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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