Episode 12: Freddy Negrete

Freddys awesome book
Just one of many of Freddys pieces

I still cant believe i had the chance to chat with Freddy Negrete. Ive known his work for so long and I yet have known nothing about where he came from or how he got where he is. I read his book Smile Now Cry Later and it grabbed my attention from the beginning. I wanted to hear more of his story or at least share it with other tattooers. His life has been super crazy, from the highest highs to the lowest lows. Even staring down deaths door. Only to come out the other side stronger and more focused than ever… If you don’t have his book, obviously you should get it. But you can learn alot from just hearing this living legend share what his journey has been like. I hope you guys and gals enjoy this episode as much as I do.

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Thanks so much for all the support and feed back everyone… there are alot of podcasts out there and to think you waste a couple hours with me each month is crazy… Thanks 
Dave Meek

2 Replies to “Episode 12: Freddy Negrete”

  1. Wow!!! What a rollercoaster ride of lows and highs, defeat and success! As a
    Hispanic woman growing up in that era, (when the term Chicano was more
    prevalent and the “chollo” life-style or culture was part of it), this particular
    podcast interview was definitely of interest to me. The other inspirational portions
    of Freddy’s life story that captivated me, was how he managed to crawl in and
    out of trouble. Whether it be gang life, weapons, or drug addiction. Then, turn
    around with successful opportunities. It was a crazy journey! It made me
    sad to hear him recount the downward spirals of someone with such magnificent
    passion and talent. But, a huge positive toward the end of the interview and
    Freddy’s close call with death, was that he realized that he did this to himself.
    Unfortunately for some, that realization never comes. My hope is that biographies
    such as Mr. Negrete’s will give others that realization too and win the battle
    with their addiction.

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