By Russell Navarrette
Estevan Oriol and Mister Cartoon, tell their inspiring story of success, chicano and Los Angeles culture, gangsters, tattoos and hip-hop in the profound Netflix documentary “LA Originals.”
Estevan Oriol, director of “LA Originals,” provides film, photos and interviews of how much influence Mister Cartoon and himself had on hip-hop culture and artists, such as Snoop Dogg, 50 Cent, Eminem, Xzibit, Cypress Hill and more.
Their success and road to fame began in the early ’90s. Mister Cartoon started off as a graphic designer for t-shirts and album art covers, and Oriol, a.k.a Steve-O, started off as a photographer and band manager.
Mister Cartoon would also gain enormous recognition amongst celebrities as one of the greatest tattoo artists, and Oriol as an all-time historic photographer.
Authenticity and originality was a major part in their style that makes it so renowned. That authenticity comes from chicano culture, cholos and gangsters, women, cars, drugs and violence.
Photography, tattoos and drawing brought these concepts together to create this underworld cultural art, that is very appealing to the eye.
Mister Cartoon combines different drawing styles that makes his style unique, and Oriol’s vision embraces street-life and realism.
Artists that have either gotten tattoos by Mister Cartoon or a photo taken by Oriol were George Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and Blink-182.All recognize the duo as the greatest at what they do.
Oriol is also credited as the first to capture the iconic image of the finger sign LA.
“LA Originals” is beautifully put together and is a dream work of art, fame, culture and success.
An encouraging and influential film for young Latinos, struggling artists and outcasts who may believe the world has forgotten them.The documentary captures the generations from the ’80s to present.
The world-famous duo has also partnered with companies such as Microsoft, Vans, Stussy, Rockstar Games and Harley Davidson, as well as collaborated on film marketing projects with Fox and Universal.
Mister Cartoon’s and Oriol’s work will forever be part of history, music, film and Mexican culture.