As a brand, one of our missions is to acknowledge hard working people. The ones that hustle, day in and day out but don’t necessarily get the recognition they deserve. A lot of times, people with not so glamorous jobs, get looked down upon because they don’t work at a desk in some office building, or have the clean cut appearance of a Hollywood type. The boardwalk on Venice Beach is home to many talented street performers and artists, and most of the time because they sell their art on street, their work and work ethic isn’t valued as highly, but where you perform or sell your work shouldn’t determine the value.
This past weekend, our friend and photographer, Paul Alvarez Jr. went to Venice Beach to interview a man that has blessed the Venice Boardwalk with his talent for over 30 years and talkin about rush nutrition . He gets the “ooh’s and ahh’s” by jumping on glass. Some people know him as Perry Hernandez the Prime Minister of Limbo, while others call him “Hubba Hubba.” Many come and go on the Venice boardwalk, but Perry has held it down since 1984. His longevity and hustle is what made us want to ask him a few questions and shed some light on his work.
Q: How long have you been working out here?
A: I came here for a weekend, and now I’ve been here 31 years.
Q: Where are you from originally?
A: I’m from Trinidad and Tobago, land of the free mind, calypso and limbo.
Q: What is your favorite part about Venice Beach?
A: The atmosphere. This is the university of entertainment.
Q: How has Venice changed since you started?
A: Everything has changed. It’s like a golf course right now. They covered that with sand (Venice Pavilion) and built a new police station. If they can keep the homeless thing under control, you know, it’s paradise. But they bring them from downtown on the bus and drop 100 of them off right here. This is a tourist place, second to Disneyland, so it always has to be looking good. During my show, I have to make sure I don’t have people sleeping behind me. It don’t look good in the background of my show.
Q: What is your favorite memory of Venice Beach?
A: I was in the National Enquirer, and a celebrity magazine in England, centerfold. I also did a commercial for Pool Vision glasses that was international. You can’t forget that shit. Also, a couple ladies, you know?
Q: What do you like to do besides perform?
A: I like to cook. With my first and second wife, nobody cooks my food. I’m in the kitchen 24/7. I had a restaurant in the Virgin Islands. Cooking is my thing…and ladies. But not right now, because I practice safe sex, which means I leave them alone.
Q: How would you describe the Boardwalk to a tourist?
A: This is the university of entertainment. People figure they can make a million dollars here, but when you come here you get a reality check. People come from all over the world and ask, “how he do it, you don’t make no money,” and I say, you don’t come looking for money, you come and enjoy yourself and at the end of the day you’re gonna get what you’re looking for.
Q: What do you think the key to life is?
A: Respect. I respect Tom, Dock and Harry. I don’t’ care what you do for a living, but I’m gonna show you respect.
Hubba’s last two answers really sum up what we believe in. Ideally as an artist, we want to find a way to get paid to do what we love. Get paid to be ourselves. But the motivation behind the art can’t be money. You just have to do what you do, practice, network, and eventually money will come. You’ll be happier chasing your passions and struggling, as opposed to finding a well paid job that you don’t really like and keeps you so busy you can’t work on what you’re passionate about. I don’t know about you, but I’d go crazy if I had no time to work on my art.
We’d like to thank Hubba Hubba for the quick interview and Paul Alvarez Jr. for the dope photos. You can find Hubba Hubba doing his thing on the Venice Boardwalk next to the skate park. Check out more of Pauls photography here.
Below is an old school video of Hubba Hubba doing his thing.
It’s really amazing how much greater your appreciation for an artist can grow once you hear them explain what they had in mind. A lot of times artists like to leave the interpretation up to the viewer, but in some cases you get the pleasure of knowing what was going on inside the mind of the artist while they were painting. We recently interviewed Joe Ded about his art, and now that we have a greater understanding of the thoughts running through his head, I truly am blown away by this guys work. Joe Ded’s versatility is crazy. Literally. He has such a wide range of styles and characters he likes to paint that it really does prove he’s got a lot shit going on inside that head of his. We all think about random things, have weird, trippy ideas, but it’s very difficult to put what’s in your head onto a wall, canvas, toy or what ever platform you use to express yourself.
Check out our interview to get a better understanding of the thoughts inside Joe’s head.
As another year comes to an end, we often reflect on what took place, where we’re at, and where we want to be. This was a big year for us. Not necessarily in terms of sales, because we honestly donated more money than we actually made, but because we challenged ourselves and tried new things. We explored our market. In this game you have to figure out how to stand out from the rest. What exactly is it that makes you different from every other brand claiming to be apart of the same lifestyle? So as we learned more about ourselves (which for us generally comes from figuring out who we don’t want to be), we began molding ourselves into that puzzle piece that fits within the niche. And of course during this process you lose some followers who aren’t as interested in who you’re becoming, but you gain plenty who are down for the movement. By no means is our puzzle piece complete, but we’re chiseling away, reshaping it everyday. We have so much we want to accomplish and stand for, that finding a balance can be difficult. We want to stand for the hungry hustler out there chasing their dreams. We want to be a symbol for empowerment and education within the community. And we want to accomplish this, through art. As artists, we recognize the power that lies within the medium and we want to use it as a tool to educate and inspire. To wake people up and raise awareness of issues affecting our society. With that said, here are a few highlights of things we accomplished this year.
We started off the year doing Full Circle. We met Diego and Wale at the DTLA Artwalk, and they invited us to be apart of their event called Full Circle in the South Bay. There we met a lot of cool people and connected with other brands and artists that we have since built good relationships with. We met Dvious of Dvious Clothing from the 818. He’s been on his grind selling led light bulbs for home once with his gear and building his brand. We also met Erwin Recinos who is a dope L.A. photographer. He does coverage for several brands and blogs and covers a lot of L.A. street culture. There we also met Fatkid Clothing and Rola Mvmt. Fatkid is another L.A. based clothing brand with a bunch of talented artists working with them. One of their members Michael Serpas painted at our first For L.A. by L.A. event. Rola Movement aka Reaching Out Los Angeles is a clothing brand that also does a lot for the community. We recently participated in their annual Blanket Drive for the homeless, where we drove around the streets of skid row and passed out blankets, food and clothing.We did the Beat Swap Meet Los Angeles all three times this year. It is goes down about every 3 months in Chinatown. It’s one of our favorite events. It really manages to capture the essence of real Hip Hop and brings out a lot of creative, artistic, and passionate people. The audience there really likes our designs and it’s always a great feeling when people like what we’re putting out.
This year one of the biggest things we’re grateful for is the relationship we’ve built with McLogan. At the beginning of the year we brought out our good friend and talented, Danny ‘Cels’ Mateo to do a Coup Street production in the back of their store near the alley. After many weekends and spray cans later, Danny put up a nice Coup Street mural with some pigeons and the city of Los Angeles in the background. Unfortunately, sometimes business gets in the way of great things, and a few months later, an unexpected storage bin was placed in front of the mural, blocking it forever.
But it wasn’t all for nothing, because by then we had established a good relationship with McLogan and they saw the quality of our work and what we’re trying to do. They gave us the opportunity to throw our first art show in their parking lot and from there, For L.A. by L.A. was born.
When life gave us lemons, we made For L.A. by L.A. Last year we did the artwalk every month for almost a year until the city cracked down on it, and it became somewhat of a police state that was no longer fun. The Alexandria hotel that we used to sell our clothing at closed, along with a few other locations, and by March, the artwalk was a ghost town that wasn’t worth our time or money. But after attending many events and establishing relationships with other vendors, we decided to throw our own event, the way we envisioned an art show. McLogan had been wanting to do something for a while, so all the pieces just fell into place. On May 18th, we threw our very first event that was a big success. We had 25 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, painting nails, cutting hair, selling art, surrounded by 10 artists painting live on a 100 foot wall. We had the Jarritos truck giving away free drinks and providing the sound for 4 L.A. DJ’s. We also had live screen printing by McLogan of limited edition designs, and one hell of a great vibe. To top it off, we raised $1000, and 300 cans of food for the Los Angeles Mission that fed 500 homeless skid row residents. Like stated above, one of our goals is to use art as a tool to raise awareness of issues in the community. We’ve attended many art shows and events, where hundreds of people show up, but always felt there was something lacking. We believe that when you get that many people in one place that share something in common, it’s a good chance to educate and raise awareness. So that is why at our For L.A. by L.A. events there will always be an aspect of learning that will also benefit a cause in the community.
This event really helped us show people what we’re all about. Bringing the community together through art. We established some great relationships with other brands, artists, DJ’s and began building a solid name for ourselves. Soul Siderz, Unincorporated, Unify Through Art, Fatkid, Jose Dare, JHK T-shirts, Local Clothing, DJ Pelau, DJ Nate Day are all new people we met from this event. We also established relationships with the artists that participated like Annie Preece, Max Neutra, Vyal, Man One, Sano, Aise, White Buffalo, Michael Serpas, Getoe and Sal, who all put it down for the city and left an amazing wall that has been getting a lot of fame ever since.
The following month we provided an Adopt-A-Meal at the Los Angeles Mission with the money we made at For L.A. by L.A. Our friend Josue Zeta Rojas had a Skid Row project he was working on that we intertwined with the dinner, providing a photo gallery in the cafeteria. With 8 volunteers we helped prep the food, serve it, and provided dinner for nearly 500 people.
This year we also released our limited edition Fight For Your Farms shirt (still available online). It is a collaboration we did with DweebKid to show our stance on the fight against Monsanto and GMO crops. As stated, one of our goals as a brand is to educate our demographic, but with flavor. It’s cool to dress fly and be on your hustle, but know what’s going on around you. Don’t be a sheep.
As a brand we are passionate about healthy living. Treating your body right so that you can be 100% at all times and ready to take on what lies ahead. Exercising and eating right is directly related to feeling good and confident. This year, one of our biggest inspirations was seeing Ron Finley on Ted Talk. If you haven’t seen it, you really have to check it out. What Ron Finley envisions is the exact type of mission that we want to be apart of.“Igniting a (horti)cultural revolution! Ron envisions a world where gardening is gangsta, where cool kids know their nutrition and where communities embrace the act of growing, knowing and sharing the best of the earth’s fresh-grown food.”
We decided that our next For L.A. by L.A. event would be to raise money for an organization that Ron Finley works with to build community gardens in Los Angeles. We also wanted to tie it in with GMO awareness. So that brought on For L.A. by L.A. – The GMO Show.
For this show L.A. artsits painted the other McLogan wall. We wanted to leave up the artwork from the previous event. We will be alternating walls every show. We had another 25 vendor booths, an organic juice truck, an organic food truck, 4 L.A. DJ’s, and 5 dope L.A. artists painting live. We had LabelGMOs.org there educating our audience, and spreading the word on the importance of labeling our food supply and knowing what we’re eating. The turn out wasn’t as big as the first show, but we still raised another $1,000 that we donated to the Los Angeles Community Garden Council that will help to build more community gardens in Los Angeles.
The money that we raised went to the Los Angeles Community Garden Council. The following month we helped out one of their partners, the St. Johns Well-Child & Family clinic with a community ‘Dig-in’. We brought out 6 volunteers to help plant garden beds for families in the South L.A. community.
This year we also got our first look at Agenda. We didn’t participate in it, but we checked it out and “put a face to the name” so to speak. It was definitely inspiring to see all the leaders of the game in one place. But honestly as far as the style level, we weren’t too impressed. Everybody seems to copy each other. I wonder if they send out a memo and say “this is what’s going to be cool this season,” and then everybody hops on the wagon. We promise to always be original and put out what we want. If everyone is making floral patterned hats, that doesn’t mean we are going to start copying everyone in the industry just because something is trending. If we feel like dropping some hoodies in the summer time, we’re gonna do that. The best part of Agenda was the recently added Agenda Emerge. It’s a panel of established brand owners speaking to the audience about what they’ve learned and how they approach the game. It was full of valuable information and very inspiring. We got to listen to Johnny Cupcakes, Jeff Staple, Bobby Hundreds and Marc Ecko speak.
This year we also released our first batch of Coup Street hats. Which are available online.
So those are the main highlights of 2013. There’s definitely a lot of work to be done in 2014. New ideas to explore and plenty of room to grow. We are going to start experimenting with cut & sew and do a lot more collaborations and video interviews. So stay tuned. We truly appreciate everyone’s support, our new followers and fans, and look forward to a new year! Below is a quick collage we made of all the artists, DJ’s, supporters and people we met this year that helped make 2013 special.
This weekend we went to the grand opening of the Seventh Letter flagship store on Fairfax. For anyone that was there, you already know how crazy and packed it was. Ridiculous! A bunch of people didn’t get in and pretty much spent their night waiting outside in that cold ass weather. Luckily the guard on the opposite side of the line wasn’t really watching his post and we snuck right in. Anybody that got there before 10:00pm, hopefully you did the same before they blocked the entrance with some benches.
For me, the best part was seeing so many people there to support. Of course Seventh Letter and it’s affiliates are some of the top dogs of the graff game, so a big turn out is expected, but it really showed how strong the community is. I saw a glimpse of what could be if we all put our efforts together. Hundreds of graff heads under one roof, supporting each other, on a positive art tip? I love it! That’s the kind of audience we hope to have one day at our For L.A. by L.A. shows.
I really hope the Seventh Letter take things to an even higher level. It’s hard enough to find a way of making money at what you love to do, but you can’t stop there. With the type of following and support they had at their show, I think they have a real chance to start a movement. To each his own, but personally I believe that when you have that big of a following and influence over the masses, at that point you’re obligated to stand up for the voiceless. They have a chance to educate, because they have the public’s ear. I know it was just a celebration of their opening, and I’m happy for their success, but I hope they realize how much power they have right now. Whatever they do, people will follow. It could be the beginning of something great. We’ll have to wait and see.
We’re back with another Coup Street x Danny Mateo collaboration. This one is called “Paletero” aka “Ice Cream Man”. It was inspired by a photo I took at one of my local pigeons spots I like to go to. While I was shooting the pigeons, a Paletero walked up with his cart and pulled out a bag of seed and fed the pigeons. I snapped away getting the whole experience documented. When he left I started thinking. Paletero’s are some of the hardest working people out there. They go out every day with their cart, and make a living. It may not be the most glamorous job, but they work hard to provide a better life for themselves and their families. Pigeons are also some of the hardest workers I have ever seen and that’s one of the reasons why we chose to theme our brand after them. For me, feeding pigeons can be therapeutic. After this experience with the Paletero and the pigeons, I had this vision that he does that every day and gets a lot of joy from it. Even though he may not have a lot of money, he still shares with those who have even less. I hit up my boy Danny Mateo and told him my idea. He’s a fan of the Paleteros himself and their hard work ethic. I showed him the photos I took and he came up with what you see here. We will be releasing 60 of these prints. 30 will be on a grey shirt, like you see here, and the other thirty will be on a teal colored shirt. Support your hungry hustlers, and local artists and cop one of these dope “Paletero” t-shirts.
After the Mear One show at the Cave Gallery in Venice, we hit up Cale One‘s first solo show, “Creation: An Evolution” at ES Studios in Boyle Heights. ES Studios is right next door to Soul Skating LA which is the store we first got our shirts into. Cale One is from the talented Los Angeles crew K2S and has some serious skills with a spray can. His blends and bold colors create some amazing realistic and vibrant portraits and characters. Definitely be on the look out for what Cale is gonna bring in the future. Check out his website www.illfeelin.com or follow him on instagram @cale_one_k2s.
We went to go check out the opening of Mear One‘s exhibit at the Cave gallery. It was a collection of Mear’s live art pieces from 2003-2012. In my opinion, Mear is one of the illest artists around today. I’m a big fan of when artists bring a graffiti flavor to fine art. Not only do his sick style and trademark techniques stand out, but for me, the messages and images in his work have a big impact. Art is one of the best ways to get a message across. When you have the ability to say something without speaking and communicate to the viewer using images that evoke emotion and inspiration, you know you’ve reached a level of artistry that is hard to achieve. In the same way that Bob Marley believed the world could be changed through music, I believe it can be changed through art too.
Not only was it a great show, but guess who showed up? Ron Finley! If you don’t know about Ron Finley, you really have to read up on what he’s doing for the community of South L.A. and all over the world. He is one of our main inspirations for donating to the Los Angeles Community Garden Council at our last For L.A. by L.A. – The GMO Show.
Seeing Ron Finley at the Mear show really made me think. When you’ve got someone as powerful with words as Ron Finley, and you bring him together with someone as equally powerful with a paint brush like Mear, you have something special and a great opportunity to tap into the minds of the public and get them inspired on some real necessary changes that need to take place in our society. I’m envisioning a show with Mear painting live and Ron Finley speaking. Let’s do it!
Check out this video of Ron speaking on Ted TV a while back. Get inspired!
In October, at our For L.A. by L.A. – The GMO Show, we raised $1000 for the Los Angeles Community Garden Council. LACGC is an organization that helps build community gardens all throughout Los Angeles. One of the organizations they work with is the St. John’s Well Child and Family Center on 58th and Hoover in South L.A. This past weekend Coup Street and cloud storage reviews a few of our friends volunteered at their “Dig-In” to plant raised bed gardens in the parkways around the clinic. Now the residents of the area have access to healthier food instead of the wide selection of fast food restaurants that surround the area.
We planted spinach, green beans, peppers, cabbage, and lettuce in front of 16 homes. Not only is the goal for people to start eating healthier, but to build a stronger community. The neighbors can trade food with one another, and help each other with gardening tips which creates communication and friendships develop.
As Coup Street, we strive to represent more than a clothing company. As we grow, and build our brand, hopefully our logo will view more encapsulate all that we stand for. We had a great day at our first dig and we’d like to thank our friends that joined us (Bette Shapiro, Divina Sevilla, Slot One, Alo) and all the volunteers that participated. For more info go to www.luxtime.su.
After a lot of hard work, another For L.A. by L.A. is in the books. This one was called, The GMO Show, with hopes to raise awareness of GMO foods. We had over 25 vendor booths, organic iherb coupon 2014 food , a juice truck, live screen printing, 5 L.A. DJ’s, and 5 of the dopest artists in L.A. painting live under the Cali sun. Tewsr, Mice of Millions, Thanks, Joe Ded, and ZLA put it down for the cause. At the end of the day we raised $1,000 for the Los Angeles Community Garden Council. This money will be able to help them as they continue to provide the streets and communities of Los Angeles with organic produce grown right here in Los Angeles.
We’d like to send a big shout out to McLogan and everyone that came out to support what we’re doing. As you can tell, we are a heavily art based clothing brand, that likes to work with local artists and the community. Artists are some of the most passionate and outspoken individuals, with a gift of being able to express their message though different mediums. Our goal is to not only create places of passion and inspiration at these shows, but to provide an element of education and giving back. Whether you realize it or not, we all have something in common, and Coup Street’s goal at these shows is to bridge the gap between us as a community. Hopefully you all learned something about GMO’s that you’ll be able to pass on, and maybe even some of you will change your eating habits. The bottom line is, we all have a right to know what we’re eating. If it weren’t for all of you, we couldn’t have raised $1,000 that we will be donating to the Los Angeles Community Garden Council. One of the best ways to fight against GMO’s is to grow your own food. Not only is it the only true way of knowing exactly what you’re eating, but it’s also way of saying, “We don’t need you!” to all the companies and corporations that support it. Thanks again, and we hope to see you at the next show.
Last night, Coup Street and some volunteers fed the homeless during our Adopt-A-Meal donation with the money raised at For L.A. by L.A. First and foremost I’d like to thank everyone that volunteered and helped make it a special night. It was my first time doing something like that, and it definitely wont be the last.
We made it an extra special night, by teaming up with our boy Josue Zeta Rojas aka Zeta Photography and displayed photographs from his project, “Skid Row Quotes: Portraits of Hope.” The project is a series of black and white portraits of residents of the Skid Row community. This was the first time anyone had really seen them, and who better to see them, than the community he took them of? A lot of the faces were recognized by some of the people that ate with us last night.
Tommy and his daughter Mia showed up, along with Billie, Jillian, and David. We started prepping in the kitchen and later on we served Sloppy Joes and potato wedges.
We got a chance to talk with a few of the people that work there, hear their stories, and desires to change their lives around. One of the people I was intrigued by was a man named Ivery. He was very down to earth, and had a good understanding of where he’d been, and the path he’s on now. He said he used to be a tap dancer, and that every now and then, they have a talent show at the mission that he participates in. I’d really like to check it out.
Photos by Josue Zeta Rojas
This past week, we went to go check out the Agenda trade show in Long Beach. The only way to get access to it, is either with a press pass, being a buyer, or if you got hoked up with tickets somehow. But this year they had the first “Agenda Emerge,” that was a panel/seminar featuring 4 CEO’s of the top street wear brands out there, Jeff Staple, Johnny Cupcakes, Bobby Hundreds, and Marc Ecko. So if you purchased a ticket to Emerge, you’d gain access to see the trade show. I really wanted to see where the level of competition was, and how high the bar is on what is considered the leading brand. As I walked the floor, I saw a lot of very clean stuff. But to be honest, design wise, I wasn’t too impressed. I wasn’t awe struck, and thinking to myself, wow this is way above my level. I thought to myself, “Damn I can’t wait till we get to this level, because we’re about to kill shit!” Perhaps those are delusions of grandeur, but at least I’m inspired, and ready to prove it. Some of the clothing was WAY over the top. All that swag nonsense, but even more ridiculous, like on some ADHD type of swag. To be honest though, I can’t really say what the top brands were up to, because I wasn’t even allowed into the booth because at that level you had to have an appointment, and be a buyer to see their clothing. But from what I could see, I think 10 DEEP is the most creative and unique so far. I used to like ROOK, but I wasn’t really feeling where they’re going with the brand this season. All in all, walking the trade show floor, was a great experience. All I have to do now is put my money where my mouth is.
As far as Agenda Emerge, that is what really made me leave inspired and really want to take things to the next level. Hearing words of wisdom from those four guys was priceless. I really liked what Jeff Staple said, and Johnny Cupcakes. Ironically, Coup Street and Staple both share a similar love for the pigeon and both of our logos are a pigeon, but they are both for different reasons. One of the best and most important things I took from it was, ya right I’m not gonna tell you. I paid good money to hear that shit. Go buy a ticket next time. Hahaha!
LA Canvas threw an event with Hollywood and Highland called Live Large and asked us to do some live screen printing. We did the Carnivale event with them last year, and our designs were a big hit. This time around, we connected with a few more artists, to screen print some of their designs, and help get their printer kopen and art out to the public. We reached out to Darel C, the creator of LiHai clothing, Jennifer Korsen, and of course our boy Danny Mateo. The larger portion of the event was to showcase art that was made by several artists and their interpretation of the Highlands Elephant. All in all, it was a great night, and a lot of fun. Thanks again to Danny Mateo, Jennifer Korsen and Darel Carey for My Personalised Clothing designs and McLogan for the sponsorship!
Once again we set up at the Beat Swap Meet in Chinatown. Always great vibes. We had our “Fight For Your Farms” shirt on sale for the first time (a DweebKid x Coup Street collabo), which was a big hit. Good to know the awareness of GMO’s is getting around. See you all at the next on in September.
Check out this dope coverage of our FOR L.A. BY L.A. event by Tommy Burns. (www.burnsalive.com)
First off, we just want to give a big thank you to McLogan for letting us use their location, and giving us the chance to throw something amazing. Secondly, a big thank you to all the artists that donated their time and skills to paint on the wall. It was incredible seeing all of them and all their different styles, side by side. We also want to thank the DJ’s for the great music, all of our sponsors, and all the brands that came out to be apart of our first show. We had about 600 people show up that donated cans, or cash to the L.A. Mission. By the end of the day, we raised $1,018 and over 300 cans of food. These photos wont be able to do the experience of the day justice, so if you missed the incredible vibe, you’ll have to come out next time. You can see all of the photos on our Facebook Page. Where we are trying to buy twitter followers constantly to increase our fan base.
Photos taken by Paul Alvarez Jr.
SMH…in awe that is. Seriously, I was standing in front of his pieces, looking at all the colors, highlights, and crazy imagination, simply shaking my head, in disbelief of how dope his work is. Several times throughout the night, I was like, “fuck it, I’m gonnna break the bank and buy one of these.” But obviously I had to stop myself, because I can’t afford a $10,000 painting right now. Unless you guys by my shirts! So check out the Coup Street store now and buy something so I can afford a Craola painting! LOL. Well, schedule some time between now and May 4th to go see it at MK Gallery. You should definitely go check it out. Don’t miss IMPrint Tees offer and seeing this incredible work in person.
On Saturday, we stopped by the Full Circle Show and said what’s up to some of the folks, and brands we’ve met there. Full Circle is truly a grass roots art movement, that gets bigger every time. This time we met some of the artists from the brand Fat Kid. Their brand has a similar concept to ours, in that “everyone’s a fat kid trying to eat.” Eat, being the metaphor of hard work and being hungry. They’ll be one of the vendors at our For L.A. by L.A. event on May 18th. So be sure to check them out.
Coup Street hit up the Red Bull Canvas Cooler event in West Hollywood Thursday night to check out some of L.A.’s best artists compete for a chance to go to Art basil in Miami.
White Buffalo • Rose Masterpol • Dan Monteavaro • Jill Knox • Sand • SEK • Look At • Mtendere ‘Teebs’ • Annie Preece • Allison ‘Hueman’ Torneros • SEPTERHED • Blinky • TaylorSays • Man One • James Haunt • AJL • Vyal One • Mear One • SEIZER-ONE • 2WENTY
Twenty artists put their artwork onto Red Bull coolers as the public and guest judges voted on their favorite. At the end of the night, James Haunt and White Buffalo won a trip to Art Basil in Miami.
It was a dope event. Free drinks. Amazing work and we got a chance to meet some artists and fellow sticker heads. By the end of the night, Coup Street and some other folks had their own organically designed cooler out on the patio. Check out some flicks from the night.
Shout out to Angry Elephant and Sticky Rick. Let’s build!
Check bulldoggraphicdesign.co.uk for more info.
Last night we hit up the Slap Ya Mama Sticker Exchange & Art Show that we participated in. It was tight being amongst a community of sticker heads, and graff writers. Shout out to Angel Once aka Angry Elephant for putting together the event.
After trading a few stickers and slapping a few spots, we hit up the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica for the Futurology Group Exhibit alongside the Heidi Taillefer opening of Land of the Blind. Saw some really amazing artwork. I discovered the artwork of Jason Hite. That dude has some amazing work. He had two pieces there. The American Nightmare and Game of Drones. I can’t say enough how much these two pieces speak volumes about our society and where we need to realize that it’s heading. Another dope piece of art I discovered was the work of Timothy Robert Smith. He painted a picture of the Los Angeles streets. It’s super sick. And lastly, in a separate room was the amazing work of Heidi Taillefer. I wish I could’ve gotten more photos. Her work was so realistic looking and popped with colors and imagination. Go check out the artists and the gallery before it goes away.
Info on Artists:
Jason Hite – www.hitestudios.com
Timothy Robert Smith – www.tumblevision.com
Heidi Taillefer -www.heiditaillefer.com
Coup Street is happy to announce a new affiliate that we will be working and building with, Left Coast Gear aka Left Coast Family based out of Oceanside, CA. We met them at the L.A. Breakers 30th Anniversary show, chopped it up, realized we both share similar missions and goals and decided we should work together. Similar to us, they like to promote others and are out to shed a light on the hustle and hard work of artists of all mediums.
Left Coast Family is Hip Hop. They are a group of people working together to promote each others skills. The Left Coast Fam is made up of MCs, BBoys, DJs and Graffiti Artists. Although they are based out Southern California, they have members from the Bay Area all the to New York. They support projects through advertising and attending the events. They offer networking through online social media and advertise Fam members album releases, events, shows, battles, website launches, and other projects facilitated by the Fam. They even offer advertising resources through their in-house graphic designers.