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Have you heard the one about the L.A. Christmas lights? It goes like this: The whole city is aglow like Candy Cane Lane. Thousands of red tail lights make you squint on the freeways. Hundreds of white — and frustratingly, blue — high beams fill in for the nonexistent street lamps on so-called “quiet” blocks. The nightly commute is brilliant in its composition. The best part? In January, the decorations don’t come down.

The city is in a constant state of congestion. We yearn for a brief hiatus, but distrust it even when it comes. It’s not just you: Even Google seems genuinely confused. On one of the biggest travel days of the year, LAX to Silver Lake clocked in at a whopping half-hour, contrary to the ETA on the algo. The next evening, the navigation was baffled again: Hollywood and Highland appeared clear on the apps when, in fact, it was at a complete standstill in all directions. Could it be that these aren’t isolated incidents? They never are, the traffic truthers insist. Suspicions of big data behavioral analysis studies notwithstanding, it does feel like we are listening to the tune of the irrational. We’re playing too many games on our phones.

Or maybe something else is afoot. Your stepdads and tías in the SGV have long insisted they know the streets better than a system that hasn’t been around longer than Gen Z. Every holiday, they get their best Jamie and Jada cosplay on. Intuition might save a few minutes. But when it doesn’t go their way, even the true believers must admit there are forces beyond their control.

We’ve grown so accustomed to life between these two poles of the inevitable that we often preemptively decide to repress our desire to move. We have places to be but ample reasons to cat. We live to get where we’re going, but dread the parking. We heat-check the drip and it becomes its own reason not to make moves. We check the forecast or get an inkling that there is traffic and we decide to order in.

It wasn’t always this way. The truth — in our most earnest Hotep voice — is that we were once kings and queens of getting active. Open up your third eye, and you'll realize: The process of transporting ourselves from one place to another doesn’t have to be so passive. We could return to being conveyances that fly.

And lo, we present “Conveyance.” Issue 24 — our final issue of Year 3 — is an attempt to help you remember that you can just get up and go. Don’t overthink it. Just keep turning pages. The people we’ve assembled are conveyances here to take you on a journey. Terrace Martin has a story to tell you about his life before and after Sounds of Crenshaw. Briana King, Junior and Robert Neal take you over the fence and inside the L.A. skate scene’s not-so-secret community center: the schoolyard. We’ve also thrown in a few trips down memory lane —to the boxing gym and the red carpet (Hi, Julissa James!) — for good measure. Make sure to stop in front of the step-and-repeat on your way in; Daniel Roseberry is in town and has some fits on deck.

A conveyance gets us from Point A to Point B. Sometimes that’s a literal vehicle — say, a skateboard. Other times, it’s more of a metaphorical vessel. There are many means of being transported. The mode is besides the point. What matters is a willingness to move. Under the bright lights you can be frozen goods. Or you can push into the sunset. “Conveyance” is the energy we on headed into 2024.


Ian F. Blair
Editor in Chief


Image logo by Ivan Alvarado For The Times


The L.A. playground is where skaters give shape to the divine

The L.A. playground is where skaters give shape to the divine

The schoolyard is where artists on wheels come together to make work and support each other. It’s a physical testament to the communal ethos of the city’s art scene  Read the story  ?  
Terrace Martin is just trying to paint Crenshaw’s circle of love back into the world

Terrace Martin is just trying to paint Crenshaw’s circle of love back into the world

“I’m all about making little Black kids feel good about life. I want to give them something to look forward to, something to dream for, something they can get involved in, grow with and become.”  Read the story  ?  
A lot of sports love a runway. But a boxing outfit says you’re ready for anything

A lot of sports love a runway. But a boxing outfit says you’re ready for anything

If you’re going to put on a performance, you need a costume. Getting ready for the big fight is the ultimate exercise in anticipation and aesthetics  Read the story  ?  
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Frutas is hard proof that we were sick AF

Frutas is hard proof that we were sick AF

Bibs Moreno’s project captures people in L.A. in their natural luminosity. The magazine — much like its cousin Fruits, which documented style and subculture in Tokyo — is a sensory world of aesthetic celebration  Read the story  ?  
We live to flex in front of the step-and-repeat

We live to flex in front of the step-and-repeat

There is something honest about it: The backdrop says, “Perceive me, I beg you.” Schiaparelli speaks this same language  Read the story  ?  
Salem Mitchell has the aura that stays with you

Salem Mitchell has the aura that stays with you

As a model, she is recognized instantaneously by her look. But her vibe will always be making art with, and supporting, the creative communities she’s a part of in L.A.  Read the story  ?  
You could subscribe to holiday gift-giving. Or you can move different like Goth Shakira

You could subscribe to holiday gift-giving. Or you can move different like Goth Shakira

The digital director for i am Other/Pharrell Williams Inc. is known for their sharp observations of the world around us and worlds beyond us. The rest of us just want to follow along  Read the story  ?  
Celina Rodriguez can show you how to bring a close-read quality to everything you do

Celina Rodriguez can show you how to bring a close-read quality to everything you do

The creative director’s ability to connect with the familiar while flipping expectations and leaning into contrast is the thing the world can’t look away from  Read the story  ??  
If you see ‘Holy’ on the shirt, you’ve been touched by New Bedstuy

If you see ‘Holy’ on the shirt, you’ve been touched by New Bedstuy

A certain kind of person is drawn to Johnnie Davis’ brand known for its renegade spirit. A person looking for a vibe that’s wearable with an air of excitement  Read the story  ?  
A Bailey Prado piece feels like it was made by someone who loves you

A Bailey Prado piece feels like it was made by someone who loves you

The Bailey Prado designer is known for handmade crochet used for matching sets, rhinestone cut-out pants, playsuits, envelope bras and airbrushed gowns  Read the story  ?  
Plush is a hand-made, high-pile rug with a politic

Plush is a hand-made, high-pile rug with a politic

Angela Anh Nguyen’s “Where do we go from here?” is a rumination on getting around in the city — subconsciously and philosophically, but also physically  Read the story  ??  
9 launches in L.A. that will keep the holiday drip edging toward overdrive

9 launches in L.A. that will keep the holiday drip edging toward overdrive

From Slauson Saturdays powered by Supervsn to Betye Saar at the Huntington, the Drip Index can keep you fashionable this season  Read the story  ?  

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