Thursday, June 27, 2013

Linkin Park Singer Mike Shinoda Paints Giant Gibson Guitar at Ethos Studio for SSMF

As the much anticipated Sunset Strip Music Festival approaches, Ethos is gearing up to curate the art for the annual event.  This year, artist and musician Mike Shinoda will be headling the show with his band Linkin Park, as well as representing his charity "Music For Relief" to benefit tornado victims in Oklahoma.  

Shinoda is painting a 10 foot Gibson Guitar which will make its debut at Hornburg Jaguar on July 17th along with the other Gibsons also painted by various artists and musicians.  The pieces will then travel to the SSMF and be on display on Sunset Blvd. during the festival.  They will finally make their way to Bonhams & Butterfield to be auctioned for the Music for Relief Charity.

The singer, who says he's been painting longer than he's been involved in music, attended art school in Pasadena.  He told us that even though his music career panned out, he continued on to finish his education and received a Bachelors Degree in Arts.

Although the guitar is still a work in progress, it already shows potential as a great showpiece for appreciating fans.  The Ethos Artist Studio continues to be popular location for great artists in all genres.  Ethos Gallery has taken on the entire festival and will offer a 50 foot mural, another Gibson to be painted live on site, the custom painted entrance way to the festival, and various street art installations around the event.  We will update our blog as the artists are confirmed.

The Sunset Strip Music Festival is August 3, 2013.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Ethos Appointed Arts & Culture Ambassador for Proposed Sustainable Community in LA

Valhalla California is a new organization taking on the challenge of building a green, sustainable, off-the-grid community in the heart of Los Angeles.  "Off the Grid" homes are not connected to the DWP or Gas Co. Instead, they are completely in harmony with the environment and have the ability to sustain themselves.  Each home recycles water, self heats, and uses solar energy...not to mention the communities ability to sustain a "food forest" and grow their own vegetables.

Sustainable communities have been proven successful in places like Oregon, where nature seems to lend itself to such an existence.  According to Valhalla, this conscious way of life is possible in the center of metropolitan areas, and they aim to prove it.                                                                                                                                                 

Ethos has signed on to create an awareness campaign through street art.  Creating murals and installations around the city is the first order of business to reach a large audience and gain grassroots support for this incredible undertaking.

I sat down with Valhalla's Courtney Carter to get the low down on what this new venture is all about.

Ethos:  How did you become associated with the Valhalla movement?

Carter:  I had been feeling fed up with our way of life. It seems as if we are focused on climbing the corporate ladder, and in doing so, few are happy. We become trapped. Most time is spent generating profit for a business, causing care for personal well-being to fall to the wayside. Five days of the week are spent in relative isolation. Fear of a lack of security binds us to this cycle.  I knew this wasn't the future. I felt compelled to take a road trip to New Mexico for Thanksgiving and ended up in Taos. That was where I first saw the Earthship community: a conscious community had already developed, and so few knew about it!   Ideas began to flow from that point forward.

photos of sample green housing

Ethos:  What is Valhalla's main objective for LA?

Carter:  We want the Los Angeles area to see how feasible and affordable it is to make an environmentally harmonious change. Our entire process will be documented and posted online for free. We plan to empower individuals to come together to create a strong community and healthy future. We all share the same city and planet. It is time to treat it with respect to ensure quality of life for future generations. Los Angeles can act as a model of progressive eco-conscious change and influence a positive transformation for the entire nation.

Ethos:  How much will it cost the average person to build a green Valhalla home?

Carter:  The cost of building materials for a (1) 15 foot Eco-Dome with (4) 8 foot bedrooms typically varies between $13-$15,000. This can be built by 3-5 people in a little over a month. 
The cost of materials for a food forest of 85 square meters is about $600, (including irrigation but excluding plants). Once a food forest is established, it requires minimal management. 
The Eco-Dome is sturdier than conventional housing and capable of withstanding natural disasters. It is designed to produce all utilities upon completion. The result is a self-sustainable structure with minimal bills.  
Costs vary by land quality, as each parcel is different.  There are other forms of regenerative housing that have not yet passed building code in LA County because they utilize alternative materials. An additional aspect of our mission is the eventual opportunity for these models to be approved.

Ethos:  What does it mean to be "off the grid" in Los Angeles?

Carter:  You are self-reliant by living off the grid in Los Angeles. Your home feeds you, produces solar or wind energy, recycles rainwater, and regulates room temperature through thermal mass. You have internet and are connected to the community at large. You have taken the initiative to free yourself of many modern-day stressors to focus your energy on what you find is most important.

Ethos:  How can supporters contribute to the Valhalla dream?

Carter: There are various costs associated with forming an influential awareness campaign to create a conscious change. We depend on donations, sponsorship and support from those who share the same vision. This is a team effort!  We also welcome collaboration and creative contribution from all interested in the movement. Everyone can offer their own unique skill-set to aid in its evolution.

 For more info visit

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sneak Preview Phobik Solo Show June 27, 2013

As we await the much anticipated solo exhibition by Los Angeles artist PHOBIK at the Jarritos Pop Up Gallery on Melrose Avenue, we sat down with him to get a preview of what we can expect to see at the "Gods & Angels" show this Thursday night.

1. Why did you choose Gods and Angels for your first solo show? 

Mythology, History, Astrology and the religious beliefs of people have always interested me. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel was one of the first art pieces I can remember catching my eye as a kid. Da Vinci's many religious iconic paintings along with William-Adolphe Bouguereau have always influenced me. Back in elementary school I didn't know art would continue to fascinate me, so now that I've had my practice and became comfortable with what I do, I wanted to do my own representation of Gods and Angels which is something that has always been represented in my art.

2. Why do you think your style of art has been so well-received by the public? 

I paint what I like but I also listen to people and see what they like and I paint it. Not for their gratification at first but for my own. Pushing my creativity and skills to the next level is my goal. If I get it right, the joy that it brings to people is definitely a bonus. I'm glad people like it. Blessed to have followers and fans.

3. Which artist would you most like to collaborate with? 

Common Cents. (street art) 

Alex Ross. (Illustration) 

Salvador Dali. (Everything) 

4. How do you choose the various items you choose to paint on (saws, coasters, etc.) 

It all depends on where I am, I pick stuff off the streets, usually the signs left by construction workers or people that leave big metallic signs or wooden panels etc.  I also choose by what artists I get influenced by. Recently I was influenced by i4got's rat traps and rs70 brushes and 40 oz bottles. Ultimately its an experiment to paint on anything and everything. 

5. What can we expect to see from you in the near future as your art progresses? 

Bigger Walls...Animation...Comic Books. The Rise of "The Soap Co.", a collective I'm a part of  with Felix, MdMn and Look At.

The show, curated by Ethos Gallery will be held at the Jarritos Pop Up Gallery this Thursday, June 27th at 7 p.m.  7020 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles.

Thursday, June 13, 2013







Plastic Jesus is at it again with his bold and artistic messages to the world.  His latest work that went up in the Fame Yard yesterday comments on the irony of sending heavy military forces to create peace.  On instagram @plasticjesus he has even made a list of the countries in which he states "it didn't work".

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Art of Chinese artist Yuan Miao comes to Los Angeles

Ethos Gallery Presents


The Sacred Art of Yuan Miao

Please join us to celebrate the art of
Yuan Miao, showcasing new, original
Shakti Paintings created with natural
elements from the oceans and deserts
of Mexico, and an exquisite selection
of limited edition prints.
Also on display will be a selection of
fine art Yantras created with strands of
Yuan Miao’s own hair.
Experience the Transmission
of Universal Truth through Yantras
A precious “hair-stitched Yantra” transcends
religion, country and culture, transmitting dakini
teachings through every strand of hair, and
expressing the devotion of each hand that has
touched it. This unbroken chain connects those
who view the image to a wellspring of maternal
energy direct from the universal source. It
exudes intrinsic benefits of both blessing and healing power.

Aug. 23 – Sept. 12, 2013
Ethos Gallery
7763 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
More information: 949-400-8124

Artist Reception
Thursday, August 22
7 – 10 p.m. (Free)

Two-Day Workshop:
Saturday, Aug. 24
11:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
“The Radiant Blue Pearl: Healing Yourself from Within”
Sunday, Aug. 25
11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
“Guidance from Guan Yin: An Empowerment”
$250.00 per person for both days

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Ethos presents Fundraiser and Art Show for Fire Victims June 22, 2013 at Jarritos Pop Up Gallery

Ethos Gallery presents an art show and fundraiser for fire victim Kelly Reyes and her family Armando Reyes and Armando Reyes Jr. on June 22, 2013 at Jarritos Pop Up Gallery at 7020 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles.

Hosted by:  Ethos Gallery, Street Art Sanctuary, Jennifer Korsen

Featuring art by:

Cryptik, Risk, Slick, Sebastian Walker, Gregory Siff, Phobik, Plastic God, Plastic Jesus, Jennifer Korsen, Adam Roth, Random Act, Animal In Man, Anna Drumm, Annie Preece, Benjamin Alejandro, Booleep, BleepBloop, Ben Snyder, Ciphe, Common Cents, Desire Obtain Cherish, Dillon, Dirt Cobain, Dub Williams, Earl Lee, Hannah Streety, Holis Hart, Icy and Sot, Jamie Becker, Jose Castillo, Leba, Look At, Lydia Emily, Madman, Mona, Never Lego, Nick Bates, Noah Emhurt, Nuskr, Pasty Whyte, RS70, Samir Evol, Septerhed, Shadow Monster Bear, Teacher, Thefl, There She Is, Tommy Face, Vyal One, You killed me first, ZLA

Our dear friend and street art connoisseur Kelly Reyes and her family suffered a fire that completely destroyed their home.  They lost all their possessions.  Her young son, Armando, lost all of his toys and they have been staying at a Red Cross shelter until they can afford a new home.  Their pets have been taken to a shelter.  They are in desperate need of help in order to replace the basic necessities they need to get on with their lives.

Armando Reyes

Ethos Gallery will host an art show to raise funds for the family along with the art community.  We are overwhelmed by the support of everyone who is donating art, time, and money to get this family back on their feet.  Kelly Reyes is an outstanding member of the street art community and dedicates most of her time to support artists.  She has been photographing street art in the neighborhood free of charge for local blogs to help promote the art that she loves so much.  Her camera was destroyed, along with her precious art collection.

Please help us spread the word to bring the community together and raise enough money to get the Reyes family a place to live.   Help us give back to a girl who has given us so much.
The art will be priced to sell so don’t miss this rare opportunity to buy for a great cause.

For more information contact or

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Phobik continues to be an Ethos best seller with his unique style of art and beautiful attention to detail.  He sold so much at our opening reception, we asked him to reload the gallery to get us through to the end of the exhibition.  His audience, we've noticed, is a broad range of art lovers.  Girls gravitated toward these birds, sleeping animals, and beautiful Asian pieces....

And the guys bought his spray cans and super heros...

Phobiks upcoming solo show entitled "Gods and Angels" will be based on Mythology.  You can be sure he will have something for everyone.  Don't miss his first solo show.

Gods & Angels
June 27, 2013
Jarritos Pop Up Gallery 7020 Melrose Avenue, LA

Sebastian Walker New Mural in Fame Yard

French artist Sebastian Walker has been working on this latest gem in the outdoor Fame Yard.  Walker, who recently participated in a gallery show at Ethos, nonchalantly took our piece book home to create a pen drawing for us.  We were so blown away by what he did, he earned himself a wall.

Art like this should really be big.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

6th Grade Street Artist posts art around school

A sixth grade student who was inspired by her parent's street art collection has been making statements at her school with her own brand of street art.  This piece entitled "Plastic Lock Down" was inspired by her school's lock down drills intended to help prepare students for an intruder on campus.  Nowadays, schools at every level are becoming conscious of the need to educate and protect students in the event of a dangerous encounter.

The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, feels that the lock down drills are only creating intense fear and panic among the kids only to find out it is merely a practice drill.  "Plastic lock down" is a message meant to express her feelings about being subjected to a fear that is in her opinion, not real. 

Although I support the drills and feel they are unfortunate but necessary these days, I also support her opinion and applaud her for expressing herself.  Stay Up!