Save the Date & Preview: “Tatuaje” at Plaza de La Raza – Saturday July 30th

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The 2nd annual Tatuaje Festival, celebrating the distinct tattoo culture of Los Angeles is returning on Saturday, July 30 at Plaza de la Raza, and Cartwheel Art is excited to be a media sponsor! Please join us!!

Hosts Danny Trejo (Machette) and Patricia Lopez (Mex 2 the Max), and emcee Anthony Fernandez will be the guides for the night.

The event will feature 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 Black Outs and Gabbas, and a fashion show by Wardrobe Divas.

Tatuaje 2016 is the second 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.”

 as described by Antonio Pelya.

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.


About Plaza de la Raza
Plaza de la Raza is the only multidisciplinary cultural arts and educational center dedicated to serving Eastside communities in Los Angeles. Founded in 1970 by prominent labor, business and civic leaders, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit offers affordable after­school, intergenerational arts education programs to nearly 5,000 children, teens and adults each year. Annually, Plaza presents more than 500 classes, which are taught quarterly by local artists and performers, and over 25,000 visitors attend its free cultural programs. Plaza’s small staff is supported by about 300 community volunteers. Visit www.plazadelaraza.orgto learn more.

About Antonio Pelayo
Born in Glendale, CA and raised in the Mexican countryside, Antonio Pelayo uses his artwork to question ideologies of home, identity, and trust. Moving from a quintessential American suburb replete with white picket fences to a tiny village of adobe churches urged Pelayo to adapt, while simultaneously searching for himself amongst the teasing cries of other children. Looking for solace, he picked up a pencil and began to draw using the murals of Frida Kahlo, Digeo Rivera, and Orozco to inspire him.
Upon moving back to Glendale, his world was once again upended and he once again used his artwork as a way to forge connections. In 1994, he joined Disney Studio’s Ink & Paint Department where he learned traditional celluloid animation techniques. It was in this context that Pelayo could imagine his own portrait works could be exhibited, and have a direct, powerful impact on an audience. The intimacy and vulnerability between the subject and artist is one facet of what inspires Pelayo to create hyper realistic and extremely detailed portraits. A stark contrast to the lineworks that he has worked on at Disney for over two decades, his fine art pieces explore the most intimate pieces of ourselves.
Visit www.antoniopelayo.comto learn more.

Preview of Art Exhibition, curated by Freddy Negrete


Exhibition curator, Freddy Negrete holding an art piece by Eso Tattoo


Work by Shawn Barber


Work by Victor Sepulveda


Work by Pablo Damas


Work by Gloria Centurion


Work by Gloria Centurion


Work by Nolin Rangel from Mexico


Work by Horiyen (JessYen)

13731481_507725519418022_4972709359176160430_nWork by JJ Ortiz


Work by Ernie Pain

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