Legends : Freddy Negrete and Chaz Bojorquez
Tattoo Master Freddy Negrete (Left) and Graffiti Genius Chaz Bojorquez (Right) / FOTO by: Salvador Rojas
Freddy Negrete is known as one of the fathers of the Chicano style black-and-gray fineline tattooing style. A Southern California resident, Freddy got into tattooing at an early age. Freddy ended up working alongside Jack Rudy (best known for inventing the single needle for the professional tattoo gun) at Good Time Charlie's. Freddy has worked on feature films and has been consulted on a number of projects about tattoo culture. He currently works out of the famed Shamrock Social Club located on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.
At an early age, in the 1950ís he experienced the graffiti tradition of the
East Los Angeles Mexican-Americans. Los Angeles "Cholo" style graffiti was
dictated by an honored code of writing. Allegiance to that code of
traditional writing brought you respect.
In 1968, out of high school with a liberal arts/mathematics diploma,
and one year of state college, Chaz enrolled into Chouinard art school
(known today as Cal Arts). He also studied Asian calligraphy from Master
Yun Chung Chiang ( Master Chiang studied under Pu Ju, brother of the last
Emperor of China). From all of these experiences, in 1969 he combined the
tradition and honor from Cholo gang graffiti and the educational knowledge
from art school, and with the spiritual skills of Asian calligraphy. Chaz is
one of the first graffiti writers from Los Angeles, with his own style.
After more than a decade of tagging in the streets in the 1970ís and early
1980ís, came a deeper need to understand, why do we do graffiti?
In 1975 Italian photographer Gusmano Cesaretti interviewed Chaz for
Street Writers, a transcribed audio tour of East Los Angeles graffiti in the
early 1970ís. A pioneer book in the Chicano and Graffiti culture. In 1979 he
embarked on a round-the-world experience, visiting and living in 35
countries, studying how graphics and letters describes culture and national
pride. - Courtesy of Chaz Bojorquez Bio