Late last month I went to the White Mountain Apache Reservation ( aka Fort Apache Indian Reservation) to visit with friends, relatives and one of the long-standing members of the Apache Skateboards (AS) Team : Tashadawn Hastings. I sponsor her on my team so I created a few custom decks for her to ride and gave her some recent t-shirts I designed. I don’t get to see Tasha enough but always try to hook her up when I can. She’s traveled with AS throughout the last 10 years and was featured in a short film doc, “Apache Chronicle” directed by Nanna Dalunde produced by Apache Skateboards. (Continued)
Ryan Gattis is a novelist living and working in Los Angeles. A member of the art crew UGLARWorks, Ryan’s writing is both personal and a reflection of the city that helped shape him as a writer. His latest novel is All Involved, which is set mainly in Lynwood during the L.A. Riots. The book follows over a dozen characters as they attempt to survive at one of the most critic“When you’re young, you look at television and think, There’s a conspiracy. The networks have conspired to dumb us down. But when you get a little older, you realize that’s not true. The networks are in business to give people exactly what they want. That’s a far more depressing thought. Conspiracy is optimistic! You can shoot the bastards! We can have a revolution! But the networks are really in business to give people what they want. It’s the truth.” ― Steve Jobsal points in Los Angeles history, and is gaining rave reviews from L.A. to N.Y to London. We caught up with Ryan to discuss the riots, the book, and Tacos El Unico.
Where were you during the riots?
I was in Colorado. I remember standing in the kitchen of my parents’ home in Colorado Springs while watching a nightly news report. Before the clip rolled, viewers were warned that what was to come was very violent, and that those with weak stomachs should turn away. I must have been thirteen years old at the time, so I didn’t turn. I leaned in. What came next was Damian ‘Football’ Williams smashing something heavy into Reginald Denney’s head. When it hit, I recoiled. I think my father even shouted when he saw it. My next thought was that Reginald Denney was certainly dead, and that was the first time I’d ever thought I’d seen a dead body, right there in the intersection of Florence and Normandie.
Since you’re not from Los Angeles, what was it like researching this book?
It was daunting, but in retrospect, I think being an outsider actually helped me. I came to the subject without biases; I was simply open and ready to listen. Over the course of my nearly 2.5 years of research & background work, I spoke with dozens of Angelenos, watched hours & hours of news footage—in addition to raw footage of the 1992 L.A. Riots, read every book I could find (Twilight: Los Angeles 1992 by Anna Deveare Smith, Official Negligence by Lou Cannon, Fires & Furies by Major General James Delk, to name a few), and dug through reels & reels of microfiche. But my research primarily began with speaking to former Latino gang members about the late 80s and early 90s, a time it seemed to me, that resembled the Wild West in many ways. (Continued)
Just a month into opening his taco truck business, Carlos Vazquez of Ethans Tacos in La Puente has already gotten buzz on social media focusing on one of their menu items– the fried empanada taco. The standout item is basically an empanada in taco form that is hand-rolled with your choice of meat and then fried to perfect level of crispiness, then topped with lettuce, Mexican crema, and a dash of goat cheese. This brief description does not really do it justice– you need to just try one and judge for yourself.
Join us for the Summer Market on 1st, a weekly summer community shopping experience that will feature cool and curated goods from local artisans and designers, live music, pop ups, in store events and more.
Saturday August 8th from 12pm – 6pm
1st Street, Downtown Long Beach, 90802 , along the sidewalk facing the East Village shops
(September 11th & 12th, 2015) – Street / Gallery artist “Mad One” will team up with Stone Malone Gallery to host the annual “Sticker Phiends”, a showcase of local and international adhesive, street and graffiti artists for yet another round. Want to be involved? Send your stickers to the address above.
Jonathan Leder Solo Exhibition Superchief Gallery
August 8th – August 22nd, 2015
739 Kohler St, Los Angeles, CA 90021
We’ve been fans of Jonathan Leder since discovering his work on Paperwork NYC , who have showcased his zines at various book fairs the past couple of years. His latest solo show, and first in Los Angeles, comprises photos shot mostly on Polaroid between 2011 and 2015. The 92 photos grab you, discard you, and then make you pray to be let back in again for another glimpse of the retro fantasy world the artists creates with his models. (Continued)
Driving While Black follows the story of a young black man navigating the streets of Los Angeles. The independent feature was written by Dominique Purdy (AKA MC/Producer the Koreatown Oddity) who also stars in the film. It’s hard to imagine a more topical film right now, so check out the trailer above and download and watch the full movie here: drivingwhileblackmovie.com.
This past Monday night the Container Yard in the Arts District of Los Angeles held its very first Youth Art Night with some of the city’s most best-known calligraphers and tattoo artist. Young art enthusiasts were treated to a hands on art session with artists such as Prime, Cale, Big Sleeps, Relic, Edgar Aguirre, Norm and Huero. It was a fun filled night for the youngsters in attendance, but it’s possible the OGs had even more fun. More art events are said to be in the works for the coming weeks so definitely keep up with @thecontaineryard on Instagram for all the info. Keep reading for more photos from the night. (Continued)
Every month, Andrew Ti, the guy behind Yo, Is This Racist?, will be bringing his advice dispensing talents to the pages of L.A. Taco. Send your questions to email@example.com.
Alright, everyone, welcome to the advice place. For this inaugural edition of Stop Being An LA Asshole (and, let’s face it, every subsequent edition), I’m going to be helping you people to break from your natural LA instincts and consider, maybe, not being total assholes. Let’s take a goddamn question.
my girl lives in Studio City, I live in Culver City. I drive a vintage Trans Am and I don’t like to put too many miles on it. She basically drives to me, even if we go out in Downtown. She said I’m an asshole for making her drive to me… but she just has a car that is better for long trips, plus I drink a lot. Who is right here?
Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts is clearly not familiar with “The Streisand Effect,” but he’s about to be. The Streisand effect is when an attempt to hide or censor a piece of information has the exact opposite effect, and instead results in publicizing the information online far more than it ever would have been if the attempt to shut it down had not been made. It’s named after Barbra Streisand’s ill-fated attempt to suppress aerial photographer of her coastal mansion in Malibu.
It was announced today that legendary producer Dr. Dre will finally release a new album. It won’t be Detox, the oft-rumored record that’s been expected since at least 2004. Instead, Dre will release Compton: The Soundtrack on August 7th– one week before the release of the N.W.A. movie. (Continued)