Manta Ray Apparel Opens its Doors:
Carl Lozada, local artist and owner of Manta Ray Apparel, has been a graphic designer for more than 20 years. On his free-time he has been feverishly paint and showing in galleries as a local artist all around Los Angeles, California. He lives and breathes art and the love of his daughter. The first gallery he showed in was La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Hollywood, California. He started with simple means as a semi-starving artist, renting space in Koreatown. In 2009, moved the facility to Long Beach, California, just a short walk to the beach. He thought of the idea to make the company, because he found a need to showcase local artists of the community.
The artist movement in Los Angeles, California has grown and Lowbrow art was formed. In the late 1970’s a populist art movement who’s roots stem from the Los Angeles underground culture. Punk music, comics and hot-rod magazines ruled the streets and lowbrow are was formed. It is also known by another name, Pop-Surreal. Some of the major influences in this art and favorites of Manta Ray Apparel was surrealist such as: Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, and Robert William. We hope you will welcome Manta Ray Apparel to your community.
Where We go from Here?
We are still a small but growing company selling t-shirts, with art made by local artist. With our reputation growing, we have plans on making Racer Tank Tops with local artist’s art. We also have plans to sell our own custom sunglasses and work out clothing.
Where did the Name Come From?
Carl, one night, had a dream. It was to produce a line of apparel with the one idea of using a Manta Ray image on the product. Shortly, after this revelation, Manta Ray Apparel was born. Silk screen t-shirts were made and the company was launched. Manta Rays are sleek and stealth-like. They cut through the water in a fluid motion. They appear and disappear like a shadow over the ocean floor. The body is streamline. One of the most perfect and beautiful creatures of the ocean. Some of the more larger of these creatures reaches the size of 7 meters. They have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large forward-facing mouths.