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May 24 2012 . 05:49pm


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Photos by: Todd Mazer / Read article at: Juxtapoz.com

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EL MAC graces the cover of Juxtapoz Magazine

April 20 2012 . 07:06pm

Find out more at: ElMac.net / Juxtapoz.com

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Mike Miller x Estevan Oriol video interview

April 03 2012 . 02:43am

Juxtapoz‘s Photo Editor, Estevan Oriol, checks in with LA photographer Mike Miller. Miller takes us from his early fashion days through his work with Gangsta Rap, Rock, and Punk legends. He even shows us how many hard drives you have to own to be a pro photographer.

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An Interview With Pose by Roger Gastman for JUXTAPOZ Magazine

November 19 2011 . 08:05pm

With POSE opening a solo show, White Wash, (with KC Ortiz) at Known Gallery this Saturday, November 19, we asked contributing writer Roger Gastman to have a conversation with the Chicago-based artist. And he did.
Aren’t you all sick of me talking to POSE? I know I am. You know what’s awesome? Dominos commercials with the dressed up walrus at the end are awesome. I wish their pizza was as awesome as the walrus. Pizza in LA not so great – GINOS East in Chicago is great! POSE – bring me a pizza! —Roger Gastman

You use to be really cool – go to jail, sleep in bushes – you know stuff like that. You kind of suck now. You call me with real life problems. WTF happened?
Yeah oddly enough I’ve been working really hard on sucking the past few years with the whole daddy, family, responsibility, productivity thing. It’s been going well, really well. Things have been so solid that I’m thinking about spicing things up in 2012… Possible bush tours, jail time, drugs, you know, get back to my roots and fuck my shit up a bunch, maybe even get the ol’ EBT card working again, the possibilities are endless. But seriously Rog, all good things are wild and free. Nothing gold can stay.

Tell me about the process of painting the Plexiglass pieces? I know you learned the skill from graffiti, but why cause yourself all the stress? You are indoors!
The fun thing about graff is the challenges are never ending. “How do I get up, get good, get in there, get over, get better, go bigger, not get caught, etc, ect.” It goes on and on, which is why it’s so electrifying and totally consumes your life. I guess I am still addicted to new challenges of diving into the unknown and trying to concurring new things. It’s incredibly gratifying. I always try to create new challenges for myself with process and medium whether in the studio or on the street. But yeah, the process of painting completely backwards, definitely made me second guess the self-imposed stress and frustration. I’m happy with the end result, but the process wasn’t that buttery.

You spend A LOT of time traveling to paint on walls. What are a few good travel tips? And which cities have the best alleys?
Decide in advance if you want a really solid tour guide or if you want to experience and discover everything complexly on your own. I feel it’s going to be a much better experience if you commit to one or the other and don’t half step in between. Lets see what else, don’t be scared. Although you think you might be back and have another opportunity at it you probably won’t, so do it while you can. Just cause the locals love it definitely doesn’t mean its good.

Chicago has the best alleys period. They are hyper defined and reminiscent of any comic book depiction of an alley. On the other hand, many places I travel to outside of the U.S. the line between alley and street gets super blurred. Alleys get used like major streets and streets are the size of bike paths, it’s pure chaos. Thank you for reminding me how interesting alleys are – I’m going to continue my research and get back to you in a few years.

If this were a hip-hop or graff mag interview circa 1999, I would ask you for shout outs – well it’s 2011, gimmie 3 shout outs and why, your family doesn’t count. Oh and KC Ortiz has to be one of them.
Hmmmm, I have too many people to shout out. Only 3 makes it really serious and hurts feelings, and you already shouted out KC for me so I’m gonna’ shout out my 3 favorite things this week. “Peace to (spray painted on a scroll) any Oldsmobile Cutlass made between the late 1960’s and late 1980’s (Cutty Club 4 ever), tax free money and San Pellegrino Aranciata.

I could totally be wrong here, cuz I suck at research, but it looks like at least a few of your paintings for White Wash have mushrooms in them? What the FUCK is this?
To me, mushrooms (especially when they are depicted in a cartoon way) are one of those universal symbols that mean all sorts of things to different people. They are all over my daughter’s room (on pillows, posters, books etc) and seemingly convey a really cute approachable message. Since they grow in the wild, they also signify really hard to find over grown places where nature has been less tampered with. Which not only makes me think of discovering these secluded untapped places, but also plays into the analogy for White Wash.

Discovering a real mushroom in the wild is like finding some incredible piece of graffiti in the city that still exists. Graffiti is a wild forest and the buff is deforestation. It’s probably clear from my strange analogy and answer as a whole that there is another signifier for mushrooms, their psychedelic properties. Since a lot of the paintings for White Wash are drawing on my youth, inevitably drugs creep in as a heavy part of it. Certain events will be with you forever and end up infiltrating your work. As many others have, I went on a really strange long trip one time as a kid that ended up in lifelong OCD, mild schizophrenia and all sorts of other weirdness. So I guess boomers just stuck with me.

From: Juxtapoz.com

POSE and KC ORTIZ | White Wash
KNOWN GALLERY
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Opening Reception Saturday, November 19, 2011 from – 11pm
On View November 19 -December 10, 2011

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News from Dabs and Myla

September 20 2011 . 08:49am

DABS MYLA x PEARL JAM
A few months back we did a poster for  Eddie Vedder’s 2011 U.S tour. And we are now really happy to announce the release of our new print for the PEARL JAM/MUDHONEY Toronto show.We had a lot of fun working on this print, being that it was Pearl Jam and Mudhoney, and we are both teenagers of the 90′s, it was a real pleasure to be able to create artwork for these 2 heavy hitters!

It will be an edition of 100 prints that are hand signed and numbered by us!

As well as a limited second color way print with BLUE that will be an edition of 20 also signed and numbered.

Both are  7 colour screen prints , 18 by 24 inches (unframed).

The prints will become available at 12pm PST this THURSDAY 22nd SEPTEMBER on our online store.

Edition of 100 are $50 U.S plus shipping.

And the limited BLUE color way edition of 20 are $65 U.S plus shipping.

You can order your prints starting Thursday 22nd on our online store here: DABSMYLA STORE

Be sure to get to your local news stand or bookstore and pick up a copy of the October issue of Juxtapoz magazine. As well as featuring a  great interview with Jeremy Fish who’s work is on the cover, there is also a really nice 14 page feature they did with us.We are really happy with how it came out. Big thanks to Ian Campbell for taking the hillarious portrait of us, to the fine people at Juxtapoz and to Roger Gastman for doing such a great interview!

DabsMyla

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