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South LA Thought-Provokers

LA has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around South LA that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Trevor Sochocki

My first dose of photography came when I was a sophomore in high school. I was a writer for the school paper, and an opportunity arose to go to New York City for a journalism convention. I applied and was chosen, and before I left, my mom gave me her old, outdated, but still-functioning camera. Read more>>

Eric Jordan

I’ve worked with a variety of notable companies such as Nike, Adidas, Complex Media, and Def Jam. I deliver design solutions and written strategies for entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses. Read more>>

Dezmond Crockett

I treated my art as a hobby until i was invited to an art community called Pieces after dropping out of college where i would be pushed by my mentor, Lalo Marquez, to step out of my comfort zone and develop my skills further. Read more>>

Justin Tauch

I have been tattooing professionally since 2010. I started drawing when I was 4 or 5 years old. My sister and I used to always draw together. I eventually just kept drawing with friends through out all my years in school. It has been a constant in my life. Read more>>

Gustavo Luna

It’s been four years since I graduated college with my graphic design degree. In that time I’ve been on a mission to prove to fellow creatives that corporate design doesn’t have to mean “boring” design. Creating systems of identity and tools for visual communication is some of the most rewarding parts of my half-wit career. Read more>>

Emily Maddigan

I didn’t take an art class till I was a senior in high school. I collected yucca leaves and made a Pomo style basket, it took a serious amount of time to make, and I still have the basket, and I loved every “pain staking” minute of it. Read more>>

Brett Stanley

I grew up loving the water and so taking my business below the surface was a logical step for me. In the beginning, I was making my own equipment as I had ideas that no one was making gear for. Read more>>

Randy De Leon

Randy De Leon used to be known by another name. His former street name is unimportant as it represents the life he used to lead, hanging around with a Los Angeles tagging crews, slipping out at night to cover the streets with his art. Read more>>

Meghan Develyn

You know that common phrase, “life is too short”? Well, as cliche as it is – I recently left my corporate job at the thought that, yes, life is really short. Read more>>

Francisco Benitez

I discovered photography , or it discovered me. My photos are my therapy, there the eyes my mother blessed me with my photos are my everything. Read more>>

Jesse Percival

Last year I made the decision to move out to California for the third time in my life. There’s no better place in the world to be a movie lover or filmmaker than Los Angeles, so it was really a no brainer for me. I’ve been working here ever since. Read more>>

Osvaldo Rios

I consider myself a well rounded artist now not just someone who takes pictures. Photography has allowed me to better understand myself as an artist and human. Read more>>

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