If you’ve seen the videos for Gucci Mane x Wiz Khalifa’s “Nothin’ On Ya” or the Davoodi remix of Major Lazer’s “Original Don” feat. Riff Raff, you’ve already seen the glowing, graffiti-covered interior of Freak City L.A. It was actually last summer during the Original Don shoot that I first met Freak City royalty Justin Time and Vally Girl, who, with their space, have somehow managed to both stop the clock in the nineties and also transport the visitor to a time and galaxy far, far away.
If you live in L.A. and you’re still not acquainted with Freak City, you were either in the dark up until this point or you have no interest in underground culture. It’s fine, enjoy your Pinkberry. But if you want to see what it looks like when artists create a world around themselves, and then another world within it, then you should pencil in some time tonight to head to NU Gallery on the ground floor (6363 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles) and check out the Art$HOW opening tonight.
Consisting of works from Justin Time (aka Street Boi), Vally Girl and longtime friend Fresh Derek, the show incorporates the full spectrum of ’90s, Y2K, graffiti, brand reappropriation, net art, war commentary, and abstract painting. Freak City’s moment shows no sign of being over, but that’s no reason to take something special for granted until it becomes a gem buried within the crumbling walls of time, coveted by those who have seen it and forgotten by those who have not. Those who would like to attend can RSVP to NUGalleryLA@gmail.com, or “try their luck at the door”.