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Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mister Cartoon’s expressive style of art is universally recognized and embodies the true soul of Los Angeles street culture. Beginning his career as a graffiti artist in the 1980s, Cartoon gained notoriety for his brilliant tattoo work, album cover designs, logos, advertisements, and custom lowrider car murals. His richly detailed, hand-rendered designs are inspired by the style of tattoos that originated in the hard streets of 1970s’ Los Angeles – fine line, black and grey, gritty yet soulful.  Cartoon’s most recognized canvas is the skin. His tattoos have been commissioned by icons like Beyonce, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Justin Bierber Christina Aguilera, Eminem, Justin Timberlake and 50 Cent to name a few. His work also adorns the likes of CC Sabathia, Amar’e Stoudemire, Lewis Hamilton, and Carlos Boozer and has come to represent strength, faith and ferocity on the competition field.The friendships formed with clients in the tattoo chair have led to some longstanding relationships and unique collaborations.

Cartoon’s private tattoo studio itself has become a cultural landmark. From Thailand to New York, Japan and the United Kingdom, Cartoon’s tattoo residencies continue to take his cultural message to the world. Mister Cartoon’s canvas of choice is often the veneer of his immaculately restored vintage cars. Cartoon’s extensive collection of candy coated, hand muralled lowriders includes the breathtaking 1960s Icecream Truck that took him over a decade to complete. Selected to headline the seminal 2011 “Art In The Streets” exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA), Icecream Truck was part of a major Mister Cartoon installation on display at the show, which was recognized as one of the most in-depth and comprehensive cross-sections of street art ever seen. This automotive passion that has sparked the latest endeavor – the creation of Mister Cartoon’s Sanctiond, a signature brand of premium car care products.

Mister Cartoon has partnered with companies such as Microsoft, Nike, MetroPCS, Diesel, Universal Pictures and Fox Studios on a variety of successful collaborations. Mister Cartoon is continually driven to give back to the community that has supported him. He is able to do this through weekly outreach programs and collaborations with organizations that are active in the community, such as Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong foundation. He has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Wall St Journal, Rolling Stone, Complex, XXL, GQ and many more.  Through his role as Creative Director of SA Studios Global and its private label brand, Sanctioned, Mister Cartoon is continually approached to bridge the gap between corporate America and Los Angeles street culture. SA Studios Global is recognized as an innovator in marketing and branding. The agency’s unique focus on culture-led marketing has earned SA a reputation as the partner of choice for connecting brands across a multitude of verticals to the cultures in which they wish to thrive.

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