Trigz, the famous tattoo and graffiti artist, was shot dead in North Hollywood, KTLA-5 is reporting today. According to Los Angeles Police, Trigz, whose real name is Michael Christopher Pebley, was gunned down at the intersection between Laurel Canyon and Victory boulevards, ABC-7 reports.
Witnesses say Trigz, short for Trigger, became involved in an argument with another man inside the Black Derby Smoke Shop which escalated into a physical fight outside the store. That’s when witnesses say they heard gunshots, and observed the tattoo giant lying on the ground, near the tattoo shop. The fatal shooting happened on Thursday at around 5:50 p.m.
Law enforcement officers were dispatched to the scene outside the 5150 Tattoo & Body Piercing shop located at 6342 Laurel Canyon Blvd, where they found the body of a deceased white male in his 40s lying on the ground. The shooting victim was later identified as 40-year-old tattoo artist Michael Christopher Pebley, aka Trigz.
Trigz’s killer escaped in a White Honda Accord. Police are asking for anyone with information on the shooting to call police. Trigz, who was also a model and actor, worked at the Sin City Tattoo shop in Pacoima, California. The famed tattoo artist leaves behind five children, according to his ModelMayhem profile.
Trigz was known all over Los Angeles for his talented painting style, which has landed him in and out of prison since the mid-1980s. Hailed as one of the great veterans in the tattoo and graffiti world, not everyone appreciated his style. However, Trigz never let the naysayers get him down. He knew what he was born to do. In an interview with Baller Status in 2009, tattoo icon Trigz indicated that he found deep pleasure and comfort in writing graffiti and painting the town. He also discussed what he thinks of those who trash his style.
“While they were talking sh** online I was getting cut by razor wire, hanging off ledges and bridges to catch spots and get my tag on. I got on before 50mm and all that. But if you really don’t like someone in the graff game go cap their sh** and handle it. My thing was getting up. I never gave a f*** about style as much as getting up. Give me some silver and black and I’m out to smash the streets of Los Angeles. All I have to say to them is get off the computer and go paint the streets. Don’t talk about it, be about it.”
Fans of famous graffiti tattoo artist Trigz are taking to social media to pay their respects and share their tremendous sadness about the fallen artist’s untimely death.
“Rest in Paradise.. Prayers for his wife/babies an friends an family.Rest in Paradise.. Prayers for his wife/babies an friends an family.”
“Old school writer he was one of my inspirations as a kid and the homies from MTA.”
“rest in peace trigz”
Trigz’s son has started a GoFundMe account to help pay for his funeral expenses. Check back for updates in the Trigz homicide case. In August, Inquisitr reported on the death of Jay Adams, another California icon.