Smile Now, Cry Later

Smile Now, Cry Later

Guns, Gangs, and Tattoos : My Life in Black and Gray

Book - 2016
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"Pioneering black-and-gray tattoo artist Freddy Negrete was twelve years old and confined in the holding cell of a Los Angeles juvenile facility when an older teenager entered-covered in tattoos. Freddy was in awe, not just of the art, but of what it symbolized, and he wanted what this kid had- the potent sense of empowerment and belonging that came from joining a gang. The encounter drove Freddy to join the notorious gang La Sangra, and it didn't take long before he was a regular guest at LA County's juvenile detention facilities. By the age of twenty-one, Freddy had spent almost his whole life as a ward of the state in one form or the other. Enthralled by the black-and-gray tattoo style that in the 1970s was confined to the rebel culture of Chicano gangsters and criminals, Freddy started inking himself with hand-poked tattoos. Everyone wanted a piece of Freddy's black-and-gray style--gangbangers but also Hollywood starlets and film producers. In a riveting narrative that takes the reader from Freddy's days as a cholo gang member to evangelical preacher to Hollywood body art guru to addiction counselor, Smile Now, Cry Later is, ultimately, a testament to that spark within us all, that catalyst which gives us the strength to survive, transform, and transcend all that can destroy us."
Publisher: New York, NY :, Seven Stories Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781609806941
Branch Call Number: 921 NEG
Characteristics: xvii, 333 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Jones, Steve - Author

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