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Freddy Negrete is seen as the pioneer of Chicano tattoo culture, or what tattoo artists refer to as the “back and grey” scene. No color. Tattoos that look like they came out of prison—revolutionary type, Aztec art, religious symbols, girls. Negrete began tattooing professionally at Good Time Charlie’s in East Los Angeles in 1976. Before that, he tattooed in prison and out of his home. “When I started, I was the only Hispanic anywhere,” Negrete recalls. “I did tattoo shows. I was the only one. No one would give me a chance, but Ed Hardy and Jack Rudy did, and that started the door to be opened, and the style getting big.”

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