From Guns, Gangs and Prisons to 12-step Recovery with Freddy Negrete

From Guns, Gangs and Prisons to 12-step Recovery with Freddy Negrete

Freddy is a world-renowned tattoo master. He has worked on countless movie stars, musicians, and sports personalities. You can read praise for Freddy's work, and his story, from Dave Navarro, Nick Cassavetes, and Danny Trejo; stop and visit him in person at the famous Mark Mahoney’s Shamrock Tattoo off the Sunset Strip. Profiled in numerous TV programs and magazine articles, East L.A. gang member Freddy Negrete was transported from the confines of YA and County Jail cells onto the sets of major Hollywood films such as Batman, Blade, Con Air, Austin Powers and Falling Down. But then, after years of success in the motion picture industry, in a tragic twist of fate, Freddy found himself back inside again: in Folsom maximum security prison, going through heroin/Oxycontin withdrawal, tattooing for packets of ramen soup. Listen as he shares his story of recovery and gives tips to those seeking help.

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#33: From Guns, Gangs and Prisons to 12-step Recovery with Freddy Negrete

 

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Who is Freddy Negrete?

Freddy Negrete, featured in the History Channel’s Marked series (Barrio of Blood—September 2009), is referred to as a “legend” in the tattoo world and is a frequent V.I.P. guest of honor at body art conventions all over America. Freddy appeared as a guest judge on Spike TV’s 2nd season of Inkmaster, hosted by Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, alongside Oliver Peck and Miami Ink star, Chris Nunez.

Freddy is featured as the first professional Chicano tattoo artist and pioneer of the black-and-gray style in the theatrical documentary Tattoo Nation produced by John Corry and directed by Eric Schwarz (released in April, 2013.) Freddy has been featured in numerous print and online magazines, blogs and video interviews including Bound by Ink, Inked and Tattoo Artist Magazine.

In 2007, Freddy was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Body Art Expo, one of the biggest and most established of the numerous tattoo conventions held around the globe. Freddy was also included in the Dream Team, a Top 10 list of the best artists in the world featured in Easy Rider Magazine.

Having suffered the ravages of drug addiction for many years, Freddy is now a certified volunteer, working closely with young, vulnerable addicts at Beit T’Shuvah in Los Angeles, a treatment center based on Jewish spirituality and Twelve Step principles. Freddy also leads a group in another Los Angeles treatment facility and lives in Hollywood with his son Isaiah who is also a successful tattoo artist. They both work at the Shamrock Social Club on the Sunset Strip and have tattooed numerous celebrities, musicians and sport personalities.

 

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