Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Last Saturday, adidas Originals brought YG, Nipsey Hussle, Hit Boy, Audio Push, BJ The Chicago Kid, Thurz, R.J. and Raven Felix to the Well in Downtown Los Angeles for the #ZXFlux Experience. The crowd included everyone from ANWAR CARROTS to DEAKSKII to SKRILLEX, with a cross section of LA’s sneaker, artist, and hip-hop communities representing their corner of L.A. You could get custom #ZXFlux shoes made with an ipad app, which many people took advantage of, especially the LA-centric Lakers and Clippers colorways. One phrase rang out through the night… “Respect the West!”
Please enjoy this gallery of photos from the event. Photos by Azul213.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
“Scumnasty Strikes Back” is the latest show at Stone Malone Gallery featuring the work of the artist Cristian “SMEAR” Gheorghiu. Smear has been featured in numerous group and solo shows throughout Los Angeles, and we’ve watched his style grow and evolve through the years. His distinct style of painting and unique approach to life is on display in the video “Smear: My SoCal Art History” on Youtube. Check it out at the end of this post, and dive more into what has inspired Smear as an artist and person.
Friday, November 21, 2014
Saturday night was the opening of HVW8‘s much anticipated collaboration with Adidas Original and world renowned artists Kevin Lyons and Jean André. The focal point was the André and Lyons’ versions of classic Adidas shoes. André’s used a monochromatic color scheme with shoes that looked like they were dipped in Krink Ink, and indeed he used Krink as part of his installation. The fine details that went into each shoe and their placement within the gallery positioned them as works of art themselves. Lyon’s shoes showcased his signature love of bright, bold colors. Each of his designs was more vibrant than the next, and looked like it had come out of an artist’s studio.
The walls inside HVW8 had new works from both artists which further explored their favorite motifs, designs, and obsessions. The gallery has a huge back lounge where you can usually find the artists mingling with the crowd on opening night, and on this occasion there was also free beer, which kept everyone warm and close. The back wall was covered in characters drawn by Lyon and this ended up being the spot where everyone wanted to post up and take photos. Group after group snapped the mural and their friends in front of it– Instagram must have blown up that night with Lyon’s clever designs. L.A. Taco’s Desilu stopped by to catch some of the evening, click the link for a complete gallery…
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Eggshell Stickers x Zipgun x Bomit teamed up this past weekend to present the exhibit Board Room. Custom wood pieces painted with a red frame around to resemble the Red Wavy Border Blanks on Eggshells site (click here). Artists had free range to draw and design on the piece. A limited color palette of silver, black and white really made pieces pop off the canvases. Walls were free range for people to tag, slap stickers and use as selfie backgrounds. Blackbook and sticker exchanges were a must as writers from all over LA were there.
The Eggshell Pop-Up store is located at 1461 1/2 Sunset Blvd. and is open from Friday-Sunday from noon to 6pm and is likely to close early next month. Definitely stop by if your in the Echo Park area or get more info by contacting @eggshellstickers on Instagram or email, email@example.com.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Saturday November 8th was the 3rd annual Mujeres de Punk show held at Space Forty Two. Some of the artists on display were Abe Garcia, Gina Kuhn, Ronald Perez, Sharnae Caceres, Guillermo Millan and Cherene Dijital. Each expressive piece on display was different and unique in it’s own way. The show also featured a musical showcase of bands Tozcos, Fumigados, Red Tape, and Atrako. Each band that was female dominant was brutal, loud and left your ears ringing.
Mujeres De Punk did not disappoint, and being that it was the 3rd installment of the ongoing series, the attendance was strong. The attendees seemed equally fascinated by the art and the music. Space Forty Two is fairly new to the Los Angeles art/music scene but so far they have been having some great events and the people involved are friendly and inviting. Outside of the show several of the artists on display had tables full of zines, prints, tapes, records and patches. We’re looking forward to seeing this new space grow, and to the next installment of Mujeres De Punk. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to document the evening– follow the link for more photos.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Stay Gallery hosted the opening of Sean Norvet‘s first solo show titled “All You Can Eat”. We were able to get a peek inside of Norvet’s mind when we interviewed him last week, but he still managed to surpise and amaze the crowd with his fine artistry and craftsmanship.
The details that went into Norvet’s pieces were remarkable, each idea was full of inventiveness and executed perfectly. It was as if Norvet had a team of artists to complete the pieces, but Norvet did it all. From the giant oil paintings, to the lifelike taco plate (our favorite) and the life size sandwich shop, Norvet created a little world inside of Stay Gallery. A little world we highly suggest you check out. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to capture some of the evening. All You Can Eat is on display until the end of this month. Click the link below for more to eat.
Friday, November 7, 2014
“This City Belongs to Me” was a four-part event series curated and created by Red Bull Music Academy, that brought together the city of Los Angeles for free nights of music and dancing. Ranging from Disco (DJ Harvey), Experimental (TOKiMONSTA), Future Hip Hop (Friends of Friends) to House (Rhonda International), each event draw massive amounts of young Angeleños out to downtown venues to celebrate their city’s music scene together.
The crowd to see Seth Troxler and Guy Gerber, two of the biggest current names in classic house music was enormous, with lines spilling down the block and club kids, dance freaks, fabulous people, bewigged party animals, and at least two groups of Swedish tourists all waiting patiently to get their turn to groove. The Rhonda regulars were there in force but the Belasco Theatre also played host to newcomers, drawn in by RBMA or previous “This City” events, who wanted to finally experience Rhonda with everyone else.
Friday, November 7, 2014
About two weeks ago A Shop Called Quest held the 3rd annual IE Zine Fest in the City of Redlands. The shop transformed the alley behind their storefront into a marketplace where each exhibitor had their own table filled with work by all sorts of artists. A few of our favorites were Sleep Talk Press, As Issued, Freeways Collide, and Influentza. Each table had something different from the last and every person exhibiting was ready to talk about the art they had for sale. We couldn’t help but notice the overwhelming feeling of welcomeness. You could feel all the great vibes bouncing around the alley as it seemed like all the attendees and vendors were brothers and sisters. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to document the beautiful Sunday afternoon. Hit the link for more…
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Ever been to a party inside of a laundromat? Well this last Friday night Vans Syndicate teamed up with renowned Los Angeles artist Alexis Ross to host a shoe release party inside of Silver Lake’s Thrifty Wash. While we were looking for the location, we had no idea that this event was actually to be held inside of a laundromat, but to our surprise Thrifty Wash was the hot spot. The night marked the release of the “chinese laundry bag” inspired OG Authentic.
Not only was there free left ear piercing being done by Ross himself, but there was also a Street Fighter vs Xmen arcade style battle. The tournament started off with about 12 people eager to win the cash prize of $400.00. After some intense match ups it was down to two dudes and one janky joystick. Little did everyone know that the winner, Paul Carrillo from the city of Norwalk, was a Street Fighter Veteran. L.A. Taco’s Desilu captured the night, click the link below to check out the party and the super limited bucket hats and sweet new shoes.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
This last friday night the Deadbeat Club held a one night only photography show in the city of Long Beach. Being that it was a rare and special event, the space was packed with art patrons of all ages and descriptions. The DJ was playing fresh vinyl with slick bass lines and beats to keep everyone grooving from one section to another. There were five artists on display which included Devin Briggs, Nolan Hall, Grant Hatfield, Dennis McGrath, Ed Templeton, and Tobin Yelland. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to catch some of the show before she had to jet on over to a different event. Click the link to see a quick recap. (Continued)
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Toy Art Gallery celebrated last week with over 40 of their favorite artists creating amazing custom figures from Paul Kaiju and Blobpus’ Vertebrata! The show is still up and features the following artists: