Tuesday, March 4, 2014
This weekend, Producer Ice Cube and Director F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. biopic will be holding open auditions for the roles of Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella. The auditions take place in Gardena on Sunday at Noon (complete flyer/info below), but they’ve already begun on YouTube from when the film was announced last year. Either the producers haven’t bothered with YouTube, or (more likely) they weren’t blown away by anything they saw. We went through a few pages of YouTube auditions to give you a sense of what’s out there. Based on what we’ve seen today, the hardest role to cast may end up being Dre.
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Our favorite living street photographer, Tom Andrews, sends this dispatch from the streets of Hollywood, where Oscar is being installed. Meanwhile, a tuxedoed man stalks the boulevard, four days early and a short-skirted reporter gets ready for the big day…
Friday, February 21, 2014
The Godfather of LA’s vibrant sticker art scene is STICKY RICK. Learn more about this behind-the-scenes don in LA’s art world with this exclusive interview by RYO1. He talks about how he got the business off the ground, what projects he’s working on and of course his favorite taco spot.
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014
SUPERNATURAL is an all time legend in the world of freestyle hiphop, and has performed in front of millions of people worldwide. On August 5, 2006, Supernatural set a new world record for the longest continuous freestyle rap at the Rock The Bells Festival in San Bernardino, CA. where he rapped for 9 hours and 15minutes. Here he speaks with RYO1 exclusively for L.A. Taco about his life in hip hop, his latest music and of course his favorite taco spot…
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
L.A. TACO’s own Erwin Recinos recently had a chance to catch up with Big Sleeps K2S and talked about his travels, the shop he currently stays at on Fairfax and (of course) his favorite taco spot.
You’re transforming this area with your presence. Give us some insight on what you’re doing on Fairfax in your new studio.
It’s more of a private studio, by appointments only. This is my headquarters for tattooing and working on other projects. Currently I have a collection dropping with Famous Stars & Straps this month. Just trying to start the year out strong.
Since it’s 2014 I decided to take down the collab mural in the back of the shop with Defer (click here). What we have going up now is a lil’ bit similar to what we had before but with more hand-styles. I decided to bring in more people to bless the walls for us, like Cale, Axis and of course it wouldn’t be the same without Defer.
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
PAPERWORK NYC creates limited edition magazines such as Bitch Magnet, Rozes are Red, and Babes: A Collection of Naughty Girls. The publishing house is run by Mike Krim, a Southern Californian living and working in Brooklyn, New York. His photos and zines have captivated us for the past few years and after a long hunt we tracked him down to conduct this email on subjects like Los Angeles, Rachel Roze, fishing, and more…
What’s your favorite taco spot?
Roze’s Taqueria they have these really amazing plump tacos haha. But if I’m dining out, Cactus on Vine has some great Al Pastor.
When did you start taking photographs? When did you know it was something you had to do?
I started taking photos of my friends and associates graffiti at the age of 13. Around 18 I got more into contemporary art photography due to everyone starting to dabble in drugs and other crazy shit. As soon as that happened it’s only a matter of time before all the clothes fall off, the ladies start doing back bends and handstands, the homies start flashing weapons and doing stupid stuff and then the magic goes down haha. I always have a camera and lucky for me I’ve managed to be in the right place at the right moment most of the time.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
This pet owner in Hollywood near the Hollywood Bowl made an artistic tribute to his dog on the outside of his fence. This way his pooch can still have a presence on the street even though he’s behind a wooden wall. Photos by Tom Andrews.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
Pep Williams is one of our favorite L.A. photographers, and recently told us about the story of how he ended up shooting singer Chris Brown for the cover of Urban Ink magazine…
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
FUZI, famed graffiti/tattoo master of the ignorant style, is from Paris but has been visiting L.A. for personal, professional, and inspirational reasons for a minute now. On the Professional tip, on December 18th FUZI will be tattooing a handful of lucky people at a special location in the city of Los Angeles. Yeah, ignorant Xmas is real. A couple of spots are still available, email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
It’s been a busy end of 2013 for FUZI– recent tattoo clients include Os Gemeos, Diplo, Justice, Kavinsky and Kevin Lyons; FUZI’s art exhibition, Devoration, opened in Paris on December 5th. So where does FUZI get his inspiration? What does he think of LA? Does he like tacos? Read on…
You’ve been coming to L.A. on the regular for a while now. When did you first come to L.A. and what were your first impressions?
I first visited L.A. to visit Zio. She showed me all sides of L.A.—from eating foie gras cotton candy at the Bazaar to visiting Bukowski’s childhood home in Mid-City to exploring the cement banks of the river in downtown and everything in between. My first impression was that it was huge, sunny, relaxed, and totally different from European cities. It’s such a unique place, and I fell in love with the lifestyle and architecture. I’ve been lucky to be able to visit a lot of times since then, and each time I discover something new.
Who or what in L.A. inspires you?
I am really intrigued by all of the different cultures, particularly cholo style and gang graffiti. I also like DEFER’s style, which is rooted in this culture, but taken to a different level. Estevan Oriol is an inspiration—not only for his photography and style, but for his work ethic. L.A. authors like Bukowski and Bret Easton Ellis have also influenced my work at times. And I’m really inspired by the ambience in downtown L.A.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Chippy Nonstop, now based in L.A., is an ever-evolving artist who raps, sings, twerks, and also has one of the more entertaining twitter feeds out there. Erwin Recinos did this Q&A with Chippy, whose latest tune, Alone, came out yesterday and is embedded below.
How’s the L.A. music scene treating you?
Its cool, I already knew a lot of people here, so it wasn’t too bad making the transition.
What have you found interesting about the music scene in this city?
Honestly, it’s the same for me wherever I go have the same network everywhere, so everywhere I live I see the exact same people all the time.
One of your fans on Twitter said you need your own reality TV show. Would you ever do it? Why or why not?
I would 100% do a reality show. I already post my whole life on the internet, so it’s whatever. I don’t really need privacy. Plus I wish all the crazy shit me and my friends do was on TV, because we are hilarious and tight. LOL.