Laced Soles is an exhibition of custom sneakers bringing for the first time artists from Wilmington, San Pedro, Torrance and Long Beach. This exhibition hinges on the idea of lacing one’s shoe and lacing together a community: the visual arts with the general public. By combining both academic and self-taught artists, we have created a united identity through this exhibition that not only questions, but also reflects. These artists have teamed up with Harbortown Barbershop and Loded — a local custom sneaker shop — to bring a level of extraordinary to the everyday. Utilizing new and vintage sneakers, Los Angeles, Carson, Wilmington, Long Beach, and San Pedro-based artists celebrate the fringes of popular culture through an examination of shoe design ranging from the poetic, pin-stripping bird images of artist Daddy Fonz to the mythical folklore and graffiti-derived images of Autoes’ Reggie the Alligator shoes to the environmentally conscious design by Chris Reynolds’ in his Avocado sneakers.
The idea behind Dub City Tribe was started by 18 -year-old Natus Avila about eight months ago on a bus ride back home to Wilmington. Natus was already break-dancing with friends in and around the streets of Wilmington, but wanted to establish a tight crew. Naturally, the group of friends came together to become Dub City Tribe. This crew not only represents break-dancing, but also incorporates the elements of hip-hop and graffiti art.
Dub City Tribe has five core members which include: Natus Avila, 16-year-old Jupiter Saucedo aka Bionic, 16-year-old Rene Hernandez aka b-boy Remek, 18-year-old Robert White aka Coffee Bean, and the lovely 15-year-old Ali Diaz aka Vixen.
These teens use all elements when it comes to their break-dancing abilities. Music can be heard blasting from a radio or a live drum set creates a raw, musical environment for them to dance. Often times, a crowd of friends and strangers gather to watch and check out their skills. You can catch them on busy corners in Wilmington tearing it up on a mat or even a concrete dance floor. Regardless of where they dance, this crew represents the streets of Wilmington and elements of a real “brutal” dance-style.
Dub City Tribe represent!
Practicing at the Slanguage studio
Check out this video of the Dub City Tribe in action on the corner of Avalon and Anaheim in the city of Wilmington.
Don’t forget to watch them Thursday, Nov. 5th, 7-10pm