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LA BULLA Presented by Antonio Pelayo Productions this May 6th!

 

Antonio Pelayo presents,
La Bulla -The Lucha Libre Experience
Live Lucha Libre-Art Exhibit-Concert
Featuring BLUE DEMON JR
Lucha Libre matches curated by Masked Republic

Hosted by
Denise Ruiz & Joe Diaz
Musical performances by
LA CHAMBA
SUBSUELO
Special performance by Alien dance Band
Art Exhibit curated by Johnny Quintana with special guest artist Mr Cartoon
Back Stage
Hosted by Calipso
Featuring DJ Thrives & DJ ChrisRox

Car Show-Vendors-Food-Drinks and more!

Sponsored by
AGUA LUCHA
BISHOP
CLEAN
EL JIMADOR
VEGA PRINTING
CALIFORNIA COMFORT

Powered by
Moby Arts

Media Partners
AlterLatino
Gypset Magazine
Sunset Eclectico
Bichuda

Get your tickets at the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-bulla-tickets-31640797477

For more information click on the link below:

https://www.facebook.com/antoniopelayoprod/


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Recap of El Velorio 2016!

Q’vole my beautiful Raza of Los Angeles! If you were at Antonio Pelayo’s Productions “El Velorio 2016” at Plaza de La Raza located at 3540 North Mission Rd. Los Angeles, Califas this past Saturday, November 5, 2016, then you are well aware of the tremendous festivity that went down that night. For those of you that missed out on the hottest event in Los Angeles, follow closely to the reventon I am about to show you; should have been there Fam!

This extravagant Day of the Dead inspired fiesta was hosted by stunning Melissa Santos with headline bands such as Metalachi, Mariachi Manchester, DJ Gazoo and Casa de Calacas, Ev Dub, El Carro Fantasma, and many others. It is inspiring to see so many talented individuals as well as the supporting public join together to celebrate our beautiful cultura de Dia de Los Muertos. A big shout out to Antonio Pelayo and Natily Gonzalez, the amazing duo behind every successful event in the past few years; thank you for always welcoming me.

I was actually at El Velorio last year and I must say that this year was the best El Velorio turnout, the energy was immense. Beautiful Catrinas y Catrinos everywhere I turned, really awesome to see how the public went all the way out to dress the part and celebrate the lives of our Loved ones con Mariachi, tequila y baile. This is exactly how this night is supposed to be celebrated; you know how we do it, puro pari! The night started late for me as I had to look around for a pinche parking space, no joke when they say to Uber or Lyft it #estacabron. But I walked in to El Velorio at its strongest force and although it was a bit late, the lines were still forming outside. This night was packed, to walk from one part of the venue to the other was an adventure itself, never a dull moment though with hot ladies and handsome caballeros dressed in full attire for the occasion.

First stop, find Natily to get this party started, as I had just came from another show she helped with Sur le Mur, this woman works hard. Finally made my way to the main stage and hang out with Natily and Melissa Santos, really down to earth lady (thanks for dancing with me) as always, the ultimate experience is backstage with all the performers and artists, as the energy and excitement to be there pretty much vibe off on all of us while they performed. I think the funniest part of the night was not realizing that my Press Pass fell off and so there I was walking thru the event randomly asking people if I can photograph them without being aware that my Press Pass had fallen off hours ago! OMG what were these people thinking? This chola asking to take photos of us, oh well why not!. A big thank you for still letting me do my thing!

After a few tequila shots, I finally worked my way thru the entire venue to snap shots of our gente, arte and vendors. I really enjoyed the Art exhibit, as the grand entrance was welcomed by the breathtaking masterpiece of Johnny Quintana. Great art work display as always could not be any more Brown and Proud of my fellow artists! On the other side of the gallery space was the dance floor hosted by my Chingona Friend Calipso and DJ Sloepoke, pretty dope to be welcomed by my new fond family from Cholos Try, got to boogie on the dance floor to some cumbias with the homey Scar and la Chulada de Mujer Irene Soto. Big ups to Big Tokes and Carlos. I always enjoy hanging out with you all at these events. Make me feel right at home chilling with the homeys; they are the real deal, no fronting. As the night progressed, ended up getting into a desmadre with Scar up on the main stage while Metalachi performed, the crowd was hyped to see him on stage, dancing and drinking and clowning with everybody was the highlight of my time at El Velorio. You all know how I feel about humble, down to Earth celebrities!

The best surprise of the night was to see my Mala Influencia Size OTR and my lady (well, his girlfriend) Blanca! Love you both to the moon and back. The night ended with some bomb tacos from Chicas Catering and I don’t say this much but their tacos al pastor were the best I have ever eaten, I really do not have anything else to argue on that. Thank you for feeding me at the end of a long night. You ladies rock!

Big shout out to all my peepz I got to hang out with tonight, Size OTR and Blanca, Roten SKA, Anuh, Payback, Jackie Boy and his beautiful wife, DJ Sloepoke, Calipso, Pauline, Mike Flores, DJ Gargamel, Isaac Pelayo and Dakota, Yasmin Ferrada, the one that holds my heart Elvira Zamora, CEO of Wardrobe Divas, Estela Hydes, Jose Joker, Jaime and Priscilla. And of course Antonio Pelayo and Natily Gonzalez.

It is always important to always remember where you come from and the people who have blessed you with so many opportunities, and that is the mutual respect that these artists, performers and Antonio express to the public. With that being said, Antonio, (and I speak for the community) Thank you for allowing us to have our own events and our very own art exhibits in our beautiful city of Angels. Please continue to represent our Cultura and Firme Style.

Please check out my Recap Gallery of El Velorio 2016!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

Recap of Tatuaje 2016!

On Saturday, July 30, 2016 Antonio Pelayo Productions really set the bar high in entertainment for Los Angeles. Celebrating his 2nd. Annual Tatuaje , there is no better way to say this to you but Lincoln Heights was on fire! If you missed Tatuaje let me take you there and enjoy the way us Angelinos like to celebrate our culture, tattoos, good music and Arte. This reventon took place at legendary Plaza de la Raza and we all know half of the proceeds fund programs for the Lincoln Heights community. Great cause to help our younger generation and to have it done so with style and Tatuajes and to be hosted by Patricia Lopez, Danny Trejo and Emcee Anthony Fernandez, what a night to remember!

First of, I would like to thank Antonio for always welcoming me with open arms to his fantastic events, Natily I love you too your community will always come out and support your hard work. So the night started by picking up my hot Birthday girl Pesky Oner, amazingly talented artist and friend. As we got to the venue which for once got there right when it started to have a better chance of taking photos of the art gallery which was curated by the legend himself; Freddy Negrete. As we walked to Plaza de la Raza we were welcomed by my dear friend Eriberto Oriol; an accomplished photographer whose iconic images are recognized worldwide. Along with the Bombitas, custom bikes and other low riders brought to by Bomb Magazine, one can say that the party was getting started there. The energy walking thru the venue was surreal; so many stunningly beautiful people everywhere we turned; I felt right at home.

The Sullen Angels were everywhere that night and as this new movement of tattoo culture acceptance by society has broken many stereotypes and critical judgment on appearance and one of the areas that has changed a lot is for modeling and women. It used to be such a taboo for a woman to be considered a model covered in tattoos and now we have embraced those differences in body shape norms and body appearance by admiring these women as beautiful as they are; tattoos or not, you ladies rock! There was just so much to do, from the Live tattoo competition, awesome gallery art exhibit, catching to take pictures with all the celebrities that were walking all over Tatuaje but where the party really was at the Main stage with our homeboy DJ Gargamel spinning for us throughout the night. I have never witnessed the public get upset every time they made him stop playing! Ah the sight to see, we love you Gargamel; you really brought the best Cumbias, old school funk and boy did my feet hurt by the end of the night. Hot sexy Lizette from Sullen Angels, pinche loko Joe Formula, and you know the presence of the SKAsters was there. As Roten, Phowl, Payback, Big Flaks, and other members came out all the way from San Diego. Always great to see familiar faces supporting the same people I do too. Thanks Payback for dancing the old funky beats with me! Yes, no shame in my game as I got caought slipping a few times on the dance floor with Og Overgold, thanks Nick for keeping up to La Sonora Dinamita.

It was a gathering of talented professionals in the Tattoo industry, artists, friends and community supporters so at no point did I feel out of my element, the vibes at Tatuaje were on that “ Puro Pari” tip. As the night progressed and the crowd was getting loose to the shots of Jimador and Jack Daniels, Johnny Ortiz, Mike Flores, Danny Trejo and all actors lokotes made their rounds around the event cheering on the crowds and the backstage lounge room was the place to be, as you got to hang out with all these talented musicians, artists and models and get to learn more about their upcoming projects. The bands performed in front of a public that was 100% down on the dance floor, as Corey Miller’s Powerflx5, LP3 & The Tragedy, The Blackouts and Gabba Gabba Heys ripped the stage all night. As I mentioned it before, it was a surreal experience but it got real when the one and only Efren Ramirez comes on stage and gets down on the harmonica. He spoke to us about his humbling beginnings in his very own stomping grounds of Lincoln Heights and as you might have guessed it, yes he said it, “Vote For Pedro”!

Tatuaje also held their very first Pachuca contest and it was a hit, as Wardrobe Divas finalized the touch of style with their very own inspired Pachuca/o Fashion Shows presented the Men’s look by El Pachuco Zoot Suit, flowers by Cute by Bupi and hosted by Leslye Rox. Great job Elvira, you are one Xingona Mujer. Congrats to reservoir Tattoo Studio for winning the Tattoo Competition and to Freddy Negrete and Antonio for receiving awards and recognitions from the Museo Casa Leon Trotsky in Mexico City and La Casa del Tatuaje. See, you have to really analyze and appreciate what is going on here with every event Antonio Pelayo produces, to understand that yes, these are events that will give you the ultimate experience and have a great time. But what he really is saying, is that us as a Raza, as a Cultura, we are a community founding our own Galas, our own cultural events and the support and response is as astounding as the hard work Antonio and his entire family and team sacrifices for us all. With that being said, I just want to give a big shout out with all my love and respect to Antonio Pelayo, his family, Natily Gonzalez, Elvira from Wardrobe Divas, Lea Monique, Edwin from Cold Fire Co. My boy DJ. Gargamel, Eriberto Oriol, Anuh and Yasmin Ferrada, photographer Jenny Jen, Drew, Monalisa, Isaac Pelayo, OG Overgold, the SKA Crew and of course my amiga Pesky Oner . Thank you for reminding me once again how very lucky we are to be part of this exclusive Artistic Raza Unida Community! Till next year and remember; keep creating, keep showing your support and most importantly; Be Proud to be from Los Angeles.

Much Love & Respect

Monica Smiles Tobon

 

 

 

Antonio Pelayo presents Tatuaje 2016 !

Tatuaje 2016 is coming to you this Saturday July 30, 2016 at legendary Plaza de la Raza located at 3540 N Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 9003. 7:00pm- 1:00am. This is a 21 & over event so get ready to party all night and dance to the tunes of DJ Gargamel and many others. This year will be hosted by Danny Trejo and Patricia Lopez, Emcee by Antonio Fernandez. You will also enjoy an amazing Fashion Show by Wardrobe Divas and art exhibition curated by Freddy Negrete! Last year I was able to attend Tatuaje and it was a blast from beginning to end so you do not want to miss out on another dope event from Antonio Pelayo Productions. 

To purchase tickets please click on the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tatuaje-a-tattoo-event-21-tickets-24759486290

See you all there!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

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Antonio Pelayo presents TATUAJE 2016 2nd Annual Tattoo Culture Tribute Soiree Unites 100+ Tattoo Artists, Latin Celebrities, Painters and Musicians to Raise Money For the Arts.

The 2nd annual Tatuaje festival celebrating the distinct tattoo culture of Los Angeles will return Saturday, July 30 at Plaza de la Raza, a kids arts education non­profit that will be benefitting from proceeds from the event. Hosts Danny Trejo (Machette) and Patricia Lopez (Mex 2 the Max), and emcee Anthony Fernandez will guide partygoers through the night, featuring over 100 top tattoo artists, live painting, a live tattoo competition, an art exhibit by curator Freddy Negrete, music by DJ Gargamel & DJ ChrisRox, band performances by LP3 & The Tragedy, Corey Miller’s Powerflex5, The BlackOuts and Gabbas, and a fashion show by Wardrobe Divas.

Tatuaje 2016 is the secod production of the event by Antonio Pelayo, who will be donating a portion of the proceeds to Plaza de la Raza, a non­profit that provides after­school arts education and mentorship programs to children on the eastside of Los Angeles. “The main reason I produce Tatuaje and events like this is so I can raise funds for organizations that teach kids art,” Pelayo says. “Drawing was how I dealt with things growing up, but I had to learn how to do it on my own. What I love about Plaza de la Raza is that these skills and techniques are taught by artists who make a living from their work—who have mastered their craft. That kind of mentorship can’t be taken for granted.” The tattoo is one of the oldest art forms in the world, with the ink on skin phenomenon present in nearly every major civilization throughout history. Tatuaje 2016 is a tribute to the unique tattoo culture of Los Angeles, and its multi­heritage melting­pot. The event will take place on Saturday, July 30 from 7pm to 1am at the Plaza de la Raza headquarters, located at 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.tatuaje2016.eventbrite.com.

 

Recap of La Bulla 2016!

Los Angeles I love you! What a panchangon that went down this past Saturday April 30, 2016 at legendary La Bulla “A Lucha Libre Experience” presented by Antonio Pelayo Productions at Plaza de la Raza Lincoln Heights Califas. For all of you that were there and were part of the crowd yelling “La Bulla!” throughout the night with your Jimador tequila on hand, I salute you; great times are spent with “mas firme que wow” individuals. Y Que Viva Nuestra Raza! For those of you that missed out on this Chingon party,  let me take you for a cruise and show you how us Angelinos, Chicanos, Mexicanos and everybody that came out to celebrate our glorious Cultura and Cumbia mix with El Conjunto La Nueva Ola and Dj Slowpoke; this is how we got down.

First of all, much respect to Natily Gonzalez and Antonio Pelayo a big thank you for the extended invitation to partake in this Lucha Libre experience. As always you will find me supporting our Arts & Cultural community here in our city of Angels because the Raza that creates together, sticks together.

As a spectator, I patiently waited for this awesome event, watching them develop and organize for the final night was just building up energy for me and I could not wait to dance the night away accompanied by great friends. This year our stunning friend and model Yasmin Ferrada would host for the first time La Bulla with none other than Richard Montoya and I must say that their fond chemistry was fun to watch; you guys did a great job hosting this celebration; our girl is so beautiful que no, you too Richard. Richard Montoya is a very humble, funny and approachable talented individual and you all know there is a special place in my heart for famous people who are down to Earth and do not forget their roots and fans.

So the night began as soon as I picked up my hot date La Pesky Oner; picking her up in her nice dress and high heels in the NELA, bumping a dope mix CD of old school funky beats by Fes One. We got to the venue around 8pm and all the streets were full! We parked so far; well for any lady with high heels it is a mission to walk but anything for the sake of looking cute. As we approached the entrance we were welcomed by firme low-rider ranflas. You can say that security staff this time around was fiercely on point; when the flyer mentioned “No In and Outs; they meant it. First person we see is Antonio Pelayo looking sharp with his suit and as always with warm welcoming hugs and smiles. Immediately entering the venue was the red carpet spotlight, I ended up spending most of the night there which was pretty cool because I got to see first hand all our friends and artists coming in. Shout out to Nuke and his lovely wife, Pyro and his hot date, a lot of Graffiti heads showed up so it was nice to be around familiar faces, my family SKA Crew, Dras, Dole, Paybak and Phowl were there. Pyro representing the notorious West Coast Artists Crew, UTI Crew was there too. A wide variety of creative individuals made their presence known, our friend Edward from Cold Fire Art Co. dance the night away with us; thank you for the dance and good laughs. It was funny how it worked out to be a completely ladies night because all of our men were either working or doing other shows that same night. My vato Pryer was getting down at Battlegroundz in San Diego; so it was nice to know we were both being supportive and productive within our arts communities from LA to San Diego. For the most part, it was Anuh, Yasmin, Pesky, Lea, Kadoty and myself hanging out and enjoying the gallery and live performances; thank you ladies for such a great night. (Anuh, you still owe me some tacos.)

My first place to document was the gallery reception, which was curated by Manone from Crewest; this is a man who has been working in the Arts for over decades so it was nice to see someone like this at work. I still remember going to Crewest during Downtown LA Art Walks, crazy times but fun times. The layout of the art show allowed the public to begin from either entrance point because at every corner, the lighting and layout was filled with colors and great pieces of work which all worked together as installations. Taking in a Lucha Libre concept can be challenging but all the artists did an amazing job and I really enjoyed all the photography.

As the night progressed, the public had two different dance floor locations but the main “pari” always remained at the main stage which was also used for the Lucha Libre matches and Loretta Vampz Lucha Libre Fashion competition hosted by Ariana a young talented Fashion/ Costume designer. The night was filled with vivid colors everywhere you turned; a reflection on how colorful and enriched our Cultura is; such a nice sight to see throughout the night!. One of the special moments while the crowd all gathered to the sets DJ Slowpoke was when he started mixing one of my favorite songs of all times “cumbia sobre el rio” Sonidero! Sonidero!.

And then the time we were all waiting for finally came; el Conjunto La Nueva Ola’s live performance! Oh my, that the term “ Ya se Armo” defined this moment as the crowd went wild and put front their best Cumbia dance moves for the next two hours. And I mean everybody danced; including La Bulla staff, hosts and press staff; everybody was grooving to their intoxicating Cumbia mix beats. Being on stage and feeding off their energy is still a vivid melody in my mind. And if you must know, I am writing this entire experience with their music on the background; estos cabrones rocked the night.

But all great things do come to an end, and they rocked their final song; although we did not want them to. I must say that at the end of it all we were all united as a community. To hold such a large event filled with people of different backgrounds and different age groups with no drama, but the mere respect and admiration for the Arts, a Mexican Lucha Libre Sport and the genuine want to have a taste of good Cumbias; it was executed with tremendous success. I can speak for myself and my friends that we danced the night away until they made us leave! Walking out of Plaza de la Raza with high heels on hand, filled SD cards and smiling faces; this is Los Angeles baby! Lets give thanks to everybody that worked so hard to make this adventurous night happen! And to many more “La Bulla” events.

Please enjoy this gallery of the highlights of La Bulla!

Much Love & Respects,

Monica Smiles Tobon


Chicano Slang Translations: (for all you non-Spanish speakers)

Panchangon: Festivity, party.

Ranflas: Dope automobile

Mas Firme Que Wow: Really Cool

Pari: Party

Ya se Armo: Oh its on!

Firme: Cool

Estos Cabrones: These Fuckers

 

“Broken Beauty” Isaac Pelayo’s First Solo Exhibit

A very special evening awaits us this coming June 18, 2016 7:00pm to 10:00pm. Paul Stewart presents the first solo exhibit of our talented friend Isaac Pelayo at Over the Edge Gallery which is located at 5413 West Adams, Los Angeles, California.

The Arts community has seen this young talented artist grow and his sophisticated yet a brutal reality approach to how he perceives his surroundings has gotten us sitting on the edge awaiting to admire the final product. I enjoy his social media networks because he does not bluntly give you a final art piece; he takes you as the viewer to be a part of his artistic thinking process and flow along with his imagination and skills from the various stages of his masterpiece. He shares with the viewer the satisfaction on the final touch and we can all agree that we also feel proud and satisfied of its final product on every art piece he has been working on over the years. So I must say that I am excited and curious to see his first solo exhibit; to see the timeline of his hard work and most importantly to finally stand in front of the pieces we have all been seeing online.

“Broken Beauty” Isaac Pelayo’s first solo exhibit will be curated by his father Antonio Pelayo; congratulations to the both of you on this great accomplishment. Curating an amazingly talented young Fine Artist and its your very own son! It will also be hosted by legendary Freddie Negrete, so as you can see, this is an evening you do not want to miss. See you all there.

Here are some links to follow his work:

https://www.facebook.com/Isaacpelayoart/

https://www.instagram.com/Isaacpelayo/

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon


Bio Statement from the Artist:

Growing up I’ve watched people become depressed and somewhat broken when looking at themselves through a mirror or lens. People tend to believe what’s described and defined in the media. Hidden behind an artificially mixed mask, injected with silicon to reshape what society labels as flaws, imperfections, and ugly, altering the complexion of ones skin, and forgetting that beauty comes from within.

As a child I would stare at myself in the mirror forgetting time even existed. Paying close attention and examining my self being. Sometimes I would not like what I had seen. I started to lose confidence and self-esteem. Slowly correcting what I believed were mistakes and so-called flaws. As I grew up I realized I was wrong and accepted myself for who I am within. Everything around me suddenly became clear and more beautiful than anything I had ever seen on T.V. screens, heard on the radio, or read in vogue magazines. I realized beauty is not defined. Beauty is seen with the heart and mind, not with the eyes.

-Isaac Pelayo

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Recap of TATU-aje @ Plaza de la Raza!

TATU-aje was the multicultural tattoo event of the year; mas Chingon! This past Saturday September 12, 2015, Exodus Events and Plaza de la Raza joined forces and executed the perfect way to celebrate the passion and dedication to beautifying our bodies with ink. This was the first time I have attended an event like this; where a mixture of different cultures, tastes in music and art styles stood strong and proud along side instead of overlapping each other. The respect among the artists, tattoo artists and performers was mutual and I must say this was one of the main reasons this event was such a success. And of course we were all there because we all have one thing in common; the love for tattoos! The A-list of performers and celebrities such as Danny Trejo and Tatu along with their host Mike Flores; made it a memorable night for the fans to remember. No one does it better than The West Coast. The event attracted over 4,000 people and raised $9,000 towards funding Plaza de la Raza so we can all say that it was a successful night for Lincoln Heights.

As we walked to Plaza de la Raza on a hot summer night with my love Pryer One, we were welcomed to the venue with a few choppers and low riders. It almost felt as if we were walking up to these vatos getting ready for a cruise night thru our beautiful city of Los Angeles. I must say that although we arrived early, the venue was completely in full force and packed. The red carpet with its photo shoot backdrop of sponsors gave it the perfect touch of exclusiveness as the guests arrived. Most of the night I kept going back to the entrance of the venue; as many more celebrities, artists and beautiful fans took pictures. I did not want to miss a familiar face to capture for my followers to see. And as always, my first stop was straight to the gallery which was curate by legendary Freddy Negrete. And there it was, our brother Trigz at the entrance of the art gallery show welcoming us and reminded us that he is also here with us as he had been years before with his crew members and tattoo partners. This amazing Trigz portrait by our young and talented artist Isaac Pelayo, he is and a such a humble artist and you all know how much I love and respect humble individuals. I truly enjoyed the gallery layout, and one thing we can all agree on is that the frames used for every piece of work were elegant and made the entire show appear mysterious and tasteful for the eyes. One of my favorite piece was of our brother Big Flaks SKA Mob, it is an iconic picture that can be seen as the ultimate form of respect to this talented tattoo artist and graffiti writer; Pryer must have felt like a proud Papa that night. Not only Big Flaks, but Phowl and Big Gus are also part of his crew so it was a special moment for us to view all art. Firme way to begin our evening, being welcomed by Trigz and seeing the works of our friends made us feel right at home along with every tattoo lover.

As the night progressed and as we realized we were outnumbered by bikers, pin-up beauties and rockabilly’s more Graffiti writers began to arrive, our friend Saul Mora and his beautiful lady Kim, Jackie Boy, Huero, Young Chavo, Tyson and many of the SKA crew members made their presence known as well as the Seventh Letter fellas. Always good times with my family! Shout out to Mona Lisa too! Haven’t seen you in a minute girl. Also, got to hang out again with Susie Cue, we all know her for her skills in body art as well as canvas work. You did a great job that night; it came out really nice. I also got to hang out with dear friend Eriberto Oriol, I always enjoy his conversation because he is always open to teach you and share great experiences with me. I learned about not being intimidated on the equipment of a camera but to have the eye for it. It is meaningless to walk around snapping pictures if you cannot capture the emotions of the people; thank you Eriberto for the great advice. It was a bit interesting for me to walk around with a professional camera because as opposed to feeling as a writer; I felt the pressure of a photographer. Which we all know I am not and it was interesting as how intimidated I felt as I saw other photographers doing their magic. But hey, at the end of the day, I was able to know I was among the best, Pocho photography, Eriberto Oriol and among other great photographers; please do not judge my amateur pictures of you guys!.

But one of the best spots to hang out at was the stage, the live performances were so awesome, the crowd went wild all night long. Another great touch was the all female tattoo competition that was going on throughout the event, I think that was a smart way to balance out the male dominant presence of artists and performer as I did not se too many female artists as part of the gallery show. Hopefully next year we have more ladies participating, step it up ladies, the opportunities are there.

The presence of the Wardrobe divas were also there and they are such energetic and approachable ladies to talk to; you are all so beautiful and love how you are turning our subculture and style into high fashion. And that is something important for us all to learn about this night, yes it was a festivity of tattoos and art but it is deeper than that because if you step back and see that this movement was not always accepted. These styles of fashion were not presentable to society, especially being covered in tattoos; one can easily get discriminated against. One can be easily be judged by appearances without even having the opportunity to show who we are as humans and I think this was the perfect way to show how much this subculture has grown, the acceptance and respect given to these tattooed creative individuals is a step closer to lose judgment on others. I must say that overall this TATU-aje event kicked ass, the art, the music, the celebrities and the ambient will be talked about and remembered forever!

Thank you Antonio Pelayo and Natily Gonzalez for allowing me to document yet another proud moment of being Chingones Chicanos. I Love our Cultura. And a big shout out to everyone that hung out with me and showed me love, Lea Monique it was a treat to see you again! Please enjoy the gallery of photos from this firme night in Lincoln Heights!

Much Love & Respect,

Monica Smiles Tobon

Next Saturday “TATUaje” A Multicultural Tatttoo Event-

This summer 2015, Los Angeles has been really good to us; the countless hot nights with awesome art, music and Cultura has been nonstop fun for us Angelinos. And Exodus Events is getting ready to host yet another huge event this coming Saturday September 12, 2015 at Plaza de la Raza which is located at 3540 North Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA. 90031. 7pm-1 Am. You cannot miss this homage to our Tattoo subculture.

TATUaje is a multicultural tattoo event which will exhibit a large collection of art inspired by tattoos; curate by Freddy Negrete. The event will host a variety of live performances; an all female tattoo competition as well as live body painting by our dear talented friend Susie Cue. There will be so many different things to do there, especially on the dance floor. As always Plaza de la Raza will have vendors, food and drinks to make the evening more pleasant.

Awesome hosts Danny Trejo and Bernadette Macias, as well as actor Mike Flores as their evening MC will keep you all entertained. My extended SKA family will also be there, Flaks, Phowl and Big Gus representing for the West Coast their dope talents both in tattooing and canvas art. And the list of exclusive artists and performers are not to be missed!

As always, I will be there covering this event, so hope to see you all there and do not be shy and say hello to me! And add you to my photo gallery for the TATUaje event on my website.
Much Love & Respect,
Monica Smiles Tobon

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Exodus Events invites you to experience

 TATUaje

 A multicultural event dedicated to the tattoo and the amazing culture that surrounds it. Tatuaje is a 21+ only event and will feature a tattoo themed art exhibit, live concert, live tattooing, live body painting, hot rods, and pin up girls.

Partial event proceeds benefit our good friends at Plaza De La Raza, a cultural center for the arts and education

 Hosted by Danny Trejo & Bernadette Macias

 Special Guest Appearance Tatu Baby 

Master of ceremony actor Mike Flores

Musical Performances
The Walking Phoenixes
LP3 & The Tragedy
The Blackouts

Exhibit Curation by Freddy Negrete

Featuring the works of rising stars and the most prolific Tattoo artists

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Plaza de la Raza
3540 N Mission Rd
Los Angeles CA 90031

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