Art Locale founders Nick Jansen and Cal McKinley first met in Santa Barbara, where they connected over a mutual passion for local art and California creatives. Though they grew up in separate hometowns, art was a shared factor in both of their backgrounds.
Initially from Orange County, Nick moved to Phoenix and discovered the underground punk scene. Such countercultures sparked his curiosity in the arts. He began creating flashes for stick-and-poke tattoos, motivated by the medium’s inherently corporeal nature. Shortly after his brief stint in Phoenix, he moved to Santa Barbara to be closer to the ocean. Once there, he surrounded himself with creatives and developed a profound love for the burgeoning art community in the city.
Cal is originally from the Bay Area. At a young age, he found success as a video journalist and photographer, traveling across fifty-four countries to immerse himself in various cultures and document his experiences. An online sensation, Cal’s work has been viewed over 50 million times in the four years since he embarked on his journey. Together, they comprise Art Locale, their side project that blossomed into a passion.