All posts by Louis Santos

Black and grey Coy Carp by Louis

We are working on James first full sleeve, he was following me on Facebook for a while, and got in touch with me about a Japanese full sleeve. I haven’t dabbled in Japanese for a while, but back in the day I tattooed and drew a lot of Japanese related art. So when I have to I can go back to it, and have fun. Hope everyone is keeping safe, more updates to come. Take care

Staying focused, and dealing with frustration as a tattoo artist

Hello everyone, thanks for looking at our blog. In this blog I would like to share a bit of my method about keeping focused and dealing with frustration as an artist. I hope this blog helps not only artists and tattoo artists, but also everyone in any walk of life, as I’m sure, it doesn’t matter what we do, we are always faced with challenges along the way. We do our best most of the time, and sometimes we feel like we are not getting anywhere with all our efforts. I’m sure everyone can relate to that, and here are my thoughts on it.

I hear a lot of people, calling others selfish, for looking after themselves and focusing in their life. As others see this as being selfish, I see it as having a self respect for yourself , and respecting the short time we have here. People treat like they are gonna live forever, like in life is always going to be there..

The best investment you can make is on yourself, focusing on yourself, it makes you a better person, and in a consequence, you will give others a better life. So what’s so selfish about looking after yourself first? I think is a very smart thing to do. People who are around you today, mite not be around you tomorrow, and the only person who will remain is yourself, always. I understand family usually is around us for a life time, hopefully.

Making time for yourself everyday, is what is going to make you feel better about life. Staying motivated and focused, starts with your health, without your health your brain will not function at its best, your decisions will not be at its best, due to lack of self respect for your mind and body. Having a self respect for your mind “meditating” and body “exercising” will unfold the power of “belief”. I would highly recommend a book called “The power of belief” in this book, it talks about the importance of a healthy diet in order to have the belief system in charge in your body. Your belief is what’s going to shape your world . I guarantee, what you believe right now, is where the your life will be, no mistakes there.

Do you want to get out of your focus and belief system? I would recommend eating refined sugar. Honestly, refined sugar, it lows your immune system, it lowers your concentration capacity, inflames your body cells, it boosts cancer cells. In another words refined sugar is a poison to our body. I follow a few doctors on you tube, and they mention that ice-cream, biscuits and chips are in the list of the “worst” foods in the world.

So as an artist or professional, bringing your own food to work everyday really helps. If I forget to bring my own food to work, I think, I will just get something vegan, so it’s healthy, I understand vegan food is healthy, however when the food comes, it’s all really deep fried with oil, and that sort of food is terrible for your concentration. I’m now 38, and if I’m not careful with what I eat, my concentration level goes right down, and my performance won’t be the same. So I never try to get cheap food, is like not caring for your health, I work hard so I can eat well, eating well is not a luxury is a must. Your performance at work will unfold due to what you are eating throughout the day.

I take vitamins B12 everyday I work, that really helps with concentration, and for sure i try to stay away from meat while I work, as digesting meat, it takes a lot of our body, so I prefer to put my energy to my work, instead of my digestion. In order to perform at your best, the details is what make the difference.

At last I would like to talk about dealing with frustration as an artist. If you are an artist, you will know what I’m talking about, we always want to reach that sort of painting or drawing and when the result is quiet not there yet, specially if you are a perfectionist, like me, is not easy to deal with sometimes. Being a perfectionist, it really frustrates me sometimes, as everything I feel like it could be better, the good side to that, is that I’m not delusional about my work, I’m very self critic, I prefer to be like that, than to be so delusional, like some artists I see, they think they are a so above to what they really can do, or the level they are in. Being honest with yourself is helpful, is good to know that you are doing well, but it’s smart to know that you can do better.

The best way to deal with frustration in my opinion, is not to compare yourself to others. Everyone has their own path in life, and everyone will write their own history, things come in different time for people, some people get it really early in life, but loose it due to lack of experience. A tree that grows slowly, will be a strong tree when it has reached its full circle. A tree that grows fast, will fall easier.

And also having “faith” is probably the most important thing, I’m not religious, but I believe deeply in having faith. Anybody in life who have created or achieved greatness, had a lot of faith in their vision, believe in your vision, and be stubborn about it. The best way to have a vision is to meditate, when you meditate you bring your mind to a state of piece, and this is where ideas will start to come, and the chosen direction will be clear as a day light.

I would like to thank you for reading my blog, and I hope that made you feel better, we all need a bit of a reminder of what we already know sometimes, as repetition is important to imprint our beliefs in our subconscious. Repeat what you want in your mind.

The importance of drawing portraits, before you can tattoo them

Hello, thanks for reading our blog. In this blog I would like to talk about, one of my favourite styles to tattoo, which is a portrait. Portraits it requires a lot of attention and passion to do them, the reason why is because you need to understand the human face structure. Studying a face is imperative, before you attempt to tattoo them , and the best way to practice is to draw portraits over and over again. Drawing a portrait, it allows you to make mistakes and learn from them, before attempting the skin. I have worked with tattoo artists in the past, who liked tattooing portraits, however they never used to draw them, so it was no doubt they were learning from mistakes they were doing already on someone’s skin, instead of practicing in a piece of paper first, and having respect for your client. That’s why I believe is so important to draw as a tattoo artist, because as this practising method applies to portraits, it also applies to any style, the only way you can develop artistically, is if you draw, so how can your tattoos look better if you don’t draw.

Anyway, anyone who is born with an artistic bone in them, do know that, they have an urge inside of them to draw or paint, just by being an artist, that’s what artists do, regardless if you are a tattoo artist or not. So when you meet a tattoo artist who does not draw or paint, how can they be considered tattoo artists? The meaning of the world tattoo artist, is someone who is art focused outside of tattooing, and bring these artistic lessons and experiences by painting or drawing to the tattooing craft.

I had a seminar with Nikki Hurtado, and the passion that guy had for tattooing portraits was incredible. He studies a portrait starting with the skull, the skull is the foundation of a portrait, so understanding the skull, will give you a deep perspective about approaching a portrait.

Having a passion for studying art, is what is going to develop your art. The more you know, the more you will want to know, it’s almost like an addiction, there’s no limits with what we can learn from art, that’s why I love it so much, it feels like you trying to reach the unreachable in a way, so that’s why I believe, being fully satisfied as an artist is hard to achieve, as we do know inside of us, that no matter where we are, we can always push it a little further. And if you are fully satisfied as an artist, you will die as an artist.

Thank you for reading

Black and grey Sketch of the day

Thanks for passing by. In this post I would like to share my latest sketch. I love sketching, it’s an opportunity to get ideas out and practise proportion. I like to feel free when I sketch, as when I’m tattooing, I’m constantly trying to be precise and meeting the clients request. So when I sketch I try to do the opposite, just don’t think too much and just let it be. And it feels good. I believe tattooing has a lot to do with drawing. As when you tattoo you still drawing on skin. So the better you draw, the better tattoo artist you will be. I understand some tattoo artists don’t draw, and some of them tattoo really well, however, if they did draw, they would take their tattooing even further. And being able to draw, it allows you as a tattoo artist, to know how to deal with the human body better. When you draw, you will be able to make the tattoo flow and fit the human body better. Thank you for reading, follow us on instagram@familiatattooleeds

The best way to approach your tattoo

Best way to approach your tattoo

In this blog I would like to give a bit of guidance in how to approach your tattoo artist and getting tattooed. I can only speak from a tattoo artist point of view. I’m gonna try to give guidance based on my 13 years experience being a tattoo artist, and learning how to deal with clients, and lessons I have had over the years, with following my intuition and learning what to do and what not to do.

First of all, I would like to start mentioning probably the most important way to approach your tattoo, is to choose a style that you want, and contact a tattoo artist who specialises or enjoys doing that style you are looking for. It seems like a really simple and obvious way to get tattooed, but you will be surprised, how many clients approach a tattoo artist, without being aware of the style the tattoo artist specialises in, or enjoys doing. You can not approach a tattoo artist and ask them to deviate from their style, it’s like asking someone not to be themselves, or asking for someone to act like they are somebody else.

Only approach a tattoo artist if you are 100% sure about getting tattooed, and 100% sure about getting tattooed by that tattoo artist you have chosen. And you should approach a tattoo artist, because you want their work and style, on your body for the rest of your life. So if you love someone’s work, and you know their style is what you want to get tattooed, you will do everything possible to make it happen, you will save your money, you will take a day off work, you will be patient, you will be there whatever time the tattoo artist asks you to be there, you will contribute with everything you can to make that possible. And the reason why I’m speaking like that, is because, the more easy going you are with your tattoo artist, the better work your tattoo artist is going to produce on your skin. 

I have done my best work in my clients who gave me the opportunity to work in a good frame of mind. If you are a stress head, it’s more likely you will stress your tattoo artist too. If you worry too much about how your tattoo is going to look, you are not having faith in your tattoo artists skill. I know some of you mite be thinking, but I want to know what my tattoo will look like when it’s done. In my opinion as a tattoo artist is, the more you let it be with your tattoo, the better the outcome will be. I know the tattoo will not look exactly how you were thinking, but it will come out better.

Let me show an example, with my strategy on how I get tattooed. I say to the tattoo artist what they want to hear, and by doing that, I can see their excitement to tattoo me. 

When I approached Victor Portugal, one of the best tattoo artists in the world at black and grey, I was really nervous. The reason why I was nervous is because, I’m also a tattoo artist, and I didn’t want him a bad experience, basically, I didn’t want him to think I was an idiot, because the word would be quickly spread around the world, as all the tattoo artists in the world know him, and respect him. So I think that’s a good way to think when you approach a tattoo artist, be respectful of what they mite think of you.

When I approached Victor Portugal, I gave him a few ideas, I gave him 3 ideas, and I let him choose which one he felt more comfortable doing, and I was sure to tell him, that I wanted his style on the tattoo, and I wanted him to be free. By saying that, his eyes lit with joy, and that contributed to his excitement about tattooing me. I said how much I loved his work, and why I chose him to tattoo me. All that gave him not only excitement, but also confidence to tattoo me. The tattoo didn’t come out exactly how I was thinking, but it came out better than I was thinking, and that’s why I chose him to tattoo me, it’s because I trusted his art.

If you do not trust someone’s art, do not approach them to tattoo you, it seems like such a simple way of thinking, however, you will be surprised how many people approach me, making me feel like I’m not capable to do my job. I have clients asking me, can you do this, can you do that. You should look at someone’s portfolio, and find out for yourself, what they can or can not do. 

To be complete honest, us tattoo artists, we do not look forward to see every single client we have, because some clients make such an awkward situation, such an unpleasant vibe, and when the tattoo is finished, we are so glad. So please don’t be that client, to make an awkward vibe on your tattoo. You must have faith in your tattoo artist, and stick with the process of your tattoo, under any circumstances, and the reason why you should stick with your artist, and even wait a few months to get tattooed by him, is because you made the choice to have his art work on your body for the rest of your life, and you must have faith until the end.

Jumping from one tattoo artist to another, is only gonna mess your tattoo up even more, and the reason why, is because, even knowing a few tattoo artists mite have the same style, every artist works with a different frame of mind. Every artist has a different perception about art, and how to approach their work.

Also I would like to mention about clients who approach a tattoo artist asking them to replicate the same tattoo they see on Pinterest. You must realise that, a tattoo when it’s done, it was on that moment that the tattoo came out that way, and that moment can not be replicated exactly the same. Even if you take the tattoo you love, to the tattoo artist who executed it, if he tries to replicate the same tattoo on you, is never gonna come out exactly the same, because your tattoo artist mood will be different than previously. It’s also important to know that, tattoos are produced with moods, and we are not in the same mood everyday, so a full sleeve will never be duplicated exactly the same, it will always be a momentous emotional journey.

Thank you for reading our blog, I will share more thoughts on how to get tattooed in another blog, I hope everyone is keeping safe, take care.

The table of the greats, Bruce Lee, part-5

Hello everyone, thanks for reading our blog.

This is the last blog of our journey in the table of the greats. In my previous blogs, I have mentioned about people who inspires me, people who are no longer here, who in fact are immortal, due to what they have taught us or achieved In their short time they had here.

Bruce Lee in my opinion, had a really short time here, as he died so young, still in his 30’s. what a waste of a talent, however in the short period of time he spent here, he was outstanding. A lot of people do not really rate Bruce Lee’s fighting skill, as he never had proved his fighting abilities in competitions, and I understand why some would think like that, however I also consider that he did not have the opportunity to live.

And now you mite be asking yourself, but how could we be sure of how good Bruce Lee was as a fighter, if we have never really seen him fighting for real.

I used to think like that too, until one day I came across a video on YouTube, where it shows interviews with genuine people, who saw Bruce Lee fighting for real, at martial arts classes. Apparently, Bruce Lee used to love sparing with other martial artists, as he used to love how different people were, and he used to enjoy going with the flow, or reacting to whatever way shape or form they were coming at him. And apparently, nobody could touch him, he was just too good.

Now we ask ourselves, how was Bruce Lee so good? The reason why in my opinion, was because, he was the first martial artist to study Philosophy, and the human body. Because he studied the human body, he understood it in a different level than other fighters. With such a deep knowledge on philosophy and human anatomy, he used to flow like water, with every movement his opponents planned to attack him with.

Apparently, martial artists, are very good at dancing too, and Bruce Lee was one one them. He was a Cha cha Champion, I think it’s a Chinese dance, and all that contributed to his skills as a martial artist.

One of the best stories I have heard about Bruce Lee, which is in that video on YouTube I previously spoke about. He went to a martial artist class, and spared with everyone, and apparently, no one could lay a finger on him. After sparing with all students in the class, it was time to face their master, or their teacher. The teacher looked at Bruce Lee and said, I have seen you fight, and you are not that good, I could get you in one go. So Bruce Lee said to the master, ok, you kick me once, and I will kick you once. So the master, kicked Bruce Lee once, and Bruce Lee easily blocked it with his shoulder. Then Bruce Lee said, ok, now it’s my turn, and apparently, he kicked so fast, that no one could see what happened. And people around could only start to realise what was happening, when the masters mouth started to bleed, and all his teeth started to fall out. He had kicked him so fast and so precise, that no one could catch it with their own eyes.

Its also known, that Bruce Lee, was so fast when he did his movies, that the camera people, used to ask him to slow down, because his movements would become unclear to the human eyes.

I have seen a lot of documentaries and movies about Bruce Lee. I think on Netflix, there are 2 at the moment. And I recommend an audio book called the philosophy of Bruce Lee. I hear that sometimes when I’m in the house cleaning and doing other things.

Bruce Lee was a Martial artist genius, and if he lived nowadays he would do really well on UFC. I would loved to have seen Bruce Lee fighting Israel Adesanya on UFC. I think he’s the only one who would stand a chance against Bruce Lee. They are both phenomenal, and Israel Adsanya is still leaving his legacy, and I hope he does prove he’s the best for a long time.

Thank you guys for reading my blog, I’m glad I stuck to get this few blogs done, in the table of the greats. We all should look up to someone who inspire us, I can’t see anything wrong with that. I never see anyone as my hero, however I’m not shy to let others know about people who do inspire me, and hopefully they will inspire other people as well.

Thank you for reading, and keep safe!

Digital Painting of Poison Ivy @louissantostattoo

In this lockdown, I had time to work on this digital painting of Poison Ivy, she’s Batman’s villain in the DC Universe. She was a part of one of the old Batman’s movies, the one with Jim Carry. With the limitation on technology back in the 90’s, Poison Ivy was just a simple character. I believe with the CGI they are capable to do nowadays, they would be able to do a really good job at a modern Poison Ivy. I hope everyone is keeping safe, and next week we are going to be free birds. Thank you

The table of grates part-4 Nicolas Tesla

Nicolas Tesla 

I’ve always had this idea if I could for one night, have a meal with people who inspire me, no family members, only people who are no longer here, but who left a legacy.

Born in July 10th, 1856. Nicolas Tesla was probably one of the great minds who ever lived. 

His birth was very similar to his life’s work purpose, as his mother was in labour during a massive light storm. And she proclaimed, he will be a child of light, and she wasn’t wrong.

Tesla is the reason why we have electricity, he spoke several languages and was able to memorise books in his head. At University he only had to attend 3 years instead of 4, he was a very bright individual.

Nicolas Tesla actually worked with Thomas Edson. That’s what Nicola Tesla had to say about Thomas Edison. “ I came from Paris in the Spring of 1884, and was brought in intimate contact with him “Thomas Edinson”. We experimented day and night… His existence was made up of alternate periods of work work and sleep in the laboratory. He had no hobby, cared for no Sport or amusement of any kind and lived in utter disregard of the most elementary rules of hygiene. There can be no doubt that, if he had not married later a woman of exceptional intelligence, who made it the one object of her life to preserve him, he would have died many years ago, from consequences of sheer neglect. So great and uncontrollable was his passion for work”.

Tesla’s relationship with Edson only lasted 6 months, as they disagreed in a lot on alternating current and direct current. Also one of the big reasons why Tesla stopped working with Edson was because, Edson had challenged employees to build 2 different machines, and who successfully did it would receive a huge bonus of 50.000 dollars, which it translates to millions of dollars today. 

Tesla completed his task and presented his work, and was denied the bonus promised by Edson. Edson claimed the challenge had been presented jokingly, and stated to Nicolas Tesla “Tesla, you don’t understand our American humor” 

Nicolas Tesla then deceived to open his own company, where he was going to research and work with alternate current.

As an amazing intelligent inventor Nicola Tesla was, his personal life was filled with sacrifices, he never got married, and stayed by himself to make sure he could focus on his work. He said “I do not think you can name many great inventions that have been made by married man”-Nicolas Tesla

He was dissatisfied with attitude of modern women of the 1920’s, he stated “I had always thought of woman as possessing those delicate qualities of mind and soul that made her in these respects far superior to man. I had put her on a lofty pedestal… I worshiped at the feet of the creature I had raised to this height, and, like every try worshiper, I felt myself unworthy of the object of my worship. But all this was in the past. Now the soft-voiced gentle woman of my reverent worship has all but vanished. In her place has come the woman of my reverent worship has all but vanished. In her place, has come the woman who thinks that he chief success in life in making herself as much as possible like man- in dress, voice and actions, in sports and achievements of every kind”. -Nicolas Tesla 

Maybe feminism started in them times? I don’t know, however by his statement, it seems like he use to worship woman, but then he changed his opinion due to how they had become in his modern times. I understand some people not agreeing with his opinions and philosophy, however a man with his sort of brain and intelligence will not think like most people do, to be the first person to come out with the idea of electricity, is not for everyone.

He lived large at The Waldorf-Astoria in New York, spending 20 thousand dollars which is half of a million of today’s money. That’s what really got him in debt. However living in New York, he had the access to rich people who were willing to invest in his inventions, some successful and some failures. However it’s know that a lot of amazing inventions by Nicola Tesla was copied by another inventors of his era, specially Thomas Edson, who wanted to provide paid electricity to the public, while Nicola Tesla wanted to provide for free. That’s probably the reason why Nicola’s Tesla does not get the credit he deserves, because he didn’t work with “the system” the government. While Thomas Edison did. 

That’s probably the reason why in schools, they mention about Thomas Edison, however it’s not mentioned about Nicola Tesla. It’s a pity to know that I have only came to discover who Nicolas Tesla was, as an adult, how crazy is that. That proves how much history is whatever they want to tell us. And only people who they choose to be know, will be mentioned I’m books and history.

Thanks for reading our blog 

The table of the greats- Ayrton Senna

The table of the greats

Ayrton Senna

Carrying on from my previous blog. Ayrton Senna is next on my list of the table of the greats. I’ve always had this idea if I could for one night, have a meal with people who inspire me, no family members, only people who are no longer here, but who left a legacy.

Ayrton Senna was a legendary Brazilian racing driver, who brought for the first time, mental and physical preparation to Formula 1. His dedication to racing and love and care for his country, made him a man to remember world wide. A lot of people, when they hear about Ayrton Senna, they immediately see him as a racing driver, however if you have seen his funeral, you would know, he was a bit more than that.

Ayrton Senna started his Racing career in go karts in Brazil, winning the São Paulo go kart for the children championship. He was a son of a Rich Brazilian business man, so his dad had no problem in backing up his racing career, as to be in the race world, even before reaching F1, each season of a league, could cost up to a million. So most F1 drivers do come from rich families.

So at the age of 17, Ayrton Senna came to England to drive at Silverstone, in a league that was bellow F1. Living his family behind in Brazil to be able to follow his dreams, it was a sacrifice he had to do, to achieve his racing ambitions. Even before F1, Senna already showed outstanding performances in the track, getting the attention of F1 teams. 

Willians was the first team in F1, to give Senna a chance to drive an F1 car. And his first ever drive test, he went one second faster that the car has ever been before. And for those who don’t know, one second in formula one is a lot of time. 

Willians did not have a slot for Senna that season im F1, as they had 2 drivers currently under contract. So Toleman was the team that had a space for a driver, however that car was the worse on the grid. 

Even knowing Senna had the worse car in the grid, in his first race in Monaco, in really wet conditions, with controlling the car becomes 10X harder, he managed to finish second in the race. Throughout his career Senna proved to win races with cars that was bellow the competition. Most F1 champions you see, they were champions because they had the best car. Senna became a world champion, specially with his third title, with a much inferior car than the competition.

As Ayrton Senna was considered by many, the greatest driver in F1. Due time his ability to drive in bad conditions and with not the best car, he was also a man with a big heart.

My aunt in Brazil was a doctor for the government hospital. And a lot of poor people in Brazil could not afford their operation. And she used to say that Ayrton Senna used to pay for the operations of poor people in Brazil. He was a multi millionaire, who cared about his people. There are so many sports people in Brazil, who do not care about their roots, or their people need.

And for last, I would like to say that, Ayrton Senna was one man to prove that, you can be from a third world country and you can win. He proved that over and over again. Even born in a third world country, where technology is a lot behind than the first world. He used to face the technology of the first world, specially in F1, where technology is a big part, and he used to win. Not only win, but lift the Brazilian flag in the end of all races he won, even knowing his country was under a lot of difficulties in the 90’s, a lot of negative emotions in Brazil in the 90’s, however against all the odds, he still managed to win. 

Unfortunately Senna had a car crash and died in 1994, when he was leading the Italian Grand Prix. That was an unexpected death, as he had no control of it, and everybody knows, only a mechanical problem with the car could killed Ayrton Senna. 

Even to this day, all F1 drivers are inspired by him. With his single mindset, and mental toughness, he achieved drives that  are hard to believe. If he hadn’t had that unfortunate crash, we would have seen him to win many more world titles, and helping Brazil to become a better place. That’s why when he died, we were really upset in Brazil, because he was the only thing we had that worked out, and we lost that. But his soul is still very strong and we remember him, to inspire us in difficult moments. 

Thank you for reading 

The table of the greats part-2

Bob Marley

Carrying on from my previous blog. Bob Marley next on my list of the table of the greats. I’ve always had this idea if I could for one night, have a meal with people who inspire me, no family members, only people who are no longer here, but who left a legacy.

Bob Marley was the first 3rd world artist to become world wide known for his music. His spirituality and genuine approach to his music made him someone to never be forgotten. 

Robert Nesta Marley wasn’t always a Rastafarian, when he married Rita Marley, he went to America as a normal Jamaican citizen, and worked in a a car factory in America, until realising what he should be doing was back in Jamaica. He left America to go back home, to then becoming a Rastafarian.

Bob Marley’s first attempt to work with music was a fail. While he was in America still, he got in touch with a musician called “Jimmy Norman” who wrote the lyrics of the song “time is on my side” by the Rolling Stones, and that’s a big success until to this day. When Bob Marley got in touch with Jimmy Norman, they did together a demo tape, and he presented this demo tape to various music labels at the time, and no one paid attention to this demo tape. No music label seemed interested in the project.

After years of work, Bob Marley got a deal not a contract, to go on tour with Jonny Nash in England. Jonny Nash was very successful at the time, so that would help Bob Marley to start his music journey. Bob Marley helped Jonny Nash to make a song for the movie “what’s so much to believe”

When that tour with Bob Marley and Jonny Nash ended in England, Jonny Nash went back to America, and said good bye to Bob Marley. So Bob Marley and his band stayed in England, because they couldn’t afford their ticket back to Jamaica. That was when “The Waillers” got in touch with the businessman called “Chris Blackwell”.

Chris Blackwell, had licensed some of the songs that Bob Marley had done in Jamaica, to be played in England, however the band hadn’t receive any money for that. So they made the most that they were stuck in England and Chris Blackwell owned them money, and they went to see, if they could get Chris Blackwell to give them something from all the songs he had from the band.

Chris Blackwell was intelligent and made an offer that would change Bob Marley’s career forever. He offered 4 thousand pounds for the band and, which back then it was a lot of money, all tickets paid for to go back to Jamaica. He would done that if Bob Marley and The Wailers recorded an album for him. Very intelligent guy, as he could see Bob Marley a already made star. 

Chris Blackwell has lost Jimmy Cliff in his music label company, and thought that Bob Marley would be a good substitute of this void of a star, in his music label.

And that’s when the band went back to Jamaica, and recorded the spectacular album “Catch a fire” The lyrics had a strong political content. This album was released with 2 covers, the first one is very rare to find. That’s when the name Bob Marley and The Wailers came about for the first time.

A lot of people don’t know this but one of the reasons why Bob Marley got so famous was because Eric Clapton, re-recorded one of Bob Marley’s songs “i shot the sheriff, and released in Eric Clapton’s album.

If you would like to know more in details about Bob Marleys life I would recommend a book called “No Woman, No Cry” my life with Bob Marley by Rita Marley. In this book you will have details of Bob Marley’s lifestyle, by someone who knew him like no one, his wife.

Bob Marley is immortal, his songs are always gonna be remembered forever. With his positive lyrics he reached and conquered different cultures all around the globe. I think it would been interesting having a conversation with him. I’ve watched a few interviews with him, and he seemed like not the typical guy you meet everyday. 

It’s sad to see some awesome people have such a short life. But the legacy he has is second to none. He’s known to have 14 kids, that he knows of, he could have more kids out there that he didn’t know of. 

Bob Marley died one year before I was born, it’s almost like I arrived a little too late, but getting to know him through his music has been a blessing to all of us, as an artist he had the ability to create his own world so we could live in it.

Thank you for reading