Archive for November, 2010|
Monday, November 29th, 2010
We celebrated Thanksgiving this year with the company of everyone’s family. Music was blasting all through out the shop, the drinks were flowing, and everyone was having a great time with the growing Lowrider Family.
It was a full house filled with laughter and cheer. We had the traditional turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, stuffing and corn dishes, as well as traditional mexican plates such as tinga and pozole.
Being with our families for Thanksgiving is important, so we brought our families from home to spend time with our family at work. Some have spent time at the shop before and others met for the first time.
…and we also had our first timers celebrating Thanksgiving with us.
Everyone left with their bellies full, but some of us still had a bit of room left for one more cup cake.
We had a great time with everyone who came, maybe next year we can celebrate with you. Until next time. Cheers, Salud, Santé…
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
It all started with an inquiry a couple of weeks ago by our good friend Jesse Seiwert. When we heard that he was looking to get a Chris Farley portrait, everyone became ecstatic and couldn’t wait for Jose to get it done. Lowrider Tattoo is filled with huge Chris Farley fans and when this tattoo surfaced, we couldn’t believe it.
Hailing from Chris Farley’s hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, Jesse came in and patiently waited for Jose to put the final touches on the stencil that was on its way to become another masterpiece that we could all soak in to better our skill as tattoo artists.
One last glance at the stencil as well as the reference and Jose went to work.
As a fellow tattoo artist, Jesse had a clear and perfect view of Jose’s techniques that will help him in his career. It was a fun piece to witness as well as a great piece to learn from. From the complexity of the hair to the stunning features in the eyes.
With the addition of the final touches, Jesse was ready to go and show off his new tattoo that was a huge inspiration to all of us at the shop.
The final product.
Jesse was a blast to have at the shop. He became a great friend and part of our family. We were very intrigued by the stories that he had for us. Eventhough he didn’t have the honor of hanging with the man himself, Jesse explained how he has friends that were close to him and of the night that he had the pleasure of having dinner with Chris’s entire family. The way Chris was on stage, he was in his life-loud, funny, and loving. He will be missed. Rest in Peace.
Saturday, November 20th, 2010
New things have been brewing up here at the shop. For the last couple of weeks, we’ve been in a really artistic mood. It all started when we received calls asking if we painted faces for Halloween. Of course, wanting to take on a new challenge, Lowrider apprentice Nancy Gonzalez gathered up her make up bags and lined up the clients to try out a new form of art. Inspired by Sylvia Ji, Nancy tried it out and immidiately fell in love with it.
Inspired by the day of the dead artform, we attended Santa Ana’s annual “Dia de Altares” festival where we were photographed by OC Weekly for the magazine.
For apprentice Arni, oil painting became an instant passion. Here you see him working on his very first oil painting which is on the road to becoming a great piece.
The newest addition to the Lowrider staff is Oscar Huerta, bringing in a fineline traditional style to the table. with 2 years under his belt, Oscar is on his way to becoming a great tattoo artist. He’s a big inspiration to us when we are around him. When he’s not tattooing, he’s drawing nonstop and it’s contagious. He has us pushing ourselves to greater heights.
We also made a trip down to Sunset Blvd to pay a visit to one of the masters of tattooing. Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Social Club (SSC) was a big inspiration to all us but more to Ireland native Mikey “Doodles” Sheerin. As soon as we stepped through the doors, the crew was very inviting and started conversations with us from drawing to tattooing and even about everyday life. It was a great day to get inspired.
Pacquiao VS Margarito had us fired up at the shop. From a BBQ to some good beer, we were all stuck to the television for this great fight. Some were pleased, others were angry with the conclusion but at the end of the night, everyone’s company made it all great.
Miguel Ochoa took on a whole new way of drawing. He’s currently working on a pair of canvas shoes for his sister-in-law. He’s inspired everyone at the shop to start a pair of their own.
We also had a 3rd year student from Chapman University come in and ask us a couple of questions about the tattoo industry for a Sociology project. Alix Camp, an Advertisting Major, came into the shop with her pen and paper asking questions ranging from the history of tattooing to styles of tattooing and everything in between. She is intrigued by the artform and when the project was assigned, her first choice was tattooing. She realized that tattooing is slowly becoming a mainstream type of art and not like it used to be, which was art only for bikers, inmates, and many criminals. That’s the main point that Lowrider Tattoo is trying to make. We specialize with art inspired tattoos and stir away from the violent and criminal aspect of it. So thanks to people like Alix, tattooing is slowly on its way to become a normal part of our society.
This is everydy life at Lowrider, staying creative and inspired is something we strive to keep in ourselves. Stay tuned.
Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Some of our good homies came by the shop a few days ago to check us out. The homie Lazy from the Untouchables along with his boys spent most of the day with us while I tattooed some of our fans all the way from Japan.
Its been a long journey, so it was nice to remenace about old times with the homie Lazy and my boy Spider.
Another happy costumer.
The finished product.
Monday, November 15th, 2010
Miguel Angel Boigues will be flying in from Valencia, Spain to spend a couple of days in sunny Southern California as a special guest artist in the Fountain Valley shop. He will be arriving on the 21st of November and will be departing the 6th of December.
Alongside his wife Veronica, Miguel has been participating in conventions since 2007 where he has received a lot of attention due to his work as well as 41 trophies and counting.
Besides tattooing, Miguel Angel is also an oil painter who strides to become the best artist he can possibly be.
Hurry in and book your appointments.
Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010
LT studios is in route this holiday to Berlin, Germany. Working with clients both one on one, as well as in this coming Berlin convention’s 20th anniversary. To reserve your bookings please contact the info above.