It was sometime in 2006 I started writing freelance for JUXTAPOZ Magazine. I had moved back to Los Angeles after a decade away and still wasn't connecting with my hometown. It felt different to me, the Hollywood transplant scene seemed even scarier. I also needed to do something more creative, working in TV production wasn’t enough for me. I started going to art openings all over town, investigating my old haunts for graffiti, and organically fell into writing about art. As a struggling creative in Los Angeles, it helped me tremendously to go on studio visits or hang out with painters while they were installing their shows. I spent a ton of time at galleries like the old SCION SPACE in Culver City, Corey Helford, Known Gallery, and many others. The art of Los Angeles became my muse and helped me remember where I came from. I've been fortunate to know and interview many artists I admire like Robert and Suzanne Williams, Natalia Fabia, Alex Pardee, Skinner, Stormie Mills, RETNA, EL MAC, Mark Whalen, David Choe, Shepard Fairey, and Mike Giant. My experiences with them led to jobs on much larger art book and exhibition projects that I never saw coming. Graffiti was so important to me growing up in the 80's; to return home and find our art scene bubbling the way it was in the oughts ... all I can say is, I don't think I could have remained in Los Angeles this long without it.
The JUXTAPOZ Magazine website was rebuilt a few years ago and a lot of my older content didn't make the new site, but I do have some copies on request (articles featured online and in print). It's a great magazine that played a huge part in the shift of contemporary art culture, creating a conscious place for artists from across the tracks, so to speak, conceptually and in technique. Tattoo art, graffiti, and car-culture art found a home in JUXTAPOZ, and the world is a better place for it.
GOING AGAINST THE STREAM WITH MIKE GIANT
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