Yo, if you are anywhere in the vacinity of LA, even San Diego should roll to this, from February 1st through the 28th, you have to check out Estevan Oriol’s retrospective, “This is Los Angeles”.  I can’t even begin to tell you about how legit this guy is.  He was a bouncer in LA, who started hanging out with Cyrpress Hill and then became House of Pain’s tour manager, where he first picked up a camera to take pictures of all the crazy shit happening on the road.  He returned to East LA and started taking pictures of his neighborhood, portraits of the gansters who lived there and what eventually developed out of that was raw, gritty and really fucking good.  Oriol’s obvious talent exploded onto the scene where he hooked up with the iconic tattoo artist Mr. Cartoon and formed the JOKER brand.  Now, Oriol is shooting celebs, ad’s, directing video’s and film, as well as continuing to shoot photos of and in the hood.  Fucking legit, right?  If you want to see more on Estevan, I suggest watching The Run Up dvd and check his section in there.  Oriol and Mr. Cartoon hold it down in that movie like whoa. So, head over to SURU on 7622 Melrose between Farifax and La Brea, the show opens Feb. 1st and runs through the 28th.  SURU is also doing a limited edition tee, you can also cop some Estevan shirts at Upper Playground.   Don’t miss this.  Till then here’s his website and a few examples of his work:streetlife21streetlife5por_tbpub_ma_kw


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