Wherever they go, they try to make something that makes sense for the neighborhood, and the community. And they always make something positive, something the artists hope people can enjoy -- regardless of whether life has greeted them with great fortune. Armed with a vision and their cans of spray paint, El Mac and Retna will transform a forgotten wall into a piece of art. El Mac and Retna are street artists, born in LA. They use building walls as blank canvases for their imagery, and the duo has collaborated to create murals all over the world. El Mac and Renta have very different styles, and have been collaborating the last few years. They combine their artistic forces in a specific way: El Mac creates huge lifelike portraits and Retna, calligraphic brushwork and decoration. The result is striking imagery that is unique and recognizable as theirs. It's not uncommon for street art fans and documentarians to gather to watch the progression of an El Mac and Retna work in progress. El Mac and Retna art feels appropriate for the street because the artists themselves embrace the city streets, the different neighborhoods, and the blend of cultures and backgrounds of the people that fill them. Street art, including the work of El Mac and Retna, also reflects a new attitude about accessibility to art in our environments. "Why not see all the walls painted," says Retna. "Let the Arts Roam!" Created by Joris Debeij & Terence Loos. Music by The Pilots jorisdebeij.com - terenceloos.com - thepilots.nl more portraits @ www.iamlosangeles.com+ More details
Walking into a boxing gym in South Central LA might seem like an intimidating, but “We are trying to be a second home” says Sauchsee Larkins, who runs Broadway Boxing Gym in Watts together with her Father and son. Sauchsee wants to provide a positive environment for the community and wants to keep kids out of the gangs. Sauchsee knows everybody by name and sees herself as a gym mom. She makes sure the kids have something to eat when they come over after school and makes sure that everybody gets along and have respect for each other. The Broadway Boxing Gym has been around for several decades and has had champions like Mickey Rourke over to train. “We are an old school boxing gym’ says Sauchsee. “The most modern thing we have is a treadmill; you have got use your body for all the other stuff.” The gym also has a lot of old-time trainers who have been around for years. Mr. Jesse is one of those trainers who lives and breathes boxing: “This is my heaven”, he says. Jesse Burnett is one of the gym’s champions who grew up in the neighborhood. Jesse used to be in the gangs when he grew up but found a new calling when he started working out and training at the gym. He now works there as a trainer, willing to give back to the community in the best way he knows. The way Sauchsee tells it, boxing is way more than footwork and throwing punches at your opponent. “You got to have respect for your opponent and discipline to become a champion. Lessons who can also be used in life-- therefore boxing is as a lifetime experience.” More portraits @ www.iamlosangeles.com Created by Joris Debeij www.iamlosangeles.com+ More details
Lick - Bad As Luck The first single from their first EP licktheband.com Directed by Joris Debeij As. Director: Madelief Debeij Director of Photography: Tony Montage Director of Photography LA: Nicholas J Reid Color grading: Nicholas J Reid Light department: Freek Ros Produced by: Marjolijn Doktor and Joris Debeij Thanks to: Het Burgerweeshuis, Productiehuis ON, Eykelenkamp, City of Deventer, Boer&Goeroe. The making of vimeo.com/14466274+ More details
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