A brand new track from Dumbfoundead dropped yesterday and today we have the video. Directed by Jay Ahn, and told mostly through SnapChat stories, we see the rapper and his girls (played by Francis Lola and Ellen V. Lora) on a night out in K-Town, including stops at Beer Belly, the Line Hotel (with a cameo from Roy Choi) and a luxury apartment rooftop pool. Pause it in various parts and you may see people you recognize, if you like to get turnt up in K-Town with any regularity. You can download “Coachella” for free here.
“The Cardboard Artist” is a work in progress film directed by Matthew Kaundart and produced by Luka Fisher about Calder Greenwood, who you know from his cardboard installations that pop up all over Los Angeles. The DTLA ART WALK will be screening the film this Thursday as part of its first annual film series at the Regent Theater.
Everyone knows that the wizards at Rockstar Games did an incredible job with their version of Los Angeles (Los Santos) GTA V, but now the people at Corridor Digital have returned the favor. Using just the right physics, camera work, and locations, they’ve recreated GTA in real life. Shot at iconic locations in Los Angeles like Venice Beach, Griffith Park Observatory, and the Arts District, any fan of the game will be blown away by this 3:22 experience.
Eli Braden is a musician turned comedy writer who is best known for his song parodies on the Howard Stern Show. His ribald tunes explore every inch of co-host Robin Quivers’ anatomy in graphic and hilarious detail, all set to the top hits of the day. His work on Stern has caught the attention of the comedy world, and he’s written for Television since moving to Los Angeles. Please enjoy this Q&A where Braden discusses family life, his favorite taco spot, and how he get his start in the lucrative world of parody songs…
Favorite taco spot in LA?
I live in Pasadena and like to go to Taco Lita in Arcadia. It’s really not that great, but supposedly Van Halen ate there back in the day so that’s kinda cool. My favorite tacos in L.A. are always from random food trucks I never remember the names of.
Please introduce yourself to the L.A. TACO readers. Who you are and what you do?
My name is Jasper Wong and I’m the founder of POW! WOW! Primarily a mural festival that has become an art and music school, creative community centers, and more. It’s currently held in Hawaii, Texas, California, Taiwan and Japan.
This year is Pow!Wow!’s fifth anniversary. Congratulations. Please describe what Pow!Wow! was when you first started and what it has now become in 2015.
POW! WOW! originally started as an excuse to bring my friends together and paint. A very simple idea that became much larger in scale over the years. What began as a gallery exhibit became a mural festival with 100+ artists painting 70 murals over a period of a week. We’re now expanding globally and creating related programming with our free art and music schools for the youth.
Everyone knows Ramona’s Mexican food products, especially their frozen burritos which have been available for years in supermarkets and convenience stores all over California. If you grew up in this area, there’s almost no chance you haven’t heated up and eaten a Ramona’s burrito at some time or another.
What you may not know too much about is the amazing life story of Romana Acosta Bañuelos, founder of Ramona’s, which started as a tortilla factory back in 1940. Romana was born in Arizona in 1925 (she turned 90 last month), but due to anti-immigrant backlash and the great depression, was forcibly “re-patriated” to Mexico in the early 1930’s by the U.S. Government. Back in Mexico, young Romana learned the basics of Northern Mexican cuisine, including the baking of tortillas and other staples. (Continued)
The following piece is by artist, author, and activist Phil America, who we welcome into the TACO universe…
In early 2015 I met up with Dorian Lynde, a Canadian artist, to photograph her while working on her year-long photo series Peace By Piece. The series itself is more than just a collection of photos, it is a performance. It is a meditation. It is a reminder. It is a lesson on life. The photos show her work with “unbroken meditation”, a practice she took on over the one year’s time in which she broke a piece of china(porcelain) every day and glued them back together. (Continued)
Tattoo artist Big Sleeps dropped a new series of t-shirts with Los Angeles based rap group Psycho Realm. L.A. TACO’s own Erwin Recinos was in attendance for the first leg of the release at the Tee Shirt Spot on Pasadena Ave. in Lincoln Heights, and made the video seen above.
We first met Frankie C. when he shared his remarkable photos of Sikhs in Los Angeles with us earlier this year. His low profile and humble approach are rare in the era of social media and self-promotion, but his work speaks for itself. A native Angeleño, Frankie is deeply connected to the people of Los Angeles, and you can see that in his portraits of the city’s residents, and the details he captures on his sojourns around every part of L.A. Please enjoy this selection of his photography along with a Q&A with this emerging local artist.
What’s your favorite taco?
-Cheese tacos from Taqueria El Tapatio in Glendale. Traditionally made with cheese in between 2 small tortillas. I’m hungry thinking of them now.
One thing I like better than beer is a great cause. Come out and support an incredible one on Thursday, April 9 at Ebano’s Crossing (http://www.ebanoscrossing.com) during the Downtown LA Art Walk with the one-and-only SAND ONE (www.sandoner.com). (Continued)
Artist Richard Castor is one of the successors of TEEN ANGEL, and is the art director of TEEN ANGELS magazine. Teen Angel died last weekend, here please find Richard’s obituary and tribute to his friend and mentor.
This past weekend a friend and I were in Arizona selling T-shirts and TEEN ANGELS MAGAZINES. About 2 years ago, I began building and working on the magazine along with the sons of TEEN ANGEL. We had a successful weekend promoting to youngsters, and making veteranos reminisce about the good old days they spent with the magazine. People became followers once again, or for the first time. The hard work was paying off. At the end of the weekend, we received the News that TEEN ANGEL, the founder of the magazine had passed on. Many close to him knew he was in his last days, but the news still came much too soon.
TEEN ANGEL was a legend. An artist and pioneer, and founder of TEEN ANGELS MAGAZINE. Many are unaware of the impact and influence this one man had in the lowrider and the kustom communities, not to mention the people of the Varrios across the Southwest. His influence today has even stretched out to parts of the East coast, Japan and Europe. (Continued)