February 25, 2015

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'Take It Easy' New Works by Benjie Escobar

 

Join us on Saturday Fedruary 28th to celebrate an incredible collection of new works by our talented designer / illustrator / Schwin enthusiast homie, Benjie Escobar! We are pleased to host this at our Brick & Mortar Los Angeles Space. Food will be provided by East Los Musubi and Beautiful Truth Ink will be in the house tattooing Benjies new work on the spot. Email us for appointments (info@HutchLA.com) and come out have a drink and hang with us from 5-10PM rain or shine. 

Paz! 

February 24, 2015

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'Sweet Temptress' by Bei Ru | Official Video

Our good homie Los Angeles-based producer Bei Ru presents the Postas-directed music video for “Sweet Temptress”, the single from his new instrumental album Saturday Night At The Magic Lamp. Described as the extended score to a movie that doesn’t exist, SNATML blends electronica, Middle Eastern influences, funk and hip-hop, with musicians playing electric bass, electric guitar, electric oud, cello, keyboards and piano on more than half the songs. SNATML is Bei Ru’s followup to his 2010 album Little Armenia (L.A.) (listen on Bandcamp). He recently scored three songs for the upcoming film A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night(watch the trailer), an Iranian vampire western produced by Elijah Wood and distributed by Vice Films. Bei Ru recently traveled to Kuwait where he performed at a Red Bull-sponsored event, the country’s first to feature local and international electronic-based musicians. He also performed in Jordan and Lebanon during this trip. “It was just a matter of finding sounds that struck a chord with me and playing around with them,” say Bei Ru regarding the album. “Some of those melodies were like some ancient-calling type s–t that just resonated with me for some reason, on some in-my-DNA-type s–t. I don’t really know what it was, they just spoke to me.” Saturday Night At The Magic Lamp is available now on iTunes!

February 15, 2015

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Reef Kills Your Heroes Collection

 

Excited to offer another amazing Hutch exclusive capsule. This collection is the first from the talented Los Angeles based artist, Reef Kills. He has contributed to a couple of our Capsule Collections and you have most likely seen his work in the streets or on the web. Stay tuned for this very special offering coming this month!  

February 01, 2015

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Original Signed Illustrations in Vintage Frames by Phil Guy

 

We are extremely excited to have the opportunity to offer original artwork by the talented Phil Guy. These four Hutch Exclusives are all hand inked originals colored and set in vintage frames sourced by the Swamp Wizard himself, Burrito Breath. We don't expect these to last long, they are all priced to sell and come ready to hang. Don't sleep on this chance to invest in one of these gems, makes the perfect Valentine's Day gift for that special someone. 

January 29, 2015

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Sticker App x Hutch LA

 

 

 

 

 

 

The homies over at Sticker App have been cranking out limited edition stickers for us since we started making them available to y'all. They have fast turnaround, great customer service and do quality work. The best part about them is that you don't need to order thousands of stickers at a time…for most of our sticker runs, we have only produced a hundred or two-tops when making our own, or producing them for the brands we carry….we love making sure that our products are limited, and we couldn't have done it without them. Make sure to follow them on IG (@StickerApp)  for a daily dose of stickiness and free giveaways. 

We Def have some special projects in the works with them, so stay tuned! 

Peace! 

January 26, 2015

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Valentines Breath | Part I

 

Burrito Breath Nails it hard with this classy new vintage inspired Valentines Day illustration! It was so dope, we knew we had to run some tees too! Each Shirt comes with a Valentine's Day card (and envelope set) for you to jot down those sweet somethings to your sweeties. These cards will only be available until Valentines Day, join our newsletter for details on the drop, don't sleep!  

 

Super cutty secret code: Enter 'VALENTINEBREATH' at checkout for 25% Off StoreWide until  Valentines Day…shhhhh

January 26, 2015

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#JoemmsJunk Preview


Owner & Founder of CBNC, Joemm is finally running out of space and needs your help. Over the last two decades he has managed to stockpile a serious amount of collectables and he's let us into the vault to bring you the first installment of #JoemmsJunk! The collection is seriously deep and spans across different genres.
Follow him @Joemm & check out the hashtag on instagram and start rubbing up ya mittens. Over the next couple of months we are going to grant ya'll access to this hoarders dream / nightmare.
Don't know about you, but I already spot a couple of things I'm gonna need to pick up for the office. Stay tuned!   All photos courtesy of @OhBuckSean
September 12, 2014

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Artist Interview: Phil Guy of Burrito Breath

 

WHERE ARE YOU FROM & HOW DID YOU START GETTING INVOLVED IN DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING TODAY?
I'm originally from a tiny little town in Ohio. Got started making art in Cleveland and then ended up in San Francisco. Now that I've spent a little time and a lot of money trying to survive in SF I'm headed back to ohio for a bit of a sabbatical.

DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR ART, OR ARE YOU SELF TAUGHT?
I actually did go to art school in Pittsburgh, PA. In seventh grade a woman from the school visited my jr high art class, and i knew it was the perfect small town escape plan. I never realized I could have a career making graphics, I had always figured it was fine art or nothing. I went to school for three years studying graphic design. It was mostly computer based which is good shit to know, but not really what I wanted to do. I've always wanted to be making my weird stuff but thought there wasn't a way to make it happen. Luckily I've been able to use the skills I learned there to make tons of cool shit....I'll be paying those student loans for the rest of my life I might as well make it worth while.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR STYLE?
My grandpa always collected rad old novelty shit and I loved all of it growing up. I also always loved MAD magazine, and Cracked as a kid. Then in my teenage years I found Mike Giant and it dramatically shifted my style. I just wanted to knock off everything Mike was doing, never really thought I'd try to make art for a living but so far it's been a blast. I think my style is a nice mix of 60s and 70s weirdness with a bit of Mike and Charles Burns' bold lines.

WHEN DID YOU START PUTTING EXTRA EYES ON YOUR CHARACTERS, AND HOW DID THAT EVOLUTION COME ABOUT?
The eyes didn't start showing up until fairly recently but I've been collecting 4 eyed shit for quite a while. The first thing I came up on was a bottle opener at a flea market...I had seen them before when I was a teenager working in an antique mall. I've always loved old shit, and especially old weird shit. Those 4eyed figurines are just too good to pass up. After collecting for a while I started a little corner across from my desk just filled with a 4eyed family. I just tried it out goofing off and liked it enough that it just stuck. I'll probably keep doing it until I find another gimmick to use haha.

HOW DID YOU GET THE NAME BURRITO BREATH?
Oddly enough I tried to get another instagram name and it was already taken. When I moved to california I ate a few burritos a week and it was sort of a running joke that I was always either headed to or from the taqueria. I just randomly though burrito breath sounded rad....and I soon realized its easy to remember and looks good on graphics so I accidentally picked a winner

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BURRITO SPOTS? DESCRIBE THE PERFECT BURRITO.
My goto spot in SF is Chino's Taqueria on Balboa Street. Its a nice bike ride thru the park to get there...grub down then ride over to the beach. It's pretty hard to beat, and the neighborhood is so quiet...never a long wait and they've got really good horchata. Big up to Chino's! I should have asked them to sponsor me in someway haha. My perfect burrito from Chinos is: Super veggie ( yea I know veggie...but trust me on this) Super Veggie + Extra cheese+Extra Guacamole+Pinto Beans+Spicy with some tapatio. Always snag some chips a little more guac then wash it down with a large horchata, its pretty unbeatable and good fuel for a nice bike ride.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?
At the moment I'm working on moving all my shit across the country haha....other than that I'm working on a few artshow pieces one for a show in London scheduled for Halloween, and another for a show in Portland which is going to be a blast. I'm also doing some more shirt designs for Mastodon, I love the band and I never would have thought I'd be working on shirts for them so its a total mind blower for me.

WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU PREFER TO WORK WITH THE MOST?
My favorite thing to do is sculpt with polymer clay...which I know might sound weird since no one has ever seen any of that shit for me. I would say that's when I have the most fun...but as far as my go to medium...off white canson paper w/ a sable brush and india black star inks.

THAT SOUNDS PRETTY AWESOME, WHEN DO WE GET TO SEE SOME SCULPTED GOODS?
I was actually thinking today that I'm going to try and spend some time getting back into it. I'd like to cast some keychains pretty soon. Tried it before and was stoked on the results. I'm pretty sure the world needs more bullshit from me, why not make it 3d for a change? haha

HAVE YOU TRIED SCULPTING A FART YET? YOUR FART ILLUSTRATIONS ARE THE BEST.
It's all the burritos...I'm a man who knows a good fart haha. I haven't tried yet but I think I can make it happen. Maybe a farting guy will be my come back.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON SO FAR?
Favorite projects have been all the stuff for Mastodon, pizza boxes for Sizzle Pie in portland. I would also say that I got my real break working for Show Class magazine and they are always alot of fun to work with. Its great when you find weird people who just want you to make the shit you're stoked on...it really makes the whole process more fun.

WHEN I LOOK AT YOUR WORK, IT SEEMS LIKE YOU REALLY DO HAVE FUN DOING IT, HOW IMPORTANT IS THAT TO YOU WITH YOUR CRAFT?
I think having fun is probably most important. I mean after all making art can be pretty damn tedious, and yea money is nice to have and its always good to get some appreciation for what you do, but at the end of the day you gotta have fun doing it. We're only around in these bodies for a little while...might as well try and have a little fun. I also think that if you're enjoying what you're doing it shows in the work....and when I'm not stoked on a project I can totally tell that the final results aren't going to be the same as if I was excited about doing it.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS LIKE WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?
I usually start by staring at my books and picking out some that will generate ideas...from comix to antique circus poster catalogs...I've collected a lot of shit and there's always something I've missed or forgotten about. I'll make a stack of books, brew up some tea...maybe make a sandwich then hit the vaporizer, and sit down with a sketch book. I just kinda write little notes or draw little doodles until I fill a page or two then try and break down the bullshit from the gold. Usually I know when I have a winner as soon as I have it written down....but other times I'll come back to the notes later and realize I forgot something that will eventually be "the one"

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE STRAINS?
I'm a sativa guy. My favorite strain is Space Queen...its a hybrid but it's never let me down. Tastes great and its the perfect blend for drawing. My other favorites are Berry White, Jack Herer, and Alaskan Thunder Fuck...not only is that last one good but what a name.

ARE YOU A PACK RAT? I'M NOT JUDGING.
Born a pack rat. Die a pack rat. I get it from my old man, he used to take us to flea markets and auctions as kids. We had all kinds of "junk" around growing up....telephone booths, gas pumps, weird old signs. I didn't think I'd catch the bug, but when I realized as an adult I could buy whatever I want for my space it was on. Eventually I'll need to have a yard sale to unload a little...it'll be the best yard sale ever.

WOULD YOU NAME A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE ILLUSTRATORS?
The dude I owe the most to and is still a favorite and good homie is GIANT. Mike is the man and he helped me a lot. Other than that...all of the swamp wizard homies...google em if you don't know...its a little art gang of dudes who aren't quite seasoned pros that everyone knows yet but they're all going to be legends in their own right. Other than the homies...I would say: Ken Reid, Geof Darrow, Basil Wolverton, Robert Williams, Crumb, Jared Muralt, Virgil Finlay, Pushead, Chris Conn....the list just goes on and on. So many amazing and inspiring people that have helped me push myself to do something better today than I did yesterday.

TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH MIKE AND HOW YOU MET HIM?
I met Mike purely because he's such a generous dude. I had been following his work, and his old FecalFace.com blog for years. When I decided to move to San Francisco he was just moving back himself. I knew he was opening up a Skullz Press studio and just decided to email him to try and do some work in the studio for him. He wrote me back pretty quickly and told me to stop in and talk to him about it. I nervously went in and asked if I could just sweep the floors. He couldn't have been friendlier, called me up the next day and told me he had some stuff for me to hang. I worked for him a few days a week for quite some time, during that time we became homies and things have been rolling ever since. He was such a role model for me in many ways, I think being in the studio to see his process, and even more so just the way he structured his life helped me to develop myself and my career. We also started a couple colab drawings a while back that I'm stoked to show people, just waiting on him to finish but I think it'll be worth the wait haha.

IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANYONE, (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?
Damn this is tough...I always worry that my heroes are going to be jerks when I meet them but so far the guys I've idolized that I've been able to meet have been amazing. I'll give you two, Alive: Skinner and Dead: Basil Wolverton.

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE SOMEONE THAT WANTS TO MAKE IT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?
Well since I'm still getting my feet wet, and sometimes worry I'll end up a fry cook at waffle house I'm not sure if I'm the guy to ask haha. BUT I would say the most important thing is to have fun, work really fuckin hard but make sure you're enjoying it. I would also say that you should take your work seriously, but don't take yourself too seriously. Ego will fuck everything up for you, just try to make rad shit because you want to, and not because you wanna be the next cool guy on the block or want a pat on the back. Its an easy way to get discouraged, and an even easier way to make people think you're a turd.

Check out more of Phil here, and also make sure to check out the new Hutch Exclusive collection here.
August 26, 2014

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Artist Interview: Eduardo Viramontes

Recently we had a chance to chop it up with Los Angeles bred artist, Eduardo Viramontes. Stay tuned for his new Hutch Exclusive drop here!  

 

WHERE ARE YOU FROM & HOW DID YOU START GETTING INVOLVED IN DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING TODAY?
Im from Los Angeles, and being so I was always surrounded by graffiti and art. All the kids around me as I grew up were doing their share of painting walls and drawing in black books. Blackbooks were like my textbooks back then, studying the local styles and techniques within them to better myself. It was the gateway into doing art for a living. At first I wasn't sure exactly what I would do with it, but one day I came across a wheat-pasted poster by Visual Narcotics on the 5 freeway and was amazed by the cleanliness of the design. Its was striking to see something printed rather than painted juxtaposed onto the urban landscape. Ever since I wanted to learn how to make awesome stuff like that on the computer for mass production and destruction. Designing art made it easier to produce larger quantities.

HOW DID YOU GET YOUR STYLE?

My style came from my surrounding and all of the people that I look up to. I like to think of my style as a frankenstein of every single cool piece of art I have come across since I started. Come to think of it, Im still pretty confuse on what exactly my style is...I tend to go back and forth a lot. But I like to think they all come together in one way or another.

DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR ART?

Yes, yes I did. Best part about it was meeting some rad people and making friends with designers that have taught me a lot.

WHERE DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL?

I went to CSULB and graduated from their BFA Design Program. It was cool because they stick you with 24 other designers for 2 years straight and they also had a working space specifically for us on campus where we pulled our all nighters.

WHAT MEDIUM DO YOU PREFER THE MOST?

Just like my style, my preference also jumps around back and forth. One day its acrylic painting, the other day its losing myself in inking up a sketch. If you tally it all up, Im sure working on the computer is probably up ahead in the score by a couple of points. Plus working on the computer doesn't require any clean up.
TABLET PEN, OR MOUSE?

I prefer using the mouse most of the time....but every now and then i throw myself a curveball and use my tablet. I never see it coming

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE PROJECTS YOU HAVE WORKED ON SO FAR?

There are quite a few, but the best and most recent one was being able to design some merch for Eligh from the Living Legends hip-hop crew. It has always been one of my goals on bucket list of design since I grew up listening to Living Legends as a kid. He just released them for sale and I am already working on a few ideas for some more. Another project that's up there on the list, was being able to work with one my typography professors from school in branding this exhibit at a museum in LA. I'm not going to lie, it felt pretty cool having a typeface I designed blasted on the front of a building on Wilshire Blvd.
WHAT ELSE IS ON YOUR BUCKET LIST? 

One of the things on there that I really want to accomplish is to design a food truck wrap and logo. Their names are just co clever sometimes ya know? Most of them also tend to have some kind of mascot that I think I would have some fun doing. Plus having a big truck driving around with your design work all over is not bad either. I also think I was a culinary chef in my past life too, so past me would probably be really into the project.

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT?

I currently started working in-house for The Hundreds and am also working on setting up for an upcoming show for early next year.
 
WHAT IS AN AVERAGE DAY LIKE AT THE OFFICE?

An average day at the office is just like a bag of Flaming Hot Cheetos, you never know what kind of shape of cheetoh you are going to get.

WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS LIKE WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION?

When I'm looking for inspiration, the process is always the about the same. I grab my set of of headphones and turn up the volume.
 
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE ALBUMS THAT YOU COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT?

Some of my favorite albums are the ones I grew up listening to, these are some of the ones I just couldnt live without:
2pac-All Eyez on Me
Nate Dogg- Music and Me
Kurupt- Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha
Ab-Soul- Control System
Blu&Exile-Below The Heavens

WOULD YOU NAME A FEW OF YOUR FAVORITE ILLUSTRATORS?

A few artists I have been really into lately are SMITHE, SANER, CURIOT and NOSE GO...all whom are currently killing the mural game. Look them up for proof, Google Images dont lie.

IF YOU COULD WORK WITH ANYONE, (DEAD OR ALIVE) WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO WORK WITH?

This has always been a tough question, but I would think If I really had a chance I guess would love to do a mural with SANER. Really been into his stuff non-stop for awhile now. 
DO YOU STILL PAINT MURALS?

No sir, not anything recently. I sure miss those days tho...anybody out there got a wall they need painted?

WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE SOMEONE THAT WANTS TO MAKE IT IN YOUR INDUSTRY?

Be ready to make sacrifices.
 
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE SACRIFICES THAT YOU HAD TO MAKE TO GET YOU WHERE YOU ARE TODAY?

I think I still have long ways to go, but one of the things that I still tend to sacrifice is my free time. Im usually chained to my desk creating all kinds of stuff.

 

 

 

Check out more of EV's work here…and somebody, please get this man some wall space. 

Peace!

G

 

August 04, 2014

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Reef Kills Pop | Solo Show Sat. 8/16

 

If you have been following along here at Hutch, then chances are you already know about our good homie ReefKillsPop. I am really looking forward to the show, Reef has been putting in work for a minute now! I hope you get a chance to meet us out there to chill and soak it all up. Sounds will be provided by our friends: The CFO, Bei Ru & Toks...and there will be free give-a-ways and drinks….nahmeen? See you there! 

Here are the details:

Location: ArtLab

Address: 1357 4th Street Santa Monica, California

Hours: 7PM to 10PM 

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