Stevio...LA LA Lovin' It?

I'm British-born Chinese from Bristol, UK. I’m LA-based. I’m a hip hop aficionado. After 15 years in London I moved to LA to pursue a new career and outlook on life.

Back in the 80s I was a DJ. In the 90s I contributed to the world's first street style exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum. In 2011, I had my first interviews published. Today, I’m keeping busy with music, art, photos and writing.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

What's all this Parra stuff?

Kirstin told me about this show from Parra, the Dutch illustrator happening in LA. There was an earlier show in Miami for WMC last month, but as I didn't reach tonight was my night!

Ja and I hit Gill's Cuisine of India in downtown LA first for some curry ("half rice, 'alf chips!") before we ventured up to the swanky standard hotel, downtown. All in a good night's shennigans. ;-) That night all the hottest birds in LA fashion set came out and repped! Nice! (The video doesn't do the night justice as I caught the show at the end of the night...) But there was a complete roadblock outside...I eavesdropped on one cute girl saying: "we're going to the Golden Gopher...we've been waiting in line since 7.30pm!"

So Jason headed up to the front, dropped a few words and we got our wristbands sorted. Straight in mofo! ;-) Nobody inside was really into the art, but I was impressed best pieces were sold (Fuk You You Fukin Fuk). I grabbed some signed canvases that were on the Stones Throw DJs record box....whaaat? They were for the public...well, I think they were!? Hahahaa. I think that night Stones Throw got as much love as Parra...

Parra Biography:
"30-year-old Dutch illustrator and designer Parra has decorated the Amsterdam underground with his playful, bizarre graphics that span a broad base of themes, from introspective to audacious and bawdy. The mostly self-taught artist seems to channel a Vintage form with curves, yet with a decidedly modern, post-pop approach. His vibrant images, which feature a distinctive hand-drawn feel, can be seen printed on paper in various exhibitions around the globe, on a flyer for a club near you, on the sleeve of a record, on billboards and silkscreened on tees which has resulted in collaborations with the likes of acclaimed companies Nike, Etnies Plus, Zoo York, Heineken, Nirvana (Book Cover), Stones Throw, The Hundreds & countless others. Parra is represented by the London based agency Big Active. For more information, check out Rockwell Clothing."

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