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The “Roots” album

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I feel blessed for having the opportunity to be tattooing, the album cover of perhaps the most controversial “heavy metal” album of all time, Sepultura “Roots” the album that in my opinion, took heavy metal to a new direction.

Sepultura is a heavy metal band from “Belo Horizonte” Brazil. They started in the 80’s, as young Brazilians metal heads, with no much hope and not many people believed they would get any far with their music, as to consider “kerrang” magazine, ranked them “the worse band in the world” in the 80’s. For the band, they got exited about it, just to know that the band was getting noticed outside of Brazil.

It was a struggle for Sepultura in the beginning as they didn’t have money. Their dream was to play outside of Brazil, as they couldn’t afford it. They toured around Brazil for years, and the money they saved from all these years, they could afford to send the singer “Max Cavalera” to New York, to try to get a record deal.

In his first trip to New York, Max Cavalera had cassette tapes of they third album “Schizophrenia” which was their hope to get signed by a big record company. It’s believe that Max Cavalera went to the building of Roadrunner records in New York, and threw his cassette tapes on the window, to try to get signed.

It was a Pity he didn’t get signed by any record label. And he went back to Brazil with his hopes not very high. However, before he left New York, he gave away, all his Cassette tapes, and this tapes got copied and copied over the years.

Only 2 years later, Roadrunner Records must heard the tape, and rang Sepultura, to come to Brazil and do an album with them. They knew that was their opportunity, and for the next 6 months they locked themselves in a garage, and produced the world widely known album “beneath the remains”.

It was then , when Sepultura had their first tour outside Brazil. They toured around Europe. It was a dream come true, and they had their opportunity to show their music for the first time outside of Brazil.

After the success of “beneath the reamains” they had the trust from Roadrunner Records, and then released “Arise” “Chaos A.D” and “Roots” the album I’m tattooing in the picture.

In my opinion “Roots” is a very special album as it was the first album they had the courage to mix Brazilian instrumentals to their music, and that shocked a lot the metal community, because metal is usually only to one side with not many variations or other directions you can take it. However in my opinion Sepultura used what they had, they were from Brazil, and they took advantage of that, to do something “Metallica” couldn’t done, or “Slayer” couldn’t done.

And I think life is about that, you gotta use what you have. You have to take advantage of who you are. Sepultura also had the total back up from “Roadrunner Records” to do the “Roots” album, after the success of “Chaos A.D”. That’s why they could afford to fly to the jungle of Brazil and live with the Indians for 3 days. They felt the Indian tribe life style, made a song with them, they had an experience of the real Brazilian Roots, then went on tour after.

And that’s one way to make your talent happen too, it’s to be able to afford to support your talents. A lot of people out there have a talent, however they never get the opportunity to show their talent due to lack of support. Support is important to make your talent be seen, and multiply the opportunities of your talent.

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The Layout

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The layout

First thank you for reading my blog.

In this blog I would like to share how I have been working lately. I have been working with an app called “photoshopmix”

With photoshopmix, I can create a layout for my customer before starting the tattoo process. With this layout, it gives the customer a quick overview and taste of what they are going to get, and which direction the tattoo is going to take.

The clients have ideas about their tattoo, however is really hard to visualise sometimes what’s going to happen. So in my opinion, as a professional artist, it’s our duty to clarify what’s going to happen in the tattoo process. It’s in our hands to put them at ease, as we all know, a lot of clients they come in to see us worried, and not sure about how their tattoo is going to look.

With photoshop mix, I can quickly and easily give a layout and perception of what it could possibly come ahead, being able to add and erase picture and mix them pretty easily.

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Universal Studios

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My trip to Universal Studios at Orlando, Florida, was so far the best experience in my life time. Universal Studios is an amazing place. I have had seen videos in the past, liked it, and fancied it, however it’s nothing like being there.

If you are a fan of movies it’s a must to visit Universal Studios. The level of entertainment and artistic inspiration is out of this world. As an artist it was no just a holiday for me. It was a true art lesson.

If you are an artist too, I would highly recommend it. I’m not a big Harry Potter fan, I appreciate it, however I was blown away with the Harry Potter world and rides.

The biggest attraction of Universal Studios is Harry Potter, so if you are a Harry Potter fan, you would not be disappointed.

Universal Studios have 2 Parks. So each park has different attractions, from different movies, however both parks have a Harry Potter attraction, with 2 Rides and 2 worlds.

My favourite rides were, the transformers, Spider-Man, King Kong, and the 2 Harry Potter ones. Some of them were in 3D, so in 2D.

I was there for a week, however it’s not enough to see everything. That place is so huge, and I would for sure be back again, to explore another rides and places.

To see videos of my trip check out my YouTube channel or Facebook, I will be uploading videos and pictures.

If you haven’t been to Universal Studios, I would highly recommend. It’s a mind blowing experience.

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Walking with Nature by Louis

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As an artist being around nature is a must, it refreshes and clears your mind, nature is the foundation of life, so the more in touch we are with it the more alive we feel.

I used to want to live in town to be closer to work, to be able to focus on my work more. However living in Leeds city centre, my mind wasn’t at its best, considering noise, pollution and lack of nature. When I tried to relax, I wasn’t really feeling it, it was almost like I wasn’t grounded enough.

Now moving to a new area, far away from the city centre, I feel like I’m in a different world. Waking up and hearing the birds singing, breathing fresh air, I feel like a different person. My mind is in a better frame and I feel like I’m more creative.

I’m getting settled at my new place, however i feel like, I can’t wait to get back to my work, draw, study and paint. I feel like this time I’m more motivated, more relaxed, and now I can feel I’m gonna get stuff done. As I’m not in the city centre, I do not have the distraction I used to have, with friends inviting me to go go out, even knowing I declined a few of these invitations, to focus on my art, not in a bad way, as I do love them.

I understand life is about balance, however as a 35 year old man, I’m done with partying and getting drunk, this is not at my list of satisfying things to do anymore, I want to live art, and that’s what satisfies my soul. In the end of the day, if we don’t express ourselves, what’s the point of living? And as time is limited, we have to embrace every moment we have to express and create our world. I believe the more we express ourselves, the more alive we will feel. So that’s the direction I’m gonna take, even a bit further now, as I’m in a different place in my life.

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Regards
L. Santos