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Dedicated to “Nawlins”….

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Each tattoo tells a bit of my life story. I’m not one of those “gun attached to brass knuckles mixed with a knife kind of tattoo” people. Each of my now 22 tattoos bares some kind of importance. My most recent piece is a dedication to the city that showed me that I had a bit of growing up to do. Now I wasn’t down there being a menace to myself and others but there was a bit about yours truly that I hadn’t even come to terms with. Continue reading

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Pink Elephants on Parade…

I have a small, magenta (dark pink?) elephant figurine that sits on my dresser. I don’t know what it’s carved from but I thought it was a cool item when I saw in the University of Penn’s Museum Gift Shop. Sometimes you buy things just to buy things. It may be the color, the shape, or it could remind you of someone and to keep that memory alive you throw away a few dollars for the sake of nostalgia. At the time, there was a girl that I liked that had a tattoo of small pink elephant on her forearm. She told me the story about how she got it a year prior with a group of friends to support AIDS research or something along those lines. Whatever. Anyway, I bought the small figurine as gift for her but along the way shit happened and we no longer associated with each other. A blessing in disguise. Continue reading

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2.20.17 Thoughts

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Me Myself And Eyes

1. Moonshine is the devil. I visited Manayunk over the weekend during an abnormally nice February weekend. I hit a barbecue spot with my cousin Ty and a friend as soon as hunger decided to make it’s presence known.  On the drink menu, I spotted Moonshine! It came in a shot glass/tumbler and at first I thought “This little bit of nothing for $7.50?! GTFOH!” but then I took a few sips and I realized that the small portion was given to me for my safety. MAAAAAAN that moonshine was everything and worth every penny. If I didn’t have a brisket cheesesteak with it, I would’ve been ass out and washed up. Continue reading

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35MM Pastlife: Winter/Spring 2016

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Digging into archives of yesteryear. There’s something rewarding for me in using a 35mm point and shoot camera. It’s like my personal rebellion against the digital age. Sometimes megapixels don’t mean anything. Continue reading

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Another Tattoo… Sheikah Style

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If I hadn’t made myself clear with the previous Legend of Zelda post, then this should be all of the proof that you need. One of my earliest tattoos is a Triforce which cemented my place in the Nerd Kingdom. This tattoo meant more to me once I connected the symbol with my personal life. The Sheikah Emblem which is pretty much the Eye of Truth was used in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time to see what was hidden. I’ve become better at trusting my intuition as of late which allows me to see through the nonsense that some may try and bring into my environment. That kind of vision is essential in my journey of life.

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Still At It…

Consistency. Persistence. I have conversations with my “co-defendant” MP about these subjects at least once a week. What I’m most consistent with these days besides being “weirdo” has to be my need to spill my guts into my journal on a daily basis. I don’t know how my brain functions but it’s more chaos than order inside of my head and it always has been. Sometimes I feel like it’s ADHD or some other mental glitch that allows me function much differently from my peers. Maybe that in itself is just a byproduct of overthinking or not thinking enough. I’ve always had questions about everything and it was unfortunate that I let self doubt dictate many of my missteps along the way but that’s no longer a burden of mine. Thankfully. Continue reading

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Latest Tattoo: The God

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As of late, I’ve been on a journey of self realization and just truly living out the life that I want. I’m into making statements and my latest “The God” tattoo is an all out testament to that. First, let me start off by saying that this is by no means blasphemous. So JESUS FREAKS please chill as I break it all down. If you’re up on Hip-Hop namely Rakim and Wu-Tang Clan then you may be aware of the usage of “The God” which comes from the 5 percenter sect of Islam. I claim no religious denomination but I love Rakim and the Wu so I adopted their slang years ago and calling myself “The God” began as an inside joke amongst my peers but when I began to think of what a God does and is capable of as a creator, I chose to use that title seriously. I see myself as the “supreme being” in my own world and I have the ability to create greatness as well all are. We are all Gods and Goddesses in our own way. We just have to truly see ourselves as divine creators as we can forge our own paths in this crazy, crazy world. So yeah… that’s the story.

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Tatted on V-Day…. Thanks to Made Rich!!!

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“Oh my god, Oh my god, If I Die, I’m A Legend”Drake

First tattoo of the New Year and it was very, very necessary. I’ve wanted to have a crazy tattoo on my arm for a minute but I had to find the right artist. In Philly, I’ve had dope tattoos done by cool tattoo artists but I needed something on a higher level. After watching the documentary Color Outside The Lines, and the work of Made Rich and Miya Bailey caught my attention. Made Rich was the closest in proximity to Philly and I had planned on catching the Megabus/Boltbus or (if you know how to really get it in… The Chinatown Bus) to go and set up that appointment. Fortunately for the God, he was actually set to appear at the Philly Tattoo Convention, which went down today, and I sent that email and dropped that deposit faster than dumb music fans will say “Who’s Beck?” (Dumb Asses!) Continue reading

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Tattoo Stories: Jack Rudy, shot by Estevan Oriol

Dope interview with Jack Rudy who’s considered to the “originator of the Black and Grey technique,synonymous with classic Los Angeles style“. He’s worked at Good Time Charlie’s Tattoo Land for over 30 years and is still killing it with a creative approach to the craft. Jack Rudy aka “Way Back Jack” is the longest practitioner of the Black and Grey style and that’s one hell of an accomplishment.

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35mm Pastlife: Walking Around The Town (September/October 2012)

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There’s a joy that I get whenever I walk through Philly on a nice day and find subjects to take photos of. I do what I love and there’s nothing that comes close to that feeling. I’ve used all kinds of cameras but point and shoots with fixed lenses and low apertures always come in handy. Some of the coolest photos that I’ve taken and most of my published work has come from those cameras. I’m not a camera snob and the hardware used doesn’t matter if the photo comes out better than expected but that’s just my opinion. Continue reading

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