Interview By: Ginger Coyote
Louis Perez III: I grew up in a musical family. My dad and uncle are both members of Los Lobos...
Punk Globe: How did it feel having such strong musical talent in your family?
Louis Perez III: Its a blessing and a curse. Obviously my families talents and accomplishments will continue to overshadow anything I will do musically. Not to mention devalue any accolades I have legitimately made on my own.. The blessings are growing up around such an amazing, influential and underrated band that continues to contribute on so many levels...
Punk Globe: I know that you excel on Bass and Guitar. any other instruments you play?
Louis Perez III: I play a terrible version of piano, drums , and a little accordion...
Punk Globe: Who are your musical influences?
Louis Perez III: Thunders, Grant Hart, Chris Bailey , early Bad Brains, most of the early Slash discography for obvious reasons...
Punk Globe: What was the name of of your first band and how old were you then?
Louis Perez III: Villains which I started at 14 but that can be argued to even as young as 12 but I think my dad named us Youth Authority haha
Louis Perez III: Getting in trouble alot and playing a shit load of backyard parties everywhere from the San Gabriel Valley to eventually South Orange county and further..
Punk Globe: In what year did you form Los Villains and tell the readers about what you did in the band?
Louis Perez III: I think the name Los Villains started some time after the re addition to my cousin David and then later Vincent(circa 1998) then making us a six piece.. I then sung and tried to avoid playing guitar as much as possible..
Punk Globe: Who else was in the band?
Louis Perez III: William Harrigan who now works for Edwards Air Force Base,Tony Todaro who is pursuing a filmaking Carreer , Dave and Vince Hidalgo who are now in a band called Spinerrette, and Fredo who plays in Red Exiles as well as Tito and Tarantula and the Beastie Boys...
Punk Globe: Can you tell us about filming the video for the song " Goo Zoo Dee" ?
Louis Perez III: We used a video shoot as a lame excuse to convince our buddy Sammy to build a skate ramp and throw a rad party and have my cousin Jino film it.. It was actually an amazing achievement.. Jino Savaglio is extremely talented and I would put that video stand alone against any of the big budget shit you see flooding the flat screen...
Louis Perez III: Looking back I'd say our best shows were our worst.. The Villains were a beautiful disaster.. Like a Jackson Pollock made out of LA's punk rock guts...
Punk Globe: Memories go back to a show in Oakland that Los Villains and White Trash Debutantes played at Top Ramen.. The crowd was going off the hook for Los Villains
Punk Globe: When did you stop playing with Los Villains?
Louis Perez III: I'd say maybe 2005 ? I can't remember...
Louis Perez III: Yeah that was awesome.. That was tragic what happened to her... Hollywood Fuckin Babylon..
Punk Globe: At what age did you realize your talent as an Artist?
Louis Perez III: I have talent?
Punk Globe: Did you ever enter any of your artwork into any contests when you were young?
Louis Perez IIII: Alot of important people have believed in me my whole life.. My grandma was the first. She sent a drawing when I was like seven to the Disney Channel and it got shown on TV.. I won Scholarships and contests and grants because teachers and professors wanted to see me avoid fucking off my life and saw potential. Some of which I think still feel I did by using my talents in tattooing but that could be no further from the truth..but really if it was not for my grandmother Edith Lillibridge I might have never done anything with my art....she is still my inspiration till the day I die...
Louis Perez III: I've been drawing as long as I can hold a pencil and tattooing just became the natural progression in the life I have lived...
Punk Globe: Tell us your design specialties?
Louis Perez III: I'll do close to anything that does not seem like it will compromise the person getting tattooed..
Punk Globe: Who were some of your mentors or influences?
Louis Perez III: Yeah I'd say my influences are my friends and people I have worked with who have mentored me.. One of my best friends in the world Danny Dringenberg who has made me a better tattooer since day one. Also guys like Rick Walters, Kore Flatmo( who also gave me a huge start to say the least),Tommy Brenna from Dublin, Joe Kowalski,Charlie at Spotlight,.. Solid dudes ya know?
Punk Globe: Tell us about your first tat that you gave?
Louis Perez III: Besides needle and thread on punkers?(haha).. It was on myself the way it should be...
Punk Globe: Who's ink do you sport?
Louis Perez III: Too many to mention but mainly Pat Bronowicki,Jason Grant,Kore Flatmo , Danny etc...
Punk Globe: The last time we were in contact a few years ago you were working at a shop in Silverlake. Can you fill us in on from then?
Louis Perez III: A downward spiral.. ... Then I got my shit together when I met Danny and started at Inflictions for a hot minute till I ended up at my present spot in Fullerton...
Louis Perez III: Yeah, but it's all smoking mirrors ha ha!!!! But yeah I'm really only booked out three weeks max so I won't get tied down at home and I can run wild and be a wanna be globetrotter...
Punk Globe: How many other Artist work at the shop? What is the going rate for work?
Louis Perez III: Rates very among artists and we currently have seven..
Punk Globe: You recently were over in Europe working. Tell us about it?
Louis Perez III: I was given the opportunity to work at a great shop in Edinburgh called Love/Hate as well as Classic Ink in Dublin where Tommy The Truth works..
Punk Globe: Would you wanna do a Reality Show at American Tat?
Louis Perez III: I think reality TV has convoluted the reality of anything it exploits so I might choose to avoid that's stuff but I congratulate anyone who has become successful through it.. It's just not appealing to me personally..
Louis Perez III: Myself, Alfredo Ortiz (from Los Villains), and Carlos Guzman (Villains roadie), have a band called Red Exiles..
Punk Globe: Do you have any Websites, My Space site you would like the readers t check out?
Punk Globe: Thanks so much for the Interview Louie.. Do you have any last words for the readers of Punk Globe?
Louis Perez III: Thanx for staying true to what you believe in Ginger. You're contribution to good music is necessary to the Planet Earth as well as Punk Globe!!!!!