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Wednesday, January 11th, 2012
A long time ago a lil kid came to my shop asking for direction and a chance to sit down and talk to me about tattoos…. He asked a lot of questions and I answer them to the best of my knowledge…This went on for a while and time after time he would come back to talk some more until I ask him if he really wanted to learn a lil more he could come with me and really jump in the water and get his feet wet, I assure him it would not be easy but he welcomed the challenge and he started working with me, going to all the places I was going to. I remember him always standing right next to me always watching me, with almost no expression on his face just intaking all the information in front of him.
This kid was like no other he did not have a care for anything but learning how to tattoo, it was almost weird that he did take interest in other things other guys were doing and he would never leave my side. I remember a time when we went to one of the first tattoo Conventions out of state and it just happened to be his birthday,lol. I though it be a good idea to get him drunk but actually it was a bad one… We found that out the next day, not only him but all of us had to worst headache ever. My pocket was full of money cause we were gambling and drinking patron and aparently I won all the money that night. I didn’t remember anything. The worst part is that we still had to tattoo that weekend and that didn’t stop us we were there to tattoo and thats what we did. Now that I look back and remember so many moments its seems like it was yesterday. Only that lil kid has grown to become a man, a man that I’m very proud of, His name in Jun Cha. His is on his way to make his own mark in the tattoo world and he still come around all the time to check on us and help out at the studio. Nothing has change he is and will alway be family. I’m writing this because another kid has stepped in to the shop just like Jun did 6 years ago with the same determination. So I could not stand there and do nothing, I welcomed him into the shop just like jun for I saw the same potential and the same drive. It is funny how life and history repeats it self.
He goes by the name of Noah a young artist from Santa Rosa CA, He left everything behind just to pursue his passion for tattoos. And just like Jun he went ahead and enlisted him self in the Art Center Of Pasadena. I really think there’s a lot of very good things that are going to come out of this kid for I have seen it in another, Jun.
With only a few years of Tattooing he is already a master of Hand Script and many other types of tattooing.
With the skills he will be learning in school and at the shop I’m sure he will become a great tattooist.
I really hope that he takes advantage of everything in front of him just like Jun did. Now I’m going to have two guys around me looking over my shoulder,lol.
Thats has never been a problem with me they are my kids, and most importantly they are my friends.
With this new year comes Noah he will be a great asset to Lowrider Tattoo and a great complement to All the other tattooist at the shop like Johnny Opina, Miguel, Gustavo and another great artists sam and lil b.
I’m Proud of all of them And would like to wish them all the best in everything they do.
Lowrider Tattoo started with a dream with one man sitting in a wheelchair wondering what would become of him… He never imagine what would unfold in the coming years. Just when it seemed like it was over, a bright light shined down on him and showed him the path that he is now following, Tattooing.
I’m very fortunate to have such big family and I’m really happy to add Noah as a new member of the Lowrider tattoo Family. Come check him out and find out what I’m talking about, he has lots of talents just waiting to be explored.
Tuesday, December 27th, 2011
Tha homeboy Tommy ”Cyklone” Garcia came through to tha studio this week, to add sum writin’ to his already sick collection on his head. Rangin’ from many great artist in tha Black N Grey field like Tommy Montoya, Fonzy Inkshot, Shady, etc. I gotta say it’s a tuff spot to tattoo and to get tatted. It was critical for me cuz he’s also a great fine-line letterin’ guy. Tommy’s been out there travelin’ all over Europe too, holdin’ it down with his Southern California Chicano Style. I gotta say he’s got a dope personality, big ups to tha homie.
Well while I was tattooing, Joser was hookin’ up another fellow tattoo artist, Marty in his station. He wanted a Jun Cha inspired piece on his arm, take a look…
Jose’s always deliverin’ an insane piece as usual. I wanna take this time to thank all our customers, past and present, for all tha mad love and support!
Tags: europe, fine line script, fonzy, jose lopez, lowridertattoostudios, MIGUEL OCHOA, southern california, tommy garcia, TOMMY MONTOYA
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Wednesday, October 19th, 2011
Like the old saying goes “till the wheels fall off”. Thats how we do it, its coming up on our 18th Anniversary and Lowrider Tattoo its still going strong.
The wheels are still turning and we are privilege to have some good role models to look up to. The boys at Goodtime Charlies, Jack Rudy and Brian Everett to name a few.
All day every day from start to finish we keep doing our thing us across the world and the rest of the family back home putting it down.
First the stencil and then the final work of art.
And there is always some pone by my side sometimes Miguel, Johnny or Jun also doing their part, and lets not forget big homie mark always doing something to keep us going.
A shout out to our boy Jun who could not be with us on this trip.
Next stop Paris!
Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
“Let off the throttle, let them win”
Its been a long wonderful year full of so many good times and were not done yet……We are going back and forth, from one airport to another to fulfill our dreams. We put our selfs aside to be able to please others and in the process we get lots of satisfaction.
There are so many encounters with so many different people, and its always the same it all starts with a greet and and always ends with a goodbye……. But not without a unforgettable connection being made , for we give our best and a lil bit of us always stays behind. But only for a while.
For there is always another day and for that we give thanks to the lord above. We take this opportunity to also thank those above and those who are still here with us.
Until our day comes we shall endure the pain and struggles it takes to get to the top of the mountain that many are still searching for. And never forget those who have looked over their shoulders just to give us a chance.
I dont have enough hands and fingers to count such people that have put their lives aside just to give me the opportunity to make my dreams come true.
YOUR FRIEND AND ARTIST
Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
Instead of pain there is peace, stillness and joy. Instead of loss of Being there is reconnectedness with Being. Instead of external substitutes for joy there is an inner joy which is independent of external conditions. “As soon as you honor the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolve, and life begins to flow with joy and ease.”"You abide in Being — unchanging, timeless, deathless — and you are no longer dependent for fulfilment or happiness on the outer world.”
In place of separation is a two-fold connectedness. To be present is to become reconnected both with Being itself, and with all other beings. Presence is a “state of felt oneness with Being … connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible … that is essentially you and yet is much greater than you.”That in turn enables us to enter into deeper relationships with others. “Coming from Being, you will perceive another person’s body and mind as just a screen … behind which you can feel their true reality, as you feel yours … Compassion is the awareness of a deep bond between yourself and all creatures.
Rather than resisting life as it actually is in the present moment, one accepts it for what it is, without labelling or judgment. “Allowing it to be as it is … takes you beyond the mind with its resistance patterns …”
Tolle speaks not only of acceptance of what is, but also of surrender to it. This “is the simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life … to surrender is to accept the present moment unconditionally and without reservation.”
This may easily be misunderstood, and Tolle goes on to explain that he is not suggesting anyone should accept for evermore some unpleasant situation in life. That is mere resignation. Surrender is a purely inner phenomenon, changing our attitude so we accept how things are at this moment. Then we can act positively to change the ongoing situation, and such positive action is likely to be far more effective than if it arose out of the anger, frustration or despair of resistance.
Simply listen to the voice in the head (the thoughts of the thinking mind), without judging or condemning what you hear, until you are aware both of the voice, and of your own presence listening to it. More generally, observe not only your thoughts but also your emotions and the way you react in various situations, again without judging or analyzing or making a problem out of it. “Just watch the thought, feel the emotion, observe the reaction” until you become aware of your own still, observing presence, “the silent watcher.”
Thanks to all my boys for all the support during the last unforgettable trips. We are about to embark on another journey.
More to come.
Tags: jose lopez, jun cha, london convention, rome tattoo convention, TOMMY MONTOYA, trevi fountain
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Thursday, August 4th, 2011
Our boy Jerardo Martinez came in today to get a beautiful picture of his beloved father.
It’s an honor to ink someone so special, and to see the smiles on their faces when the piece is done is something that brings so much joy to us…That’s why we keep doing what we do.
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011
Our boy Mike V came in to work on his arm all the way from Idaho. I have a lot of respect for all of our loyal fans and friends that are willing to come or drive from all over. I thank all of you for all the support. Today I will continue on his arm, I just hope that he’s up to it for it will be a lot of pain for him to endure, but then again he drove 14 hours to get here so I’m sure he’ll be ok.
So with that said stay tuned for the second part of this project. thank you.