California Locos: Renaissance and Rebellion

Must read

“I tried to warn you” says Peter Frederiksen

Galleri Urbane, Dallas // Galleri Urbane in Dallas is...

Geoff McFetridge Explores the “Rust Drinkers”

Louis Buhl, Detroit // December 10, 2022 - February 23, 2023 ...

Review: Rachel Dwan’s “Rhymes With” @ Upper Market Gallery, San Francisco

Upper Market Gallery, San Francisco // September 22, 2023 - September 23, 2023 ...

Why Jinger Duggar Vuolo Didn’t Appear in Duggar Family Secrets

Jinger Duggar's New Life & Raising Her Daughters in Los AngelesJinger Duggar Vuolo is prepared to tell her side of the story—but on her own...

December 01, 2023 | in Books

“This is a union between the City of God (Rome) and the City of Angels (Los Angeles)!” proclaims publisher Paulo von Vacano. Born in Southern California and published in Rome, the book California Locos: Renaissance and Rebellion launched in LA’s Chinatown and will be celebrated in a European tour this coming April 2024, truly a union of the divine and the defiant. Chaz Bororquez, John Van Hamersveld, Morton Wisdom, and Gary Wong all attended the landmark Chouinard Art Institute, popularly known for nurturing the early Walt Disney artists. The fifth Loco, artist Dave Tourje, who helmed the tome, founded the California Locos, self-proclaimed because they are “crazy about life.” Who wouldn’t want to tag along with these guys?

If you can’t make it to Italy, then definitely do some heavy lifting and pick up this gloriously glossy 432-pager which also features 12” by 9”  images by Robert Williams, Shepard Fairey, Retna, and other west coasters, as well as Mister Cartoon, who fashioned the title lettering for the book, which offers colorful history and personalities, full page art, music, skate and exhibition posters, as well as colorful candids, all vibrating with the joy of creativity and camaraderie. As art historian Michelle Deziel-Hernandez writes in her essay, “Not ‘street artists’ but rather fine artists with deep ties to the street, they instantly connected their strengths, moving forward ever since while quickly amassing a powerful body of exhibitions reflecting their collective statement.” Let’s go crazy! —Gwynned Vitello

Drago, Dragopublisher.com

More articles

Latest article

General Hospital’s Jack and Kristina Wagner Honor Son Harrison

General Hospital stars Jack and Kristina Wagner are honoring their late son Harrison on the anniversary of his death with moving social media...

This Frontrunner Made an Early Exit From The Golden Bachelor

Why 'Golden Bachelor' Gerry Turner Was Initially "Reluctant" About the ShowFamily comes first. That was the takeaway on the Oct. 12 episode of The Golden...

Sex Lives of College Girls Stars Explain Important NSFW Scenes

How Mindy Kaling Creates Safe Space With Sex Lives of College GirlsIt wouldn't be The Sex Lives of College Girls without sex.  Everybody's favorite college...

Burberry Revives Old Fabric Techniques for Summer 2024

Under Daniel Lee, Burberry is returning to its roots — and for Summer 2024, that means clothes that find harmony between the cosmopolitan and the pastoral. In an...

I Discovered My New Favorite Protective Style, French Curl Braids, on a Recent Trip to Ghana

Have you ever been at the hair salon only to realize that every other client in the room is getting the same hairstyle… except...