That Thing is What We Got

Welcome back, friends, family and fans of Speakeasy Tattoo, Los Angeles! It’s that season again! Things tend to get rather hectic and stressful for a lot of people around the holidays under the best of circumstances. This year? Well, need I say more?For that reason, I think it would be a nice opportunity to slow things down a bit. Usually I like to bring you a long-winded history lesson on here (I blame college), but over the next few weeks, I’d like to change it up slightly.

Let’s talk inspiration for a bit. With tattooing, or any visual medium for that matter, inspiration is usually pretty recognizable on an aesthetic level. But art isn’t purely visual. It can be a very personal experience. One can be driven by a countless number of things in ones life that translate into the art they create.


This week, we are spotlighting resident Speakeasy artist Jesse Gomez. Jesse takes a lot of visual inspiration from nature. Just take one look at the natural flow of some of his amazing pieces and that much is apparent. But, when asked what his most inspirational albums were, one can see touches of these influences in his work as well.

First off is the Long Beach Ska classic, 40oz to Freedom by Sublime. Some may be shocked to learn that Sublime actua

Opie Ortiz is still working today at Still Life Tattoo in Seal Beach, CA.




Jesse up!

Stay tuned next week when we take a look at what makes Nicole’s head bop! Take it easy, kids!

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