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SESSIONS: Nene Tattoos a Beautiful Black & Grey Chicano-Style Portrait

SESSIONS: Nene Tattoos a Beautiful Black & Grey Chicano-Style Portrait
TattoodoTV1 min Read

From Compton to Tokyo and beyond, internationally renowned tattoo artist Nene, aka Tat2Nene, creates incredible black and grey works of art.

On the surface it may look like he is simply doing a portrait, but with each piece he creates Nene, also known as Tat2Nene, builds on a long-standing cultural tradition of Chicano-style tattoos. Growing up in Compton, tattoos weren’t a fashion symbol or the kind of profession that you see on reality TV, they were a way of life.

“Honestly, who influenced me was this OG Pancho, he’s not even in the tattoo industry,” Nene tells Tattoodo. “He was this older guy that used to come around the hood and just tattoo everyone, he was just a jailhouse tattoo artist. I didn’t have any influences when I was wanting to tattoo, it was just growing up around it. Somebody’s uncle did it, stuff like that, that’s how it was in our culture.”

A line of skulls by Nene. (Via IG - tat2nene) #nene #tat2nene #blackandgrey
Some iconic SoCal imagery by Nene. (Via IG - tat2nene) #nene #tat2nene #blackandgrey
A payasa portrait by Nene. (Via IG - tat2nene) #nene #tat2nene #blackandgrey
A religious piece by Nene. (Via IG - tat2nene) #nene #tat2nene #blackandgrey
A portrait of a soldier by Nene. (Via IG - tat2nene) #nene #tat2nene #blackandgrey #portrait

In the video above you see Nene demonstrate the style that flows through his soul as he creates another masterpiece at the Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention. To see more of his work, and to check in to see if he’ll be coming to a town near you during his extensive travels, give him a follow on Instagram.

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