Thursday, January 31, 2013
Perhaps the best part about Nick Walker's stencil art being at such an unusual location is that the kids who play at the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club have the chance to get influenced by the art on the walls.
Like this giant butterfly from Walker, wrapped with ribbons towards the bottom.
Icy & Sot get up on Melrose with a fresh new multi-faceted piece.
The main part of the art is a two person life size wheat paste of a stencil featuring Syrian President Bashar Hafez al-Assad and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad squatting next to each other on the ground.
Then, all over the two men and all around them are little stencils of cockroaches. The cockroaches go everywhere, from the sidewalk to the walls. If you follow the bugs all the way to the corner the cockroaches get traced back to a storm drain. Dig the interaction with how they are climbing on the aptly named graffiti bomb from 'Bugs'.
All under a poster referring to the face of a sucker.
Cool stuff. And watch out in the news. Israel just admitted to bombing inside Syria and Iran has vowed revenge. Hope not, but it seems that World Ward III might be brewing in the Middle East.
Teacher paints an impressive JFK tribute stencil.
The aesthetic used with parallel lines denoting the shading on the face has become Teacher's signature style. What is so impressive if that he does not use a computer to generate this effect. Rather, Teacher creates this stylistic graphic gradient with just his brain powered photoshop.
Check out this video for a glimpse at Teacher's art studio and a look at Teacher's new JFK stencil.
Dig it. Iconic piece~
Maybe its better for so-called vandals to remain on legal walls, like Nick Walker.
After all, the streets are mean and unforgiving. And they are full of haters.
Like this dumpster, with stickers from Hater, Menik, Efue, Bankrupt Slut, Aigo, JTS, Berbs, Arson, Fonze, Daos and more.
What makes a street artist?
Nick Walker is one of the biggest name stencil artist's in the world.
Walker visited Los Angeles in 2012 and put up some of his signature images, including his signature 'Vandal' image of a guy in a suit . . . at the Boys & Girls Club in Santa Monica.
Walker left the word 'Vandal' off of this piece, but it is a humorous juxtaposition to see Walker's commissioned Vandal riding on a legal wall next to some playground equipment and some human size Alvin & the Chipmunks characters.
As for the art, Walker cuts an impressive stencil and this is an interesting piece with a fist in place of the man's face. The work is good, but this piece begs the question--What makes a street artist? Walker is one of the biggest names in the world, yet he has no street cred. Shouldn't a street artist have street cred? Or does that not matter?
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Daytime pics of Teacher's new 'Teach Peace' stencil.
Teacher says that he wanted this piece to look like a first aid kid, so he painted the entire box white for a background.
Also dig the shots with the box in front of the pharmacy advertising flu shots in the background.
Teach peace. It is the cure~
All kinds of cool unique stickers that we haven't seen before on M&F getting stuck up.
Cool slaps from Deny, Nat, Ciphe, MG5, Dancers Collection, Kym, Dissizit, and more. And the one from Paul says 'My Master Would Be Happy With This Spot'.
Stay stuck up!
Daytime pics of Bandit's fresh piece behind Melrose entitled 'Preserving Nature'.
The hand painted and form cut wheat paste features a Native American placing a glass case over a daffodil flower.
Dig how Bandit is hand painting pieces and developing his own signature style.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Teacher issues his response to the recent spate of gun related tragedies with a new street piece entitled 'Teach Peace'.
Teach also released a little video of some live street teachin' being taught.
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M&F has exclusive action shots of Bandit getting up a fresh new paste behind Melrose.
Even though Melrose is not Bandit's home, its becoming his home away from home.
Despite his recent success, Plastic Jesus doesn't stop the street art.
Plastic Jesus hits the streets this morning with a fresh new stencil entitled Fly By Wire. The piece takes a swipe at the problems Boeing has had with its 787 Dreamliner.
Plastic Jesus describes the piece as saying, "The aircraft connects to a power outlet by a cable to overcome the electrical problems that have grounded the aircraft".
Dig it. Stay grounded and stay up!
Just around the corner from Leba's tag on the box, Leba also tagged the building.
M&F rolled by just in time to catch this maintenance man scraping Leba's tag off.
The maintenance man said that the next tenant arrives next week, and that it is a skate shop, not another bank.
The street stencil by Plastic Jesus of Lance Armstrong has been blowing up on the internet, and it has gone viral like the flu! The initial story first broke exclusively on M&F, and you can see the original post HERE.
The piece has since been picked up and blasted out by LA Times, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail & The Sun (two of the biggest newspapers in the UK), Yahoo, KTLA, and LA Weekly.
It has even got so big that Plastic Jesus got a feature piece done by CNN. It is a very cool story with some juicy info about the artist, and M&F got to contribute a few lines. You can check out the CNN article on Plastic Jesus HERE.
Big ups to Plastic Jesus for coming out with a relevant hard hitting piece, and huge congrats on the subsequent hype.
Monday, January 28, 2013
Action shots of Snyder getting set to bloom some street art shrooms in Los Angeles.
If folks wonder why there are so many prep shots with Snyder, its because most of his action is in preparing the work for the streets. The actual application is just the icing on the cake.
Pardon the play on words, but Chod is getting up everywhere, at the moment.
His work can be found all over the streets of LA, and Chod even has art work featured at public interruptions, like this nameplate attached to an ATM at the Beverly Center.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Music has deep roots in promotional street advertising. Music flyers were unofficial street art before there was such a thing as street art.
So M&F always tries to welcome and pay respect to the many music bands who are hustlin' and getting up on the streets.
With that said, there does seem to be a difference between band's no one has heard of trying to make a name, as opposed to big label bands with major corporate backing bringing a campaign to the streets.
Well, there has been a recent wheat paste campaign in Los Angeles that appeared to be from an artist as it was put up unsigned around town. It turns out that the pieces were not straight street art, but a street campaign for big name band 'Bad Religion'. The secret was revealed when M&F Contributor RS70 spotted a billboard with the same imagery as the street campaign riding in Los Angeles.
Thoughts? Is there any difference between up & coming bands vs. big label band's getting up on the streets? Should bands even be getting up?
LA already has a street artist named 2cents. But it looks like NYC has another artist named 2 Cents, and the New York based artist recently paid a visit to Venice Beach.
Riding with some cool shots of an active crane in the background.
M&F contributor Mohamed had the opportune street adventure of coming up on street artist Nomatter Whatness, and catching him in the act.
Mohamed captured some action shots, and as you can see, Nomatter Whatness is getting some help from his lover. This is very cool, because this scene fits perfectly with the theme of Nomatter's art, which often focuses on lovers.
Mohamed also reports that Nomatter Whatness was very generous and hooked him up with one of the street piece's he was putting up. Very cool.
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Interesting double piece from TBD Photography. Both sides feature the same image of a man sleeping on the sidewalk went an awkwardly bent hand. However the one on the left is cropped closer and in full color, while the one on the right is from a further back perspective and in black and white.
Dig this piece which captures and portrays through art the different ways of looking at something.
Stickers getting stuck up in front of the graff walls at Venice Beach.
Slaps from Eat Shit, Aigo 326, Charm, DTL, i4got, YEUP, Blohre, Droser, Meko, Lostc, Bankrupt Slut, Paer, Vecks and more.