Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos-My Life in Black and Gray

Smile Now, Cry Later: Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos-My Life in Black and Gray


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609806941
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
Publication date: 08/30/2016
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 231,364
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Legendary tattoo artist FREDDY NEGRETE is best known for his pioneering black-and-gray tattoo style, honed while serving time in a series of correctional facilities during a youth mired in abuse, gang life, and drug addiction. His "joint-style" designs eventually found their way out onto the streets of East LA and, in 1980, he created a piece that earned him a Tattoo Artist of the Year Award. After a ten-year period of renouncing his tattooing success in favor of bible study and becoming the pastor of his own church, Freddy eventually returned to tattooing in 1990 to find that he had become a tattoo superstar during the decade he had been away from the life. Freddy has been featured in the History Channel's Marked series, in the documentary Tattoo Nation, on Spike TV's Inkmaster as a guest judge, and in numerous print, online, and video publications. In 2007, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Body Art Expo, one of the biggest and most established tattoo conventions in the world. Having suffered the ravages of drug addiction for many years, Freddy is now also certified to work closely with young addicts at Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles, a treatment center based on Jewish spirituality and Twelve Step principles. Freddy lives in Hollywood with his son Isaiah, who is also a successful tattoo artist. They both work at the Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip and have tattooed numerous celebrities, musicians, and sport personalities.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface: How art brought two barria warriors to dinner xiii

Chapter 1 The pachuco and the raven 1

Chapter 2 The surfer kid 23

Chapter 3 "Varria sangra rifa" 37

Chapter 4 Los Diablos (The devils) 67

Chapter 5 Si vis pacem, para bellum (if you want peace, prepare for war) 87

Chapter 6 Reefer Madness 103

Chapter 7 Shanksville, usa 127

Chapter 8 Good time charlie's 153

Chapter 9 Walking the walk 187

Chapter 10 Blood in, blood out 225

Chapter 11 Rat-a-tattoo 257

Chapter 12 La noche oscura del alma (the dark night of the soul) 275

Chapter 13 Stairway to heaven 287

Chapter 14 House of return 319

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