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 Los Angeles and, in 1980, he created a piece that earned him a Tattoo Artist of the Year Award. 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.
Jason S. Sexton connects to the story of legendary Los Angeles tattoo artists Freddy Negrete, as told in his memoir, “Smile Now, Cry Later.”...