October 22, 2014

ourCaste ~ A Night With Jesse Draxler


As a little bit of fate would have it, Jesse Draxler ended up finding his way out to the west coast to share a gallery space with some friends for a week. The ourCaste crew jumped on the opportunity to meet up with him for what they hoped was some painless conversation and a good time. “We made the drive up with the guys from Youth Machine and as we arrived I got a text from Jesse, ‘Can you grab me some cigs. Menthols if you don’t mind.’ I obliged and we circled around the block finding the world’s sketchiest 7-Eleven. The menthols went perfectly with the 6 pack of Negro Modelo, bottle of red wine, and Cazadores that we brought as gifts. As we walked into the studio that Jesse’s friends from FFFFILTH were kind enough to let him use, we were surprised by how unbearably hot it was in there. Part of the space is used as a printing press, so there were ink dryers ripping and roaring. Not to mention it was smack dab in the middle of one of LA’s heat waves. We powered through the heat and our night in the studio carried on beautifully. Good talks, new ideas, big laughs, and massively shared hatred for the idea of student loans and our governments failure to protect students. One can only talk for so long just standing around when they have as much energy as Jesse does, so we left to play some video games and eat some Korean BBQ… which was delicious. Thanks Jesse for a great night, next time we’ll come out your way to hang.”

“ourCaste ~ Jesse Draxler Studio Visit” from ourCaste on Vimeo.

Branded Arts | TCL Chinese Theatre Art Auction THIS SATURDAY

Elizabeth McCray


Branded Arts is proud to present Branded Arts TCL Chinese Thetare, a pop-up art exhibition event to benefit Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.
The evening brings together art from world-renowned artists and photographers with a DJ set by TALIB KWELI.

The one night only exhibition will have art, music and a bar.
Cars bedecked in ORIGINAL artwork by such artists as Kenny Scharf and Mark Dean Veca will also be featured in the iconic theatre’s world-renowned forecourt and the upper floor and lobby of the Chinese 6 complex will be decked out in art accompanied by appearances from a variety of participating artists. Artists include: Saber, Hebru Brantley, Cryptik, Yoskay Yamamoto, and many more. A portion of all proceeds from the event will benefit Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services.

Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased from the Branded Arts site at

Featuring Works By:
Saber, Cryptik, Yoskay Yamamoto, Mear One, Dabs Myla, Hebru Brantley, Axis, Andrew Hem, Cleon Peterson, Zeser, Tristan Eaton, David Flores, Cyrcle, Mark Dean Veca, DevNGosha, John Park, Dan Quintana, Curiot, Clinton Bopp, Buff Monster, Hans Walor, Billy Morrison, Joey Feldman, Mad Steez, Nosego, Adam Builds, Shark Toof, Angelina Christina, Annie Preece, Woes Martin, Luke Chueh, Steven Daily, Birdman, Bridget Weiser, Brittany Segal, Canlove, Chor Boogie, Conway Bongo, Craft, Danny Minnick, Gregory Siff, David Gardner, Drew Merrit, Ekundayo, Eric O’neill, Golgo, Skyler Grey, Jaime Becker, Jennifer Korsen, Joshua Keen Valencia, Joshua Petker, Lisa Reider, Mathew Curran, Matt Dimon, Maximillian Xavier, NDSLA, Norm Maxwell, Paige Smith, Quam Odunsi, Rooney Hardwick, Ross Morrison, Sean McCarthy, Surgio “Surge” Hernandez, Urbyn Michaels, Wyatt Mills, Nori Pesina, Shanna Yates, Rony Alwin, Shanna Yates, Charlie Edmiston

Private Collection Works By:
Banksy, Shepard Fairey, D*Face, Kenny Scharf, Kaws, Herakut, Jeremy Geddes, Miss Van, Audrey Kawasaki, Swoon, Mark Ryden

Special Performances By:


A Fantastic Museum Exhibition || Thursday October 23rd

Elizabeth McCray

Hello and Happy fall everyone,

I wanted to share some really exciting news that’s coming up fast here. I’m extremely proud and honored to announce that after nearly 3 years in the making Masterworks at the Long Beach Museum of Art will open it’s doors for it’s biannual Art After Dark event special preview Thursday October 23rd. The official opening to the public is October 24th and runs through February 1st 2015. Please come on by- see the show, stay for a drink or two and mingle. LBMA has a fun night planned for everyone.
2300 E Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA
(562) 439-2119

Masterworks: Defining A New Narrative consists of 14 large-scale paintings featuring accomplished artists who, for the last decade or more, have been consistently exploring new narrative directions in painting. Each of the artists have been charged with providing a singular work that could be considered pivotal in their careers, to which they have dedicated considerable thought, time, and skill. Artists featured will include Esao Andrews, Sean Cheetham, Natalia Fabia, Alex Gross, James Jean, Josh Keyes, Mario Martinez, Greg Simkins, Nicola Verlato, Eric White, Aron Wiesenfeld, Martin Wittfooth, and Curating Artist and Author Nathan Spoor and Co-curator Jeff McMillan.


The artists featured in Masterworks are from diverse backgrounds and their work connects a broad spectrum of genres, scenes and movements. Masterworks calls into question what a decade means to an artist, and summarizes the thoughts, theories, and personalities of each painter into one distinct moment. Within each work, the artists’ individual perspective is explored through childhood fantasies, everyday objects, and sensational dreamscapes. Each painting represents a decade of dedication to artistic excellence and creative expertise and signifies the product of a career’s worth of experience into one masterwork. The paintings in Masterworks drift between fantasy and reality while closely examining and disrupting conventional pictorial environments.Josh-Keyes_Stampede2011_600px

Coinciding with the exhibition is a beautifully designed, 240-page linen hardbound book published by the Museum and Gingko Press. Curator and Author Nathan Spoor has compiled an exceptional volume to accompany the exhibition, which features never before published interviews, artwork and photographs of the artists in their studios. The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday, October 23 from 7pm-10pm. Admission price is $10. See you Thursday!!


#TOURNOTES: PORTUGAL ROUND UP- John John’s freakish training techniques, Pupo and Toledo’s airs and Simpo makes a heat!


DIY Skate Structures – Converse CONS Project


Converse just launched a new video around DIY skate spots featuring Kenny Anderson, Doug Moore, Brent Kronmueller and Dillon Buss. It’s directed by Jon Holland.

DISPOSABLE // Opening October 25th // New Image Art

Elizabeth McCray



Presented By The MCHN
October 25th – November 1st
Opening Reception Saturday, October 25th
6pm – 10pm
7920 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90046
323 – 654 – 2192

Building upon an ongoing project, Disposable is a tribute to a period in time when people shuffled through and held photos in their hands. This exhibition shares it’s allegiance to 90′s era values and serves as an homage to the disposable camera and 1 hour photo processing experience. Disposable is a subtle nod to a generation that preceded the current shift in photography’s direction and calls upon those who have had their hand in this process of picture taking and photo collecting. Bringing it back to when curiosity and chance were directly involved in the act the photo making.

Featuring: Atiba Jefferson, Estevan Oriol, Keith Hufnagel, Haroshi, Any Frederick, Graham Nystrom, Morgnar, Teebs, Will Nichols, John Cardiel, Rob G, Robbie Jeffers, Posdnuos, Skypage, and Rob-Jest

With support from: House Beer, Heel Bruise, Huf, and Us Versus Them



Elizabeth McCray

RVCA Advocate Betet Merta holdin it down in Indonesia. Video by Jimmy Jazz James, song Disease Box by White Fence.

Betet Merta | Indonesia from RVCA on Vimeo.

October 21, 2014

Cave- Slater, Seabass and Aritz in Portugal


Kelly Slater at Cave: mind-blowing session with Aritz Aranburu and Sebastian Zietz (full edit) from GO-S.TV on Vimeo.

You may look at his boards and laugh, get confused or dismiss them completely. But just watch this short piece on Volcom’s Ryan Burch riding his own alternative self-shapes in Indo, and you’ll think differently.


October 20, 2014



In case you hadn’t already noticed the ourCaste crew launched there Youth Curated Series last week. It’s a motley crew made up of artists, graphic designers, photographers, skaters and surfers all with one thing in common – creativity. With no borders are boundaries, this eclectic mix of trend-setters march to a different beat of the drum and the ourCaste team has taking notice. With the launch they’ve also unleashed their print campaign surrounding the Youth Curated Series and it’s available at finer retailers and at

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