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Smile Now, Cry Later by Freddy Negrete and Steve Jones

Smile Now, Cry Later

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Smile Now, Cry Later by Freddy Negrete and Steve Jones
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Aug 30, 2016 | ISBN 9781609806941

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“The precision, mastery, and nuance of Negrete’s work in skin emerged from a personal history of triumph over a volatile youth. His life story is an inspirational testament to the possibilities of the human spirit.” —Don Ed Hardy

“Freddy’s work speaks to people … He is not a tattoo artist. He is an artist, who is a master tattooer as well.”—Dave Navarro, guitarist (Jane’s Addiction) and host of Spike TV’s Inkmaster 

“[Freddy Negrete] was the man who took the Chicano, black-and-gray, joint-style straight out of the prisons and to the top of the tattoo world. To this day, Freddy’s work never ceases to amaze me.” 
Danny Trejo, actor (Spy Kids, From Dusk Till Dawn)

“Freddy Negrete’s story is about how even the most troubled young man has vital gifts for the world, intrinsic to who he’s meant to be, and filling a void only that an artist can fill. Freddy is a true vato loco, yet he pioneered the aerosol art of the barrio back in the 1970s and also the now famous tattoo style of the black-and-grey, both of which came from the Chicano barrio gang experience he was a part of. His story needs to break out of whatever confines such stories usually end up. His is the story of our time.” —Luis J. Rodriguez, author of the memoir Always RunningLa Vida Loca, Gang Days in L.A., and It Calls You Back: An Odyssey Through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing

“By the time I met Freddy he’d probably been my idol for four years. Freddy’s just pure magic . . . something right every time.” —Mark Mahoney, owner of the Shamrock Social Club, Sunset Strip, LA, whose clients include Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie, and David Beckham

“You may think your favorite artist is an O.G. of the tattoo world. But compared with Freddy Negrete, almost everyone else is still a rookie. As one of the most experienced and influential tattoo artists in the world, Negrete was already making a name for himself before many of today’s top tattooers could walk.” —LA Weekly

“Freddy Negrete’s former life is as dark and forbidding as a thick lined skull tattoo on the face of a menacing gangbanger. Vivid and to the point, SMILE NOW, CRY LATER takes you from Negrete as a “cholo gang member to evangelical preacher to Hollywood body art guru to addiction counselor”—which is one hell of a journey. This memoir by Negrete and Steve Jones is riveting and intense and I couldn’t put it down.” —Patrick O’Neil, the author of Gun, Needle, Spoon, Reader Review

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