Friday was a private VIP showing for the new Revok, Rime and Roid much anticipated gallery show at KNOWN Gallery. so I shot up there to meet some homies and meet up with Just Blaze to give him a piece and he also wanted to meet Revok and check out his work….. this was like a 25-30 person invite only event, so it was really chill with a open bar and good company. it was from 5pm to 8pm
After that, I went to go check on my boy Boog who was working next door and I decided to get something I should have got a long time ago…..
but I forgot I left something inside the gallery! haha
so Boog finished my tattoo no joke inside 15 minutes!!!!
came out clean! I can’t believe I didn’t do this 5 years ago…. but this is my company, my lifeline “IF”
BIG FUCKING SHOUT OUT TO MY HOMEY BOOG! THE WORK HE DOES IS CRAZY!!! AND HE IS FAST AND HAS A SOFT TOUCH WITH THE HAND…. SPECIALIZES IN BLACK AND GREY AND HAS BEEN TATTOOING FOR 25 YEARS GETTING IT IN! FROM DALLAS TO NYC TO LA AND ALL OVER LONDON, SWEDEN AND ASIA!
I’ll post more info about my dude later in this entry
so I ran into the gallery next door with no shirt on lol….
I actually got to chop it up with KC for 30 minutes or so about shit that occurred 25 years ago! we talked about friends who passed to graffiti to when I used to DJ and he’d come by and a whole lotta shit and how the game has changed. really good chopping it up with you G and I appreciate the love.
they gave out giftbags but I didn’t get one, all good, RVCA was one of the sponsors so that was cool…..
After I was tatted, the show ended…. I walked up to Diamond and even though they were closed… I saw Sagan closing out and some cats hanging out…. since there was no parking on the block, I parked in Nick Diamonds spot lol…. all good, he was gone at the SADE concert… so I took my lil dong saeng Tony Tones out to get some dinner and whatever….
we hit the Grove, easy… no smelling like kogi because that’s where we were headed
but I got it in lightly….
then we walked around… didn’t feel like seeing a movie and really, the grove was dead! we walked into Barnes and Nobles….. and I seen this
Nicolette line LolliMe made it on 2 covers in a month. both the same mag…. but still cool, 2 different bikinis on 2 different models. it’s still 2 covers regardless.
so we left, headed towards downtown to hit up ESPN Zone (shit that boring losers like us do, well Tony isn’t a loser, but…)
ESPN zone was closing in 10 minutes… so I turn down Nipsey’s marathon CD and we say fuck it, let’s turn around and hit up a K-Town cafe and get some boba (what’s most FOBS do, Tony is def a FOB lol)
my boy Brian who owns Haus in K-Town just opened an even waaaaaay bigger cafe on western, just north of 6th street and he has a studio on the 2nd floor too…. I mean this place holds 100 + people easy!
the place was crowded and busy upstairs and in front and inside period… but the back was dead because it wasn’t exactly warm…. but more importantly, I don’t think people knew there was a back patio because the place just opened…. congrat Brian, I wish your business the best.
We jumped in the 7 and out of K-Town… still bumping the marathon…. I dropped Tony off and he helped me out with something lol…. man that is a fucking good kid right there! solid homey!
I turned it in kinda early…. and realized that I didn’t upload pics from my iphone of this new BIG buddha charm we made for a client in the south…..
I’m so mad that I forgot my s95 at home for the jewels and the gallery, but all good…
the pics just don’t do this piece justice! either of the pieces.
again, I wish I had my camera… but this had to be sent out ASAP! and with a saturday delivery and I had to run…. so I know at least he’s enjoying it now and that Buddha is HEAVY! Solid! and a nice italian 14k franco which is so hard to find these days…..
we also made him a yellow gold solid 5 row prong set diamond bead bracelet to match his buddha set up
we ended up dipping the bracelet a little to make it look darker to match the franco and buddha….. so that now he can go get himself a yellow gold big face rolex day date II president to complete his set up
I grabbed my camera first to make sure I didn’t go to work without it…..
because a fellow NTer Dre aka “the Real Hundreds” copped a yellow gold, yellow diamond Jesus Piece from me
so I tested out the camera to make sure shit was coming out clear….
so tell me if you can tell the difference….
the buddha was taken with my iphone….
this jesus was taken with my s95
thanks for your business Dre.
while I was at work taking pics of jewels….
Nic was in the south hamptons getting tan
and after work….. I shot over to the block to see Boog again and the regular opening for the Revok art show was that night and it was a whole different ball game…. most of the art was already sold out from the night before, but damn! it was packed!
I came by to get the rest of my ink done by Boog…. so I walked out of that chaos… then outside people were bugging because anime model Jessica Cambensy was there checking out the art. I literally heard that name being said almost 4 times in 2 minutes….
walked back into the studio, sat in the chair and got a couple tattoo’s touched up that were done 15 + years ago by the legendary Mark Mahoney. I had the areas surround it filled in to make the area complete and also touched up so that it all blended in…. I’ve been wanting to do something in that area for a while now, but never had the time or Cartoon was always so busy…. I really don’t trust too many tattoo artists even though there are so many good ones out there now, but I have a strong loyalty to Toons, it’s just that me and Boog also go back, but it’s a respect thing and I seen a piece he did on someones leg that was CRAY!
so I only have 1 really poorly done tattoo(SNOT), but it’s also one of the most meaningful ones I have and I will eventually get it fixed and touched up…. that’s one of my last things I’ll do…. besides just finally booking a tattoo removal session(YIKES!)
so after a painful 2 hours, here’s what it looks like off my iphone
I got a cali based city scene behind the OG Humphrey Bogart with power lines, palm trees… and even shoes over the power line…. a scroll over the old lettering and a super sick ass diamond with “Diamond Life” written in fancy script…. next to the Bogart, I got 2 tombstones to represent the 2 most important men in my life who passed inside this last year…. 1 was my pops and the other Jonas. and Boog added some smoke too….
for any of you who are still on myspace, he still has one up here:
thanks again family, I appreciate you showin love and hooking up my arm!
after that, I took Boog to Aroma Cafe on Sunset and if you haven’t been there… you need to go!
shot back to the trap and chilled out falling asleep to DVR recorded episode of “Storage Wars”
on Sunday, I woke up early…. headed over to drop off some jewels to my boys at Crooks… then shot back and chilled out watching TV and was on the internet for pretty much the whole day…. grabbed some wingstop (yes chicken wings don’t have carbs, or depending on how you get them, very low carbs) and then watched Entourage and caught up on Jersey Shore(shits getting interesting again)
back on the art tip….
I’m part of a Art Show for some very super triple OG Graf Artists who really ran LA back in the day and got it locked still 20 years later…. my belmont family…. my K2S/STN fam and others and I will showing off a few pieces there.
please check it out and come through if you want to!
I hope everyone had a great weekend….
catch me on Instagram baby…. @benballer