Rap Quotes by Jay Shells ~ April 25th

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Gallery1988 will host the first Rap Signs show from NY artist Jay Shells. Jay’s street art has been featured here on L.A. TACO, The Huffington Post, Complex, Vice, in the LA Times, by the Associated Press and hundred of other artists, confirming the appeal of location-specific installations at the intersection of hip-hop and street art cultures.
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Preview: Juxtapoz Psychedelic Book Release Party ~ April 26th at The Well

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Juxtapoz has an amazing new book, focusing on psychedelic art and the opening reception and exhibition will be in Los Angeles, specifically at The Well (1006 S. Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90015) from 7p – midnight this Saturday (April 26th) night! Preview some of the images from the book and from the exhibition below…

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Real Noir ~ LAPD Photo Archives

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Gallerist Robin Blackman and her husband, LAPD Reserve officer have spent the last thirteen years combing through the LAPD photo archives looking for gems in a collection of crime scenes, mug shots, and other on-the-job photographs and negatives that were due to be destroyed. The result is a collection of about 50 images that will be made into prints and sold at this weekend’s Paris Photo LA. You can view some additional images at the official site, and also at this Daily Mail article. Keep reading for some of our favorites…

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Remember Your Roots w/ Rootcheck Vol. 4 – GTA Style Anaheim Chase W/ Arbe Kog / SUMEN / Betue

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BELIEVE IT OR NOT EDITION + ANAHEIM ARCHIVE #1

At first the plan was to cram the story of that night in, but some history of Anaheim came up in the archives, small detour.

If you want to skip all that and jump straight into what happened that night, look for the BOLD SENTENCE as a jump off.

Isek LTS and Arby KOG some time around 98.

Isek LTS and Arby KOG some time around 98.

Back in the day (96-99) in Anaheim there was a big ass construction zone.

Disney was building underground tunnels, Cal-Trans was all over the place and they were mean as hell in general. During this construction big ass chunks of the 5(lots), the 405(lsds dtd ek), the 22(aubs) etc. freeways would shut down and black out completely. A lot of bombing took place, kings/crews came and went throughout the tag banging days. Just195 and Earn (some straight OGs in graffiti) were holding down the Anaheim Swap Meet with a little hip hop / airbrush shop. Just195 had a wall behind the swap meet, with Lucha libre wrestlers doing their thing in the background. A lot of writers met up there so speaking on Anaheim, Masterpiece was sort of a middle ground for OC to meet LA. Earn and Just called the shop Masterpiece and in 1999 the MP2k crew was formed there, a lot of them are still around to this day.

The Lucha Libre truck at the Anaheim Indoor around 99 - Just195 / B2.

The Lucha Libre truck at the Anaheim Indoor around 99 – Just195 / B2.

In a way, Just and Earn took writers in at Masterpiece, and gave them a gateway to something bigger. OC writers looked up to the LA writers, and in some cases OC produced the same originality. Getting way off the point, but the BALL yard, behind the indoor, is where the dudes in this story all met.

Czer UCA / WGS / MP - behind the Anaheim indoor (Masterpiece shop wall).

Czer UCA / WGS / MP – behind the Anaheim indoor (Masterpiece shop wall).

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Recap: Taco Madness Presented by Groupon

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A fine day was had by all at Grand Park on April 5th for Taco Madness Presented by Groupon, the culmination of our month-long bracket style tournament to determine the LA’s favorite taco of 2014. The sun was hot, the lines were long, and the micheladas were flowing. As many as 5,000 people filled the park all day long and enjoyed tacos, music, and art. The winner of the online vote was El Coraloense, an inventive seafood spot featuring ceviches, tacos and more in two locations in Downey and Bell Gardens. Above, brother and sister team Leo and Natalie Curie pick up their award on stage as artist Mear One paints in the background. Photos by Erwin Recinos & Desilu Munoz..

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TONIGHT- LOS MACUANOS at La Cita

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Tijuana dark wavy tribaleros LOS MACUANOS are playing at La Cita tonight.

Watch this classic if your not properly convinced.

|CH.R.O.M.E.| ENTER THE DARKNESS: Fire to the Prison Industrial Complex

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This Saturday at Downtown LA punk space East 7th- art collective CH.R.O.M.E. presents new and neon work in resistance to the prison industrial complex.  Expect anti-authoritarian animated .gifs, black light printed matter, neon FTP installations, horror lighting and a goth DJ.

Saturday 7-11 PM. East 7th Warehouse, 1725 E. 7th St., Los Angeles CA 90021.

CH-R-O-M-E.NET | on Facebook | Press Release

In The Streets ~ April 12th

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NELA Artwalk takes place the second Saturday of each month bring art openings from various galleries in Cypress Park and Highland Park area. A fantastic opening is taking place at Avenue 50 Studios, “In The Street / En Las Calles”. Featured in the main gallery are paintings by Juan Carlos Munoz-Hernandez (featured) and scupltured glass by Jaime Guerrero. In the annex room opens “My Name on Top of Yours” by Yvonne Estrada, who travels the streets as an ambulance driver photographing graffiti while writing poems about its presence.

Avenue 50 Studios is located at 131 North Avenue 50 in Highland Park. But if you are having trouble locating this gallery here is look at a collaborative mural put together by the featured artist Juan Carlos and Alex Kizu (featured) that was put together just days before the opening. It is wonderful addition to the area and spotlights the beauty and character of Northeast Los Angeles.

Sideshow Brand Carrier Pigeons ~ Hollywood

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VYAL x GUERRILLA TACOS for Latagrafica

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As part of Taco Madness, artist Vyal collaborated with taquero Wes Avila’s Guerrilla Tacos to paint a mural on the side of the truck. Check it out in person (schedule on the Guerrilla Tacos website) and get some of LA’s best tacos at the same time. The truck is still being worked on, with new elements to come soon. The truck was painted with the support of Red Bull’s Latagrafica project. Photographer Erwin Recinos captured the creation of the mural in one of the large taco truck commissaries that serve Los Angeles…

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FLERT & JESR ~ Los Angeles

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These photos are by Alexander The Great. Check out his FLICKR and INSTAGRAM for more.

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