Beau Patrick Coulon Interview and Preview of “Marginal Transience”

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Beau Patrick Coulon is a Los Angeles based visual artist specializing in photography, videography, and print making. His photography has been centered around his life of traveling by train and thumb, with a focus on portraits of the people he has met on his way. When viewing his photographs, you get to admire the adventurousness  of someone who can just pick up and go. He’s traveled from coast to coast by train and continues to journey around the globe documenting what he sees.  Coulon has his first Los Angeles solo show, “Marginal Transience” and new zine release this Thursday at Nomad Art Studio and it’s definitely a show you do not want to miss. We recently had the chance to do an interview with Coulon and his answers left us feeling like we almost knew him and wanted to be there with him traveling around the world.

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Q&A with Randy Wyner, Founder of Chronic Tacos

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In our long-running quest to give you, our dear readers, insight into the grand pageant that is the taco lifestyle, we seek out individuals who can teach us about their business success in the taco game. One such person is Randy Wyner. At age 26 he founded Chronic Tacos, which now has 30 locations in North America, with a plan to get to 100. He has brought the taco lifestyle to Canada in a big way, with several locations in British Columbia. Let’s chat with Randy about what makes a great taco and what the taco life means to him…

What’s your all-time favorite taco that isn’t served at Chronic Tacos?
I’ve had some amazing Lobster tacos in Mexico.

What do you order at Chronic Tacos?
I always order the beer-battered fish taco, Baja style and the Al Pastor taco with a side of rice and beans.

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Sean Norvet Interview and Preview of “All You Can Eat”, Opening Friday at Stay Gallery

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Sean Norvet is an Artist/Illustrator hailing from the wonderful land of Los Angeles. Norvet’s paintings are executed with oils on panels, his unique approach to expressing his thoughts on the media-saturated, commercialized environment we inhabit today has an interesting twist most wouldn’t think to illustrate. His paintings and sculptures are  distinct with detail and vibrancy.

L.A. Taco’s Desilu had a chance to get to know Sean Norvet and to ask him a few questions about his work and living in Los Angeles, including (of course) his favorite taco spot. Sean has been an artist for years and has been in several group shows,  his first upcoming solo show “All You Can Eat” opens this Friday at Stay Gallery. Keep reading for the full interview and a show preview…

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The Story of Karlos “OG BUMPS” Marquez

A reader recently sent us this fascinating four minute mini-documentary by John Wikstrom about L.A. graffiti pioneer Karlos “BUMPS” Marquez, and the strange path his artistic life has taken. Once one of LA’s O.G. writers, Marquez had his life go off the rails due to drugs and alcohol. Entering corporate life to make a living, he put his artistic ambitions behind him, only to have them resurface in an unexpected way. Watch the video above for the full story, and keep reading for a gallery of BUMPS’ work…

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Cleon Peterson ~ My Favorite Taco

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CLEON PETERSON is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. He has become more prolific in his home base of late, via a stunning gallery show at New Image and a large mural in the Arts District, but his work seems to defy time and place. There is something universal about Peterson’s art, and yet no one else is doing anything similar, so it remains unique, and unsullied.

It is perhaps for these reasons that until recently we assumed he was from out of town. Whether people from other cities want to admit it, Los Angeles really is the center of the art world, and having an artist like Cleon here only reinforces that. Ideally he would have several more murals all over the city, bringing his stark and pristine representations of the timelessness of man’s inhumanity to every corner of the city.

What brought you to Los Angeles? What keeps you here?
When I was a kid I traveled here from Seattle because LA was the promised land where there was sun and warmth all the time. I still remember seeing my first palm tree and how good that made me feel. Ive stayed because I love the culture, the space and I’m truly a westerner. For some reason the east coast never felt like home, the people are just different there.

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Interview with Djemba Djemba

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Djemba Djemba is one of the most interesting underground producers in Los Angeles right now, and has his hands in many projects and crews including Team Supreme, Mad Decent, and his own label Rabbit Records.  His bass-heavy style is punctuated by moments of pure beauty and utter strangeness, making his music unpredictable but resonant. Despite staying underground, he’s also managed to produce music for some of the world’s biggest pop stars while keeping his signature futuristic style intact. His live show gets people completely nuts– see for yourself on Sunday of Hard Day of the Dead coming up in 2 weeks…

L.A. TACO: What’s your favorite taco?

DJEMBA DJEMBA: Guisados and Tacos Arizas.

LAT: How does the City of LA inspire you? What are your favorite and least favorite things in LA?

DD: I’m originally from Iowa, so pretty much everything about LA inspires me. Even the traffic. Most of my music is made to play in traffic to get out your aggression, or to play while cruising the strip with your window’s down to get weird looks. The worst thing about LA is the air quality. My favorite thing about LA is my access to excellent Mexican, El Salvadorian, Brazilian, Chinese, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, and Taiwanese foods; the meals that “foodie” restaurants other cities pretend to reinvent and charge 5x the price I can get it at home.

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My Favorite Taco ~ Roy Choi

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Roy Choi did a fun AMA on Reddit earlier today, and one of the questions the redditors asked him was about his favorite tacos. The reply was:

some are: mariscos jalisco, leo’s, ariza, taco zone.

Roy was also asked “What do you order to judge a taco truck?”, and responded thusly:

al pastor and carne asada plus i taste the salsas and look at the taquero’s face.

 

Video Interview with RAKAA from DILATED PEOPLES

RYO1 (Ghetto Dojo Crew) sat down with the legendary RAKAA from Dilated Peoples for a discussion of his music, graffiti, jiu-jitsu, and what the future holds for him and his crew. Oh and yeah of course we asked him about his favorite taco spot…

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My Favorite Taco ~ Luke Chueh

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We’ve been fans of Luke Chueh’s since we first discovered his art years ago at Gallery 1988. At first glance it might seem easy to categorize Luke as one of a number of artists working within the chasm between popular culture and surrealism, but his work has always been both funnier and darker than his peers’. The veneer of cute simplicity draws people to his paintings, but the depth of both his colors and his hilarious depravity turns them into obsessed admirers and collectors.

Chueh’s new show, “Self-ish” (preview images below) adds new textures, colors, and juxtapositions while reprising some favorite motifs. “My work is an illustrative exploration of visual and narrative contrasts,” explains Chueh. “Drawing inspiration from comics and cartoons, my “cute/innocent” characters are juxtaposed into a world filled with addiction, illness, misery, and loss.” The opening reception for Self-ish will be Saturday, October 11, 2014, from 7-10pm at CHG Circa in Culver City. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition is on view through November 1.

With the art stuff out of the way, it’s time to get down on what really matters here– where Luke likes to get a taco. So, Luke Chueh, what’s your favorite taco?

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Concrete Porn ~ Q&A with Ted VanCleave

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Ted VanCleave is fascinated by concrete. The internationally renowned visual artist uses photography to explore the size, shape, texture, and overall grandiosity of concrete in his new photo series titled Concrete Porn ~ Buildings & Bridges. As most of it was shot in Los Angeles, we were very interested to ask VanCleave about the pornography of concrete, and where he gets his tacos. A gallery of his images is presented at the end, along with a reader contest…

What are the essential elements of a beautiful concrete structure?  
For me, it’s all about texture. Whatever materials are used to make the concrete forms, the molds, they are permanently impressed into the dry concrete. And concrete is one of the few exterior building materials that don’t require painting, so you see the actual building materials exposed. I’m all about texture.

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DEANSKII INTERVIEW

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DEANSKII is L.A. born and raised, and uses his film photography and ‘zines to give the world an insight into his life in the city. We got a chance to discuss photography and tacos with a man who loves his family, his crew, and documenting the art, triumphs, and tragedies of underground Los Angeles…

What’s your favorite taco?
I have to save my dad makes the best beef and potato tacos. I add some sweet chili sauce to it and it’s fire. But place-wise, I like the carnitas tacos at Diana’s in Carson, plus they’re open 24/7 can’t go wrong with that.
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