LA’s ever-shifting wall-art world

Most of the art I get round to seeing is painted on walls. I love the people who beautify the city I live in with their work.

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A new one. I gather it’s all about peace and love.

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“All you need is the right kind of love”. Don’t I know it. And if it’s out there, it’s out of reach right now. A married friend recently gave me a well-meaning lecture about how hard love was – as if I didn’t know. But I still think life is better with it than without it, and I still believe finding it is sadly, rare.

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Yeah. But do it the right way. I love how you don’t even see the car advert dominating the wall.

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Check out that cell phone that uses the pipe of the building as an aerial. One of my favourites, which I pass almost daily.

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The beautiful Wiltern. I wish I could live inside it. I must go see a band there sometime. Somehow managed to miss Amos Lee when he played.

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On an electricity box opposite the big Wiltern… a little Wiltern. So cute. I hope nobody messes it up.

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A lot of the wall art that survives unscathed over the years does so because it’s high up. But unfortunately nobody’s too high up to hide from capitalism.

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Don’t remember where I took this. It’s so cool.

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Some places need art more than others. I nearly missed this one, just after a burned out building.

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Someone has badly defaced it so it almost blends in with the lost, run down strip of Chrenshaw, with $20 tattoo parlors, pawn shops and 99c stores competing for sparse clients.

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Punch-in: It’s like whoever defaced this with crude, pointless black paint doesn’t realise how what they are doing just underlines what the words are telling them.

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Punch-in: A woman passing saw me looking at it and stopped to talk. “I watched the artist painting this for half an hour,” she said. “The kids who drew all over this should be arrested. That’s what we need. Zero tolerance. I live around here but it’s so dangerous.” Then she crossed the road and I wondered if I’d ever see her again.

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Punch-in: It’s called “The Gift”. Hey whatever you think of what the artist is saying, it’s still something better to think about than what car to buy, or which four letter words to tattoo on your knuckles.

 

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Stencil art is big in Cape Town too. Damn the moron with the purple crayon!

But hey, let’s end with my favorite, of all time, so far unblemished.

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Because in this sometimes lonely city, the writing underneath the angel picture says: We are all angels with one wing. We can only fly holding each other. I also love the paintings on the wall of the Peter Pan Market and 99c Store opposite it.

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2 Responses to “LA’s ever-shifting wall-art world”

  1. thacourtjester Says:

    Looking at these pics make me wanna go buy a couple spray cans and start tagging up my neighbours walls, haha. Nice post!

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