Tag: graffiti

DaYUUM “Trippple Threat” Angels

Not everyday a person has the opportunity to photograph a beautiful woman, let alone three at the same time. We had the chance during the summer to do just that with Edwin from Evolve Photography. We brought in Edwin because of his experience, creativity, and his workflow is flawless. It was also the a special moment where we were able to gather Marissa, Ashley, and Amanda together for a single and group session.

We used Infinite Auto Design in Huntington Beach as our studio for the day. The owner, Brian, allowed us to take over his establishment and moved props around as needed. The shop has ample amount of space for the types of shots we were looking for. Mark from Rehv Clothing kindly brought over his bike for us to use as well. For some of the shots David from Guppy Green House lent us his C63.

With these shots, I hope you guys can experience the beauty in these pictures as much as we did. Special thanks to Edwin, Mark, David of Guppy TeaHouse, and of course the DaYUUM “Trippple Threat” Angels, You can visit them at SEMA 2012 with the AirPower Group (Vortech, Paxton, Lysholm) at booth# 23063

Also, visit their pages on Facebook. Marissa Hiroko, Ashley Clark, and Amanda Kerr.

For more pictures, check out there individual Up Close and Personal features: Marissa, Ashley, and Amanda.

Here is a nice behind the scenes video by Mikey Dang of Photo MD.





Beats ‘n Pieces – LA

During the summer, we had the opportunity to visit an art show called Beats ‘n Pieces (bts ‘n pcs), a production put on by Faded. It was a collaboration between many street artists with music, notably Rhettmatic of the world famous Beat Junkies.

I met Scott of Faded in February of this year when we took a stroll to their previous show called Pins ‘n Pieces, which was a fund raiser for Rob Strawder. Anyways, Scott was kind enough to contact me and opened their doors to us with open arms. At, the same time, a few guys from NASA contacted Nilo to inform him of the event as well.

The event consisted of many artists such as Czer, Just195, and Rich One from the NASA Crew. Montana Colors was on hand and supplied the cans. This venue was much bigger than Pins ‘n Pieces since it was held at Lucky Strike previously, so there was definitely more elbow room.

The focus was a live painting which spanned a good 30ft by 10ft tall and around the venue there were large canvases with other artists painting live as well.

The event included a bar, a dance area, live painting, and an art exhibition section.

Take a look at what we experienced, it took a little while for us to get this feature up and we apologize for that. We can’t wait for the next event. It was great seeing Scott from Faded, and meeting up with the crew at NASA.

Much love…


Eric Haze’s – New Mathematics

Dodging L.A. Traffic on a Sunday afternoon (Yup, there was traffic), I headed over to Known Gallery to check out Eric Haze’s 2nd one-man exhibit.  Driving on L.A. surface streets, you can’t help but notice graffiti stricken walls that could be interpreted in different ways by tourists, bystanders, locals… I’m sure some love them, and some would hate them which bring us to the majestic nature of Graffiti as a form of Art. Nowadays, these pieces are starting to get noticed and appreciated not only by the new but older generations as well.

Eric Haze has carved his niche in the art, product and graphic design world for more than 30 years.  It all started in New York during the 1980’s where he set himself to be at the forefront of the art scene.  He was one of the frontrunners in defining the look and graphic definitions of Hip-Hop during its grandeur years.  Working with the likes of Public Enemy, EPMD, LL Cool J and the Beastie Boys identified him as one of the best in his craft.  This led Haze to establish his own urban clothing line in ‘93 as well as opening the doors to collab with industry leaders such as Nike, Casio, Honda, MTV, Scion and Stussy.

After the numerous rounds around Fairfax looking for parking, I was lucky enough to find a spot at last and walked over to Haze’s exhibit.  Revealing his graffiti roots, Haze exemplified his style by using repetitive geometric patterns and shapes as well as just working with various shades of gray, black and white.  He teased his audience in his play of positive and negative space which for me had a modernized yin-yang effect.  In my years of studying engineering and commonly seeing triangles, squares, deriving areas under the curve, bell curves and distributions, I could not have imagined that common engineering shapes and patterns captured my attention.  Haze’s compositions gave my day to day common a surprisingly uncommon perspective.

Up to this day, I can’t help but admire the consistency of his freehand strokes and patterns.  It takes a lot of practice and work to get to the level that he’s at.  Eric Haze’s exhibit, gave me a fresh twist and meaning to abstraction.  Haze wasn’t afraid to change up and explore his style and recall his graffiti roots.  The New Mathematics exhibition truly exemplified – Simplicity at its best…  Until the next one… Peace!  -JP.

Art in the Streets – Banksy


Over the spring and summer, L.A. hosted an art show at the Museum Of Contemporary Art, MOCA for short. The controversy show was called Art in the Streets. It comprised of 50 prolific graffiti and street artists from around the globe, each had their own exhibit. Keith Herring, Mr. Cartoon, Risk, and Retna were among a few artists that were in the show.

Banksy was one of my favorites at this show. I enjoy his work for his messages, his humor, and his attention to detail. Banksy is probably one of the most famous street artists that had gone mainstream, but unlike Shepard Fairey, Banksy remains anonymous (supposedly). Patrons have been nabbing up Banksy art from auctions for as much as 1.870 million dollars. Many high profile figures have purchased his work, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. His artwork all depict a message, often times political, which are meticulous executed on his canvas of choice. Banksy has a great history of stenciling rats, elephants, and monkeys, some symbolically pertaining to a position of the government and often painting them in hypocritical situations. But, it’s not solely the artwork itself but what the artwork is painted on.

He has criticized patrons for hyping street art, thus increasing the value of anything street at auctions. Which explains this next piece exactly. Notice the “STOP” sign tagged up and a frame around a tag with a well-suited individual staring at it in an intrigued fashion? Well executed, it sends a powerful message to stop viewing every bit of street work as art. I especially love the framed tag. It’s such a wonderful display of white space and balance. The body posture of the suited man was so intricate as well.

To the left of the Stop piece there was this large piece replicating a home video. Some of you may remember the beating of Rodney King, as 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the beating. The not guilty verdict of the officers involved resulted in an all city riot through L.A. to protest and exhaust frustration of the justice system. This event would forever change the way people think about law enforcement.  Anyways, this piece is an excerpt of that same videotape, except there was no Rodney; instead a party piñata was replaced. Another powerful message showing a helpless being getting the guts beat out of it, much like what happened to Rodney.

Much like music lyrics, there can be many interpretation of art, and those are my interpretations.

Others on display were some of his stencils, a few art installations, and brush paintings, all laid out in observable fashion.

This piece was awesome as well, it’s feeding time and the mother was feeding her chicks, but instead of chicks they were cameras. Probably displaying the fact that big brother is watching you in a growing rate. This animated install had the cameras moving about making bird noise.

Banksy has one of the most powerful messages in his pieces, which makes him such a popular artist. And, the ones I have shown were my favorite. What do you guys think about Banksy?


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