Estevan Oriol: Capturing Street Life on Photo Tees

by Karmaloop Rep Code

Estevan Oriol is one of the most influential photographers of his generation. Known for his breathtaking depiction of low-rider culture through still photos, Oriol has a gift for capturing the raw essence of life on the streets, which he now shares through a new medium – tee shirts.

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. 

About Estevan Oriol

After working as a bouncer in hip-hop clubs, Oriol got an opportunity to manage Cypress Hill and House of Pain. While on tour with the bands, Oriol would document his road 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 photos have been featured in numerous magazines such as Complex, FHM, GQ, Flaunt, Details, The Fader, Vibe, Rolling Stone, The Source and many more.

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.

Oriol has also become one of the most sought after photographers of celebrities. Eminem, Kim Kardashian, Dennis Hopper, Blink 182, Forest Whitaker, Adrien Brody, Xzibit, and 50 Cent are just some of the faces that have graced Oriol’s lenses.

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Here’s your chance to own a limited edition Estevan Oriol photo tee. Karmaloop is featuring some of the best pieces created by one of the greatest Latino photographers of all time, including the iconic LA Fingers tee. Earn huge savings on your online purchase, just visit to know more.

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