The New Years Project roars on with New Years Advice/Empowerment from Gumby and James Mitchell, two of the City of Angels’ best and brightest. Press play, its easily the most entertaining two and a half minutes you’ll have all day, and you’ll walk away PUMPED.
2018 was a challenging year for me personally. One of my main challenges was getting robbed on the Metro of my whole creative arsenal. One thing lead to another and before I knew it, I was homeless. It took every bit of determination and the help of a village to keep me in Los Angeles.
My Christmas trip to El Paso, Texas was a total shitstorm, so when I returned home to LA, I was ready to take the city by storm. I arrived back to the sudden and painful ending of a relationship, but rather than mope, I decided to take the power of 2019 in my own hands.
ENTER THE NEW YEARS PROJECT. Reflections and best wishes for New Year from real people on the streets of LA.After spending some time on the streets with my crew, its obvious that the hopes I have for 2019 are widespread. Much love to everyone who participated in the project.
Please submit your own landscape photos or video of you doing your New Years thing for inclusion in a feature length documentary project to email@example.com.
Lastly, be on the lookout for the Valentine’s Day project, coming soon.
Some stills from Enks’s “No Pasa Nada” Private showing. Richie Marrufo is one of the Sun City’s most solid/consistent individuals; organizing events/MC’ing/ rocking open mics several times a week. Much love to all your initiatives and the love you put into your stuff. - King Louix
Had an opportunity to do a quick photoshoot with Victoria Lynn. Had a blast shooting in the beautiful home of Alex Meza and his partner Brian. Went for a range of feels from Warm Christmas to Synthwave style Duo Tone. Shot on Panasonic G7 with the stock lens, a vintage 50mm Minolta, and a vintage 35mm Minolta.
I spent part of Christmas Eve shooting and editing a video of the sights and sounds in El Paso. Please note, Annunciation House, OC Women’s Resource Center, and Witness: Tornillo are all doing amazing work regarding the immigrant crisis.
Please consider donating to them in this time:
Had a blast in my hometown of El Paso this past week experimenting with lighting and camera tests for an upcoming series called All City. Here are a few portraits taken during a private showing of Enks private show “No Pasa Nada.”
Had a great time at Able Cine. Thanks guys
Sunday’s always a great day for shopping and inspiration. While I wasn’t in the position to buy anything but a couple of dumplings and margaritas (complimentary), I certainly drew tons of inspiration from the collection on hand at A Current Affair Vintage Fashion event at the Cooper Building, a beautiful facility with lots and lots of natural lighting. It was a treat!
From the Current Affair website:
Our community of over 150 vintage retailers and private dealers showcase the best vintage clothing, accessories and jewelry on the planet. Each of our events feature a robust roster of exhibitors, prominent supporters from the fashion and editorial worlds, food and beverage sponsors and eminent members of our host committee. We represent a wide cross-section of vintage sellers from across the globe, who gather 3 times a year in Los Angeles and twice a year in New York and the SF Bay Area to bring together the best vintage under one roof.
Monica Rose and Drew Ginsburg of Dylandex Collection
Hip-Hop artist El Dreamer, an artists I had the pleasure of working with, recently passed away. El Dreamer was an incredibly talented hard working artist who had a spirit I rarely see in artists and I’m truly saddened by his passing.
In Love Again, the music video I collaborated with him on, was both of our firsts. Its the most viewed video I’ve produced to date. I shot the video almost nine years ago to the date, on Canon XL2’s, just before the DSLR revolution.
El Dreamer was a Freelance Creative in every sense of the word. Shortly after I shot a music video for his song he went out and got a 5d before I got my 7d and worked tirelessly to perfect both his music and video craft.
Other hip-hop and rap artists eventually came to him for music videos and dude was starting to make some real moves.
El Dreamer, or Tattd Dreamz as he later came to be known, was a super cool dude who opened his home to me, fed me, introduced me to his Mom and bought me beers after we finished shooting. He introduced me to his Mom and after then I referred to him as Raymond.
Raymond’s Mom was super cool to me, just like his Mom. It was evident to me back then that she was very proud of her son, I can imagine how much prouder she was after he dropped gems like this one.
Raymond’s music showed a great love for his mother and dealt with female empowerment and treating women well.
El Paso and the world lost a great person with tremendous talent. My condolences to Raymond’s family.
Here’s a few more of his best:
DesignerCon is an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel and so much more with urban, underground and pop art! They are a celebration of all aspects from the world of design, and Freelance Creative was fortunate enough to participate.
big ups to Hoodfoot, Elyse Saunders, Dirty Donny, Good creative and others who chatted with me, hit up their page or ig and show them some love.
Super awesome collective killing it with their display, costumes, and super sick mixtape. Keep an eye out for animated and live action series!
Hoodfoot meets King Louix
Clothing and accessories company founded in salt lake city. some of the hottest patches I’ve seen anywhere, and trust me, I’ve seen a lot.
The largest exhibit at the show, I was floored by the concept, the quality and volume they had on display. did editions of some of my favorites. Flip through slideshow… lots to see here.
Elyse saunders is illustrator, virtual reality artist, and model from Toronto, Canada. we chatted for a few minutes and I learned that Elyse visited designercon last year and at the time she was only working in 2d illustration. her experience at designercon inspired her to get into 3d modeling. This year she returned to designercon with some of her modeling work in tow.
I audiotaped a portion of our chat which I’ve shared, alongside some of her art and photos of her figures I took that day. enjoy. please note: photos below are nsfw.
From dirtydonny.com - Deemed to be one of the most influential artists to invade the pop culture scenes of the punk, rock n roll and heavy metal underground, Dirty Donny has been spreading his art across all mediums for decades; ranging from skate decks to pinball machines, hot rods and album covers to name but a few.
It was a honor to see his art in person and talk about his hiatus, a fascinating concept that I think is very important for an artist’s longevity.
Spiritmade is a Hollywood artist that sculpts and paints in crayons. Some mind blowing shit here…. make sure to scroll through the carousel to see Van Gogh’s starry night miniature and other treats.
I’ve been a fan of pac-man since I can remember. I’ve also been a fan of japanese culture/art/aesthetics since as far as I can remember, so this was super special to me. big ups to good creative for a flawless brand execution for the upcoming 40th anniversary of Pac-man. I’m anxiously awaiting!
Thanks for the hospitality, and all the memories!
Designercon! See you next year!
Near 4th and Main - Across from The Container Yard
The Container Yard
Joux - Lower Downtown by I10
Venice Beach Area - 17th and Pacific
South Central Los Angeles
Alleyway near Jefferson and Normandie
Seventeenth and Santee just south of Downtown Los Angeles.
Public art is everywhere you look in DTLA. Some of the best graf is found in dirty alleys deep inside of the belly of the beast.
Enjoy the flicks! - Louix
Skid Row Alley
4th & Alameda
Main near Olympic
Parking Garage off 3rd Street
Arclight Hollywood has a nice display of costumes Rami Malek wore during production of the Queen Biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
Queen was my favorite band for a large part of my youth, admiration for which has never waned. This movie wasn’t perfect, and the general criticism that this movie is a tame portrayal of Freddie Mercury’s sexuality and his drug habits, isn’t off target.
With a lofty production budget of $50 Million, and possibly that amount to market the film, the studio had lots of considerations to bear. Based on opening weekend numbers, the manner in which they played their hand seemed to have paid off.
My hope is that the success of this film will inspire more content about Freddie’s life, covering parts that fans would have liked to have seen more of.
In my opinion, Rami Malek deserves an Oscar nod for his performance, which on its own was with the price of admission. Hell, this outfit was worth the price of admission alone! Those last 20 minutes? You guesses it....
Tristan Eaton- Near The Container Yard
Low Bros - The Container Yard
DEFER - Near The Container Yard
Vyal 1 and Risk Rock - 4th Street near Los Angeles
One of the best things about living in Los Angeles is seeing public art works of all shapes and sizes.
Here are just a few that we came across today while running errands around the City of Angels.
Over the LA River
Angel City Brewing Walls