Rose Stencil, Echo Park
Tones, East Hollywood
Aniza Bobisa, East Hollywood
Peace, love and kindness for all.
JR, Echo Park
In Paris, I saw some artists I really wanted to see, like Gregos and Fred le Chevalier, and so many artists I didn’t know, like Konny and Mygalo. But there was also some familiar “faces.” The streets of Los Angeles host a number of Parisian artists.
Kashink, Silver Lake
Though there are a growing number of female street artists, Kashink is one of the original and most recognizable. Kashink’s pieces are wonderfully colorful and depict four eyed men, usually with mustaches. She does murals, and some smaller pieces can be spotted in the Arts District in Downtown. In Silver Lake, you can find Kashink at Sunset and Westerly Terrace.
JR, Echo Park
Los Angeles is one of five cities, and the only US city, to be transformed by JR’s Wrinkles of the City project. Wrinkles of the City is a large scale project where JR photographed elderly residents who have seen the city change through the years, the people represent the city and vice versa. The blown up photographs were pasted seamlessly onto walls in Echo Park and Downtown.
Invader, Highland Park
Invader is all over Paris. It felt like every time I looked up or turned a corner, there was an Invader. Invader makes 8-bit Space Invader characters (along with other pop culture characters) with tiles. When Black Cat took over a laundromat in Silver Lake, they protected their red Invader during renovations, only to remove it after. You can still see the ghost of it on the side of the building. There was another Invader in Silver Lake, but it has been taken down in the last year. Sad! Invader is still up in Echo Park near Dodger Stadium and in Highland Park.
Blek le Rat, Silver Lake
Blek le Rat is one of the original street artists, pioneering stencil work and paving the way for Banksy. The stencils are multi-layered and depict classic art, political and popular figures, and original images with social commentary. Blek le Rat is at Living Room in Silver Lake.
Baron Andre, Los Feliz
André Saraiva aka Baron André isn’t French, but he does call Paris home and has been part of the Parisian street art scene since the late 90′s. His character, Mr. A is a fun, often dancing stick figure with long legs. Its simplicity is part of the genius. Baron André also did a series of concert posters with his fantasy line up (the ones I found included the Beach Boys, Phoenix, Beastie Boys, The Faint and Tame Impala playing the Wiltern). The posters are gone, but two Mr. A’s are at Umami Burger in Los Feliz.
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JR, Echo Park, taken September 1, 2013
JR, Echo Park, taken September 25, 2013
JR, Downtown Los Angeles Arts District, taken August 24, 2013
The scale and detail of these make them quite impressive. It is amazing to have this art on the street, so anyone can see and enjoy it. Thanks, JR.
JR is a French artist and these are from his “Wrinkles of the City” series, which is not only in Los Angeles, but Shanghai and Havana as well, and inspired by Cartagena, Spain- the city, the people and their relationship.
Cache, EyeOne, PinOne, MFD Studios, Echo Park Lake, taken August 8, 2013
I always thought EyeOne’s character was a ninja. And then I learned it is actually a Zapatista. Which is a member of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation in Mexico. They are a group of mostly indigenous people based in the rural parts of Chiapas seeking control over local resources, especially land, but also concerned about basic human rights.
There’s always something new to learn.
Sunset Blvd in Silver Lake and Echo Park, Wheatpaste, taken June 23, 2013
One day there were bunnies everywhere. I noticed a bunch in Silver Lake and then the next day took a walk in Echo Park and found even more. It was if they were multiplying like, uh, rabbits.
While there were bunnies hopping, playing and even mating throughout the area, I found where they originated: on the side of a 99 Cent Store in Echo Park. “Do You Beleave in Magic” accompanied by bunnies, a wolf, a crow and even a top hat and magic wand covered the building. It was a little Halloween magic in the middle of the summer.