People’s minds get clouded when they start making a little bit of money. They soon forget where they came from and are blinded by the shiny things in life. They also forget the reason why they started on their craft. I learned a few years ago not to judge a book by its cover. Instead of trying to see what everybody else is trying to achieve, concentrate on what you want to achieve for yourself. I have been told a few times to step back and look at things in a different perspective, not just in art but also in life. With success comes problems, usually in the form of envy and jealousy from other people. With that being said, we introduce a few artists who have experienced great success with their crafts, only allowing determination and hard work to further fuel their ambitions. Veterans of their crafts, these artists took the time to share their words of wisdom and their masterpieces with us at Lowrider Arte.
First, we introduce Chente. Chente was born and raised in Southern California and started tattooing at a young age. People from around the world collect his work, and his art adorns tattoo shops everywhere. Chente is known for his award-winning, black-and-grey tattoos and his passion for his artwork that shows his knowledge of attention to details.
We team up with fellow Tejano painter Vincent Valdez. Vincent’s paintings are colorful and portray the real life of the Chicano movement and struggles. His artworks have been displayed in countless galleries and adorn the walls of Cheech Marin and many other Chicano art collectors’ homes.
We also display the artwork our readers have submitted. It seems like the artwork improves with every issue that gets published. We are always thankful for our readers who are the people who help Arte be a successful magazine, so we dedicate this issue to the readers’ artwork. We appreciate our loyal readers and people that support the magazine day in and day out. Don’t forget to send in your work, it might grace the pages of Arte in the near future. So sit back and enjoy this issue, and remember, keep your pencils sharp!