Recap: Alexis Ross Vans Syndicate Shoe Release

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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.

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Recap: Dead Beat Club ~ Full Release

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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)

Video Recap: Toy Art Gallery 2014 Anniversary Show

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:

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Two Weeks of Art ~ August 2014

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The continuing adventures of our Events Editor, Erwin Recinos, who checks out all of LA’s best underground/graffiti/contemporary art shows and happenings with multiple cameras around his neck. Here he presents to you a journey through Los Angeles’ art scene during the first two weeks of August 2014.

Picture Me Rolling: San Pedro ~ August 2nd

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The infamous NinjaGraffiti hosted an art show at Bad Fish Clothing in San Pedro. Aware, Fear, Thanks, Fishe, Cat Cult and many others took over 6th Street for an amazing night celebrating both trains and skateboarding culture. Blackbook signings, sticker trades, and raffles were going on all night. The crowd was a mix of some of the top artists, train aficionados, and skaters in Southern California.

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Video Recap: Stuck Up OC 2014

Over the weekend artist NVAZN hosted #StuckUpOC2014, a sticker show and exchange event for all the SoCal sticker heads. From what we understand, this was the first of its kind event in Orange County. The event was such a success that there might another in the works so stay tuned. There has been a drought of such shows in the Los Angeles area and L.A. TACO’s events editor Erwin Recinos was in attendance to bring this video to our readers.

Recap: Chilled Air at Think Tank Gallery

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Think Tank Gallery’s newest exhibit “Chilled Air”  was held on Go Skate Boarding day and celebrated the art of skateboarding. The night was packed with live entertainment, skate demonstrations, and art that excited the large crowd. The show was curated by Austin England & Luke Pelletier who had the genius idea to build a mini skate park in the middle of the gallery. Each ramp was animated with some sort of painting or monitor attached. Everywhere you turned there was something you wanted to see, creating a neverending panoply of action and design. L.A. Taco’s Desilu stopped by and presents this gallery of photos from the opening.
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Recap: California Locos ~ Red Pipe Gallery

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Red Pipe Gallery played host to the work of five native Angeleños including Chaz Bojorquez, Dave Tourje´, John Van Hamersveld, Norton Wisdom, and Gary Wong. Erwin Recinos was there to capture these images of the opening night.

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Recap: Nathan Ota’s Scrambled Eggs ~ GR2

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GR2 (Giant Robot 2) hosted “Scrambled Eggs” and a Side of Collectables featuring the work of artist Nathan Ota. The walls of the gallery were adorned with intimate paintings that made you get up close to examine the amazing level of detail present in each work. The hot collectables of the night were limited edition pillows printed from an original work of art. Also on display was the book NATHAN OTA IKIRU put together by the fine folks at Zero+ Publishing. Scrambled Eggs will be on display at GR2 until March 12th so if you’re in the area definitely check it out. All Photos by Erwin Recinos. Click for larger versions.

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Recap: Bob Motown ~ A Shop Called Quest

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Even though he now lives in London, Bob Motown is a part of Los Angeles. His return last week culminated in a show at A Shop Called Quest, where his trademark pop culture, food, and other everyday items get turned into brightly colored madness. And yes, there were plenty of cats.

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Recap: Refraction ~ The Well

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Some of the more interesting creators in the world of L.A. Graffiti, FISHE, SINER, and DREYE put together a show that many will remember last weekend in Downtown Los Angeles at the Well.  Black and white imagery connected three diverse styles into a cohesive whole that explored minimalism, maximalism, spaces in between. It’s always challenging to move graffiti into a gallery experience and this was one show that succeeded both in terms of presentation, and the artwork itself. -ED. 

All photos by Erwin Recinos.

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Recap: Majestics Car Show 2014 ~ Santa Fe Dam

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Santa Fe Dam hosted the Majestics Car Show 2014 on New Year’s Day in Irwindale, California. Erwin Recinos accompanied Spirit Car Club’s Arizona & Los Angeles chapters to document the journey to the event, which was a special experience in and of itself. Lowriders from Utah, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado come from out of state to participate in this yearly event that is one of the standouts in the lowrider community. Majestics ups the ante every year with both the quality and amount of truly amazing cars on display. Please enjoy these photos from the show and the beautiful drive to get there.

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