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  • 3rd One of The $tatus Faction

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    Located in Hollywood and established in 2007, The $tatus Faction (aka T$F) is a multi-dimensional collective composed of artists, designers, musicians, and other creative individuals. Bonded through respective past experiences and fueled by congruent future ideologies, this group is determined to resist conformity. thesiteunscene.com/artists/thestatusfaction

  • Aesthetic Apparatus

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    Often considered Minneapolis' best totally unknown design super team, Aesthetic Apparatus was founded around 1999 in Madison, Wisconsin, by Dan Ibarra and Michael Byzewski as a fun side project from their "real" jobs. Over the years, their limited-edition, screen-printed concert posters have secretly snuck into the hearts and minds of a small, rather silent group of socially awkward music and design nerds. Now, Aesthetic Apparatus is a full-time, full-fledged, insanely unstoppable and occasionally award-winning design mega-studio. They will break your heart and drink your blood.

  • Aiko

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    Aiko is recognized in the contemporary art world as well as being respected in the graffiti and street art scene. She utilizes mixed media on her works - such as spray paint, acrylics, latex enamels, oil bars, coffee stains, rhinestones, glitter and pigments - and has shown her art in major museums and galleries in the U.S., Europe and Asia. ladyaiko.com

  • Andrew Holder

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    Andrew Holder lives and works in Los Angeles, California, not far from his home town of San Diego. Splitting his time between client and personal work, Andrew has exhibited in Sydney, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, New York City and Tokyo.

  • Andy Jenkins

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    Andy Jenkins. List maker. Sketchbook packer. Graphics creator. Curb abuser. Content publisher. Father figure. Pedro dweller. Subculture archiver. Crowd avoider. Hat wearer. Dog yeller. Jazz imbiber. Toner searer. Word flinger. Seed planter. Throttle twister.

  • Andy Mueller

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    Photographer and graphic designer Andy Mueller was raised in the Midwest on a healthy diet of BMX, skateboarding, music and magazines. Andy currently works full time for the Girl Skateboard Company as the art director of Lakai Limited Footwear. He also somehow finds time to freelance under the name OhioGirl and to run a small T-shirt/clothing line called TheQuietLife. Andy currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and kids, a cat, a bird and a Ping-Pong habit.

  • Axis

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    Axis is a contemporary illustrator/working class fine artist who emerged from Los Angeles' seminal graffiti scene in the 1980s. He is most noted for his convoluted and hyper-stylized freehand characters. An early convert to skateboarding and punk rock, Axis began experimenting with graffiti art in 1985, and joined L.A.'s legendary CBS Crew in 1988. By the mid-'90s he had cemented his reputation as one of the most prolific street artists working in Los Angeles. In addition to his artwork, Axis is also widely known as a musician. He lives in Los Angeles, California, where he continues to paint and play music everyday. He also skates when he can.

  • Brian Roettinger

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    Brian Roettinger is an L.A.-based graphic designer. The majority of his work is in the form of printed media for art, architecture and cultural institutions. In 2009, he was chosen as Rolling Stone's Album Designer of the Year and was nominated for a Grammy for No Age's Nouns. He's the former design director for the Southern California Institute of Architecture, was a designer-in-residence for the Design/Media Arts program at UCLA and currently teaches at CalArts and UCLA. Recent books he's designed include Collage Culture (JRP/Ringier), Hammer Projects 1999-2009 (Hammer Museum), Andy Warhol, Camouflage (Honor Fraser) and The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading (MIT Press). Roettinger's list of clients also includes MOCA, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Orange County Museum of Art, Hatje Cantz, Steidl, Armory Center for the Arts, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston and Art Center College of Design. His fine art has been exhibited at Colette in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and at the Hope Gallery in Los Angeles.

  • Cab

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    Cab (aka "CabOne") is one of the few from Los Angeles' golden era of graffiti that still remains as active as ever, and his work can still be seen around the city, as well as the outside of freight trains that take his colorful bombs all over the country. His name is well known throughout the world, having been featured on numerous graffiti tours through Central and South America, and his work has been documented in many books published on the topic of the Los Angeles graffiti art scene. flickr.com/photos/33775229@N07

  • Camille Chu

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    Camille Chu is a talented designer / art director who can make anything look like a million bucks on screen. Off screen, she is an accomplished chef, fashion barometer and French Bulldog advocate. http://www.camillechu.com/

  • Casey Howard

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    Casey Howard died tragically rescuing his family from the wreckage of a destroyed sinking battleship. gentlehula.com

  • Chad Kouri

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    In Chad Kouri's nearly 10 years inhabiting Chicago, he's become vastly inspired by the city and it's creative communities and art ecology. With equal interests in conceptual art, consumer culture, typography, design, jazz and the gray areas between these fields, his body of work is more a collection of various ongoing projects, thoughts and experiments tied together by a strong sense of composition, concise documentation and an overall vibe of optimism than a seamless display of a "style" or "genre." He believes inspiration can be found anywhere, unwavering optimism is the only rule and Chicago is the greatest city in the world. Kouri is best know as a co-founder of the Chicago art and design incubator The Post Family, past Art director of Proximity Magazine and as one of Chicago's up-and-coming images makers in NewCity's 2010 Breakout Artist of the Year issue.

  • Chase Tafoya

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    Chase Tafoya is an amazing illustrator from Merced, California, who specializes in photo realistic paintings of underground icons from the worlds of skateboarding, music, and street culture. He has designed work for popular brands like Famous Stars & Straps, as well as musical artists like Travis Barker and Cypress Hill. chasetafoya.com

  • Chris Paez

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    Chris Paez is a tattooer.

  • Dan Grzeca

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    Dan Grzeca is an artist and printmaker. Working out of his Chicago studio, Ground-Up Press, he has made hundreds of screen-printed posters for bands like The Black Keys, Ken Vandermark, The Ex, Peter Brotzmann, and Phish.

  • Dan Monick

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    Dan Monick makes photographs. Sometimes the subjects of these photographs include models, or rock stars or birthday cakes. He knows how to play bass and drums quite well and drives a Mercedes Benz. http://dmonick.com/

  • David Flores

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    David Flores first got his start as a designer for some of the top skateboard companies in the world and, in recent years, has gained a large worldwide following due to the popularity of his stained glass-style paintings that have become an instant hit in the global urban art community. davidfloresart.com

  • David J. Weissberg

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    Often referred to as "the man behind the scenes‚" David J. Weissberg hosts a happy list of clientele, including the likes of Adidas, Nike, Eames, The Standard Hotel, 2K, Silas, Dr Romanelli, Obey/Shepard Fairey, X-Large, Jane Mayle, as well as publications like Anthem, Raygun, The Daily Swarm, Z!nc and XLR8R, where he was both the creative director as well as the arts, style and culture editor. He currently lives in Echo Park, Los Angeles, with his dachshund and absurd collection of coffee mugs.

  • defer

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    Alex "Defer" Kizu has had a large influence on the Los Angeles graffiti art scene since he first started painting under the name "Defer" as a pioneering member of the first generation of L.A. graffiti crews K2S, STN, and KGB. His work often interweaves elements of traditional Japanese art with authentic graffiti and gangster art styles from Los Angeles. defer1.com

  • Delicious Design League

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    Delicious Design League was started in 2006 by two friends, Jason Teegarden-Downs and Billy Baumann, in Chicago, Illinois. With over 10 years of experience in the design and ad biz, the friends started Delicious simply as a rock poster design/screen-printing hobby, but by 2008, it had quickly grown into a full-time design and illustration studio. Over that span, the company went from designing rock posters for bands you've never heard to creating illustrations for some of the most recognizable brands in the world. For every client—big or small—Jason and Billy strive to create the most insightful, well-crafted, impactful and uncompromising work they can; so, no matter if you are a band trying to put out your first record or you run the largest internet browser in the world, you know your project will be treated with the utmost importance.

  • Destroy All Design

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    Destroy All Design's philosophy is self-explanatory: Destroy everything you know in order to realize what true design is, and destroy everything to realize what you really want and what you really believe in, rather than spending your life chasing dreams others try to sell you. The joystick image iconic to Destroy's work is a symbol of simplified design, which serves as a backdrop for self-expression. It represents a time when design was simple—a single life control or image for his visual manifesto. thesiteunscene.com/artists/destroyalldesign

  • Donny Phillips

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    Donny Phillips is an L.A.-based art director, designer, and illustrator. He spent years touring the country playing drums in a hardcore band before assuming the role of art director, working primarily in music packaging. He loves music and art, and hopes to spend the rest of his life stuck somewhere in between the two. donnyphillipsdesign.com

  • Drew Heffron

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    Drew Heffron is a freelance designer and art director living n New York City. He spent several years at Doyle and Partners as a senior designer before jumping ship and just doing it himself. He does many music related projects with bands Holy Ghost, Best Coast and Can't. http://drewheffron.com/

  • Erin Garcia

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    Erin Garcia makes music and makes art. He does some handy collage work as well as some great structural renderings that are easier understood if listening to one of his many musical endeavors - ESP, Widows or the classic Brother Reade. http://cargocollective.com/txnguehand

  • Frank Maddocks

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    Frank Maddocks is a creative director, designer and photographer. He has worked at Maverick and Warner Bros. Records, and is responsible for spearheading visual campaigns for artists such as Linkin Park, Alanis Morissette, Madonna, Deftones, Paul Oakenfold, The Used and more of the bands you love.

  • Fos

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    Fos is the art director of Altamont Apparel and Heroin Skateboards. Originally from Lancashire, England, he lived in New Cross, South London, for 18 years and recently moved to Los Angeles. He has done graphics for Toy Machine, Zero, Black Label, Real, Foundation, Deathwish, Baker and Creature Skateboard companies, plus shoe collaborations with Emerica.He drinks black coffee, eats candy and listens to a lot of punk rock and Tom Waits.

  • Fred Guerrerro

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    Fred Guerrerro is an old soul who steers the ship for Los Angeles's favorite burger spot, The Oinkster - even though he is a vegetarian. He is ultra aware of the newest music, the tastiest beer and the Oinkster Quarterly magazine. http://frederickguerrero.com/

  • Garrett Morin

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    Garrett Morin is one half of Part & Parcel, a New York based studio specializing in Art direction, Illustration, video and graphic design. He is very keen to the role that sound plays in the role of art and video and sometimes plays the roll of musician alongside his graphics. http://partparcelny.com/

  • Gregory Siff

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    Gregory Siff is an American artist whose work blurs the boundaries between pop art and abstract expressionism, with a little bit of street art thrown in for good measure. In 2011, he was commissioned to paint some of L.A.'s most notorious walls on locations like The Standard Hotel in downtown Los Angeles and the De La Barracuda store on Melrose. thesiteunscene.com/artists/gregorysiff

  • Hassan Rahim

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    Hassan Rahim has two real good eyes. He is a gifted designer and art director at the ripe old age of not even 30. He has worked on memorable projects with such clients as THVM Atelier, The Hundreds and Cast of Vices. hassanrahim.com

  • Hershel Baltrotsky

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    Hershel Baltrotsky grew up on the east coast but lives on the west coast. He is pretty much the closest thing to a pro skater even though he is a full-time designer for Girl skateboards. He always has a camera and always has a board with him, just in case. artraffle.com

  • Homework

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    Joanna Gorska and Jerzy Skakun graduated from the painting faculty of Fine Arts Academy in Gdansk. From 2003 they've been working in their own graphic studio named Homework). They design posters and work on printing graphics and graphic works for cultural events. Their works were exhibited in Paris, Berlin, Oslo, Mexico, Sophia and Hong Kong, among other cities.

  • Homo Riot

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    What started as one man's angry rebellion quickly grew into a worldwide, mass-supported revolution known as Homo Riot. In the initial call to arms, Homo Riot set forth highly charged and hugely sexually explicit imagery, which penetrated the streets of Los Angeles after California's passing of Prop 8. His work is now an emblem of pride and strength to the gay community, not only in L.A., but across the world. thesiteunscene.com/artists/homoriot

  • Hydro74

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    Hydro74 is an Orlando-based designer, otherwise known as Joshua M. Smith. The soul purpose of his career is to push the boundaries of what I feel is relevant, as well as extract trends to incorporate in his own work. But let's be honest: He does what he loves because he loves it—not because he has to do it, nor is he forced to do it. Hydro74 firmly believes in having set style tones, yet a sense of diversity to make any project unique to the demands that are set forth.

  • J Blyth

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    Justin Blyth was born in Los Angeles, but resides in Amsterdam. He is really pro at making things look pretty ( motion graphics and design ) but he is better at being darkly enlightening with his all time favorite Them Thangs blog and magazine as well as doing graphics for Blood is the new Black and Sixpack France. http://jblyth.com/ http://www.them-thangs.com/

  • Jared Eberhart

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    Jared Eberhart is a big part of the reason that snowboarding is as popular as it is. He grew up in Utah, riding all the time, but now lives in Los Angeles where he spends his time shooting photos and directing commercials and shorts which help us know how to get through life. http://jaredeberhardt.com/

  • Jason Kernevich

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    For 10 years, Jason Kernevich and Dustin Summers have been working together as The Heads Of State for clients as diverse as The New York Times, Starbucks, the School of Visual Arts and Penguin, in addition to bands like R.E.M., Wilco and The National. They've won awards from Communication Arts, American Illustration, the Type Directors Club and Print Magazine. They lecture frequently about their work and process, and both teach graphic design and illustration at Tyler School of Art, where they both studied.

  • Jason Munn

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    Jason Munn is originally from Wisconsin, but now calls Oakland, California, home. He began making posters almost 10 years ago for local venues and independent musicians, designing under the pseudonym The Small Stakes. Now, working under his own name, Jason continues to focus on posters, as well as design and illustration commissions. Jason's work has appeared in numerous exhibits and publications and a selection of his posters are part of the permanent collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Denver Art Museum. In 2010, Chronicle Books published The Small Stakes which focuses on Jason's posters created from 2002-2009.

  • Jeff Kleinsmith

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    Jeff Kleinsmith is the co-owner of Patent Pending Design and New Rage Records, former art director at The Rocket Magazine and has been Sub Pop Records art director for over 18 years! All the while, making hundreds and hundreds of posters and album covers for as many bands. Kleinsmith‚'s work has appeared in numerous design books and magazines, in various gallery shows, and in a permanent collection at The Experience Music Project and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum. Jeff teaches advanced design at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts and he has a client list that includes, among others, Dreamworks, Columbia Records, Elektra Records, Verve, Giro, Little Brown, Dakine, Alamo, Wired, and Nike. Jeff was named one of the 40 most influential designers by ID Magazine and one of the 25 most important people in Seattle. A monograph is in the works but no official publishing date has been set.

  • Jesse LeDoux

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    Born in Portland, Oregon, Jesse LeDouxworked for many years as an art director for Seattle-based Sub Pop Records, where he created iconic album and poster artwork for such artists as The Shins, whose album Chutes Too Narrow was nominated for a Best Album Packaging Grammy, Iron And Wine and Death Cab For Cutie before leaving in 2004 to focus on his client-based and personal work at LeDouxville. Parallel to working on commercial illustration and collaborative projects for clients like Nike, Kidrobot, Giro, Penguin UK, Rome Snowboards and Target, he has exhibited internationally. His work was included in the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial (2007) and an installation at the University of Maryland (2008). He currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington.

  • Joshua Petker

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    An active graffiti writer from an early age, Joshua Petker painted street art through college. While pursuing a degree in history, his interest in the arts expanded beyond graffiti. After studying abroad in Florence, Italy, he became engrossed in figurative and abstract painting and committed himself to making art his career. He has exhibited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Paris, and the U.K. He lives and works in L.A. joshuapetker.com

  • JRF

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    JRF is a designer, photographer, screen printer, archivalist and music enthusiast. He has helped to create much of the artwork you have seen around the world with OBEY Giant as well as create countless capsule lines for fashion labels and zines documenting his shared history in the South as a skateboarder / DIY engineer. http://julietromeofoxtrot.blogspot.com/

  • Justin Van Hoy

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    Justin Van Hoy is a designer/curator based in Los Angeles, California. His studio is The Dutchpress, which practices traditional and classic forms of communication design and direction. He organizes various artistic projects independently and as a co-founder of THIS Los Angeles, an upstart gallery space, which hosts a variety of exhibitions in varied disciplines. Since 2006, Justin has worked as an art director for Swindle Magazine, as well as a designer. Some clients include OBEY Giant, American Apparel, R77 / Gingko Press, RVCA, Falcon Motorcycles, The Oinkster and Gagosian Gallery of Beverly Hills. Currently, Justin is curating and designing a book with AMMO, profiling contemporary art from California.

  • Kevin Tayor

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    Kevin Taylor hails from Charleston SC. He grew up skateboarding and listening to punk rock in the 80s before going to SCAD to learn painting. Upon graduation he became the "all-star creative guy" in Charleston where on any given night you could find some of his work hanging in a gallery or one of his many bands playing all around the city. http://www.kevinearltaylor.com/

  • Kevin Tong

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    Kevin Tong is a freelance illustrator currently living and working in the Los Angeles area. In addition to maintaining a steady client base, he is known for creating screen printed posters for bands, movies, TV shows, books, as well as making art prints.

  • Kii Arens

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    Kii Arens is an artist with a bent towards rock 'n' roll. Never formally trained, this St. Paul, Minnesota, native grew up with a fascination for album covers, band logos and font styles. He credits Saturday mornings in the '70's spent watching Sid and Marty Krofft as his main inspirations for color. His big break came when working in the main office of Woodstock '94 in upstate New York. Upon his return home from "Mudsville," he received a phone call from Niceman, a rock 'n' roll merchandising company who hired him to design tour shirts for their never-ending roster of artists like Cheap Trick, R.E.M., Helmet, Liz Phair, Soundgarden, Van Halen, Marilyn Manson, and more. In 1999, Kii was once again hired by Woodstock to design the look for the 1999 event at which his band, Flipp, played day one on the main stage. His current work includes creating prints for The Hollywood Bowl, The Greek Theatre, Goldenvoice, Radiohead, Dolly Parton, Queens Of The Stone Age, Beck, Liza Minnelli and many others.

  • Kophns One

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    Kophns One, aka "Koffinz," is a street artist from Echo Park, CA, well known within the L.A. street scene for his distinct and bold artistic style, dynamic characters and always-engaging art placement. Kophns started his street-art career by drawing characters on walls with permanent markers throughout his neighborhood. Now you can find his iconic images on almost every street corner in the city.
    thesiteunscene.com/artists/kophnsone

  • Leba

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    Leba has been active in the street art scene since the early '90s, and is recognized for combining biting social commentary and fine art imagery into his street art. He is expertly skilled in transforming not only imagery, but the audience's viewpoints, both politically and culturally, with his work. thesiteunscene.com/artists/leba

  • M Coleman

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    The Real Michael Coleman punches in everyday at the Torrance home of Girl, Chocolate, Lakai and FourStar. He comes from the midwest, which means he likes the drink and red meat along with the Bears. He is an avid screen printer and curator of shows in Los Angeles and around the world. http://foundationeditions.com/

  • Make:

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    Make, also known as "Galo," was part of the earliest wave of graffiti artists to start bombing Los Angeles, getting his start in the early '80s as part of the legendary STN screw. He has recently overseen and produced graffiti art campaigns for high-end clothing (i.e. Neiman Marcus) and shoe brands (i.e. Christian Louboutin). makestn.blogspot.com

  • Matt Erny

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    Matt Erny. Illustrator/graphic designer. Art Center College of Design graduate. Changing the world one T-shirt at a time.

  • Michael Coleman

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    Michael Coleman is an art director, graphic designer and printmaker residing in the mid-century modernized hills of Los Angeles' East Side. He apprenticed on print design well before the advent of the internet, occupying his high-school years cutting rubylith films, keylining paste-ups and bootlegging T-shirts. Fortified by ink-under-nails presswork, early '90s street culture and a keen dedication to Modernism, he received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he remained for several years post-graduation as an instructor of Visual Communications. His studio provides art direction and graphic design for clients such as Time Out, Girl Skateboards, Fourstar Clothing Company, (RED), Punk Planet Magazine and The Black Keys. He was the co-founder of Foundation Gallery (2002-2005), a Chicago based gallery, which exhibited the work of printmakers such as Jay Ryan, Aesthetic Apparatus and Serigraphie Populaire. Michael has also curated a number of printmaking exhibitions, including OFF-REGISTER, a survey of contemporary printmaking that traveled to five cities throughout 2007-2008. His own serigraphs, abstract explorations of urban landscapes, have been exhibited internationally.

  • Michael C. Hsiung

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    Artists Michael C. Hsiung and sister Pearl C. Hsiung both live in Los Angeles, California, where they make and show art. While Pearl is known for her paintings, sculptures and videos, and Michael for drawings, they occasionally collaborate on making silk-screen prints. Last year, Pearl's solo exhibition titled Gusher: Pearl C Hsiung, Selected Works 2003-2011 opened at the Vincent Price Museum and was chosen this year as one of the 60 artists for the Hammer Museum Biennial. Michael C. Hsiung's first solo in Los Angeles will open December 2012 at THIS Gallery in Highland Park, California.

  • Morgan Slade

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    Morgan Slade is a L.A.-based artist whose work explores the symbolic shorthand of corporate logos and brand identities that permeate American consumer culture. In addition to shooting for magazines like Swindle, Anthem, Juxtapoz, OUT Magazine, Western Interiors & Design and many others, Morgan has exhibited both photography and mixed media work in galleries like Copro Gallery and Billy Shire Fine Arts. morganslade.com

  • Nathan Bell

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    Nathan Bell (aka Designer Not A Fighter) has been designing and freelancing in the action sports, music and lifestyle markets including high-standing jobs as Art director for Foundation Skateboards, etnies footwear, as well as Creative Director / Co-Founder of Pony Attack!! and Beard Buddy. He is currently working full time as the Art Director for The Keep A Breast Foundation, a youth based breast cancer non profit. Nathan is strongly influenced by pop culture, vintage graphics, music and combines ideas with a hand done aesthetic. When not making stuff, Nathan can be found obsessing over beards, sandwiches, records and pugs.

  • Paul Frank

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    Paul Frank is an artist and designer who is internationally known for his use of animal caricatures and bold color schemes applied to popular clothing and accessories. He uses a blend of humor, sarcasm, current events, and pop culture to create character products worn by both the young and old. Paul's T-shirt designs and accessories have appeared in magazines, television, commercials, music videos, and motion pictures. He describes his fine art is an extension of his character design brought to life in soft sculptural form using the mixed mediums of sewing, woodworking, and screen printing. Paul regularly contributes artworks to galleries, museums, charity auctions and private commissions. Paul Frank currently heads a new accessory design company, Park La Fun.

  • Prime

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    Starting out as a member of the first-ever graffiti crew from Los Angeles, "The L.A. Bomb Squad," Prime has been one of the longest-lasting and most influential artists in the Los Angeles graffiti scene. His battle piece representing the K2S crew against the WCA crew in 1985 is arguably the single most influential piece in the establishment of L.A. style. By synthesizing the New York aesthetic with L.A.'s own Cholo influence, Prime is regarded as a graffiti legend on both coasts. primek2s.com

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    Pyro is part of the original West Coast Artist's crew roster and has been a staple in the L.A. graffiti scene since 1985. He is also a highly respected tattoo artist who travels the world tattooing at various body art expos; plus, he has a permanent residency the world-renown Vintage Tattoo Parlor in Highland Park, CA. mikepyro.tumblr.com

  • RISK

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    Risk is considered to be one of the most legendary and iconic graffiti artists to emerge out of Los Angeles. At the peak of his career, he took graffiti from the streets and into the gallery with the launch of the Third Rail series of art shows, and later parlayed the name into the first authentic line of graffiti-inspired clothing. riskrock.com

  • Rony Alwin

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    Rony Alwin grew up on the cutty streets of Eagle Rock. He takes photos around the the world at the fun parties we never get to go to. He shoots models, landscapes, creatives and girlfriends. http://ronysphotobooth.com/

  • Rory Wilson

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    Save for the three years spent studying film at NYU, Rory Wilson really has no academic background by which to be called an "artist." Growing up immersed in West Coast skateboard and surf culture led to jobs drawing T-shirt graphics for the apparel industry, where he quickly became the head designer of a streetwear brand. Years of hanging out, listening to punk and hardcore at local record shops, heavily influenced the work he created while art directing an indie record label. Today, he can be found in his Southeast Los Angeles studio reconstructing his observations and experiences into animation, fashion design, graphic illustration, art direction and anything else that can be considered creative productivity. Clients include: RCVA, X-Large, X-girl, Nike, Ticketfly, Dangerbird Records and The Pablove Foundation. He also manages to develop his own products, silkscreen prints and create artwork whenever given the chance. His favorite B-52's record is Whammy.

  • Septerhed

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    A graduate of Otis College of Art and Design with a BFA in Advertising, Septerhed has completely abandoned all plans made during his four years at art school. Though a diehard screen printer and painter, Septerhed is creative in all mediums and loves to challenge the senses with his artistic symbolism and graphic manipulation. septerhed.com

  • Sev

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    Navarro "Sev" Ristagno got his start as a graffiti artist in the late '80s by writing the name "Severe" and later became one of the first few designers behind the now legendary '90s clothing company Fuct. He has since gone on to design art and logos for some of the top musical groups and street wear brands in the world.

  • Shane Jessup

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    Shane Jessup is normally my cat sitter when I go out of town. I would return the favor but his pitbull is too intimidating. Beyond pets, he has an exact eye for design and illustration. He has created some vinyl you love as well as some books you have read. http://www.mrshanejessup.com/

  • Smear

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    Also known as "SMEAR," Cristian Gheorghiu has a distinct visceral style where he layers images with slashing brush strokes and frenzied lines. He also loads his paintings with rags, reproductions, comic-strip fragments, and other collage elements of waste and discarded materials to convey maps of mental states. thesiteunscene.com/artists/cristiangheorghiu

  • Sonnenzimmer

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    Sonnenzimmer is a Chicago-based art and screen-printing studio run by Nadine Nakanishi and Nick Butcher. Beginning as a shared painting studio equipped with screen-printing equipment, the venture quickly morphed into a design and print studio specializing in hand-crafted prints and design for some of the city's most recognized cultural institutions. As image making is becoming more and more present in commerce and enjoying a true revival in print making and painting, Nadine and Nick hope their mixture of fine and applied art will be looked at as complimentary assets. They are interested in idiosyncratic imagery, which is explored through many lenses of an ongoing practice‚ may it be of a collaborative, experimental or commercial nature. Sonnenzimmer's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with a recent exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and solo exhibit in Thessaloniki, Greece. Their work has been published in books by Gestalten, Princeton Architectural Press, Gingko Press, The Pepin Press and Rockport Publishers.

  • Stephen Walker

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    Stephen Walker is an Angeleno transplant from the cotton fields and old cemeteries of Shreveport, Louisiana. Art directing and designing for musicians and record companies since 1990, he also spends his time shooting photos on film, and making music and artistic messes with his eccentric little family in a small castle near the tar pits.

  • Steve Walters

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    Steve Walters, a self-taught screen printer and designer, has been the owner/operator of Screwball Press in Chicago since 1991. In addition to designing and printing posters for bands, he has been teaching people how to print by using his shop as a sort of co-op for the past 10 years. He has been referred to as "The godfather of Chicago's poster art scene" and is usually a pretty nice guy.

  • Sylvia Ji

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    Possessing an artistic voice as unique as the times we live in, Sylvia Ji is the real deal. Using the simplest of materials to create her work—or, as she would say, "letting it magically happen"—the results obliterate the antiquated lines between ostensibly "high-brow" and "low-brow" art. A self-professed lover of travel and life-long student of international culture and art, Sylvia's experiences and relationships continue to shape her exploration of indefinable human emotion. sylviaji.com

  • TaVon Sampson

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    TaVon Sampson has been a visual entrepreneur since 1982.

  • Teja Ream

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    Teja Ream is a multi-disciplinary artist drawn to narratives and archetypes. With a process steeped in research, Teja employs a large body of cultural material—like historical records, maps, narrative accounts, and fairy tales—to unpack and expose the ways antiheroes are formed, and ultimately question cultural presumptions of "good" and "bad", "hero" and "anti-hero", "evil" and "virtue." http://www.tejaream.com

  • The Little Friends Of Printmaking

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    You can easily spot The Little Friends Of Printmaking in a crowd—their inky hands and clothes are a dead giveaway—and their artwork is just as distinctive. Husband-and-wife team J.W. & Melissa Buchanan first made a name for themselves by designing and printing silkscreened concert posters, but soon branched out into further fields, designing fancy junk for whoever would pay them money. In addition to their work as illustrators and designers, these art-school refugees continue their fine art pursuits through exhibitions, lectures, and artists residencies throughout North America, spreading the gospel of silkscreen to anyone inclined to listen. Their awards include honors from the Art directors Club, American Illustration and Communication Arts. Also, their work has been published in the books New Masters of Poster Design (Rockport), Juxtapoz: Poster Art (Gingko Press) and Handmade Nation (Princeton Architectural Press), among others. The Little Friends currently live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with two very round cats.

  • Tim Biskup

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    Tim Biskup is an artist in the classic sense of the word. If he is not painting in preparation for a show, he will still be painting. He has an unbelievable eye for color and form. He plays drums real loud and recently made a music video for a band that plays drums real loud - Mastadon. http://timbiskup.com/

  • Victor Castillo

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    Victor Castillo was born in 1973 in Santiago, Chile. His work, which often references vintage comics and cartoons, has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including the Apocalypse Wow exhibition at the Museo D'Arte Contemporanea in Rome, Italy; Victor has also created large-scale indoor murals for institutions like the Chilean National Museum of Fine Arts in Santiago, Chile, the Museum of Modern Art in Chiloe, Chile, and the Center for Contemporary Culture in Barcelona, Spain. victor-castillo.com

  • vyal

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    Vyal is a respected graffiti artist from Los Angeles who specializes in his own brand of dark and macabre spray-can art, which features sinister yet cynical characters you may feel like you've met before, in a dream… or nightmare. vyalone.com

  • Zombie

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    Whether he's going big or placing smaller images at street level, Zombie never fails to ensure his pieces interact with the environment surrounding it. This deliberate planning process and attention to detail is what separates talented street artists from the others.  Sometimes you can see a Zombie piece from one block away and sometimes they sneak up on you, but the quality of work always lets you know it's his. thesiteunscene.com/artists/zombie