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 email@example.com 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.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Lalo Alcaraz has been our hero for a long time now, but his last cartoon had us wondering if he’s been reading our minds. Of course, it’s not the first time he’s plumbed the taco cart for humor, and it surely won’t be the last…
Monday, December 2, 2013
French director Barbet Schroeder directed the Bukowski film Barfly, starring Mickey Rourke, from a script written by the poet laureate of the drunks himself. The film has its fans and detractors, but one interesting thing for Bukowski lovers are the nearly three hours of tapes that Shroeder recorded in 52 short interviews done in 1987. The entire thing, which as also released as a documentary, was posted to Youtube earlier this year. Part of the interviews were conducted while driving around LA– for you newcomers or youngsters, check out what the city looked like in the late 80′s. We haven’t watched much of it yet, but if anyone finds a reference to tacos, which Buk supposedly loved, please let us know.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Our favorite art exhibition of the year so far was Patrick Martinez’s “Break Bread” installation in Bell Gardens. Now, take a look inside his studio and how he creates his signature pieces in this video by Estevan Oriol, who describes the video thusly:
I met Patrick back in the days when we both were working with Rime Magazine, Mister Cartoon and I have since then have worked with him on many projects and also with our company S.A. Studios, he did the lay out 2 of my books 1979 for Adidas and L.A. Woman for Drago Publishing as well as designs for Joker Brand and the “Righteous Kill” movie poster campaign, to name a few. Actually there’s too many projects to remember. Basically what i’m trying to say is He’s a bad Mother Fucker at this Art thing. when you have a chance go check him out.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
455er CBS is the King of the Sticker combo and poses here with his custom Stop Sign decorated entirely with hundreds of stickers of his own design. See him at sticker shows, art shows, and up in the streets all over LA, California, and worldwide.
Friday, November 8, 2013
The people of HARD: Day of the Dead, held last weekend at Los Angeles State Historic Park. All Photos by Guruboyfriend and Emus the Don. Coverage of Day One is here.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
The people, the music, the costumes, and everything else that caught Desilu Muñoz’s eye on Day one of HARD’s Day of the Dead two-day music festival that was held last weekend. Coverage of Day Two is here.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Every Hallowe’en is a wild scene on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood California, and Tom Andrews was there all night to capture the action.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
GARY RICHARDS, who DJs as DESTRUCTO is a legend in the LA dance music scene. From warehouse events to the city’s biggest parties, HARD has grown into one of the largest and most innovative electronic music promoters in the world. This weekend’s HARD: Day of the Dead will bring tens of thousands of people to downtown Los Angeles for a two day festival featuring every aspect of the dance music scene. What’s it like to be Gary in the days before a massive undertaking like Day of the Dead? See him at work and at home in the video above, which was directed by Zeke Piestrup.
What we really wanted to know is where DESTRUCTO gets his tacos. So, Gary, what’s your favorite taco?
“La Playita in Venice. 3306 Lincoln. Their tacos are great, but I go for the ceviche.”
Thank you, Gary!