ComplexCon, the annual, two-day music, art and fashion event that attracts adherents from around the country/world, opened at the Long Beach Convention Center, Saturday, Nov. 2
Known as a destination for famous and forward-thinking brands and artists from across the globe, the first day of this year’s event featured performances by rappers Kid Cudi and Lil Kim. There’s no shortage of games, goodies and influencers at ComplexCon, there’s even a skateboard arena!
The event continues Sunday, Nov. 3 until 8 p.m with a live episode of the popular YouTube series “Hot Ones,” as well as a performance by rapper Anderson .Paak as well as some surprise musical guests. For more information, click here.
Here’s how Day One looked.
Guests began to walk in mass into ComplexCon at 11 a.m., though some were in line by 9 a.m. Photo by Carlos Villicana.
Jose Elizondo walks winged Adidas by Jeremy Scott, autographed by Kid Cudi around the time of Cudi’s rehabilitation. Photo by M.Smith.
Twins Warner Watkins (left) and Waverly Watkins (right) pose next to a mannequin wearing a Brownstone “readymade” exclusively at ComplexCon. Browstone is a cut and sew brand featuring, “readymades,” prints made on blank clothing. Photo by M.Smith.
Sarah Nguyen does nail art at ComplexCon as a part of the UGLY booth, which stands for “U Gotta Love Yourself.” Photo by M.Smith.
“This is my creativity,” said Charly Harris of Long Beach. Harris calls his clothing items a canvas, often reusing the same items multiple times because those were what he could afford. Photo by Carlos Villicana.
Artist K. Yee of Yeenjoy displayed incense burners and blue Chinese ceramic planters. Photo by M.Smith
Rapper Lil Pump walks through the floor at ComplexCon. Photo by M.Smith.
Graffiti artist and flower arranger, Mr. Flower Fantastic trims the stem of a flower as guests below him take photos of his arrangement. Photo by M.Smith
Brenda Equihua completes a sale at her makeshift carniceria, where she sells clothing inspired by her Mexican heritage. Her clothing captures the essence of the Mexican blanket in fashion form with prints of roses and the Virgin Mary. Photo by M.Smith.
Los Angeles residents Jesse Oceguedo (left) and Josie Flores said they came to ComplexCon to show off their jackets, designed by Oceguedo. Photo by Carlos Villicana.
Sheila Hercules (left) and Yuritzi Mora pose. Photo by Carlos Villicana.
Eddie Ruiz of Bakersfield said he attended ComplexCon to watch Kid Cudi perform. Contrary to what his shirt says, Ruiz felt excited. “Hell no man, this is my happy place,” he said. Photo by Carlos Villicana.