California has the best car culture in the world and a few blocks down from our home in the Fairfax district is the Petersen Automotive Museum. No mythical gold DeLorean today, but they did have the Tim Burton Batmobile out, so I couldn’t complain.
The Hundreds was in attendance at Houston’s 2013 Sneaker Summit last weekend and we held a raffle onsite for a fan to win a grand prize of a year’s supply of The Hundreds shoes. So Ben and I sifted through the box and we have a winner..!… Drum roll please…
Congratulations to Manuel Macias, Jr. You’re the man now dawg.
After three years in downtown Los Angeles, we’ve moved The Hundreds HeadQuarters into the greener and stinkier pastures of Vernon, right on the outskirts of the city. Vernon is an industrial zone for mass fashion; our neighbors are the big boys at Forever 21 and Guess, BCBG and Citizens of Humanity. The most notable landmark of this forgotten land, however, is the Farmer John packing plant that greets you at Vernon’s entrance:
There was once a time when meat factories lined this row but over the years, they sought cheaper land and got sucked into the Midwest. Farmer John stayed behind, excising all other meat production to focus solely on pig parts. Pork, bacon, ham, sausages, even those finger-lickin’ Dodger dogs that Angelenos love, that’s what Farmer John does best. It’s estimated that over 6,000 pigs are slaughtered here daily — and these aren’t cuddly Wilburs we’re talking about. No, when I say “pigs” I mean genetically supersized robo-boars, freakishly mutated creatures the size of a Prius, the grunt of a drugged Triceratops from Jurassic Park, hulking shoulders like Bane. That’s it, these pigs look like Bane (and sound like him too).
Every morning on my way to work, I’m pinched between miles of semi trucks caging these helpless beasts like pigs on their way to slaughter. Oh wait, they are pigs on their way to slaughter. And as the hogs’ tumescent eyes bulge desperately out the trailers’ steel slots, you kinda can’t ignore the irony of the Farmer John building mural and the deranged mayhem that churns in the jailyard beyond the walls.
The beautifully painted mural that wraps Farmer John depicts pigs frolicking happily in idyllic meadows alongside farmers and their children, taking naps, play-wrestling, and adopting human characteristics like wearing baseball caps and flying warplanes. Of course, all while their ill-fated cousins are being eviscerated on the inside.
The Farmer John mural holds a page of L.A. history, not just for its ridiculousness but for the artistic commitment and also straight-up eeriness. Commissioned in 1957 by Farmer John to mask the mass genocide within, artist Les Grimes painted the walls (which span entire city blocks) for 11 years before brushing up some clouds and falling off the scaffolding to his untimely demise. In the half-century since, various artists have carried out the mission, including Austrian artist Arno Jordan who worked on the piece for 30 years until his mysterious disappearance. Urban legend holds that he fell into the blender, his bones pulverized and crushed, mixed into sausage tubes with pig innards, and eaten by residents throughout the Southland. (I embellished that one a bit, but really, he just up and vanished.) The mural has become stuff of pop-culture lore, in fact John Travolta and his cronies scale the wall to hijack the pigs’ blood they dump on Sissy Spacek in Carrie.
But it’s a lie. The mural, as beautiful and historical as it is, is a lie.
So we did something about it. We hunted down the most recent painters who touched the Farmer John mural (Clawgrip Hearts) and commissioned them to conclude the story on OUR walls. Except this time, grant the pigs retribution and imagine their merciless revenge on the farmers who so peacefully coexisted with them in the original scene. In this redemption sequel, the baseball-capped piggy from the original is backed up by his bat-wielding homeboys, the farmers are flamed, shot, chainsawed, whacked, hung, and speared by a malicious and vindictive crew. It’s a tale of justice, David taking down Goliath, fighting back, it’s another allegory of our brand.
Our re-appropriation of the Farmer John mural now exists at the entrance of The Hundreds’ new office and warehouse space in Vernon and it’s always an appropriate reminder to all of us starting off our workday – as the little guys going after the big dudes, we’re here to setup the upset and upset the setup.
This one’s for all the fallen pigs, may you rest in our piece:
Sometimes God smiles upon us and turns the weather up right as the weekend cracks. If you could feel this California sun.. man, I love L.A. Guisados is just the cherry on top.
Eddie Huang had a great episode here with Roy Choi. Madeline Stowe is at Guisados weekly. She dissed me, but that’s ok. She’s Madeline Stowe. Ray Mate of Mighty Healthy and Jon Buscemi of Gourmet are Vegas’d out and ready for some homemade corn tortillas.
I know it can look kinda crazy, but these tacos are on another level.
Tacos so good, they make you feel like this.
Back at the office, look who’s back from New York! Well, just for the weekend. Switch of Everything You Love to Hate. Definitely miss this dude.
Ran into a lot of good people – Dame MSK, and Stephen Harrington, who was DJing.
It’s Oscars weekend here in Los Angeles, and that means a mini art fair to bait and lure all the rich famous people in town with chubby wallets. Lots of good stuff going on last night, the Wes Lang show at the Chateau, Nick Van Woert at OHWOW, and Michael (LAMJC) on the right, had his book release for ALLGONE at the Sonos space. Along with Poon (CLOT), we finished Friday off at Chez Andre in the Standard, sharing a booth with the Daft Punk dudes, and me talking to Andre’s manager about how awesome TB2 and Project 6 were. Good night/good morning.
It’s a far cry from Minneapolis, Minnesota where Hot+Tea hails from. Over the last several years, the once-graffiti artist has moved onto less defacing pastures, mastering an alternative street art technique that is uniquely his: yarn bombing.
Hot+Tea sees chain-link fences as a grid, not unlike a digital canvas that is formatted around pixels. So he brings to life various font and typography manifestations of his tag, all through the art of strategically tying bright yellow yarn.
Due to the nature of his materials, Hot+Tea’s art is an ephemeral and delicate existence that is truly only appreciated in the moment.
To see more of his work, including the projects beyond the fence murals, visit his Flickr page HERE:
Zilla captured Hot+Tea’s process for a piece named “Wildlife” in the time-lapse below:
Bridge to Skate is a local nonprofit charity that’s been hosting a monthly skate contest in Watts for two years running now. About 100 kids come out, most recently, The Hundreds was also there, hooking all the kids up with free shoes. As BTS’ Chanelle Heroux says, “Keeping these kids on skateboards and out of trouble is our largest objective, and shoes are a huge part of that!” Support a good cause, support skateboarders, and support Bridge to Skate!