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iPopCultura!

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“Mid-Century can be an ambiguous term whether it be 1850s or 1950s and my home is surrounded by those things of the past. A child of the ’60s, teenager of the ’70s, twenty-something of the ’80s—well you get the point, has provided me a wealth of influences that I pull from to create AND design for the 21st Century.” —Brian Torres

 

¡Pop Cultura! is the pseudonym for the individual Brian Torres. But, it is more than that. It is an aesthetic, an attitude and a vehicle to showcase creativity—whether it be Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, Fashion, Cinema, Interior Design, Wine Making, or Craft Beer Brewing, it’s wherever your imagination takes you. 

With its many cultural aspects and influences, California has long been ground zero for American Popular Culture. There is so much going on, many of those creating awe- inspiring and thought-provoking work fall through the cracks. It is the mission of this entity to seek out and find artists and craftsmen who embody the spirit that YOU EXIST,  talent is abundant and endless, and there is so much to share. The spirit of ¡PopCultura!

You know those people in your life who genuinely care about your well being, the ones who always hope the best for you, are happy when you’re happy and sad when you’re sad? My friend Brian Torres is sincerely one of those friends, and I’m blessed to have him (and his beautiful wife) in my life. Not only is he a huge encouragement to me (and never holds back the brutal truth about men and their motives), he’s a brilliant creative and a walking art and pop culture dictionary. He even knows the obscure stuff. (I knew we’d be friends forever when I challenged his knowledge on one of my favorite movies, Phantom of the Paradise. He not only knew the soundtrack, he had seen it at The Fox Theatre when the venue still played films.) Anyway, as an artist himself with impeccable taste, and an avid collector, his recent venture in creating one-of-a-kind, luxury pillows for the home makes perfect sense.

Each piece is hand made with love from pristine, vintage Pendleton wools and branded with old-school car emblems and metal toys like airplanes and cars from the ’50s.    Roadkill Ranch & Boutique is proud to present his iPopCultura! decorative accessory collection during Fullerton’s next Art Walk on Friday, October 7th.

I hope if you live in the area, you’ll stop by and meet Brian. Perhaps you’ll find a pillow that belongs in your space, or perhaps you’ll strike up a cult film conversation. Just don’t talk about The Exorcist, it still haunts him. I’ve promised to hold his hand through the movie this year so he can have a breakthrough and realize how campy it is. In return, he’s promised to walk me down the aisle if I ever get married again. Such a true blue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lia Mercado

We are proud supporters of Fullerton’s Art Walk, and this month marks our 61st art exhibit. Wow! Where does the time go? Art Walk takes place on the first Friday of every month and tonight we are pleased to present the amazing works of local artist Lia Mercado.

This morning we will begin to rearrange the store for the exhibit, take down permanent art, pull out the tea cart (for sips and sweets), and get ready for the artist and her needs. It’s a fun night. We keep the store open until 10pm, and our faithful in-house musician, Guy Nelson, is always outside strumming away for your musical pleasure.

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About the artist:

Lia Jocelin Mercado is a creative professional working in the art industry for over 20 years. She has worked with multiple industries creating and facilitating art production. Throughout the years she has enjoyed learning, teaching art, art production and now looks to expand marketing and creativity through various media.
Currently, as a co owner of Invisible Industries she administers a business that markets and produces media through varied mediums and platforms. She also freelances art design and continues to paint and illustrate to share her fondness of the art form at leisure.
Lia Jocelin Mercado’s previous work experience has created a platform that allows her to focus on what matters most, a human connection. Art is made and can be available to all of us in infinite environments. It is a tool that allows to us grow and connect with others. She looks forward to sharing art in new settings and assisting in its introduction to people as a different way to communicate.

Meet her tonight in person. See you soon.

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Art Skool

 

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During our buy trip to Vegas last week, we met so many incredibly, talented people. As we were scouting the Pool Trade Show, we stumbled across this group of artists from Art Skool Clothing, and were immediately drawn to their charismatic energy and love of art. After bonding over designs, we found out they too are from Orange County, grew up in Anaheim and currently live in Yorba Linda and LA. Such a small world.

The artists take their own original pantings and transfer the images onto fashion T-shirts and totes. The T-shirts are not your basic Tees; they are cropped, slouched, off-the-shoulder and boast beautiful creations. They offer limited runs and the work speaks for itself. It’s such a fresh take on fashion.

And, since we participate in The Fullerton Art Walk every month, we’re trying to “woo” them to make a special guest appearance at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique for one of our shows. After all, they are locals. Wink!

Check out their website for awesome wearable art at http://www.artskoolclothing.com and stay tuned with Roadkill Ranch & Boutique for upcoming info about fashion and the arts.

Pictured left to right is Eric La Barr, Jay Costelo, and Natalie Marie Ames. We love this energetic, passionately, creative team and wish them tons of success.

xo

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Art and Soul

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You’ve heard me promote Art Walk, artists, and musicians for the past 3 years. It’s something we love to be involved with at Roadkill Ranch & Boutique and feel a real sense of purpose. Last Friday was the 3rd annual Art Walk celebration and assembly woman Sharon Quirk presented Fullerton Art Walk and the sponsors with an official certificate of recognition. We were all so happy!

Brian Prince and Jesse La Tour (the two guys on the right) founded the  Art Walk back in 2010 and since then it has grown to more than 30 venues in Fullerton. Heidi and I (the two girls on the left) were proud to be a part of the planning this year and were so stoked when our local newspaper, The Fullerton Observer pressed this front page picture yesterday!

The giant, cut-out, walking men around town signifies an official venue. The Roadkill Girls came up with “Style Junkie”. It took weeks (and a lot of glue) to put to use our collection of heirlooms, broken jewelry and random crap all in the name of “ART”. (A BIG thanks to Barbara Vornholt for her dedication to the project!)

So when you spy this masterpiece outside of the shop, stop in and get your fix of art and fun!

Stay Creative!!!

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Trunk Show

Galeries Lafayette in Paris kicked off the celebration of their holiday window displays with a live elephant dressed in Louis Vuitton swag. The window theme is “The Ball of The Century” and marks the centenary existence of the glass dome store. The window depicts wild and exotic animals surrounding luxury leather goods and designer clothing, while stacks of vintage luggage pays homage to Louis Vuitton’s 158 years of history.

After all of the hoopla and after all of the retail officials gave speeches, the elephant turned on the store’s lights with his trunk.

Wow!!! What a show! (I’m still waiting for the clown and popcorn.)

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