The future is fuckin terrifying, the idea of the unknown is something that haunts the thoughts of countless who meditate on the subject, myself included. But in the infinite number of paths and doors both our own and the other conscious vessels there’s a horror show of beauty, pain and knowledge waiting to be acquired.
No mystic we seek in the world can come to a conclusion, even with a glimpse through the eye hole, just suggest the best wisdom they have available. I love it. The future is a never ending learning process and it’s forever changing. Even when you feel you’ve come to know it, other factors are introduced and your spiral back to the terror that is square one. All the knowledge you’ve gained from the past seems to evolve with every second your mind processes more information, so in a sense the future is humbling cause it reminds us about how little we actually know and how far we are willing to push ourselves to continue.
My future so far is nothing I thought it would be and I’m nowhere I thought I would. But the places I’ve been and experiences I’ve had have all been fucking amazing. But the steps i’m taking now have me pacing like a maniac thinking of where I’ll be headed next…
Meditate on whats happened, whats coming and what to do to get there. Don’t dwell on past mistakes, embrace the ones coming. Fuck the mystics that tell you your path is set and who you are, you are who you make yourself.
We often go through so many faces, we are not happy with what ever life or destiny sets up on us. We want to break free and long for things to be different. This differs from person to person, but at the end it is all the same we want to be unique and acknowledged. We want the feeling of assurance and knowing that we exist. Hence the transformation of one self, there so many ways we can help our selfs when facing this task we can become better friends, sons, fathers, listeners, artists and learn to be more understanding and empathetic. To see the world through the eyes of some else is sometimes the best way to understand people and their needs. Im faced with this amazing opportunity when dealing with so many people, my job demands it and I learn so much by doing those things mentioned above. Sometimes it is the other way around Im the one who needs understanding and there has always been some one there to help. Thats where the magic lies transformation of one self is continuously happening and everything around us contributes to that change.
The capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.
Last night I had a dream, it had a tale to tell, I dreamed I saw an Angel the poor thing wasn’t well. His body bruised and battered, his wings were ripped and torn, he looked as if he wished that I was never born. I walked up to him and I asked, “Angel how can this be”? He turned around and paused a bit then spoke these words to me. I am your Guardian Angel a great task as you can see, You’ve run a muck all your life look what it’s done to me. These bruises are from shielding you in times both dice and I’ll, Those dangerous things you had used I often paid the bill. See my wings are ripped and torn, a noble badge that I wear, How often they have flown you from evil unaware. Each Mark is its own story of deadly wounds destroyed, You’ve made me wish more than once that I was unemployed. If only you could make it and stand up on your own, Oh don’t you fret or worry you shall not be left alone. But please try to remember that I’m getting old and frail, we’ll see if you can help yourself only time will tell. I could not believe all I’d heard let alone how much he cared, I sat and wept upon his shoulder then left in despair. The next morning I pondered all the things that I had done, And that’s when the transformation hit, my life had finally begun. So I made a final decision to change my life and try, and in the distance I thought I heard a frail old Angel cry…
I have been gifted with the power to contribute to so many peoples transformation. I do this everyday and it brings me so much joy to be able to help some one get closer to being that person he longs to be.
With every poke of the needle this transformation begins to take place it is a right of passage something that is earned. Its not easy but nothing worth while in life is easy. I have so much admiration for all those who come to the studio and endure so much pain for it takes great courage and strength to go trough this difficult and often painful process.
I often hear “I will not kill my self over this”, and then I hear Drake say “last night I made the decision I would die for it.” So I don’t know what the fu(*&**^&% to think lol. All I know is that if you die doing what you love that death will be a beautiful one.
I want to write so much more luckily this picture above explains it all, I guess it is true pictures speaks a thousand words. I only wish I had been a tattoo artist back when I was in high school, I would have just turned in five tattoo pictures instead of an 5000 word essay.
It’s been a long time coming. This Thursday in London a new chapter begins. The whole team will be working on sight, and all are welcome to join the celebration of the grand opening of the new Lowrider Tattoo Studios UK. See you there!
When we are on the road at times it is very difficult to navigate through the day, fatigue sets in after only a few hours specially when we are in Europe being that we are 9 hours ahead. Not being able to stop what we are doing we have to find something to aid and motivate us to keep working despite how tire we are. For reasons unknown The voice of this particular young girl really does the job. Carla Morrison a native of Tecate Mexico has a beautiful enchanting voice that makes me lose my self and makes me forget the concept of time. Her warm loving lyrics evokes a funny feeling inside you wether you understand spanish or not.
We thank Carla for the inspiration, It gives me the chills every time I see your videos, I can tell how passionate you are about your music, It comes from the heart.
Off to another smooth run here in London. If our plane getting struck by lighting, a 10 hour delay, and a flooded loft couldn’t stop us, nothing could. Besides the early runaround, this trip has proved to be one of the smoothest to date. So much love here from all of Europe, I want to give a special thanks to all of the clients that made the trip out, some returning and some new, but all now a proud part of the Lowrider family. There’s a certain energy in the room when you have a collective group of people all striving towards a common goal. No egos, no one man bigger than the crew, all contributing their own part towards the finish. Its a team that makes the big impacts not the one, and I couldn’t be anymore proud of my team. Im honored to have my brothers Miguel and Jun along my side, never ceasing to inspire, with their relentless work ethic, passion and drive. And of course our commander in chief Jose, whose actions inspire all of us to do more, become more and dream more, who has proved time and again the worht of a true leader. Long days once again turned into long nights, and theres no way we would survive without our right hands, Stevie, Toby and Alex. The late night cups of tea, Nando runs, and motivational ball-breaking was just what we needed to pull through. As I head back to Cali to continue school for the Fall, the brother Jun is now making his way over. Be sure to keep up with boys as they continue to power forward. Also for those who will be in attendance at the London convention, make sure to stop by the booth and say hello. Thanks to all for all of your continued love and support, much more to come! -Noah Minuskin
They say the road to success is a long one, I agree with that I have been working at perfecting my craft for many years and Im still trying to reach success. Whats more important than reaching your goal is all the beautiful moments we have along the way, all the beautiful people we come in contact with, hence the saying “Its not the destination that matters but the journey and every thing we do along the way”. With only 20 years old our friend Nico is already on his way to reaching his goal, with all the support from his parents and every body around him Im sure it will come soon. I believe success runs in his family both Marlene and his father Frank have been very successful, by successful I mean raising two fine young kids Nico and Natasha to be just as genuine as them. I had the pleasure to spent two days with this wonderful family and Im so proud of how they supported each other the whole time Nico was getting tattooed. From the bottom of my heart I wish them all the best and Im confident Nico will make us all proud when he makes it to the major leagues.
After a few minutes of going over what piece we were going to do we decided on the Madonna and child a sculpture by the great Michelangelo, a perfect piece for the chosen area.
We still have some more work to do, but for now we’ll let this heal for a couple of months before we go back into it. Thanks so much to this beautiful family. I enjoy my work very much you just made it more pleasant, from all of us here at Lowrider Tattoo thank you very much and we hope to see you all soon.