Libre is a queer Mexican-American Veteran born in Suffolk, Virginia who joined the United States Navy after graduating high school in 2003. He held a Top Secret security clearance while serving as an Information Systems Technician onboard the Uss Carr during Operation Enduring Freedom and trained at Blackwater and was certified to do Non-compliant Boardings as part of the ships tactical VBSS boarding team and was deployed to West Africa in 2004.
After being honorably discharges from the United States Navy Libre moved to Miami where he was trained as a hairstylist at Paul Mitchell the School. He was also trained by Aveda, Bumble & Bumble, and Redken and worked with customizing and creating a rainbow of colors on a daily basis.
In 2010 Libre moved to Atlanta where he later created Grant Park Urban Farm which was a sustainable urban farm located In the historic Grant Park neighborhood in Atlanta right along the Beltline and only 2 miles for the Georgia state capital. He raised Nigerian Dwarf dairy goats, New Zealand rabbits, and chickens. Libre also constructed a pond with waterfalls and a stream made of recycled Urbanite from the property which was stocked with Crawfish, Frogs, Fish and a Red Eared Terrapin named Mona Lisa. He created a garden as well as planted an orchard and kept two apiaries for honey. After over a decade as a Barber and Hairstylist he sold his farm and left his successful business and set out on a great adventure armed with nothing but a backpack and his 5 month old Boykin Spaniel named Riley and flew to Maine to hike the Appalachian trail.
Thanks to profits from the sale of Grant Park Urban Farm Libre was blessed with the freedom and opportunity to step away from traditional society and have the time and space to dive deep into a primitive nomadic life ripe with reflection and solitude that would lead to the birth of Art. He knew his life was lacking art and that wherever this journey lead it would ultimately be to a new life supported by art
After Summiting Mount Katahdin In Maine and walking all 2,200 miles of the Appalachian Trail back to Georgia taking in every sunset and climbing every mountain he decided to leave a life of solitude in the woods for some time in one of the biggest cities in the world. He spent the months after completing the trail living in Mexico City immersed in the art and culture of his ancestors yet his mind had still not been made about what was next to come and just what type of art he would pursue. When he left Mexico City he flew to Atlanta and bought a motorcycle and set off on a 10,000 mile cross country adventure on his Triumph Bonneville with just a hammock and his dog. He visited many different artists along the way who were already manifesting the things he was seeking and was able to learn something from his encounters with lots of other artists. It was while living in a van in Maui that he fully decided that his path to life as an artist would be to move to Brooklyn and become a Tattoo Artist.
Once he had a clear path ahead of him he spent the following months in Europe and the Middle East seeing all the great art of the world and used those inspirations to begin to develop his own art and style. After attending Tattoo School in Brooklyn and becoming a Licensed Tattoo Artist in New York City Libre did an apprenticeship with Christian Lord @ Lordbkny in Greenpoint.
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Libre was recently featured in a piece on Bushwick Daily's website.
“For me, queer art and being a queer artist comes from an internal drive to move the needle on what is normal to a more inclusive world. Doing provocative, queer art that sometimes is sexual or on the fringes of what’s okay by society’s standards is actively pushing on what is normal in the world we all live in.”
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