On the off chance that you-ain’t-even-know, Patrick Martinez is one of LA’s most accomplished contemporary artists. I was lucky enough to interview him for this site a few years back and you can read that here. This new studio visit video from Hypebeast really helps to put his work in context, and to illustrate the impressive variety of media that Patrick explores. [Watch Video]
If you haven’t already, do yourself a favor and head over to Slow Culture, Highland Park’s newest art gallery. Next Friday, they open a new solo exhibition of work by LA-based tattoo artist, illustrator, and artist, Johnny Vampotna. The exhibition will include watercolors, oil paintings, photography, and abstract installations. See you there.
If you’re a David Choe fan, you’ll definitely want to think about checking out the upcoming #IMPRINTPRESENTS @DAVIDCHOE talk, which is coming up in three weeks, on Thursday 10/17. It’ll be an intimate and uncensored talk by David, about following one’s passion. Should be fascinating, and there should be some surprises too. It’s going down at the National Center for Democracy in Little Tokyo in Downtown Los Angeles. Don’t say I didn’t tell you about this one. Tickets and more info here.
As someone who spends quite a lot of time on LA’s many freeways, I’ve often thought to myself that the city’s striking overpasses and bridges are sort of like our answer to Roman aquaducts. Although they’re often seemingly almost purely utilitarian/functional in design, they also look quite amazing from the right angles. In this beautiful time-lapse video, Infrastructure: Los Angeles, photographer Hal Bergman has managed to capture a lot of that energy. Via Mashkulture.
If you’re familiar with Erik Brunetti’s seminal pre-“streetwear” clothing label FUCT, then you’ll immediately realize this eye-catching new hardcover title FUCT, from Rizzoli, celebrates the elusive 20 year history of America’s least-mainstream clothing brand and examines the work of the compelling character behind it. [Read More]
My friend Ivan Jimenez has been doing big things with his Skulls brand lately. Besides murking the hat game on a daily basis, Ivan has been stepping up his accessories and now he’s launched a series of great high-quality sunglasses (complete with acetate frames and Zeiss lenses). Much like with his iconic hats, you won’t mistake these for anything other than Skulls sunglasses. You can read my interview with him for Imprint Culture Lab too.
I didn’t manage to get any photos during the Cryptik pop up opening (and grand opening) at HutchLA last weekend, so I went back this weekend and snapped a few photos. It’s a beautiful space – every conceivable surface has been curated and or treated by owner Grizzly Atoms in order to give it amazing texture and atmosphere. And of course the Cryptik work on exhibit is amazing too. One wall features original art, and the opposite wall is lined with Cryptik goodies like tees, tanks, totes, pillows, and more.
Keeping the Slow Culture-related posts marathon going nicely, The Hundreds did last Saturday’s Illustrations Vol. 1 opening justice with a really nice recap. Works out nicely as I didn’t manage to bring a proper camera anyway.