaggio's best, "The Entombment of Christ"
A rare look into the painting process of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Of all the old masters I witnessed at the Vatican, the work of Raphael is what stuck with me. His grace, clarity and natural quality that embody his work are executed at a level of ease that seems almost too natural to be a painting.
With such a complex composition of so many figures it's hard to stay fluid and keep the work from stiffening up. With Raphael nothing is repeated, everything about his paintings feel so lifelike and natural, theres a kind of complexity that is mastered here, that no one but Raphael can achieve. In essence, nobody paints like Raphael...
Probably the most extraordinary room in the paypal pallace, are the Raphael Rooms, which at one point in time was the room that the Pope would sign important decrees and documents. When Raphael was painting these rooms, not only was the Bascilica being redesigned but Michelangelo was down the hall painting the Sistine Chapel Ceiling. These rooms are considered to hold the greatest frescoe paintings of the high rennasance. Enjoy...
The last piece I'll showcase is the most famous fresco in the collection entitled, The School Of Athens. Here Raphael depicts the greatest minds of Ancient Greece. The central figures being Plato and his student, Aristotle were the ones that laid the foundation for western philosophy and science. Plato, interested in the spiritual, the every day world, is shown pointing upward to the devine and Aristotle more concerned with the physcial and what we can observe and make sense of is shown with his hand extended level to earth. Two different ways of thinking about the world, both as influential as the next.
And of course paying respects to Michelangelo he includes him in this work below.
Noah Minuksin | April 28, 2013
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
The new issue of Urban Ink just dropped with Â 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
Only a few hours rest after I returned from London, did I find myself back in full swing with the Fall term here at Art Center. Halfway through the program things are starting to make sense. The theme is simple...
Destroy ... & Rebuild
A brief look into a couple of studies done over the past few days. The key to growing in any craft is to come to an understanding that every brick layed will uiltimately lead you towards the finish. All time spent on any lesson learned is used later. So it only makes sense that in whatever you do with your time you are always fully invested. Of course you would, right? No matter how basic, or simple, or seemingly unimportant, you may not see it now but have faith that it will most definitely be called upon sometime down the line. Basic perspective may seem boring, but without that knowledge, recreating an ancient city in Greece would be that much more difficult... if it wasn't so much already.
Once again I preach that the foundation is the most important ingredient.
This term im diving back into my studies with oil as a medium. It feels great to be pushing paint around once again on a regular basis. Finding inspiration for a few fun head studies was closer to home than I thought. One was inspired by the big homie Estevan, pulling an image from his Classic book, LA WOMAN.
The other was my neighbor Gonzo. My instructor wanted me to find someone the was intense and very charismatic. He gets Gonzo. Luckily he is always willing to lend a hand when it comes to doing my homework. Don't let the tough shell fool you, underneath is a big tedybear.Â
Starting to build some momentum... stay tuned
Noah Minuksin | September 29, 2013
The brother Myles is back in to finetune the collection. Being the first one in his family to dive in and pursue a career in the medical field, we focused on the moments that led up to his chosen path. Hardly ever, are others willing to share your dream, your passion, or even attempt to believe in it as you do. Especially in its earliest stages, before the seed begans to grow and bloom. For Myles, like many others, the hardest part for him was to break free from the life that was planned for him and start his own journey, to pursue the life that was meant from him. The great ones usually have to go against the grain at some point, Myles is no different.
With this collection there are many subtle reference points. The figure lower right acting as the oracle that leads the heart, followed by the motherly figure to the left providing the love and support that was shown by his moms along the way. Making our way up to the untamed passion that can only stay quite for so long.
A big thanks to Myles for unduring some long hours to this project all the way through. This short clip from apple goes out to all the crazy ones out there thatÂ think different...
Noah Minuksin | March 20, 2014
Another great start that will serveÂ as a foundation for the long-term.Â One of the noblest professionsÂ that I have come to admire is the commonly overlooked position of our firemen. When these boys get the call 9 times out of 10 its a life orÂ death situation, andÂ day in and day out they come to the aid of the onesÂ who call upon them. The lower section represents the painÂ andÂ uncertaintyÂ that is shared on theÂ end of theÂ suffering. And above, is the veiled angel whoÂ embodies the idea of the unknown hero who will soon be their savior. Blessed to know that there are try herosÂ like my brother Jared are on the other end if I were to need them.
Noah Minuksin | July 16, 2014
Anatomy Of Type
Going back to my younger years, I remember bombing the city streets using graffiti as a tool to communicate my art. That deep rooted passion for lettering would cultivate there and later grow into the form of a tattoo, as most of my first tattoos were of course lettering. Its elegance and timeless qualities have always inspired me, but not until recently did I really get to explore the beautiful world of typography in the historical sense. Diving into the birth of hand drawn symbolism, to the old styles of the early empires, and thenÂ coming full circle to today.Â To push and explore any area of interest,Â its important to understand the anatomy of where it comes from. Thinking about balance, weight, spacing, and overall harmony within the letters in just as important asÂ the word that is being communicated. Studying alongsideÂ graphic designers at my school that are religious about this stuff has made me look at type in a whole new context. TakeÂ a look into the process...
Learning through endless practice...
"Know the rules well, so that you can break them effectively" -Daili Lama
Its interesting to see how tattoo artists have pushed the boundaries with lettering such as script and old style fonts. Watching guys likeÂ Miguel Ochoa and Johhny Opina push the envelope into creating these trulyÂ unique styles that my instructors trip out on isÂ nothing short of inspiring. To thinkÂ that tattooing is impacting and contributing to something 1000's of years old is amazing.
Here's my twist...
Noah Minuksin | July 24, 2014
Great beginnings with Clint. Hailing down from our neighboring country of Canada, we kicked off his collection with two sessions back to back. Still in the early stages with our first meeting, but a good start none the less. Our early efforts were focused on a dedication to the recent passing of his moms. Never an easy subject to work with, but hopefully this bring some closure.
Next was a different approach on the opposite end of the spectrum, twisting the theme of temptation and using the symbolism of the forbidden fruit to help tell that story.
Noah Minuksin | April 5, 2014
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...
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.
Noah Minuksin | March 29, 2012
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
While thick in the study of the human form we take a turn in the study of what lyes on top. The beauty of drapery, or clothing, is how it enriches the appearance of the human form while simultaneously gives clarity to the movements and actions that occur within. As we break down the essentials and formulas to each fold, I have now been made aware that certain laws govern the seemingly randomness of folds that we encounter. Once the artist can break down the structure, the beauty of line and almost musical rhythm of the material can now play their part. The ones that mastered this art, is where I turn. Leonardo and Durer have been my teachers over the past couple of nights. Take a look at some recent studies taken straight from the classroom...
Noah Minuksin | April 4, 2012
Join the Ranks
An early look into a larger scale project in rotation. The brother Daniel is in for a monster sitting.
Still a ways to go.
Noah Minuksin | October 30, 2014
A small look intoÂ a portion of the work being prepared right now for midterms at Artcenter. Here's a few preliminaryÂ illustrations showing invaluable early thinking that goes before anyÂ final compositions. Scrambling to prepare countless presentations with not even close to enough time to do so.Â Long nights will surely leadÂ into early mornings. When failure is not an option you must deliver by any means. Stay posted.
Noah Minuksin | July 16, 2014
Â Arturo is back in to add to his collection surrounding the first piece of script that I did under the watchful eye of Jose when I arrived in January. In the light of the holiday, I am pleased to say that I have much to be thankful for this year. I made the trip down to LA with dreams and aspirations and nothing more. No place to live, no place to work, the only thing for certain was that I had been accepted to attend the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.Â I knew not what to expect, but I knew my mind was ready. I had convinced myself that the stars had alligned for me and that the time was now. I had found much trouble in my past, and now had an opportunity dictate what type of footprint I would leave behind with my life, and made the decision it was to be greater than what it was. I had arrived in LA after being on the road all day and made my way directly to Fountain Valley to see the man that would prove to change my life forever. I am blessed and very fortunate to have found Jose. I remember walking in that night, he was working at the time I arrived, but had stopped what he was doing to hear me out. His client ended up having to wait a few more hours to get back to work for we talked for awhile. That night he made the decision to take me under his wing and since that night he has been nothing but a positive influence in my life in and outside of the studio. I have learned an incredible amount from Jose and continue to do so with everything that he shares with me. Its an almost unrealistic thought to think you can get anywhere in this world without the help of others. It takes a collective effort of equally invested individuals to achieve the greatest things that life has to offer. Take a minute to salute the ones that have helped you out along the away...
I guess what I am trying to say here is if you are one of the lucky ones to actually realize your dreams there is no reason that you should limit yourself from pursuing and acheiving them. Jose told me once that ,"time whats for no man, don't be the one that lets it pass you by." There is no better time than now, to begin the fight for what you believe. Whether it be an engineer or doctor that you aspire to be, or a father, or maybe its an artist. The only one to limit yourself from acheiving this is you. Once you have built the courage to dedicate your mind, body and soul completely, believe me, the rest will be easy. To my young dreamers out there, I salute you! May your journey be a smooth one...
There is great meaning in life for those who are willing to journey. -Jim England
Â Happy thanksgiving to all from your boy Noah
Noah Minuksin | November 22, 2012
Long hours in the studio. A few recent works in rotation....
The generalÂ Casear takes us in.
Rudy from the bay in for the classic good vs evil theme, sealing up the lower arm which act as the foundation for whats to come.Â
And of course the classic tale of Perseus and Medusa...
Noah Minuksin | August 10, 2014
Â 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
Longtime client Gary is back in from Texas to start sealing up the chest. Playing with the idea of time and how easily it can slip away from us if we don't don't take full advantage of every moment. Another smooth session with Gary, more to come.
Noah Minuksin | August 19, 2014
UNLOCK THE CODE
Flashback to London, heres a few a looks from the British Museum, which holds some of history's most amazing ancient artifacts.
From Greek to Egyptian, the collection educates one with the world's most precious gems.
Probably the most impressive piece in the collection was the Rosetta stone. To think how much we came to know of the ancient world from this one rock is amazing.
The answers are all there, we just have to know where to look...
Noah Minuksin | March 27, 2013
Another smooth run with Krystal's collection. Last night turned into a memorable session over here at the studio. With Jose overÂ myÂ 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
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
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.Â 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...
Â 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,Â that welcomes you as you enter the park.
Noah Minuksin | February 18, 2012
Milano Convention x Lowrider Tattoo
Â 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.Â 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
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.Â
Noah Minuksin | February 4, 2014
The brother Cj made the trip out from Virginia to begin work to his lower right sleeve. A fun way to put a twist on the classic angel theme. Like me, Cj has his queen back home, but it doesn't hurt have having a girl like this one watching over your shoulder when times get rough. Strong first pass with the brother who sat like a rock.
A better look all the way around...
"Angel's have no philosophy but protect."
A big thanks to Cj for making the trip from the east coast.
Noah Minuksin | June 4, 2013
Client Joey is in for a first pass on this jesus piece...
Noah Minuksin | March 12, 2014
As we near our upcoming trip to Europe, here's a look back at some views from Rome earlier in the year...
When you witness these masterpieces for yourself, you are in the company of artists that have dedicated their whole lives to perfecting their craft. To reach the level of excellence that these old masters did, is not impossible, it just takes endless amounts of work. Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with it and never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill.Â Â I do the same thing over and over, improving bit by bit. There is always a yearning to achieve more. I'll continue to climb, trying to reach the top, but who knows where the top is.
"If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all." Â -Michelangelo
Noah Minuksin | December 12, 2012
Hard work pays off. Honored to have our team spotlighted in the newest issue of Tattoo Life Magazine. A great article showcasingÂ a deeper look into what happens behind the scenes during our travels. Good friend and up and comingÂ writer,Â 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, butÂ 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 oneÂ shared vision come together,Â the possibilities become endless.
"The strength of the team is each individual member, the strength of each member is the team."Â
Jose Lopez, Klown Saravia, Pablo Aponte and myself share the endless amount of work that goes into these trips,Â and the rich fulfillment that blesses us thereafter.
A huge thanks to Michael NguyenÂ and Miki Vialetto for the opportunity. Pick up your issue today...
Noah Minuksin | July 31, 2014
Caravaggio led a tumultuous lifeÂ filled with passion, violence and glory. Actually we know much of Caravaggio through his police records. An advocate of the lower class, Caravaggio was notorious for brawling, getting in bar fights and carrying weapons, one of which actually killed one of his opponents during a tennis match. In the past his high-placed patrons had protected him from the consequences of his escapades, but this time they could do nothing and because of this he had to flee Rome and go into hiding. During this time he would be closely followed by enemies in pursuit of his life in which attempts were made regularly. Nonetheless he was still painting and taking on monumental commissions that only heightened his fame with every place that he visited. At the age of 36, his powerful friends in Rome made a breakthrough with the newly appointed Pope, and Caravaggio was given a pardon to return to Rome, although he would never make it back alive. Much controversy is said by his unexpected death in route from Naples to Rome, some say his past caught up with him, others say he died of a fever on the shores. None is clear, but the overall impact of a man's short-lived pioneering style that would be often imitated but never duplicated, stands the test of time.
"With the exception ofÂ Michelangelo, no other Italian painter exercised so great an influence."
The exhibit currently on display at the LACMA clearly shows his impact on the painters that followed him. Not mainly originals from the master himself, maybe 8 in all, but regardless impressive works from Gentileschi, Ribera, and VelasquezÂ alike, all making this show a must see...
Best known for his a radical naturalismÂ that combined close physical observation with a dramatic, even theatrical, use of chiaroscuro. Caravaggio preferred to paint his subjects as the eye sees them, and at a time of heavy religious influence he broke out of conventional methods and Â was able to tweak them to his own sensibilities. criticized often for pushing the limits, for example, using known prostitutes as a model for the The Death Of The VirginÂ and other paintings alike, he was successful in reducing the religious class to human terms.
Remembered as martyr of the lower class Caravaggio will continue to be a topic of conversation now, and surely in years to come...
Noah Minuksin | November 18, 2012
We landed in Milan and after working for two weeks straight in London, its timeÂ for a much needed break with the brothers. After getting settled in we made our way towards the center of the city, the DUOMO. One thing that I find most interesting about the church is the fact that it took nearly 6 centuries to complete. Me and Jose where thinking how it would be to dedicate your life completely to a project, knowing that you would not live to see it completed. Talk about believing in something that is bigger than yourself. Aside from that, the time that passed also allowed 6 generations of styles influence the structure. Some say the styles conflict, but what I witnessed was 6 generations in perfect harmony with one another that came together in some way to complete something spectacular.Â From the unbelievable amount of sculptures that coat the exterior to the design that's so complex, it seems as though one might study it a week without exhausting its interest. Enjoy some views as we reload with some inspiration...
The bronze doors that greet you are nothing short of amazing both in size and detail. Note the size with Jose and I standing in front...
The brother Miguel and I made the trek to the top just in time to catch some views from the top before the sun went down.
Architecture at its best...
Next up... Venice
Noah Minuksin | February 4, 2013
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
A quick Â look back from Italy, taking a break to explore Venezia.
Little did we know when we arrived it just so happened to be the first day of Carnival.
Aside from the beauty that Venice brings, one thing that stuck out from our visit was the amount of effort put into the masks worn for theÂ "La Maschera piÃ¹ bella."Â If a jury of international costume and fashion designers make the trip out to host the contest for best mask, it must be worth it..
Jose joining in on the fun..
Just to give you an idea of how many are still interested in keeping the spirit of Carnival alive
Truly a memorable visit with the brothers.
Noah Minuksin | February 17, 2013
Â "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Â -Leonardo Davinci
Good start laying the bricksÂ with this Leonardo Da Vinci inspired collection.
Noah Minuksin | October 31, 2014
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
Jarome is back in to continue. With prior themes surrounding deception and now building towards temptation and the symbolism behind the forbidden fruit. Constant reminder to stay focused and stay the course.
Noah Minuksin | January 22, 2014
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
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.
Noah Minuksin | December 18, 2013
Lord Of The Sea
Lord of the sea Neptune seals up the upper arm. Another smooth run with last night's Session.
Noah Minuksin | June 15, 2014
7 Deadly Sins
Clint is back in from Canada for back to back sessions. Its an honor to work withÂ clients like Clint that are willing to invest themselves both mind, body and soulÂ in theÂ 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. FewÂ see what goes on behind the curtains, the countlessÂ hours in the studio, multiple sessions, andÂ endless other areas of workÂ that go into each and every project. Clint is truly partÂ of a rare breed...
Beginning with the inner section that will eventually bridge to the outer, Temptation and Lust are the focus.Â Theme surroundingÂ the conscious understandingÂ ofÂ 7 Deadly Sins, so that theyÂ 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.Â AnotherÂ 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 thatÂ remainsÂ consistent with the whole.
"We are punished by our sins, not for them..."
Be sure to keepÂ an eye out for this collection. Follow ups to come.Â
Noah Minuksin | July 21, 2014
The Lost Leonardo
Last piece from Milan, the brother Alessandro is in to move forward with his old master inspired collection. When I get the opportunity to work on fellow tattoo artists from around the world, its a real honor and a privilege as well. Ale, seeking much inspiration from Leonardo as I do, chose to began his collection with the Lost masterpiece ofÂ The Battle of Anghiariâ¦.
Commissioned by Niccolo Machiavelli to decorate the Hall of Five Hundred, Leonardo worked on this project during the same time that his rival Michelangelo began work on the opposite wall. This was the only time that Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo worked together on the same project.Â Michelangelo did not stay long enough to finish his portion of the hall, for he was called by th Pope to return to Rome. Familiar ending with Leonardos work as well, who began having some troubles with his experimental painting technique, and later abandoned the project. For ten years the paintings stood unfinished, until Vasari was ordered to renovate the hall, leaving the fate of the paintings lost foreverâ¦
We have an idea of the beauty leonardo created, through the master copy of Peter Paul Rubens, as well as in depth descriptions expressed in Vasariâs writings.
Always a pleasure to see our boy Alessandro. Keep an eye out for future work with this collection.
Noah Minuksin | February 12, 2013
I've officially died and gone to heaven. I cannot recall another time in my life that my eyes have layed upon such beauty and perfection. They say there are some things in life you truly have to experience to understand, and standing under the SistineÂ chapel is especially one that is like none other.
Now photography in the chapel is strictly prohibited, but since you all have been so loyal...
"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving."
Noah Minuksin | May 4, 2012