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East LA’s Hidden Gems

Every day we have a choice. We can support an up and coming podcaster, try a new family-run restaurant, join a boutique gym started by a local fitness champ or we could keep giving away our money to the handful of giants who already control so much of our commerce. Our daily decisions impact the kind world we live in; if we want a world where small businesses are growing and artists and creatives are thriving then we should support them with our time, money and attention. We’re proud to highlight inspiring creatives and entrepreneurs each week in Hidden Gems series.  Check out some of East LA’s gems below.

Ed Gomez

My art practice is non-linear, often fluctuating between painting, design, and sculpture, and lately, I have been bringing in my love for Mid-Century art and design. I have worked in geometric and abstract styles and even representational forms of painting in particularly figurative ways. Read more>>

Afonso Salcedo

There are a million variables that go into creating stories, but I truly believe it’s one of the most crucial aspects of being human. We’re driven internally by this desire of sharing stories, of listening to stories, and our own memories and experiences are part of our own life story as we engage in the world we live in. Read more>>

Jill Burrows

I continued to freelance doing graphic design all the while, but I was constantly thinking of other product ideas and sketching. The idea I was most obsessed with was the slippers. I had actually sketched them years before when I lived in London. I had seen the traditional Moroccan babouches in little shops here and there. Read more>>

Ana Pérez López

I decided to study animation and design with the goal of finding a language that would appeal to younger audiences in form. I got to a scholarship to attend CalArts, graduated, and have been freelancing in the LA area ever since armed with my mighty pen and my immunity to rabies. Read more>>

Colin Holloway

Over the years, I loved myself a good dive bar. I spent so much time playing music and waiting around in them. The subjects for my paintings are usually taken from these places. To me, these are the unsung heroes of cities and small towns. They are the foundations and building blocks of a community. Read more>>

Alexia Rubod

It is hard to tell when my journey with art began. Almost every child likes to draw. I guess I never really stopped. I was lucky enough not to have a doubt about what I wanted to do “when I grew up.” My traditional art background and a lifelong passion for shapes and colors, character creation and storytelling led me to study 3D animation in the South of France for five years. Read more>>

Michael Pool

I’ve always loved looking at photographs. I thought, “it would be so much fun to be a good amateur photographer when I wasn’t living out my real dream of being a rock star.” As it turns out, I’m way better at taking pictures than I am at singing. Read more>>

Erica Danger

I started photographing humans, from live music to portraits to nightlife, a little over ten years ago in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. When I first moved to Los Angeles in 2014, I was working a full-time office job with my photography on the back-burner, and trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Read more>>

Marissa Robbins

I have visited no more than 40 days out of 4 years. I started to believe in my self. Once I turned 24 my creativity began to blossom in the most beautiful way. I found the love of being a Plus Size Influencer. As I grew older and began to love my body for what it is, it sparked my creativity. Turning me to photography, fashion, and body positivity which is my art. Read more>>

Raquel Bell

I come from Gholson, TX where the best watermelons grow. I grew six different varieties at least. And I learned more about neighbors, one of the great joys in life. I also learned about deadly viper snakes, great honky tonks, and how to talk to white supremacists. I come from the Red Woods primarily. Where the deep infrared glow is the strongest on the planet. Read more>>

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