55DSL, the original Italian street wear brand teams up with world-renowned art collector Gino
Joukar’s Toy Art Gallery to bring you the “I Believe in Angeles” t-shirt collection.
Five exceptional Los Angeles based artists reinterpret the iconic 55DSL angel with their out-of-this-
world designs for a release you won’t want to miss.
Available to all true believers this holiday season.
Get them at TAG!
T-shirts created by:
BRANDON RAGNAR JOHNSON
JOHNNY “KMNDZ” RODRIGUEZ
MARK DEAN VECA
Anthony Ausgang is a Pop Surrealist/Low Brow painter and writer who combines street attitude
with his knowledge of art history and contemporary art trends. “Since the meaning of a work of art
is defined by its audience, I just let the trademark psychedelic cats that inhabit my paintings roam
freely and have a good time”, says Ausgang. His paintings have been exhibited in museums and
galleries worldwide but Ausgang lives in Los Angeles, California where his flying saucer recently
Brandon Ragnar Johnson
Artist, designer Ragnar’s work is a visual mash-up of all the things he loves; film noir, fashion
illustration, classic cartoons, the great men’s magazine artists, mid century design and
architecture, punk rock and old Las Vegas. He’s sought out to bring his unique aesthetic to toys, film and television, album covers, housewares and an ever growing list of products.
Fans and collectors continue to snap up his gallery work when he manages to find the time to
make it. More can be seen here: www.ragnarama.com
Johnny “KMNDZ” Rodriquez attributes his success in commercial design as a direct result of
his passion for art. “I didn’t choose a career in visual design. It chose me. Draw, paint, design,
take pictures… it’s what I do and always have done.” KMDNZ is about both the past and the
future. “Anyone who’s ever touched a Mac, knows that the keystroke combination ‘command’ + ’z’
= ‘undo’. After using it day in and day out at work, I started wishing that I had an ‘undo’ action for
everyday life. We’ve all done things that we wished we hadn’t, and said things that we would like to
take back.” www.kmndz.com
Mark Dean Veca
Mark Dean Veca was born in 1963 in Shreveport, Louisiana, and received his BFA in Painting at
Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, where he currently lives and works. His work has been shown
internationally at institutions such as PS1/MOMA, The Drawing Center, The Brooklyn Museum,
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and San Jose Museum of Art. Reviews of Veca’s work
have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times,
Juxtapoz, Artforum, Art in America, and Flash Art. He has received numerous awards including
three New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships, a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, and a
City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellowship. www.markdeanveca.com
He began drawing obsessively at the age of five, inspired by the animations he saw on television,
science fiction movies, and the illustrations on his family’s record covers such as Pink Floyd’s
“The Wall”. Following a disillusive experience with art school, Victor participated in an independent
experimental art collective in Santiago, creating mixed media sculpture and video installations.
Victor moved to Barcelona, Spain in 2004, where he established his painting style with references
to comics. After seeing the Prado Museum in Madrid, particularly Goya’s Black Paintings, he
adopted aspects of classical painting in his work. Working with the legendary Igaupop Gallery until
its closing in 2010, Victor began to show his work internationally. www.victor-castillo.com