Get to know one of in TRAffik’s favorite photographers and creative minds…Gabe Enamorado. Gabe is not only talented in his photography but has reached his peak in the business arena as well. This youthful spirited guy sits down to talk to Brandy (“BB)about picture taking, his design company, and his theory on life. The 22-year old seems to have reached many milestones in his career at a young age giving the world plenty of time to see what the evolution of Gabeone.com will look like in the years to come. The future is looking pretty bright for this young lad.
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BB: When did you start taking pics?
GE: In 2005, with a Sony Cybershot camera. I purchased it to photograph the graffiti work I did. Legally, and illegally.
BB: I know you dabble in different subjects but what is your favorite “thing” to shoot and why?
GE:It definitely has to be cityscapes. Although photographing people is a close tie, there’s something about being alone at 3AM in Downtown Los Angeles that humbles, and soothes me. It was always my way of forgetting my problems.
“…there’s something about being alone at 3am in Downtown Los Angeles that humbles, and soothes me.”
BB: Who or what inspires you?
GE: I feel it’s my close surroundings that inspire me. The music I listen to, family, friends, cycling, women.. Things like that.
BB: If you could work with any celebrity who would it be and why?
GE: To be honest, None. I don’t ever watch TV, and rarely movies.. I hardly know any celebrities’ names, come to think of it. Haha. If anything, I’d love to collaborate with up and coming musicians or artists that I feel are in the same boat as me. I find the people who struggle to become someone in society to be very interesting. I then know, I’m not alone.
BB:What style would you classify you work as being?
GE: It’s very hard for me to say, because my work takes many different forms. I suppose the best way to answer this would be raw, with a very clean, minimalistic approach.
BB: What’s your favorite thing about what you do?
GE: Meeting people! Being involved in projects, and having my schedule filled every day. It gets to the point that I cannot sleep because of how many things I have on my plate. Doing other things besides photography is to blame for that, and I love it.
BB: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
GE: Working from a loft or my own home, running my business. Riding my custom-made bike everyday (one day…) and being happy with my fat cat. Hahah. Not much, but enough for me.
BB:What 3 things can’t you live without?
GE:In order of importance, my loved ones, my camera, and my bike.
BB: Tell us about your business…what does Gabeone offer?
GE: Apart from photography, I also offer Brand Identity/Design for startups, or companies looking to “refresh” their overall look. Print work, and Videography. The Design & Print aspect of my work is what takes on the clean, minimal aesthetics, which I think balances out the raw nature of my Photo & Video work.
BB: What is the meaning of life to you?
GE: Coming from a non-religous background, I believe there is no meaning. I find it almost arrogant for society to think we’re here to serve a purpose. I believe it’s our job to enjoy our time here, while we can. There’s too much beauty in this world to cloud it with worries about where we’re going to end up.
BB If you could go anywhere in the world to photograph where would it be and why?
GE: All over Europe. I’ve been to Italy before, and it was beautiful. The people, the food. Just their culture in general, I find it all fascinating. And the women, let’s not even go there.
BB: Best of advice you have ever got and actually taken it?
GE: “Gabe, you have to make invoices and contracts.” Yup.
BB: Your most fulfilling career moment or time?
GE: February of 2010, I held a photo exhibit with a close peer of mine. We called it “AMBIVALENCE”, due to the fact that our styles are very contrasting. 800 people walked in through the doors in a matter of 4 hours. I believe that was the longest I had gone without sleep too, almost 3.5 days straight. Regardless, a 4 month effort perfectly orchestrated, and far exceeded what I expected. It definitely changed the way I felt about what I could achieve in life.
BB. Any shows/events coming up where people can check out your work?
GE: As of right now, no. I’m knee deep in projects with my peers, not to be selfish or anything. But these projects are full effort and involve nearly every aspect of my work, which I hope will be seen by many in the near future.
BB: Who is your favorite photographer?
GE: I can’t think of photographers or artists that I’m really into. Because, I never really look into them or their work. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing, but for some reason I feel uninterested in doing so. I’m almost anti-art. It’s weird.
BB: What else ya wanna say?
GE: I want to thank everyone that has been, and is currently, in my life. Fortunately enough, I’ve never really had anyone doubt my success, except for me. I also want to thank the people that have screwed me over in the past, because I at least learned a couple of lessons from them. Most of all, a big thanks to the people who gave me stepping stones to get where I am now. There’s a lot left to conquer but hey, I’ve done a lot for only being 22.
Learn more about Gabe and view more of his work at http://gabeone.com
Times are tough for everyone world-wide right now, but it’s always nice to see our friends step outside of themselves every now and then and help others. L.A. based Multeepurpose is doing just that. With their new “Love.Care.Japan” t-shirt collection specifically designed to help keep our good vibes for Japan front and center not just in our thoughts, but on our bodies as well. It’s the equivalent of wearing our philanthropical “hearts on our sleeves.”
The T-Shirts are also set at super-affordable price points with t-shirt variations set at $20 and $15. All proceeds go directly to the Red Cross Japan Relief Fund/efforts. Click here to peruse this special collection or to make a purchase.
If you aren’t familiar with Multeepurpose here is a little background about them (which will let you see why they’re one of our favorite companies located in our backyard …well Downtown L.A.)
“Headquartered and manufactured in Downtown Los Angeles, Multeepurpose represents a revolutionary concept in contemporary fashion by infusing style with social and environmentally conscience philosophies.
Each of their tops has been designed for a specific cause (Humanity, Liberty, Eco, Animal, or Urgent) and donate back to the very cause that inspired them. Multeepurpose’s innovative pvc-free, digital water-based prints give customers something truly unique- no two shirts are the same.”
On a side note: If you prefer to have some food and drink while making your charitable donations, then you might be interested in attending a Japan Relief Fundraiser at Taranoko in Downtown Los Angeles (243 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA 90012) tonight where 30% of the proceeds from the evening will go to the Japan Relief Aid Fund. Multeepurpose VP of Marketing Shana Dysert will be on hand at this event as well.
The Fold, Filter Magazine, Overhead Records & Wild Tonic.com presents…
Our friends of ROBOTANISTS (http://robotanists.com or http://facebook.com/robotanists) will be performing EVERY MONDAY IN FEBRUARY in celebration of the release of their forthcoming NEW ALBUM, PLANS IN PROGRESS (official release date Feb. 15th), and now you have no excuse for not checking them out! If you need further motivation, we’ll be there for at least a couple of the shows checking them out and Del (Deltron3030 and Syffal.com) will be their guest dj tonight!
All shows are free (ages 21 and up) and take place at:
2906 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
If you aren’t familiar with them yet and need a preview, here’s a video preview of their song “On/Off the Ledge” from their forthcoming Plans in Progress and also here’s their video for “Exiled State of Mind” from their last release Shapes and Variations that our other friends Byron Turk (www.byronfever.com) and Jessy Plume (www.jessyplume.com) made for them (shot at Area11) earlier in the year.
Here are their line-ups for the month:
DEATH KIT * http://www.facebook.com/deathkit
TWILIGHT SLEEP * http://www.facebook.com/pages/Twilight-Sleep/14117470125
LANTERNS (San Diego) * http://www.facebook.com/pages/LANTERNS/75570203413
+ Special Guest DJ SHUT YOUR FUCKING FACE AND LISTEN (a.k.a Del LeFevre – check out his new site at http://syffal.com)
+ A live light installation by DAN GRAYSON * http://Yes-Means-Yes.com/
OH DARLING * http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oh-Darling/7935272980
KISSING COUSINS * http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kissing-Cousins/51337431990
+ special guests
LIGHT FM * http://www.facebook.com/lightfm
HANDS * http://www.facebook.com/handssounds
THE SECRET LANGUAGE * http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Secret-Language/142370822482838
Let’s face it. We could all use a little help in the fashion department, whether it be a total make-over, finding the right styles for our body types, or even just help discovering the latest fashion by the next hot designers. Lucky for us the L.A. based Brand Equity Showroom Fashion Agent Brandy Bustamante (“BB”) and NYC based Proper Fools Showroom Fashion Agent Heather Ellis are here to help with Real Fashion for Real People!
Together they continue to show you how to get in touch with your inner TRAffIK Stopping Fashionista!
Today, Fashion Girl Heather tackles the touchy subject of the Men’s “Skinny” Denim trend with The Denim Guy Johnny Pinto!
Well ladies and gents, here we are in 2011 and fashion is as diverse and exciting as ever for both men and women. Men seem to be getting more involved in their look these days, which is great to see–and denim is as strong as ever.
That brings to mind a question… are Skinny Jeans here to stay?
This is going to be divided into two parts because as we all know, fashion trends for men are very different than those for women.
First, let’s talk about MEN.
When looking into trends in denim, the first person who comes to mind is my friend Johnny, a.k.a THE DENIM GUY (check out his site for everything from trend updates to denim reviews at: http://thedenimguy.com/.)
He is a denim expert and sees all the brands before the season starts. He knows what’s trending and what’s coming in upcoming seasons.
Johnny and I discussed “SKINNY JEANS FOR MEN” and this is what was covered:
(FGH = Fashion Girl Heather; TDG = the Denim Guy)
FGH: Fashion is ever changing but some trends seem to hang on longer than others. Do you think skinny jeans for men are here to stay?
TDG: Fashion is ever changing, trends come and go. Some longer than others. So when you ask if I think the “Skinny” for men is staying, I say YES, but we have to understand a few things….. Skinny is in, but men get scared with the word “skinny.” So we tend to call them slim fits.
Skinny/Slim fit denim will stay in trend, but not in the way we think of a 16-year old wearing them. For that extreme skinny look you see some high school kids in, they are literally going into stores and buying girls denim or wearing their sister’s denim. While they are setting the trend, fashion brands are taking that as inspiration and creating something for everyone else to wear, for your average fashionable guy.
We will see 3 new “slims” for men. “Straight Slim,” “Relaxed Slim,” and “Slouchy Skinny/Slim.” All pretty much have more room in the butt and thigh (depending on the guy’s body type), but all will get tighter in the knee and taper at the bottom. Guys want to be on trend but also be comfortable.
FGH: For a guy that wants to be fashionable, but maybe doesn’t feel comfortable in skinny jeans, what would you recommend?
TDG: Well it all depends on what the guy is wearing right now… (more…)
We’ve mentioned our talented friend Laurene Alvarado plenty of times here on our site. If you still aren’t aware of her work, or are only familiar with her work as an amazing make-up artist (check out our features on her here as well as a how to video here) now is your opportunity to check out some of her artwork and representations of many of Hollywood’s most famous names and recognizable faces via her art installation aptly titled “Forever Hollywood.” Check the flier for full details…
With so many things going on this Halloween Weekend, here are a few that we will more than likely be making an appearance at…
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29th
Join the Aquarium of the Pacific as it opens its doors for its Halloween Night Dive.
Enjoy a cocktail and soak in the ambiance while artists, DJs, and bands set the stage for a hauntingly ghoulish engagement. The bat rays will be waiting for you along with over 11,000 animals from mesmerizing jellies and hypnotic sea dragons to awe-inspiring sharks. Costumes are encouraged
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA
Ages: 18 and over
Cost: $11.95 – Aquarium members get in free (click here to purchase tickets)
Musical Performances From:
Bella Novela http://www.facebook.com/bellanovela
The New Fidelity http://www.facebook.com/newfidelity
Thomas PM (ubiquity)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 30TH
Conversation and Screening: David LaChapelle and Josh Azzarella
Saturday, October 30 | 2:00 pm
Celebrate Halloween at the museum with a conversation between photographer David LaChapelle and artist Josh Azzarella, moderated by Edward Robinson, associate curator, Wallis Annenberg Photography Department. The discussion will focus on themes such as imaging celebrity. Includes a screening of Azzarella’s Untitled #100 (Fantasia) (2007-9, 12:06 min.), a haunting investigation of Michael Jackson’s iconic music video Thriller (1983).
Bing Theater | Free, no reservations
Image: Josh Azzarella, still from Untitled #100 (Fantasia)(Detail), 2007–2009, Courtesy the artist and DCKT Contemporary.
Halloween Show Spectacular
The Blue Star (a.k.a – the Boo Star)
2200 E. 15th Street
Los Angeles, CA
Age: All Ages
Time: 9:00 pm
Click here for more info
Musical Performances from:
Plus three trophies to be awarded for best costumes
SUNDAY OCTOBER 31ST …
THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT- An Art Exhibit and Halloween Party!
Grab your best, scariest, and sexiest costumes on Halloween and head to H.Q. Avalon !!!!
HQ Avalon Loft
6000 Avalon Blvd. Suite #2
Los Angeles, CA 90003
Click here for more info
$3 Beer and Wine – CASH BAR ONLY!!!
DJ Rob Free Spinning from 8-12
FEATURED ARTIST :
Including art and film installations from:
Artwork will be for sale by the artists, and there will be LIVE PAINTING by CURT CLENDENIN AUCTIONED OFF AT THE END OF THE EVENING!!! $1 per raffle ticket.