Lost Cities, 2016
Mixed media on canvas
37.5 x 37.5 in (96.5 x 95.3 cm)
David Cavazo, "Big Sleeps", is an internationally renowned tattoo artist, whose unique lettering style is highly revered by devotees of body art the world over. Growing up in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles, he fell victim to gang violence and spent a majority of his youth in juvenile hall, youth authority and state prison. During that time, he practiced and perfected his styles, and has evolved his lettering into another realm of self-expression in murals and paintings. He has been included in major gallery and museum exhibits such as “Scratch” at the El Segundo Museum of Art (2014), "Aftermath" exhibition at Robert Graham Gallery (2016), "Roll call" Exhibition at L.A.Louver 2016 and has collaborated with the fashion brands Hurley and Umbro to name a few. His lettering has been featured in books and magazines, most notably the Getty Research Institute’s LA Liber Amicorum. Among his list of achievements, the most important to Big Sleeps are his youth-oriented lettering/drawing workshops and seminars, which enable him to give back to the community and serve as a symbol of hope and inspiration. Big Sleeps has created his own brand, “Letters To Live By,” an independent entity devoted to lettering, tattoo, art and design.