Estevan Oriol‘s contribution to North American and world street culture is such that it’s impossible to mention “Los Angeles” without thinking of his emblematic photographs. Far beyond documenting the lives of lowriders and gangs, his body of work has helped to shape the aesthetics of West Coast hip hop and its inevitable link to graffiti.
12 years after the release of the MTN Limited Edition designed by Mr. Cartoon, we are proud to present this new collectors’ item from the hand of a figure central to the image of urban culture in Los Angeles as we know it today.
“Estevan Oriol is an internationally celebrated photographer and director. Beginning his career as a club bouncer-turned-tour manager for popular Los Angeles-based groups Cypress Hill and House of Pain, Oriol developed his passion for photography while traveling the world. With an influential nudge and old camera from his father, photographer Eriberto Oriol, he began documenting life on the road. Today, Oriol is world-renowned for his signature portraits of athletes, artists and musicians, as well as Latino, urban, gang, tattoo and counterculture lifestyles. The ring-clad “L.A. Fingers” photo he took in 1995 that was once rejected by magazines for being too “gang affiliated” pervades an archetypal Los Angeles image.”