Recap: adidas Originals ~ #ZXFlux Experience in LA

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Last Saturday, adidas Originals brought YG, Nipsey Hussle, Hit Boy, Audio Push, BJ The Chicago Kid, Thurz, R.J. and Raven Felix to the Well in Downtown Los Angeles for the #ZXFlux Experience. The crowd included everyone from ANWAR CARROTS to DEAKSKII to SKRILLEX, with a cross section of LA’s sneaker, artist, and hip-hop communities representing their corner of L.A. You could get custom #ZXFlux shoes made with an ipad app, which many people took advantage of, especially the LA-centric Lakers and Clippers colorways. One phrase rang out through the night… “Respect the West!”

Please enjoy this gallery of photos from the event. Photos by Azul213.

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Video: Daytime Pasting with Mear One

LA TACO’s Erwin Recinos was recently invited on a daytime wheat pasting run with artist Mear One. Driving through downtown Los Angeles, Mear hit spots in Chinatown and Little Tokyo, pasting some different works, including his “Freedom for Humanity” poster that has now been released by 1XRUN as an exclusive 20 x 27 inch 14-color screen print (click here). Here’s a quote from Mear about his latest release:

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Recap: Scumnasty Strikes Back ~ Stone Malone Gallery

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“Scumnasty Strikes Back” is the latest show at Stone Malone Gallery featuring the work of the artist Cristian “SMEAR” Gheorghiu. Smear has been featured in numerous group and solo shows throughout Los Angeles, and we’ve watched his style grow and evolve through the years. His distinct style of painting and unique approach to life is on display in the video “Smear: My SoCal Art History” on Youtube. Check it out at the end of this post, and dive more into what has inspired Smear as an artist and person.
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Los Angeles Street Art, As Captured in November of 2014 by The Graffiti Hunter

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Our friend The Graffiti Hunter, maker of bespoke art cards he leaves in hidden locations, shares this photo essay of recent art up in the streets of Los Angeles. Please enjoy this visual tour of LA graffiti and street art from November, 2014.

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Recap: “All Day I Dream About Stripes” Kevin Lyons x Jean André x Adidas Original ~ HVW8

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Saturday night was the opening of HVW8‘s much anticipated collaboration with Adidas Original and world renowned artists Kevin Lyons and Jean André. The focal point was the André and Lyons’ versions of classic Adidas shoes. André’s used a monochromatic color scheme with shoes that looked like they were dipped in Krink Ink, and indeed he used Krink as part of his installation. The fine details that went into each shoe and their placement within the gallery positioned them as works of art themselves. Lyon’s shoes showcased his signature love of bright, bold colors. Each of his designs was more vibrant than the next, and looked like it had come out of an artist’s studio.

The walls inside HVW8 had new works from both artists which further explored their favorite motifs, designs, and obsessions. The gallery has a huge back lounge where you can usually find the artists mingling with the crowd on opening night, and on this occasion there was also free beer, which kept everyone warm and close. The back wall was covered in characters drawn by Lyon and this ended up being the spot where everyone wanted to post up and take photos. Group after group snapped the mural and their friends in front of it– Instagram must have blown up that night with Lyon’s clever designs. L.A. Taco’s Desilu stopped by to catch some of the evening, click the link for a complete gallery…

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Personal History: Documenting Gang Graffiti in Los Angeles, 2011

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The following is one man’s personal history that starts with a move to Los Angeles, where he became interested and then obsessed with documenting gang graffiti and the world in which it flourished. The photos that accompany the piece represent a small fraction of the photos in eF Be‘s archives. You can view more here.

Graffiti is illegal. That’s really the main reason why I was initially attracted to it. We can discuss the significance of self-expression or dig deeper into the social ramifications of this ever-growing medium of aerosol exchange, but the bottom line is that it is against the law. It’s a blunt “fuck you” to authority, and that alone was enough for me to buy the ticket, and as we all know, once you buy the ticket, you have to take the ride.

My dream had always been to live in this world I had created inside my head that was composed of CHiPs episodes, Freestylin’ Magazine, Thrasher, Colors and Boyz In The Hood. That was all I knew about this mystical land of danger between the desert and the ocean. In 2002 I stepped out of a cab in Kentucky and rode a horse by the name of Seabiscuit all the way to Los Angeles. Upon arrival I immediately connected with some people in the skateboarding scene. I shot photos at backyard pools, parties and shows, and while graffiti was never too far from the frame, it was never clearly in focus. It was only after returning to Los Angeles from a brief hiatus in New York that I began to read the writing on the wall.

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Recap: Board Room ~ Eggshell Pop-Up Store

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Eggshell Stickers x Zipgun x Bomit teamed up this past weekend to present the exhibit Board Room. Custom wood pieces painted with a red frame around to resemble the Red Wavy Border Blanks on Eggshells site (click here). Artists had free range to draw and design on the piece. A limited color palette of silver, black and white really made pieces pop off the canvases. Walls were free range for people to tag, slap stickers and use as selfie backgrounds. Blackbook and sticker exchanges were a must as writers from all over LA were there.

The Eggshell Pop-Up store is located at 1461 1/2 Sunset Blvd. and is open from Friday-Sunday from noon to 6pm and is likely to close early next month. Definitely stop by if your in the Echo Park area or get more info by contacting @eggshellstickers on Instagram or email, eggshellstickers@gmail.com.

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Anti Kim & Kanye Street Art Spotted on Hollywood Boulevard

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The homeless man selling his drawings says he had nothing to do with the poster behind him, which went up at some point tonight on Hollywood Boulevard. The actual artist is New York City’s Ivanorama, who calls Kim and Kanye the “King and Queen of LA” in his instagram posting. The piece appears to be based on a previous street poster he put up earlier this year called “Kanye McWest”. Photo by Tom Andrews.

The Upcoming Taco Emoji Should be Modeled on an Authentic Taco

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For years now we’ve been besieging the unicode foundation, the non-profit group that handles emoji, and asking them to include a taco emoji. Periodically, different emoji proposals would spring up and they would never include a taco. It appears that finally they have woken up to the fact that world wants, nay demands, a taco emoji. What we’ll actually do with this particular emoji, who cares? Not having the taco emoji has made us desperately want the taco emoji.

Now that the taco emoji appears imminent (It was listed in a table of “most popularly requested emoji”, see below), we should perhaps find a new thing to request. So we’ll start with this– to the artists who will create the Apple / Android / etc. emoji, please try to make your taco emoji as authentic as possible. The image above, which is what the Unicode Foundation used in their announcement of all the new possible emoji, is not what we’d like to see.

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Tune of the Day: “José Got Dem Tacos” (Ft. Jeezy) by Kap G

We’re very disappointed none of you told us about this tune when it came out last year.

Beau Patrick Coulon Interview and Preview of “Marginal Transience”

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Beau Patrick Coulon is a Los Angeles based visual artist specializing in photography, videography, and print making. His photography has been centered around his life of traveling by train and thumb, with a focus on portraits of the people he has met on his way. When viewing his photographs, you get to admire the adventurousness  of someone who can just pick up and go. He’s traveled from coast to coast by train and continues to journey around the globe documenting what he sees.  Coulon has his first Los Angeles solo show, “Marginal Transience” and new zine release this Thursday at Nomad Art Studio and it’s definitely a show you do not want to miss. We recently had the chance to do an interview with Coulon and his answers left us feeling like we almost knew him and wanted to be there with him traveling around the world.

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