Earlier this week, I introduced you to an artist by the name of Legit One and today I’m proud to announce he’ll be the first artist we be bring into our soon to be flagship location to headline our first pop up gallery event. The event takes place May 3rd and there’s a reason it’s from 10AM to 12AM but I won’t put too much into this first post, more details coming next week. While Legit One has done a few pop ups before, this is going to be his first solo show and I’m pretty hyped to see what he brings our for this Illicit project. It’s also gonna be the first time our store opens up to the public so you know we got some shit planned…
Special thanks to all the homies that are going contributing to our first event.
Locally, you always hear about the young artists that are out there doing their thing from music to graffiti and just about anything else. For the past year or so, I been seeing this young mans name pop off a lot working with artists, musicians, and brands from Monsta93, the Yacht Klub to Imadri Clothing all while making time to still do his own thing. What exactly is his own thing? I couldn’t really tell so I reached out directly to Romar, Legit One and got some of my questions answered.
I’ve seen some of your work… videos you’ve put out, some paintings, what exactly do you do?
Graffiti artist, painter, cinematographer, photographer, graphic designer. I do everything that involves art. From painting canvas’s or wood to filming a music video, art is everywhere & i want to learn whatever interests me and be good at it. Not only is it fun, but the money is good too!
How long have you been painting for and what are the inspirations behind what got you started?
I’ve been painting for about 6 years. Once i hit high school i wasn’t really into anything other than sneakers, but once i started to explore more and more around my city i noticed a lot of graffiti everywhere. So i started to get into it and seeing all the colors, the styles, & the lifestyle definitely got my attention. First artist that i did my research on and got inspired by was SABER from MSK/AWR crew and from then on i wanted to get my name out there and get big.
What’s been the greatest challenge / lesson learned since starting your journey as an artist?
One of my biggest challenges was getting out of my comfort zone which was graffiti. I wanted to try different things & different materials other than spray paint. Which leads to the biggest step I ever took and that’s CHANGE. I’ve learned that in life you CAN stick to one thing that you love to do, but in order to progress you got to challenge yourself within that category or something completely different and TRY things even if it’s out of your comfort zone. Other than art another could be me quitting smoking, but that’s a whole different story haha.
Of all the pieces and projects you’ve done, which means the most and why?
THE SUICIDE PROJECT.This project is about me being myself and expressing everything on what goes through my head everyday. Although i do express myself through my paintings, this was actually my first time truly EXPRESSING myself which is why this is my all time favorite project. The title says it all. I think about suicide everyday which i don’t do on purpose it just comes to mind at random times, but i think about scenarios mostly. As crazy as it sounds it involves everybody around me including family. From the bloody, gory scenarios to just being selfish and leaving earth because i can’t stand life. Also my favorite part of this project is that it can relate to ANYBODY.
Last question for you, what is some advice you can give to these young artists out here doing their thing tryna get shows and all that?
STAY HUMBLE, Stay motivated, Stay inspired, network, don’t give a fuck about what people say, & most importantly GRIND!
If you’re in downtown LA and have some time to kill, drop by the Bradbury Building on 3rd and Broadway. This building has been around since 1893 and is one of a handful of historic buildings in downtown. It has made an appearance in movies like Blade Runner and 500 Days Of Summer. Visitors can only access the first floor of the building because amazingly, it’s still being used to this day by different businesses.
Across the street is Grand Central Market where you can grab some food after.
Today marks 19 years since we’ve lost one of the earliest pioneers in the rap game, Eazy-E. Through his music and vision as a business man, his timeless work is still appreciated and valued in today’s time.
If you haven’t put two plus two together yet, he was the inspiration behind our Easy Doz It tees. In honor of Eazy-E, we’ve dropped these tees down to $12.00 and for the first 5 people that use this coupon “resteazy”, you’ll get free shipping.
Last week, we got a chance to stop by The Bank Sale’s office to plot a few ideas for the next event this August. With the last show being such a success, the event is now getting pushed to two days and I can guarantee you the staff hasn’t gotten comfortable at all. They’re working hard and the next show is looking like one you don’t want to miss.
One of the dopest parts about building our own brand hasn’t been just seeing our own growth and results, but rather being able to push, promote and work with the all different types of artists and people we really support and fuck with. The progression from their camp has been amazing to witness and it’s about time we did something official. Stay tuned… dd x TBS V coming soon.