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I am entered in the Rockstar Energy, Sullen Art Collective and Inked Magazine 13th Artist Design A can contest. If you could please Vote for both of my designs, you can vote once A day per email so please do so I really appreciate the love and support. I consider myself more of an aspiring artist then I do an artist. I have A deep love and passion for Art in all of it’s many forms. This is the first time I have ever entered in anything like this. I actually made this design using my Samsung Galaxy S3. Winning this contest will be an opportunity of A lifetime for me. I consider myself the underdog in the contest cause all the other artist have extensive backgrounds with their Art to where im just A simple Aspiring Artist and Tattoo Artist. I hope I can get your Votes I highly appreciate them.
Nikko Hurtado is one of the top color portrait tattoo artists in the world but this Saturday marks his very first solo fine art show, Renati. The show will feature several never-before-seen works by Hurtado, onOctober 26th from 8:00-11:30pm in Santa Monica’s Copro Gallery at 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, CA. Hurtado gives Inkedmag.com an exclusive peek at his artwork and a discussion about his creative process.
Inked: We are really excited about the Renati art show that you have coming up. Can you tell us a little about what to expect with the show?
Nikko Hurtado: Well, I named it “Renati” because it means “reborn” in Latin. It’s a theme, like a new thing for me, since I’ve done art for pretty much my whole life, but to be reborn, it just speaks of the new picture. So I put a couple of old pieces in, maybe like two or three older pieces, but I did 10 new pieces for the show.
Inked: Can you tell us about some of the pieces you’ve created?
Nikko Hurtado:Yeah, I did one called “Dermographic Illumination.” It’s a girl holding up a tattoo machine and standing on traditional tattoos. Pretty much what it means is that she is standing on tradition. She has a filigree that’s growing vine-like on her body, and as it comes to her arms, it starts to come to life. Where we are [in the tattoo industry] is standing on tradition and where it came from in all these years with everything that’s happening in the industry now. It’s cool because it’s this pretty girl, and she has pink hair, so it has to do with having a lot more women in this industry now, which is awesome. Then, also in some part, it has to do with the future of tattooing and how many people look at the industry and how popular it’s become. So that piece has a lot to do with right now and tattooing itself.
Inked: How have you been preparing for the show?
Nikko Hurtado: Just painting every day I get a lot of instant verification from tattooing people and I’m done that day; it’s not huge-sized art. You get a lot from tattooing instantly, but with painting it’s different because it takes weeks to finish a painting sometimes. When I’m painting, there’s less pressure and it’s hard. But it’s been great and I love it. It’s definitely a whole different dynamic and I have a whole lot or respect for people that just solely do art and painting.
Inked: And this is your first solo show?
Nikko Hurtado: Yeah, I’ve done other group shows and things where I’ve done like one painting, but this is the first time that I’ve ever sat and painted. I took three months off of tattooing to prepare for this. It’s been crazy, so I’ve been working really hard trying to make it interesting. It’s something I’ve put some love into.
Inked: And you were just part of the Beyond Eden show?
Nikko Hurtado: Yeah, I was. With this gallery I’m showing with Copro. They offered me this chance where I could do Beyond Eden as a preview with my solo show. It’s four galleries that come together in LA at this municipal gallery and museum space. Chet Zar and I showed our shows that we’re doing this weekend and then three other galleries showed stuff. A lot of people came out and it was just really cool to show. It was nerve-racking, but it was awesome and I sold a few pieces that night.
Inked: What would you say is your preferred medium when you are creating these pieces?
Nikko Hurtado: I like oil paint. Just because oil is so masterful; it’s like an old way to do stuff. I just like the way it looks and illuminates light and how buttery it is. When I see oil paints, I love it. I travel a lot so I get to see a lot of museums. If I go anywhere in the world, I go to the museums. I want to see old paintings and old things from a long time ago. For me it’s just cool that these things last two hundred years, and you can still look at them. They still look incredible and that is just crazy to me. So that’s why I prefer to work in oil. It’s just an amazing medium that lasts for so long.
Inked: Are there any artists that you draw direct inspiration from?
Nikko Hurtado: Yeah, of course. I think I draw directly from a lot of places I’ve been and things I’ve seen. Like one of my favorite museums is the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It’s awesome because of the way the painters painted, I mean Rembrandt is up there! I get to paint with Michael Hussar every so often and we do a painter’s night, which is like life studies, and of course I draw a lot of inspiration from him. He’s an incredible artist and an incredible person.
Inked: What drew you to work in mainly portraiture?
Nikko Hurtado: I don’t know. I think in tattooing it just kind of went that way. I always liked realism and realistic tattooing and realistic drawings, but I think naturally it just went that way. People would be like, “Oh, I want a portrait.” So I ended up doing a real portrait of somebody on somebody, so this is what actually led me in that direction, instead of me saying “I want to do portraits.” I tattooed before I painted, so it made me go back to art and to learn more about portraits and things like that. There is so much information out there on portraiture that’s been done for hundreds of years already. And there are people that have already mastered that. So there is just a lot of learning to be had out there. You can really reach and just find out. So then I started painting and I started meeting painters and taking classes and just really trying to learn more. I’ve been using oils for maybe five or six years now.
Inked: Anything else you would like to add?
Nikko Hurtado: I’m just grateful for my life pretty much. I get to make art and I’m happy with that. So either it’s tattooing or painting, and I’m grateful, so thanks.
Copro Gallery presents artist Nikko Hurtados’ first solo art exhibition “Renati”. Nikko’s brand new body of work focuses on his talents as a fine artist with works on wood and paper. Nikko has become one of the forerunners in color portraiture tattoo work and has elevated himself into the upper echelons of the tattoo industry to earn himself a number of awards and admirers along the way. This exhibition represents a rebirth and new direction for his artistic skills as a painter and fine artist hence the title Renati which is latin for Reborn.
Born in 1981 in San Fernando Valley, California where he was raised by both his parents Nikko’s uncles and grandfather all sported their own homemade tattoos. Displaying his artistic talent from an early age, he would draw pictures of cartoon characters and give them to female classmates in an effort to get their attention. From junior high forward he attended art classes in school where he learned to draw professionally and then went on to attend ‘The Art Center of Pasadena’.
Fortunately for the tattoo industry, a friend of Nikkos’ opened up his own studio and invited Nikko to come and learn how to tattoo, giving him his start in the tattoo business. After a long stint working out of Ignition Tattoo in Apple Valley, Nikko began making plans to open his own studio ‘Black Anchor Collective’ in Hesperia, California which opened its doors in early 2010.
Nikko ‘s tattoo work is instantly recognizable as his own due to his ability to blend his personal style into every stunningly realistic portrait. Working with portraits of the stars of film and television as well as personal portraits of family and loved ones, he is able to capture that magic that seems to make his tattoos come alive. Using an incredible color palette he can create a perfectly realistic flesh tone for his tattoos and can change the texture of his designs at will. With his talents of creating beautiful art on peoples skin Nikko is using those same artistic skills to create paintings and drawings that will hang on collectors walls. “Renati” will be his first major foray into this field of art so DON’T MISS IT!
One nearly died, the other is fighting Lupus. Timothy Rhyme and Nay The Producer (First Dirt) are trying to make the Comeback Of The Century, literally.
Timothy Rhyme nearly lost his life on July 18, 2011. He bled out internally and almost met the man upstairs. Since that traumatic day, he has bounced back like James Blake. Shortly after his recovery, he moved to LA to be closer to his daughter, got into CSUN, has made some significant strides in his music career, and kept his focus on helping people.
Nay The Producer was diagnosed with Lupus August 2012. She spent the entire month of October 2012 in the hospital. This flare up was so severe it caused fluid in her lungs, fluid around her heart and two blood transfusions. To go from a self reliant, hard working woman, to needing the assistance of a walker and cane to do menial things has put her in a hard spot. Regardless, she keeps fighting and hasn’t let this unrelenting disease stop her from moving forward.
Both have seen their lives be flipped upside down and completely altered forever. This campaign is an attempt to raise funds to put together an amazing album but it subconsciously is touching the warrior spirit that we all have. Some people would have let their circumstances get the best of them but Timothy Rhyme and Nay The Producer would not let defeat be a word that described them in this story.
This campaign is important for several reasons. Not only will it allow Tim and Nay to tell their story. But it will allow them to inspire others and show other people in similar predicaments that there is some hope and that they aren’t alone. Music is one of the most powerful tools in lifting a persons spirit and this is one of the main objectives of this album. In a world where most of the messages in music are about “cool” stuff and a glamorous life, Tim and Nay attempt to show that you can still make good music with a good message.
If you have ever faced a challenging time in your life and just wished you had that little nudge to get you to the next step, this is your chance to be that to someone else. This is your chance to be apart of the Comeback Of The Century!
What Your Generosity Will Fund
Through experience, Tim and Nay have figured out how to release a successful album. They each have years and years of experience in this industry and have seen the formula first hand. The main components are:
1.Mixing / Mastering
2.Album Cover Design
We budgeted every penny and used fair estimates of making sure we didn’t sacrifice quality. If we are going to ask people to invest in us we want to make sure that their money is used to create the best product possible.
If for some reason we are unable to reach our goal. Your investment will still be used for this album. We might have to cut some corners and go the cheap route on some of the extra costs but either way it will go into the final album.
Tim and Nay are really hoping to set a tone in the hip hop world. They are consistently breaking down barriers when it comes to music arrangement and content within the hip hop community. To be able to release this album in the manner they would like to would mean that the younger generations will have a new message to relate to. In a world where negativity and self destructive tendencies reign supreme, this is a breath of fresh air to those that are looking for more honest depictions of the world they live in.
In the end, Tim and Nay hope to inspire future artists, students, and people in general to not be afraid to be themselves. They want to show that you can be yourself and still be successful. That you don’t always have to conform to what you see on TV to gain some notoriety.
The impact will hopefully be felt for generations to come. And when the next generation feels like they’re down and out they can be reminded that Tim and Nay made the Comeback Of The Century and so can they.
Other Ways You Can Help
We understand that times are hard and that you might not feel comfortable giving some strangers your hard earned money. Rest assured that you even reading this has helped our cause and for that we are grateful. If you believe in this campaign and want to help in some other ways you can:
Get the word out to your friends and family and make some noise about our campaign.
Show someone that you might think would be inspired by this story.
Help us go viral.
Tell people in power.
Tell school officials about our empowering goals.
Go to www.firstdirt.com and purchase other music.
For Holiday 2013 OBEY collaborated with the legendary band Suicidal Tendencies. This year marks the 30th anniversary of their first record and OBEY wanted to put something together that reflected the influence Suicidal has had on Shepard and OBEY. (Make sure to read the text below from Shep on his introduction to the band and how it influenced him). They worked with Mike Muir, the founder of Suicidal Tendencies as well as two of the original artists responsible for the art behind the band. They used Ric Clayton’s work from Possessed To Skate and the original drawings from skateboarder Lance Mountain. The key for OBEY was to pay respect to the original work but put an OBEY twist to them, showing the heritage and legacy that the band and artists have created.
Joey Atilano, better known as 60 East, first got into hip-hop as a kid watching his big brother work on his own music. Since then, his reputation has grown steadily, thanks to a few high profile gigs and some legit tracks. One of those tracks is “Motivation,” which features the lyrics, “You can teach motivation, you can’t fake motivation, so please keep hatin’, ‘cause I could use the motivation.” That’s all well and good, but only issue is that not a lot of people appear to be hating.
Not every artist has a happy beginning but sometimes it’s the effect of a dark event that can shape and mold us into what we need most. Artist 60 East is fully aware of the connection between a friend’s and father’s death and his prominent succession as an up-and-coming hip-hop artist of the Inland Empire.
It all started innocently enough, 60 East was a young sibling attached to his older brother’s musical ambitions which included friends working on a label. “I was always around listening and watching them rap, record, write, perform, etc. and at 9 years old that’s when I first decided that’s what I wanted to do with my life. This phase continued until around 2006 when the main artist on my brother’s label ‘Spaceghost’ was murdered in Ontario.
”60 East fell into limbo for a while, dropping out of high school and working construction to make ends meet but eventually he was reunited with a few of his brother’s old friends. It was the kick he needed to jump back onto his destined musical path was losing his father to cancer in 2010. “That’s when I decided was going to put all my effort, strength, time and resources into making it in the music industry,” says 60 East.
Passion for 60 East’s loved ones fuels his lyrical creativity. If you’re not a fan of life stories put into song, you might not get the same desired effect as someone who has gone through similar events. “I am very personal and open with my life and my experiences. My goal at every show is to touch someone through my music whether it’s done by describing a scenario they have been through or sharing one of my own stories and having them be able to relate to it,” says 60 East.
60 East should be on your radar by now since him and his group FIRST DIRT were the opening act at this years 2013 PAID DUES FESTIVAL and also head lined the D.I.Y Fest ( Do It Yourself Festival) and the E.O.S Fest (End Of Summer Festival) so if you have’nt heard of him keep an eye out for 60East and FIRST DIRT!