New Mural: “Trigz Forever”, Painted by Jonas Never and Ruger ~ North Hollywood

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Jonas Never and Ruger painted this mural at La Vida Tattoo and Body Piercing 6342 Laural Canyon Bl. North Hollywood. The mural was inspired by the photo of Trigz by Pep Williams, which Pep posted here shortly after the news of his tragic death.

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Every Taco Reference on the Simpsons Ever

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There’s an amazing new website on the interwebs called SimpsonsWorld.com, which collects every Simpsons episode from the past 26 seasons and allows you to watch them online. It also allows keyword search, so you know what that means– in-depth taconalysis from your friends at L.A. Taco! We discovered 22 references to tacos in the history of the Simpsons. One of those was a reference to Dutch “Putting on the Ritz” singer but the rest were bonafide Mexican food references.

The most common use of “taco” or “tacos” on the Simpsons over the past 20+ years has been when the writers reference taco day at school or taco night at home, but there are also references to “Korean tacos” (in the service of a pretty good Judd Apatow burn) and Mexican wrestling “Taco Belly”. Two fictional taco places are mentioned, “Taco Joe’s” and “Taco Bueno,” which reminds us that Springfield needs some authentic Mexican food to come to town. Probably the best use of the word taco comes in Season One, when Selma and Patty show slides from their Mexican vacation, including “a Mexican delicacy called a Taco Platter.”

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Video Interview with RAKAA from DILATED PEOPLES

RYO1 (Ghetto Dojo Crew) sat down with the legendary RAKAA from Dilated Peoples for a discussion of his music, graffiti, jiu-jitsu, and what the future holds for him and his crew. Oh and yeah of course we asked him about his favorite taco spot…

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DEANSKII INTERVIEW

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DEANSKII is L.A. born and raised, and uses his film photography and ‘zines to give the world an insight into his life in the city. We got a chance to discuss photography and tacos with a man who loves his family, his crew, and documenting the art, triumphs, and tragedies of underground Los Angeles…

What’s your favorite taco?
I have to save my dad makes the best beef and potato tacos. I add some sweet chili sauce to it and it’s fire. But place-wise, I like the carnitas tacos at Diana’s in Carson, plus they’re open 24/7 can’t go wrong with that.
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Mr. VOID RE-SCORING “PIECES” + DYSTOPIAN INDOOR SWAP MEET ~ This Friday in DTLA

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This Friday 7:30 at Superchief Gallery in Downtown L.A. Mr VOID (Ruidoson, Tijuana) of Los Macuanos (currently being celebrated as the Mexican Kraftwerk) is doing a special performance / re-score of the 1980s Spanish slasher film PIECES.

The event will also feature some dystopian swap meet style tabling…
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8 New Murals by David Flores ~ Pomona

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These murals were painted by David Flores in his instantly recognizable signature style. The portraits are of Billie Holiday, Amelia Earhart, Grace Kelly, and Frida Kahlo, and adorn the walls of a new residential development in Pomona called Monterey Station. All photos by our new contributor, The Graffiti Hunter. You can view more photos in the Graffiti Hunter’s extensive archive on Instagram: www.instagram.com/TheGraffitiHunter. The Graffiti Hunter’s goal is to document artists working in public art, and create unique content to build awareness of their work. Every few months he produces art cards that are hidden on the streets and in the shops of the LA Arts District.

Keep reading for the full set of new murals…

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Video: Street Gospel “Know The Story” ~ Cale One K2S

Learn all LA artist Cale One K2S, in the first installment of video series “Street Gospel”. More at StreetGospelTV.Com

Cruising on Hollywood Boulevard

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Photo by Tom Andrews.

Interview with Sam Sweet, Author of the Forthcoming “All Night Menu,” A Secret History of Los Angeles

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Sam Sweet lives in Highland Park and has written about surfing, music, and Los Angeles culture for the New Yorker and the Paris Review. His latest project is All Night Menu, a 64-page book that is the first in a five-volume series about the lost heroes and miniature histories of Los Angeles. The writing takes to you places you didn’t know were real but are right in your backyard and introduces you to people who shaped this city in unseen ways. Created wholly in Los Angeles, the booklet is only available locally, in stores like South Willard, Mollusk Surf Shop, and Anzen Hardware. More info at the end of this interview.

How long have you lived in Los Angeles, and what neighborhoods do you like best?

I moved here in 2007. I like the usual stuff. How can you not? No amount of overexposure can diminish the greatness of driving on Mulholland, or loitering on the rim of the Venice Skate Park, or being on the top floor of the Arclight parking garage. Even so, I think you get the best of Los Angeles in places undefined by any particular attractions. I’m happiest when I’m doing nothing much in Lincoln Heights, Chatsworth, El Segundo. I love Sun Valley because it’s so fiercely unattractive but within that labyrinth of auto recyclers is a living culture that is unique to LA. In a more conventional sense, I think San Pedro is one of the prettiest towns in America.

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A film by Omar Lagda for L.A. Taco.

Introducing the Miche Mobil from Fernando Lopez

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Entrepreneur and restaurant owner Fernando Lopez was at dinner about a year ago, talking about plans to market his new instant Michelada mix. “You know what I’m going to do, I’m going to get a vintage Volkswagen bus and turn it into a mobile michelada party station. Roll up to parties with my own taps, speakers, everything…” Everyone laughed but the seed was planted. A bright green shiny seed in the mind of someone who doesn’t give up easily. After weeks of fruitless searching the internet and the streets of Los Angeles for the right base vehicle, a perfect candidate was spotted less than a mile from the Lopez family restaurant, La Guelaguetza, in Koreatown. The asking price was too high, but Fernando managed to win the seller over with a combination of persistence, charm, and an all cash offer in crisp $100 bills.

Vehicle in hand, Lopez knew where to take it– S. Dominguez Coachworks of Bell Gardens. Over the past 9 months, he and the shop’s owner, Sebastian, have worked the vehicle over by hand, taking it down to its basic elements and building it back up again with hundreds of small details and touches to make it the ultimate party wagon. This VW has a full DJ booth inside, complete with two turntables, a mixer, high-end speakers, and video output to a flatscreen monitor mounted on the flip-up media sail. There are four taps allowing for ice-cold kegs to be kept inside the vehicle. The interior stereo system is also functional, with amps, a subwoofer, and speakers to make getting from party to party fun and comfortable for the I Love Micheladas team. The interior is perforated leather, which when finished will completely wrap the vehicle in crisp white perfection. The stock engine was completely rebuilt and shines like it just can’t wait to get out on the open road.
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