Estevan Oriol is one of the most insightful photographers of his generation. Known for breathtaking illustrations of low-rider culture, Oriol now showcases the raw essence of street life on a new medium – tee shirts.
The touring photographer
After working the hip-hop scene as a club bouncer, Oriol got an opportunity to manage music acts Cypress Hill and House of Pain. While on tour with the bands, Oriol would document his outrageous experiences using his camera lens.
Oriol pulls inspiration from the Los Angeles urban gang culture and reflects its sensibilities in his work. The glitzy and gritty sides of Southern California are visible in Oriol’s choice of subject and execution. Whether he’s shooting gang life or a Hollywood star, there is a voice in his work that is distinctly LA bred.
Oriol’s photographic work has been featured in numerous magazines such as Complex, FHM, GQ, Flaunt, Details, The Fader, Vibe, Rolling Stone, The Source and many more.
Estevan Oriol has also become one of the most sought after photographers of celebrities. His studio has featured the likes of Eminem, Kim Kardashian, Dennis Hopper, Blink 182, Forest Whitaker, Adrien Brody, Xzibit, and 50 Cent.
Estevan Oriol clothing line
From photo paper to fabric, Estevan Oriol continues to highlight street life in his work. His tees serve as a catalog of his most famous shots, with his stills as the centerpiece on every shirt.
Oriol’s latest project is “L.A. Woman” – a calendar featuring shots of women from in and around the Los Angeles area, including XXL’s 2009 Eye Candy of the Year, Rosa Acosta; models Justene Jaro, Jeri Lee, Megan Daniels, Rachel Sterling and Erica Ocampo; and TV hosts Emily Rose, Angela Copeland, and Aimee Josellia. The L.A. Woman calendar is limited to only 200 copies.
Estevan Oriol at Karmaloop.com
Here’s your chance to own an authentic Estevan Oriol photo tee! Karmaloop.com is featuring some of the best pieces created by one of the greatest Latino photographers of all time, including L.A. Fingers, Gun Girl, Play Ball, Tastes Like Chicken, Bang Bang, and Happy Endings tees. Clicking here will give you more information.