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James Hubbell Exhibit
James Hubbell Exhibit

James Hubbell is a painter, sculptor and architectural designer who has spent 60 years designing and making buildings, artifacts and fine artworks that reflect a deep passion for the ocean and for earth’s gifts. From Ilan-Lael, his self-made home, studios and foundation in Julian near San Diego, Hubbell has created private and public works, including schools in concert with the community in Tijuana, an organic chapel at Sea Ranch and parks that span the cultures of the Pacific Rim. This is the first comprehensive show on Hubbell ever displayed in Los Angeles. Exhibition graphics by Tornado Creative. Curation by Angela…

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The Shop is Open
The Shop is Open

We recently reopened our online shop featuring collectible titles such as the mother of all Kustom Kulture books, The Art of Von Dutch. A massive, 420-page, 5-color, coffee-table-bustin’, comprehensive catalog of the multi-faceted artist Kenneth “Von Dutch” Howard. Get yours before they’re gone!

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Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder | Get On Board
Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder | Get On Board

The latest release by Nonesuch Records, “Get On Board” is a remake of the original record, GET ON BOARD: THE SONGS OF SONNY TERRY & BROWNIE MCGHEE, by contemporary blues masters, Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder. Percussion by Joachim Cooder. Art Direction by Al Quattrocchi & Jeff Smith of Tornado Creative, Los Angeles, Photography by Abby Ross.

  • Tornado is an F5 on the design scale. Behind the scenes, a whirlwind of activity, leaving a wide range of beautiful work in its wake.
    Tommy SteeleCreative Director & Author
  • I don’t know why they’re called Tornado. They’re fantastically fun, helpful, constructive, creative, and deliver the goods – which is not very tornadish if you ask me. Maybe they want to be dark and mysterious? Ok, I’ll give them that. Tornado - fonts of creativity on-demand AND, by the way, also super dark and mysterious.
    Lauren McMahonHBO
  • True talent, indisputable creative and unfaltering integrity, is what makes Tornado a world class leader. Jeff and Al have fostered a reputation based on their dedication, vision and genuine respect for their craft and their clients.
    Tiffany IinoDisney ABC Network Group
  • It’s a special gift to work with a team who can take the tiniest seed of an idea or a vague sketch of an abstract concept and not just articulate it – but render something that feels like a refined giant step in your own thinking. Al and Jeff have a command of not just their craft, but a deep intuitiveness and sensitivity that confirms their commitment to each client and each project. That’s what fully engaged collaboration should feel like and that’s what they bring – every time.
    Lynell GeorgeJournalist, Writer & Photographer
  • These days, anyone with a computer and some free fonts downloaded from the internet considers himself a designer. That's why I was excited to work with Tornado, because I wanted to work with real designers, people who knew what they were doing. The book they designed, Night of the Tiki, turned out beautifully. The attention to detail and the graphic ideas that Al and Jeff contributed made the book a real stand-out.
    Josh Agle (aka Shag)Artist
  • In working with Jeff and Al, I conjure a smile and good fun. You both bring such authenticity and good design to everything project I present to you. I am lucky, and the legacy of the Helms Bakery is superbly fortunate, to have Tornado on-board. Toot - toot!
    Walter Marks IIIWalter N. Marks, Inc.