Mi Vida Loca Tattoos - Los Angeles | Fotos/Letras by Sal Rojas


Nene de Mi Vida Loca Tattoos | Photo by Salvador Rojas Photography

Nene de Mi Vida Loca Tattoos – Los Angeles, California
Fotos y Letras por Salvador Rojas

In the City of Compton where Gangster Rap was born and raised, a young Chicano kid named Nene grew up in the killing fields made infamous by the lyrics of some of Hip-Hop’s greatest.

Many of Nene’s older brothers and extended family members were caught up in the California State Prison System. They would mail letters back home decorated with Chicano-based prison art. Nene would collect all the envelopes, letters, and cards he could get his hands on. He would then recreate all the art work until he mastered the style.


Nene de Mi Vida Loca Tattoos | Photo by Salvador Rojas Photography

Barrio life is not easy when you’re a teenager in Compton, especially in the turbulent nineties. Nene found his calling in life when he started tattooing. Using his homegrown drawing skills he started making a name for himself tattooing “Compton” on the skin of his homies. He then started refining his techniques and extended his tattooing arsenal to include black and grey fine line tattoos and realistic portraits. Having a deep love for his “Cultura” some of his best tattoos represents his “Orgullo Café” with tattoos of Aztec/Mexica Warriors, Mexican Revolutionaries, and Mexican Day of the Dead themes.


Day of the Dead Tattoo by Nene / Mi Vida Loca Tattoos | Photo by Salvador Rojas Photography

Thirteen years strong in the professional tattoo game he runs his own tattoo studio in West Los Angeles appropriately named “MI VIDA LOCA TATTOOS”. Nene bases his industry and street reputation on “guts y ganas” rather than “glitz and glamour”, noting that fame comes and goes in a flash.

Using his tattoos as permanent billboards, most of his business is based on word of mouth and returning customers who want the most authentic Mexican tattoos possible. When he’s not in his own personal tattoo studio located on West Pico Boulevard in L.A. you can find him traveling the world, from Tokyo to New York City, slanging ink and wearing his “Compton” shirt with pride.

La Cultura Cura!
Salvador Rojas Photography


Mi Vida Loca Tattoos - Los Angeles, CA | Photo by Salvador Rojas Photography

Mi Vida Loca Tattoos (on the second floor)
5653 West Pico Boulevard,
Los Angeles, California 90019
tel:(323)939-7426ý
website:www.mividalocatattoos.com
myspace:www.myspace.com/mvlta2


Nene's Tattooing Hand with Zapata and Day of the Dead Tattoo | Photo by Salvador Rojas Photography

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