"The skate session was over. The cold Texas rain brought it to a halt. All the skaters climbed down off the decks, took of their pads, got into their cars and went home. The Godoys climbed down, took their pads of and got in to THEIR car…they were already home. The skate session was over and the tattoo session was about to re start. At this point on their timeline, they were homeless and were doing home made tattoos to pass the time. How were they to know that their passions for these activities would land them in global notoriety and cement their legendary status as more than just "the godfathers" who married the skateboarding and tattooing lifestyles (as seen in Bart Saric's film 'Skinned Alive'.)
In an industry dominated and run by old CEO's who caught the skateboard fad when it was good, invested in it and now controlled it, the tattooed 'punk rock' Godoys stuck out like a sore thumb against the fluorescent clothing and bleached bang backdrop which was the mid 80's skate world. On the other side, the tattoo world was biker & convict dominated. Stuck in between, and not accepted in either, the Godoys un knowingly followed their unplanned course and connected the two lifestyles, uniting and motivating modern rebellious artistic youth to take over and dominate these lifestyles decades later, paving the way for this new fresh lifestyle cross over's global acceptance. Tattooed skateboarders, ex skateboarder tattoo artists… this is NOW.
Four international patents, accredited with exclusively tattooing Julia Gnuse - the most tattooed woman in the world, their production of "Tattoo Machines & their Secrets" an industry text book which was illegally downloaded over 990,000 times (this was the English version! last checked download count in 2008) - a book which was translated in to 6 languages, their global recognition and invitations to conduct seminars on the topic of tattoo machines, co owners and founders of Godoy Machines THE most innovative electromagnetic tattoo machine manufactory in the world, their almost 20 year musical career as the rhythm section for Deniz Tek, founder of Australia's Radio Birdman, founders of the Exploding Fuck Dolls, the band that single handedly jump started the Orange County punk explosion of 1993, they're musical family tree backdates to the Stooges, the MC5, Radio Birdman, the Barracudas, New Race, the Visitors… Cock Sparrer, Chelsea, the Little Roosters, the Bermondsey Joyriders & the Vibrators, bands which they have toured with and collaborated with. Their Pro model decks which go on auction for thousands of dollars, a loyal global following of underworld individuals… THIS is success, this is credibility. The Godoys truly are miraculous proof that dreams really can be made to come true.
The importance of the1980's fashion trend unwittingly allowed the Godoy's style and influence to surface, to permanently prosper and embed itself into in every corner of the globe - skateboarding and tattooing go hand in hand from California to Argentina, from New York to Cape Town.
to Cause and affect -
Years of being victims to a failing ethic less tattoo industry (due to ignorance), inspired education, the reinvention, function and direction of the electromagnetic tattoo machine and the writing of the most important tattoo industry text book of our time - 'to educate and purify an industry contaminated by ego, identity crisis, myth and ignorant foreign investment, we need this, we need to unite as ACCOMPLISHED PROFESSIONAL artists to take back our industry" this is their manifesto. Never have these two lifestyles been affected so adversely. A weak surf based mid 80's fashion which temporarily influenced skateboarding was totally turned on it's head and reinvented to it's true longest lasting soulful incarnation - thanks to the Godoys. The outlaw biker controlled tattoo industry was also resuscitated. As a natural evolution and defiance, the artistic insurgent youth culture spearheaded and motivated by the Godoy's Thrasher interview from February 1990 effected this change.
Their rebellious roots, motivated by discrimination, validated by original high energy punk rock, fuelled by the individualistic satisfaction of skateboarding instilled and brought forth a natural powerful drive to overcome and succeed.
The twins are THE true successful embodiment of these modern lifestyles.
A fInternal corporate politics in the Dockers camp inspired a push forward toward the design and execution of a winning clothing line.
Get ready to redefine your true self."
- John Rumberger
- John Rumberger
|GODOYS, DOUBLES AUSTRALIA 1988|
|GODOY MODEL TATTOO MACHINE - 2013|
|ART (L), STEVE (CENTER) DENIZ TEK (RIGHT).|
ART GODOY AND THE DENIZ TEK MODEL GUITAR HE DESIGNED.
GODOY PRO MODEL FROM KRYPTONICS - AUCTIONED FOR $1800.00
|GODOYS - ARGENTINE SKATE RADIO APPEARANCE.|
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