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I Donít Care About Juxtapoz

Pat Ngogo isnít from downtown, heís a pro skateboarder from Venice beach, who also makes art. Yes he doesnt hang at Bar 107 (often) or Peteís but as an LA native he has something to say, and thereís something valuable in his creations.

As a youth, Ngoho rode his skaeboard and associated with the notorious Zboy gang. He is a life-long skateboarder and surfer and expresses this California cult and culture based aesthetic through his art works. Overall Ngoho defies the stereotype, yes heís a skateboarder, but he doesnít spend his time obsessed with outsider galleries, getting tattoos and collecting hooded sweatshirts.

Pat dabbles in abstract painting, digital art and of all things installation work. After being evicted from his Venice Beach studio in 2000, he decided he would commandeer a storm water tunnel in Culver City to create art, and to this day his installations remain. Ngoho, a Venice based autodidact now lives the life many would dream of, travellling the globe as a pro skater and painter.

For as long as just about anyone can remember, there has been a Venice / P.O.P / Dogtown cultural canon. The deeply rooted surf and skate culture inherent to this area is inexorably linked to the artistic undercurrent that has permeated the bloodlines that run through it. From hot rodders and beatniks to lowriders and bohemian psychedelians to punks and gangsters, all have left their marks. At it's base any culturally significant area is driven by creativity, by a mindset that focuses on vanguard ideals and perspectives. Pinstripers, surf shapers, hot rod builders, airbrush masters and the like have all shared the limelight with painters, poets, skateboarders, musicians, and other expression based idealists.

Among these expressive types Pat Ngoho can be found, trailblazing charted and uncharted ground alike via concrete, canvas, and and other mediums. Formative years spent in the undercurrents of the seminal Dogtown era, and the numbered days of Marina Del Rey skatepark, offered the perfect nurturing framework for Ngoho and his developing craft. Peers such as Hosoi, Mike Smith, and other legendary figures were a constant presence, and in those golden years expression was as free as it has ever been. Style was everything, and it could not be bought or sold. Style could also not be taught, it still can't. For those few like Ngoho that possess it, decades deep, it comes naturally, born of a creative mind and soul, with the heart and dedication to back it up. Style. Flow. Creativity. These things come naturally to the gifted. For everyone else, it's a lifelong struggle to find them. In Ngoho's case, it's in the blood, and permeates the immediate vicinity. Locally or globally, it's infectious, and inescapable. Every session, every art show, every party, he's bringing it with him and and it's on.

Written by Craig Stephens

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