Recap: Post-It Ten at GR2

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Last Saturday was the 10th annual Post-It show at Giant Robot’s GR2. With over 300 artists on the bill, the much anticipated yearly event had buzz going for weeks as several legendary artists revealed previews of their tiny Post-It works of art. Sadly, we got there a little late but nonetheless there was still a hefty line and plenty of crazy Post-Its to check out. 10 Years in and there is still no shortage of amazing art being done on Post It Notes at one of Giant Robot’s signature events. L.A. Taco’s Desilu stopped by to capture some of the night. Follow the link for a gallery of images.

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Recap: Comic Arts LA @ Think Tank Gallery

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The first ever Comic Arts LA was held last Saturday at Think Tank Gallery. The one day only fest was aimed at promoting the appreciation of independent artists who make their own graphic novels, comics, books of photography or illustrations and many other mediums that help give Los Angeles a distinct art community.

CALA was organized by Jen Wang, Angie Wang, Iris Jong, and Jake Mumm, and were helped out by tons of volunteers who helped visitors navigate the packed event. Exhibitors included Beatrice The Biologist, Edie Fake, David Wolter, Sam King, Farel Dalrymple, Katherine Wirick, and Mark Todd. The event was a huge success, as hundreds of people flocked to Think Tank, and bought lots of books. What made the event even better was the fact that the exhibitors were willing to trade, and do drawings and signings in their books when requested. We’re definitely looking forward to CALA’s next event. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to capture the event. Keep reading for a full gallery of photos…

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Video: ConquerLA Photography Meetup

Last month L.A. TACO’s Erwin Recinos documented a monthly photography meetup brought together through social media by a group called ConquerLA. With just over six thousand followers on Instagram, ConquerLA has built a network of young photographers that are creating on their own terms in Los Angeles. Check out the video and experience what it’s like to walk with a massive pack of shooters, partying in the streets, spinning wool and acting a fool. Check out ConquerLA on social media via Facebook, Twitter and IG to see when their next meetup will happen.

Recap: Bad Mood One Year Anniversary Party

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Last weekend, Bad Mood Boutique celebrated one year in business with a group art show in the City of Long Beach. Shop Owner Amber Dominguez rounded up an interesting set of artists who were able to interpret the Bad Mood style into photos and artwork. Artists included Garrett McGurer, Joe Goblyn, Sifry Borrayo, Brian Hayashi, Paul Carrillo,  and Photographer Luixe. The show’s theme was centered around the photos that give Bad Mood their unique modern vintage image. Over the last year Amber Dominguez has built Bad Mood up to be one of Long Beach’s must-see stores. McGurer’s aka GRT MGR art pieces accentuated and illustrated vibrant fashion details into framed digital images. Brian Hayashi’s clever geometric mashups had people taking a closer look to identify the ancient hieroglyphic patterns. Watercolor illustrations done by Joe Goblyn created a dream-like look to the photos and gave the impression of a cool fall day. Photographer Luixe’s works commanded your eyes to see the delicate ambient light sources used to warmly light the vintage looks put together with original pieces from the Bad Mood Collection. The photos were so finely executed you thought you were looking back into the 70’s. The party was a hit, the dj was hot and the drinks were cold. L.A. Taco’s Desilu was there to celebrate and document the evening click the link for more photos of the art, the crowd, and the vibes…

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Photos: Chance The Rapper & Azizi Gibson Live in Los Angeles for #30DaysinLa

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Recap: adidas Originals ~ #ZXFlux Experience in LA

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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.

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Recap: Scumnasty Strikes Back ~ Stone Malone Gallery

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“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.
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Recap: “All Day I Dream About Stripes” Kevin Lyons x Jean André x Adidas Original ~ HVW8

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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…

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Recap: Board Room ~ Eggshell Pop-Up Store

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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, eggshellstickers@gmail.com.

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Recap: Mujeres de Punk at Space Forty-Two

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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 DijitalEach 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.

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Recap: “All You Can Eat” from Sean Norvet

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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.

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