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!
East Hollywood/Silver Lake
Most of the time, I walk. I notice more art that way, can stop and take pictures and feel more connected to my neighborhood (plus, it’s good for you and the environment!).
But, as I was driving home from the pet store, I noticed this on my old block! How exciting for the old street to get some art. Of course, I just had to stop. I alerted my Morley-hunting friend, and she was delighted with his new work and said she was going to stop on the way home too. We brake for art.
Cyrcle, Santa Monica and Madison, taken August 26, 2011
Cyrcle, Santa Monica and Las Palmas, taken October 8, 2013
Cyrcle, Blue Rooster Art Supplies, taken October 22, 2013
Cyrcle’s “Cut it Out” floral gun was one of the first pieces of street art I noticed when I moved to Los Angeles. It was striking, beautiful and the message is one that still needs to be heeded. When a church took over the building, they painted over it. And the church only lasted a few months. When I drive by, I still wish it was there. One of my all-time favorites.