L.A. Artist Ilma Gore Will Tattoo Your Name on her Body for $10


An interesting Kickstarter project brought to us by KTLA5 is Mission to tattoo my whole body! by Illma Gore. The Australian-born artist just hit the $6,000 she needs to complete the Kickstarter, but still has lots of room on her legs for your name ($10) or design ($100).

Here’s what she says about the idea:

I want to be a singular tattoo for my latest art exhibition, and I want it to be your names. This is going to be an art exhibition in LA featuring my body and your names. I think the tattoo on my forehead says it best ‘Life is art’. There is something absurd & beautiful about having an accumulation of absolute strangers names draped over my pale goth skin, even if half of them are ‘Penis Butt’. Why? you might ask, simply because I can, I know what I’m about son, and I am my own ultimate canvas. Like my art exhibitions and murals this is a social and artistic experiment! Each persons name to me represents YOU the main protagonist in your own story. I will be covered in a hundred tiny stories.

She provides helpful diagrams to let you see where the current tattoos are, and where your name or design will go.


Preview: Mexico City’s Fifty24MX Gallery at LA ART SHOW

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Fidia Falaschetti
Mixed media / Lt Ed 4 pcs
46 x 18 x 25.5 cm

One of our favorite art galleries in Mexico is Fifty24MX, and they’re bringing some beautiful art to this week’s L.A. Art Show. Keep reading for a preview of some of the work they’ll be showing at Booth 1030 as part of littletopia…


Laser Tag Sound Track ~ Coming February 24th


Three things that definitely go together, even if you probably never would’ve connected the dots: Experimental Soundtracks, Performance and Laser Tag. On Tuesday, Feb 24 at 6:30pm, Kchung Radio DJ Anna Ialeggio will host Laser Tag Sound Track, a concert featuring curated experimental soundtracks inside a functioning laser tag facility . The entire event will be broadcast live as an unfolding radio narrative on kchungradio.org.

Laser Tag Sound Track explores the connections between games, wars, reality journalism and popular entertainment. From Call of Duty to American Sniper to children’s birthday parties, American life and entertainment are infused with war simulations and expressions of the military-industrial complex. Often these expressions are devoid of the trauma of war, and are presented as mere entertainment. Exploring this space through experimental music and performance inside an actual laser tag facility should be really bizarre and fascinating.

From the official press release:


7 Flautas You’ll Want to Try at Flautas, Now Open at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza


Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, the talented chefs behind what may be LA’s most important Mexican restaurant, La Casita Mexicana in Bell, today debut their fast-casual ode to a traditional Western Mexican dish with Flautas. For an in-depth discussion of the concept, check out this interview with Jaime and Ramiro from last year on Food GPS.


Located in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw food court adjacent to their full-service restaurant Mexicano (which opens next month), Flautas is a quick option with a pretty impressive sounding menu. Keep reading for the full description of some of the 14 different flautas offered…


Photo Recap: Agenda January 2015 ~ Long Beach


Twice a year the Agenda Show in Long Beach brings together a wide variety of lifestyle fashion brands together to show off their wares to buyers, media, and the public. Everyone from the mainstays of the industry to tiny breakout brands are there. Please enjoy senior event editor Erwin Recinos’ favorites from this year’s show…


Thinkspace Celebrates 10 Years with “La Familia” ~ Opens This Saturday Night


Thinkspace has occupied an important place in the Los Angeles art world, and this weekend they celebrate 10 years in business. What we love most about Thinkspace is that they seem to be able to provide the essential context that artists need to properly share their vision with the public. Thinkspace doesn’t just curate great art, they allow artists to create unique shows and installations that change people’s perceptions.

L.A. Taco focuses a lot on street art, graffiti, and vandalism and lots of people have had the idea to take that style of art and put it in a gallery. Far fewer have been able to actually make it work, and Thinkspace is one of the leaders. More than that, they passionately care about the artists and the work they display, and everything from the presentation to the way they speak and write about their exhibits reflects that passion and love.

For the 10 year anniversary, the gallery presents La Familia, a group exhibition featuring over 120 small works, and huge talent, by the gallery’s permanent roster and extended family. Co-presented with Trekell, each artist will produce a 10” x 10” work on panel to commemorate the gallery’s fortuitous milestone, and to commend the creativity of all those who have built the foundations for its future. This special exhibition is dedicated to the growing strength of our numbers and, most importantly, to our artists.

Full list of artists:

Let’s Paint TV Retrospective ~ Tonight in DTLA


Blackstone Gallery presents

“Let’s Paint TV: A Retrospective”

John Kilduff aka Mr Lets Paint from Lets Paint TV will be performing live from Blackstone Gallery! We last interviewed John in 2007, and remain huge fans of his and Let’s Paint. This is your chance to see him paint and exercise and possibly make blended drinks LIVE.


Video Recap: Toy Art Gallery Opening

Shot and edited by Anthony Godinez. Beats by Red Menace.

Also, don’t miss the next Toy Art Gallery Opening, which is this weekend.


Preview: interior angles at Keystone Gallery ~ Opens January 10th

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New Works by Johnie Thornton, David A Acuna, Jon Measures, and Joshua Charles Hart.

Opening Reception January 10th, 2015 at 7pm. 2588 North San Fernando Road, LA 90065. More info here.

Please enjoy a quick preview of some of the works on display from emerging artists in Los Angeles…

Taco of the Year 2014: Taco de Carnitas y Cueritos from Carnitas El Momo


When L.A.’s master of emerging cuisine, Bill Esparza, invited us to an early morning chow session in East L.A. along with luminaries in the taco community, we knew something special was going to be on offer. That crisp and clear winter morning we were introduced to a true master of authentic Mexican cooking, Romulo Acosta, whose small kitchen held the traditional massive copper pots used to make carnitas for his two food trailers that had begun feed people across Los Angeles. Growing out of a backyard restaurant into a food truck, Carnitas El Momo had captured Bill’s attention and he immediately proclaimed them the best in the city, and perhaps the nation. Considering how much we and most everyone else in the taco lifestyle loves carnitas, this was an earth-shaking pronouncement.

A visit to the Vermont / Melrose location with a small team of L.A. Taco photographers confirmed that this was the real deal in all aspects, and a clear “best carnitas in L.A.” had been discovered. A few months later, we convinced Carnitas El Momo to make their first food festival appearance at Taco Madness 2014, confidant they could handle the pressure and deliver a top contender for the judge’s choice panel.




Pasadena based artist-run non profit SIDE STREET PROJECTS has released a pocket sized version of their woodworking bus (often spotted on LA’s FWYs). The mini woodworking bus was cartoonishly drafted by SFV painter Javier Ramirez who we kicked it with back in August. The Side Street Project’s woodworking buses bring artist-taught woodworking classes to all the 3rd graders in Pasadena Unified School District and schools across LA county. Kids can take woodworking classes at their Pasadena headquarters and the bus has been known to crash bday parties. They’ve also got a constant rotation of artist projects,  an equipment coop and a range of other artist services to get involved with.