Costumed characters get a more human look in this cool photo series

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 23 July 2015

On any given day, Hollywood Boulevard is packed full of tourists wandering up and down the area taking selfies and photographs of anything that looks mildly interesting. Making sure that neighbourhood is as glitzy as ever are the costumed characters – the people who dress up as iconic movie and cartoon characters for people to take photos with.

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New Banksy work appears in LA

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Thursday 26 September 2013

Los Angeles landed a visit from infamous street artist, Banksy, this week. The satirical stenciler’s latest work depicts a street artist vomiting up a cluster of pink flowers that just so happened to be growing up the side of a dingy building. In addition, Bansky gave the piece the title ‘Better Out Than In’, along […]

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Mixed media art by CANTSTOPGOODBOY

Michelle Wilding Reader Find

By Michelle Wilding in New Art on Friday 19 July 2013

LA native CANTSTOPGOODBOY is a self-taught, upcoming artist who already has Sony, TOMS Shoes, Absolute Vodka and Coachella client bragging rights under his belt. Big on implementing mixed media techniques, his style abounds with brightly coloured pop culture imagery and vintage comics that evoke positivity. Catch sixteen original paintings, some small installations and an exclusive mural at his ‘C.S.G.B’ exhibit at Hollywood’s PROJECT Gallery. The show kicked off yesterday.

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KCHUNG: listen online to LA’s coolest radio station

Colin Archdeacon Reader Find

By Colin Archdeacon in New Music on Thursday 27 June 2013

Operating out of a nondescript storefront in Los Angeles’ increasingly mysterious Chinatown, KCHUNG is a radio station after my own heart. Sure, you can pick them up on 1630 AM if you happen to be within their four block broadcast radius, but most listeners tune in online and you should too. KCHUNG is based on […]

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Help this designer rob five banks in LA

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Art on Monday 17 June 2013

As the video opens, a dark haired, thick-rimmed glasses wearing girl asks you to help her pull off a bank heist. And she’s serious. She’s planning to rob five banks in LA for a solo art exhibition at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale opening from Sep 12th – Dec 15th 2013. I’ve seen some great bank heist movies, but […]

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Desaturated Rainbow: a travelling show of work to be exhibited in New York

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Monday 15 April 2013

Expertly curated by Amir H. Fallah and Colette Robbins, Desaturated Rainbow is a travelling show of work from New York and Los Angeles artists. The show revolves around context, stereotypes and originality of how artists use color on both ends of the country. Desaturated Rainbow will run from April 11th to May 18th at Field […]

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The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles

Loren Kantor Reader Find

By Loren Kantor in Cool Travel on Monday 11 March 2013

While retail booksellers are dying off worldwide, The Last Bookstore has erected a firewall against the death of literature. Located in an old bank building in downtown Los Angeles, The Last Bookstore features spoken word and music events, an espresso bar and the widest range of indie and classic literature in Los Angeles. Let’s hope they […]

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Vibrant and colourful artwork by Michael Kortez

Didu Losso Contributor

By Didu Losso in New Art on Saturday 2 March 2013

Los Angeles artist and tattooist Michael Kortez has been displaying his work publicly since the age of 8 at various galleries throughout California, New York, and as far as Mexico. This includes group shows such as Laluzapalooza 2013 at La Luz de Jesus Gallery and two collaborations with Dogtown’s skate icon Tony Alva at Exhibit […]

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Atoms for Peace artwork invades LA record label office

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Sunday 23 December 2012

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke’s side project, Atoms for Peace, has an album out in February next year, and longtime collaborator Stanley Donwood is helming the lithographic artwork for it.

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SnoBAr: a shaved ice shop in West Hollywood

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Tuesday 1 May 2012

Though I’ve yet to visit SnoBar – a natural “shaved ice” spot that’s opened shop in West Hollywood, – one look at that paper-thin texture makes me want to hop on a flight direct to California. Based on a traditional Taiwanese dessert, SnoBar’s shaved ice claims to have the creaminess of ice cream in a ‘feathery, […]

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Bronson Caves: photography by Brice Bischoff

Kyle Mac Reader Find

By Kyle Mac in New Photography on Wednesday 11 April 2012

LA photographer Brice Bischoff produces truly amazing work. Having only discovered his work from his recent photographic series Bronson Caves, I was immediately sold on his talent. The series is made up of Bischoff draping himself in coloured paper and recording his movements with an extended exposure. Is it possible to not completely dig this?

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Corinne Loperfido

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in New Art on Wednesday 6 July 2011

LA, Austin, and New Orleans-based artist Corinne Loperfido specializes in whimsical, folk-pop drawings, poster art, and embroidery, hilarious and honest comics, and mixed media collages and concept pieces such as her beard photo series.

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The Cheese Store of Silverlake

Gerry Mak Reader Find

By Gerry Mak in Cool Travel on Wednesday 23 June 2010

We ran ourselves ragged driving from Baltimore to Portland in 48 hours flat, and by the time we were almost done with our West Coast tour in LA, we were exhausted, stinky, and broke. At moments like these, a little imported sheep’s milk cheese does wonders, which is why we b-lined it to The Cheese Store of Silverlake right after we downed our espresso shots at Intelligentsia right next door.

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Chi Birmingham

Ilana Kohn Reader Find

By Ilana Kohn in New Illustration on Tuesday 4 August 2009

I’ve always been a huge Milton Avery fan, so the instant I stumbled across the work of Californian artist Chi Birmingham, I was head over heals. I really enjoy how every year Birmingham decides to take his distinctive style in a new direction, from various American landscapes to basements (as if, after all those wide open landscapes, he needed to feel a little more protected?), to various everyday rooms (not quite ready to venture back into the wide outdoors, but tired of the dank basement day in day out?). I’d certainly recommend popping by Birmingham’s blog as well, as the subject matter on there are a lot of fun doodles and cool figurative bits.

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My First Earthquake Stay Cool

Casper Johansson Reader Find

By Casper Johansson in Video on Monday 22 June 2009

Punchy synths, Cure-ish keys, P-bass, dance rock grooves, handclaps, gang vocals, cowbells, tambourines, hip-hop beats and lyrics that reference mermaids in love with humans. It’s all in a day’s work for San Francisco band My First Earthquake. This is their debut video — for the single — Stay Cool In The Cool Way — and […]

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