‘Tis the season for buying nice gifts for loved ones, so you might be glad to know my talented buddy Benjie Escobar is holding a Holiday Pop-Up Shop in his office/studio space here in East LA this Saturday. 11AM – 7PM. 105 S. Rowan Ave, STE 101A (on the second floor).
Here are some photos from the Kat and Roger Open Studio in Verdugo Village yesterday. I got there quite late in the day so they’d been all but wiped out of stock, which is amazing and well-deserved to boot. Absolutely incredible work, and I was stoked to take a peek inside their workspace too. [See More]
Apologies for the shameless side project self-pluggery, on a Wednesday no less, but hey, Selector is having its biggest sale of the year right now. Good time to get some obscure reggae gear on the discount! Get 45% OFF with promo code FORTYFIVE. Sale ends midnight on Monday 11/28.
I’m happy to present the latest T-Files interview with accomplished Angeleno artist Francisco Reyes Jr., a/k/a Never Made. Francisco is an accomplished artist/illustrator, and he also works at Studio Number One, alongside talent like Shepard Fairey and, formerly, Cleon Peterson. With Never Made, Francisco presents his creative vision across a wide range of items, including lapel pins, T-Shirts, sculptures, and limited edition screen prints. He has also worked with brands like REBEL8, Hurley, Primitive Skateboards, Epitaph, Hellcat Records and Urban Outfitters. Big thanks to our mutual friend Eddie Zammit, Melbourne’s own tee game Godfather, for connecting us earlier in the year. I’ve really enjoyed following Francisco’s art and design work, and was eager to learn more. [Read More]
For this week’s installment of T-Shirt of the Week, I nominate this beauty from accomplished Los Angeles artist Patrick Martinez. Patrick has a history of speaking out on social and civil rights issues, and this time, he stands strong with the Standing Rock Souix, and the other tribes and protesters heading up the NoDAPL movement, which is in opposition to the proposed/ongoing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would run from oil fields in North Dakota, down to the Mississippi, and which would potentially threaten the drinking water of several tribes whose land it would cross. The Army Corp of Engineers has all but ignored the concerns of the local tribes people, and so a large protest movement has grown around the issue. These tees are currently free for protestors, and not available for sale. #NoDAPL
For this very special, one-day-late installment of T-Shirt of the Week, Halloween edition, I nominate this new bootleg concert tee from the good people at DRTY. Wu-Tang fans will no doubt recognize the riff on a) Enter the 36 Chambers cover art and b) the mask from the Scream movie series. Get the paper! More info here.
It seems that when drones are in the press, it’s often through a negative lens – stories about attaching them to guns, or obstructing first responders, even crashing into the Whitehouse lawn every now and then. Here’s a great story from Fast Company about Zipline who use drones to help deliver blood to remote hospitals in Rwanda. The accompanying video is great too.
This week’s T-Shirt of the Week is a recently reissued classic from Selector, first released back in 2009, with typography by the very talented Anthony “Bones” Harrison (interviewed). The “Downtown Top Ranking” phrase went on to become the name of a successful series of weekly reggae parties run by the good people at Deadly Dragon Sound in NYC, which continues to this day.