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Exquisite , Savage , Compassionate And Brilliant : APACHE STREETS A What TRIBE Production Directed by Douglas MILES Part 1

Posted on November 14th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

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Me silk-screening at the Douglas Miles’ What Tribe Project exhibition in Los Angeles. Yoemen (Yaqui), Nahuatl, and Tecuexes, all from the Mexican side of the present day US/Mex border.  

“silk-screening at the Douglas Miles’ What Tribe Project exhibition in Los Angeles”

Posted on October 3rd, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

That Ain’t No Revolution Thats Photoshop

Renelle White Buffalo at Self Help Graphics during What Tribe holding a Douglas Miles original stencil.

Posted on September 28th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

MIKE MILLER PHOTO IS WHAT TRIBE

Mike Miller might be one of the best known unknown photographers you’ve never heard of. In the Instagram age with its built-in filters, everyone’s a (supposed) photographer now. This insta-photo phenomenon might make photos accessible but Mike Miller’s photo expertise has been known since the late 80’s for capturing subject matter and captivating viewers. We were honored to have him as one of many featured artists in ” What Tribe” at Self Help Graphics in Los Angeles. His photo “Eazy Does It” with Eazy E posing with Natas Kaupas skateboard is perfect for a show about stereotype(s). The juxtaposition of two disparate “tribal “sub-cultures from Venice to South Central L.A. was a telling take on how prevalent each would eventually become. It was a sly twist on fashion, culture, sports and music media breaking invisible barriers validating and placing youth culture at the forefront.

MIke a California native has been shooting film for fashion, editorial and music for over three decades. His photos are iconic slices of California life along the lines of Craig Stecyk, Glenn Friedman and the more recent photo work of Estevan Oriol. All the photographers mentioned caught musicians, skaters, artists and creatives during early career trajectory. They pioneered capturing culture as it was being made. Later celeb photogs like Larry Clark would attempt emulation of their “less is more” raw style(s).

What is fascinating about the work of Mike Miller are his dark photo stylings mixed with the airy light of California. There is a thin line between the love and hate of the promised land in his work. His photos almost feel created in a vacuum that only Southern Californians can see, hear, know and feel. He seemingly captures L.A. hedonism as it slows down to take a sip of its own gin and juice before hitting backstreet hide outs. Mike Miller saw West Coast hip hop unfold and his classic photos may have even helped shape its visual language as well. Tragically two of Mike’s most iconic subjects, Tupac Shakur and Eazy E, are now deceased.

His self-published, “Michael Miller Photography: West Coast Hip Hop A History In Pictures is a walk down a West Coast
hip hop memory lane. His book is an atypical “who’s who ” of G-Funk luminaries. It’s a testament to any artists struggle, hustle and work ethic as they publish their own work due to lack of art gallery or music label representation. Mike has a few irons in the fire currently. Finishing up edits of his film documentary as well as launching a new multi-media website keep him busy.
Keep your eyes open and don’t sleep because Mike Miller is doing more than just California Dreaming.

Douglas Miles
What Tribe
Curator

Mike Miller & Douglas Miles photo
by JOPEN1 for ieLAvate Mag.

Posted on September 27th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

WHAT TRIBE COMES TO EAST LOS

One of the hottest weeks in L.A. And we felt it. Though we’re from AZ, we still had to acclimate. Maybe we brought heat from Arizona. We were a long way from San Carlos, Salt River and Window Rock but we were with friends. The What Tribe East L.A. show was hosted by Self Help Graphics and curated by Douglas Miles. Our last venue was in Phoenix AZ. Denver University in Colorado kicked off the What Tribe concept in Fall 2012. Now it has traveled to Los Angeles, Boyle Heights East Los to be exact. It was Summers last gasp and the What TRIBE Project co-existed with L.A. heat . Follow now as the all-seeing eye of Eriberto ORIOL documents a small mural project and fun art opening held on Thursday night at Self Help Graphics & Art. We were there for a week.

The What Tribe Art Project is a discussion on the proliferation of stereotypes of Native people and other ” tribes” in media. I wanted to allow artists to create a proactive dialogue, not a reactionary one which we often see via social media. However the show has transformed into a way to bring various ” tribes” together in an unspoken unity to have a greater discussion away from the environs of academia and art institutions that pander to an apathetic mainstream. What Tribe was not about big names, fame or political correctness. It addresses the issue of racist stereotype via constructive positive dialogue with artists in community. It was also (I hoped) an opportunity for emerging artists to work with more established ones in new school fashion.

The show is inherently about tribal self-definition. There’s a long history of institutions attempting to tell or define our “native” story. All artists must endeavor to define their own work. Artists often think someone will do it for them. We voice our unique story through art as we speak for ourselves as Native people, artists, designers, film makers, survivors and creators gifted by the creator, not as victims or tragic icons. We welcome making friends that respect our creative processes. The mural artists were: Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, Vyal Ryes, Renelle White Buffalo and myself, Douglas Miles.

The contributing and featured artists were :

Eriberto Oriol, Mike Miller, Douglas Miles, Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, Micah “Werewulf” Wesley, Joseph M. Sanchez , Jasmin Rosales, Jonathan Nelson, Angel Diaz, Katie Beltran, Avis Charley, Luke Dorsett, Renelle White Buffalo’ Vyal Reyes, Joel ” Rage 1” Garcia, and a mysterious El Fatom .

Via the What Tribe mural project, we wanted to reclaim and reinstate our (Native) images via art in a larger context and format, the City of Angels. As we shared with the diverse L.A. community our perspective from reservation, city and tribal backgrounds, we inform and share our own aesthetic. A unique tribal view is actually missing from one of the largest cities in the world. At the same time we aren’t pandering nor looking for pity from an exclusive art mainstream or society at large. Art always speaks for itself. After having a discussion about cultural appropriation with Vyal Reyes ( Artist-In-Residence S.H.G.) and Evonne Gallardo ( Director of Self Help Graphics) they suggested we also do a wall at Self Help Graphics.

The mural in Boyle Heights at Self Help Graphics is a proactive positive way to bring a visual indigenous aesthetic point of view to a city known for its cultural diversity. Mural art is about becoming part of the community. Murals allow artists to have a larger conversation within a community. Mural art isn’t necessarily about “being seen” as much as it’s about “seeing” the world around you and speaking on it. Like a skater having fun turning the streets into a moving playground, we wanted to become “one with the environment”. As a Native American myself (San Carlos Apache /O’Odham) it was an honor to be invited by friends in Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics (and curate What Tribe) to work in a respected Chicano East Side community with a great tradition of art for tribal people.

Right now I’m looking for other venues, locales, galleries etc. to partner with and would like to see the show travel. In the process of creating, curating and executing the show, I’ve made new friendships and strengthened old ones. I can’t speak for all artists or tribes. No matter where we’re from we have roots and specific social mores unique to our own families/tribes/cultures. Whether Native Californian or Native American, or both, I wanted to show and share similarities we all have. All of us are “tribal” people in some manner.

We all have a lot of work to do in bringing communities, artists, leaders and tribes together around important issues we all face. I figured WHAT TRIBE was a good place to start. Hope you all get to see the show and of course there will be others. Right now I’m busy writing down thoughts on this show and it’s importance to the communities involved. Thank you all artists and friends that helped along the way. It’s only a beginning.

Douglas Miles
WHAT TRIBE Project Artist / Curator

ALL Photos by Eriberto ORIOL

Posted on September 26th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

What Tribe at Self Help Graphics via LA TACO

http://www.lataco.com/taco/rez-douglas-miles

Posted on September 25th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

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From the Rez ~ Interview with Apache Artist & Curator Douglas Miles

What Tribe Project (LA TACO recap) is exhibiting at Self Help Graphicstil October 5th, a definite…

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Probably one of the best interviews to date on Douglas Miles, What Tribe Project and Apache Skateboards from L.A. TACO.

http://www.lataco.com/taco/rez-douglas-miles?fb_source=pubv1

Posted on September 25th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments
WHAT TRIBE MURAL SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

It was Summers last gasp and the the What TRIBE Project co-existed with L.A. heat. Follow now as the all-seeing photographic eye of Eriberto ORIOL documents a small mural project at Self Help Graphics 1300 First street in Boyle Heights. Art in the heart of East L.A. with Renelle White Buffalo , Thomas Breeze Marcus, Vyal Reyes and Douglas Miles.

Art speaks for itself via the What Tribe mural project. After having a discussion about cultural appropriation with Evonne Gallardo ( Director of Self Help Graphics and Vyal Reyes ( Artist-In-Residence/ S.H.G.), they suggested we do a wall at Self Help Graphics. We wanted to reclaim and reinstate unique Native images in a positive manner in a larger context and format, a wall in the City of Angels. At the same time we aren’t pandering nor looking for pity from an exclusive mainstream art society. As we share our aesthetic perspective from reservation, city and tribal backgrounds, we inform and hopefully teach. Our tribal worldview is actually missing from one of the largest and diverse cities in the world, Los Angeles, until now.

The mural in Boyle Heights at Self Help Graphics is a proactive positive way to bring a visual indigenous aesthetic point of view to a city known for its cultural diversity. Mural art is about becoming part of the community. Murals allow artists to have a larger conversation within a community. Mural art isn’t necessarily about “being seen” as much as it’s about “seeing” the world around you and speaking on it. Like a skater having fun turning the streets into a moving playground, we wanted to become “one with the environment”. Being Native American myself (San Carlos Apache /O’Odham) it was an honor to be invited by friends in Los Angeles, Self Help Graphics (and curate What Tribe) to work in a respected Chicano East Side community with a great tradition of art for tribal people.

Douglas Miles
Curator: What Tribe

All photos by Eriberto Oriol.

Posted on September 24th, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

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{{{Regram}}} Caught in a moment between the #art. Meet the work of #Artist & #Curator, #DouglasMiles. One of many pieces on display at #SHG for the #WhatTribeProject #exhibition, that explores Native American imagery, racism and culture. Angelenos, check it out and let the content move you… (before it travels to the next city)! On display @shg1970 until October 5th.

Posted on September 23rd, by APACHE Skateboards in Uncategorized. No Comments

L.A. TACO meets What Tribe and covers the show via Erwin Rencinos photographs.

http://www.lataco.com/taco/tribe-project-self-help-graphics#jp-carousel-57742