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Founded in September 2009 by edgy art duo Johnny Tran and Paul Ecdao, Thumbprint Gallery is the place to be when it comes to discovering and admiring urban art. A move from North Park to La Jolla caused many art lovers to become skeptical as to whether Thumbprint Gallery could survive the transition from urban to urbane in the distinctly high end neighborhood. However, according to Johnny, the transition was quite smooth. Some of their regular visitors were based in La Jolla and the surrounding area, and had opted for the ride to North Park because Thumbprint Gallery was the only exibitor that could provide their unique brands of art. As it turns out, their roots in the art scene had not misled them. Paul says he got into street art long before he met Johnny. "I began producing work not only for the street, but for galleries and alternative art spaces like bars and cafes,” Paul recalls. Johnny, on the other hand, was a resident DJ and art curator at downtown San Diego's Bar Basic, where Paul put on one of his first shows. A few months later, Paul asked Johnny to DJ for a pop-up show, and the rest is history. After that show closed, the building manager inquired about their interest in creating a space all their own within 8Teencenter (now Queen Bee’s), a place where the Thumbprint Gallery’s Showcases for All Things Art Because art i$ Free 62 TAE MAGAZINE

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