Artist Tones has taken over an alley in East Hollywood and he and other artists change it seasonally and for holidays: Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Halloween, Christmas…
Street artists in the holiday spirit have struck in East Hollywood and Silver Lake to decorate the streets for Christmas.
A group of artists took over a small alley and decked it out with Christmas cheer. Tones’ Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” ushers you into the alley. A few steps in reveals a snowman, presents and Christmas tree.
Self, a great writer and member of CBS crew, styled the lettering like ribbon candy and used candy cane stripes for the fill. Fresh.
A googly eyed Cookie Monster by STP MSK dons a Santa hat and munches a cookie near the end of the wall while a sleigh and falling snowflakes bookend it all.
Not too far away, Tones converted his Dia de los Muertos mural into Jack Skellington and Sally watching over Fountain Ave. Vines growing up the wall were turned into Christmas trees with a little paint for snow and real tinsel, incorporating what was already there into the design.
Where there once was a sugar skull, is now an icy winter vortex surrounded by candy canes, gifts and holly.
Thanks to these artists, we have urban festivity this time of year. Happy holidays!
Risk, Downtown Los Angeles Arts District
CBS Crew, Silver Lake
West Coast Artists x CBS Crew, Sunset Junction
Dame x Retna, Downtown Los Angeles
Blenz, Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Downtown Los Angeles
Dame, Downtown Los Angeles
Myla (of Dabs Myla), Hollywood
Risk x Bio of Tats Cru, Sunset Junction
Duce One, Silver Lake
When I first started noticing street art, it was paste ups and stencils. Graffiti was sort of lost on me since most of the time I couldn’t read it, and growing up in the suburbs, graffiti was associated with gangs…scary! bad! But, that’s not always the case. Writers are artists too.
There is so much style, diversity and imagination that goes into writing. I have to admit, I still can’t read all the graffiti I come across, but that doesn’t take away from appreciating the art form. How can you not admire Risk, Bio, Dame and CBS and Tats Cru as a whole? And this is just in my neighborhood- there is so much more out there!
My new favorite, whom I’ve never actually seen a piece in person, is Gary MSK. And you can imagine my disappoint to learn the legendary Nekst is a Houston native and I never saw any of his work as I grew up there.
Don’t buff, admire.