Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Another new paster from Bankrupt Slut. This one says 'I used to like street art until your Mom started doing it!'.
This dude flipping the bird and posing in later pictures now lives in the Melrose alley way where this piece is riding along with a fresh graffiti bomb from Poer WLA.
The SYB Graffiti Crew gets up big all over Los Angeles.
Like here. The crew letters going big down the middle with shout outs to Klean Yo Chakras, Movie, Hanos, Newt and DeeJ.
Riding under a giant Love Me roller on Fairfax.
Vyal paints a sick portrait and Crae K4P compliments with some graffiti letters down below.
Then, Jesus came along and spot jacked a name tag to the right. Jesus is such a spot jocker~
Dig the piece. Simple, yet profound with a hand reaching up out of the ground from under the earth of an ebox.
Great attention to detail, like bringing the arm all the way to the ground.
Riding on Fairfax with tags from Sonek and Drop.
The old lady walking her wheelchair in the background just got released out of the hospital, 3 days before this. She was released after having surgery to treat her colon cancer. Since she is homeless, now she has nowhere to go. She was walking the streets trying to gather enough money to pay for a shelter to stay the night. Yes, most homeless shelters cost money these days . . .
The lady looked rough, as one might imagine for one in her condition. But she was well spoken while she explained how there are many more male homeless shelters than female ones, and she was having a hard time finding a place to stay.
It is shameful how America's social safety net has so many holes that there really isn't even a net anymore. Where are our priorities? What good is it spending billions of dollars to fight foreign wars if we can't even take care of our own citizens stateside?
American needs to get its priorities straight. It should not be a nuisance to take care of the homeless, but a badge of pride that our country can take care of all its citizens.
All of this drama playing out in front of a polka dotted 3d heart affixed to the ground in downtown Los Angeles. Everybody needs some love . . .
Stay up, America~
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
The angel of death is always creepy, but wouldn't it be even creepier if the angel of death arrived riding a bike?
Well, here is a mural in downtown LA showing something like that. A gaint collaborative wall with pieces from Uglarworks, Ser LA and more.
Click the jump for 10+ close up pictures
'Birds can fly and birds can sing
But would you trade your hands for wings?'
Beautiful graffiti street portrait. Featuring a baller in a ball cap chillin next to a bird. Painted by Espy DPT ZNC in Korea town.
Dig it. Stay up!
Thrashbird gets up all over Los Angeles. Literally. Anyone who lives in LA or follows M&F will be familiar with Thrashbird's street art. Indeed, Thrashbird arguably gets up more than any other street artist in Los Angeles.
And now, Thrashbird is hosting his first solo art show simply titled A Solo Exhibition. The show opens Friday August 2nd and runs through August 4th at the Park Studios Hollywood. Full details can be found on the flyer.
Another paster from Bankrupt Slut in the Used to Like Street Art series.
This one is well placed on a wall that followers of M&F will recognize. This spot off Melrose is usually blasted with art, but art this time, only Bankrupt Slut is up in an empty doorway with a paster saying 'I used to like street art until street art left the streets'.
M&F first covered some cool graffiti characters from Two Bit on the other side of America around the Wynwood Art Walls of Miami.
And now there is a sick graffiti wall here in Los Angeles riding proud in Silverlake. Not sure where Two Bit is based, but dig the Los Angeles edition!
Bandit is introducing a new series tributing Native American culture. This new piece is dedicated to the Kizh-Gabrieleno band of Indians. Their tribe dates back to before Columbus landed on the Americas. Indeed, these are the first Angelinos.
Bandit's piece is in the Kizh language it means 'my journey, joined together'. This piece is located on Winston Street in downtown Los Angeles, just up the street from Indian Alley.
Stay up, to the 1st Angelinos!
A sticker advertising 'God Pills' up on Fairfax.
M&F pops a couple God Pills every morning. And a couple more before bed (cause its all in our head!). Just kidding. Haven't tried God Pills but if they were around, sounds appealing.
Riding with tags on both sides from Bozoe, who continues getting up all over Los Angeles. Also with Rekto.
Teacher took offense to the 'Boring' pasters going up on eboxes around Los Angeles.
And so, to illustrate that street art is not boring, Teacher painted over the boring in white and added a fresh new stencil of an adult cradling a child.
Dig it. Stay not boring!
Click the jump for before/after pictures
This is an awesome mural from How & Nosm and Dabs Myla. And it just got bombed to the side with a graffiti fill in from HOFK.
Some folks might not like the placement, and some might even call this spot jocking. But the new graffiti piece does go up on the side of the mural, not covering anything.
Beyond that, the illegal graffiti bomb, risking life, limb and imprisonment just to paint that spot, well, it serves as a reminder about the difference between public murals and graffiti. Both share public art space, but the spirit is different.
Sticker saying 'Un Solo Ilegal Paga Mas Taxes Que'. Believe it translates to mean 'I am illegal and I pay more taxes than you' with the General Electric logo underneath.
Its true. With tax holes and tax havens, major corporations are paying less percentage in taxes than the American people. Even the 'illegal' immigrants are paying more than the 'legal' loophole jumping corporations.
Living wages above corporate vacations, and people over profits.
Big sticker combo sign in downtown Los Angeles.
Slaps from Obey, Phylo, Third, TSF, Cryptik, Fuxus, Trek, Shie 47, 455er, Bats, Herse REMC, Abcnt, Vyal One, Icy and Sot and more. Including one hand tagged one that says 'This Sticker is Not a Bite - I Swear!'
Monday, July 29, 2013
A stencil saying Banksy = $$$$ going up on Melrose.
Its kind of true. Banksy is money these days. In fact, his pieces of art are so money that he has single handedly changed the way that the governmental councils in Britain evaluate street art. Because of Banksy, now someone has to evaluate a piece of street art before buffing what could be a valuable piece of history.
Its true. Banksy is money. But like Banksy has said, you don't eat to shit, and people shouldn't create art to get famous, or rich. If you are good at what you are doing, those things will come naturally.
Smog City and Euth absolutely smash the marquee below the Regency Fairfax Cinemas on Beverly.
Each one of these pieces has been screen printed by hand.
Dig it. Grilled like a grilled cheese sandwich. (Hold the mayonnaise~)
Apparently, Bankrupt Slut used to like street art.
With a pair of pasters going up at the intersection of Melrose and Fairfax. One says 'I Used to Like Street Art Until I Met Other Street Artists', and the other one says 'I Used to Like Street Art Until Street Art Left the Streets'.
Also riding with a paster from Phobik saying 'Let's agree to just break our hearts. Yes, a 1000 times yes'.
Blind and Back from the UAO crew get up literally all over Los Angeles.
But the tags left on the streets haven't given many insights into the artists themeselves. But this UAO sticker clearly shows some of the things they dig. Like the Indianapolis Colts, the Angels, and that cool little floating wizard dude from He-Man--what's his name?
Albert Rea composed and painted a 3d wooden panel which he then installed on both sides of the Traction Art Wall in downtown Los Angeles.
Click the jump to check out pics of the first panel featuring imagery with tattoo, nature, and a SW American art themes.
M&F first posted this new mural in Venice a few weeks ago with a feature entitled 'Yarned and Dangerous'. It turns out that our guess was close to the theme, and we just got sent over this information explaining the motivations that went into the piece, the amount of work it took to create the final product, and how the locals themselves got involved in the project.
Dig it. Impressive piece with a message. Check out the information below, and click the jump to scope more pics of this new mural from Ralph Ziman in Venice Beach:
Part of an extensive series of works, this mural deals with
the international arms trade and Africa: a trade that for the
most part only goes in one direction. Into Africa.
I had six Zimbabwean artists use traditional African beads and wire to manufacture several hundred replica bead/guns like AK-47s, as well as
several replica bead/general purpose machine guns (GPMGs), along with the ammunition.
In response to the guns sent into that culture, the mural represents an aesthetic, anti-lethal cultural response, a visual export out of Africa. And the bead/guns themselves, manufactured in Africa, are currently being shipped to the USA and Europe.
This bead/arms project provided six months full time work for half a dozen craftsman who got well deserved break from making wire animals for tourists.
The completed bead/guns were the subject of a photo-shoot in crime ridden downtown Johannesburg. The subjects were the artists who made the guns, several construction workers who happened to witness the shoot, and a member of the South African Police Services who just wanted his picture taken.
The mural is mixed media, wheat paste, dye, acrylic spray-paint and ink on wood. This mural is the first in a series to be put up in LA.
Glad to see the streets step up in support of Trayvon Martin.
Here is another tribute piece. This one is a nameless, unsigned paster, featuring the image of a hoody wearing human with a target over the body.
Like the title says, 'If Wearing a Hoody is a Crime, Then We Are ALL Targets'.
Another piece of street art aimed as a street tribute to Trayvon Martin, the 14 year old who was gunned down on the streets of Florida.
Even though the verdict was released over a week ago, the America's temper and sense of outraged injustice has not diminished. And here is a piece from Streets On Lock showing that Trayvon Martin still has the streets on lock.
Riding at a hot spot on Melrose with Snyder, Bleep Bloop, Homo Riot, Bankrupt Slut, Fonce, Endless, TBD, Thrashbird, Dillon, and a couple of street buffed pieces up top in pink paint.
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Teacher painted a brand new huge stencil to honor Native American Robert Sundance, founder of the Robert Sundance Wellness Center.
This piece was specially selected to be placed in Indian Alley in downtown Los Angeles.
Stay up and stay well!
Plastic Jesus and Teacher collaborated on a new piece entitled 'Credit Trap'.
Featuring a giant, human sized mouse trap and oversized credit cards placed on Melrose.
Haven't we all got trapped in this trap at one point or another?
Vyal One paints some dripping graffiti letters in between a pair of green eyed characters.
The characters look as if they are checking the letters out, and the work is so sick that if the letters had eyes, they would probably be looking right back!
Ramiro Fauve is a talented artist whose day job is hand painting massive public super graphic billboards--the ones that go on buildings. If you've been in LA, you've probably seen Ramiro's work even if you didn't realize it. Ramiro and a team of 5 other painters paints in such an uber-realistic manner, that it looks like a wrap or a print out, even though the entire thing is hand painted.
Here, Ramiro is enjoying some down time, literally and figuratively, painting a beautiful portrait of his dog, a husky, on the sidewalk in LA's downtown Arts District.
Shasta liked the dog picture and kept walking over it. Oops!
Dig the way that Ramiro Fauve paints LA. From the sidewalk to the building tops. Stay up!
Stickers getting dumped in downtown Los Angeles. Slaps from Abcnt, Greedy Bastards, Slay LA, Motel, Soze, Lynk, Skate, Flik One, Gone MOCA, Hie and more.
Including a fun one from Eight Bit showing Jesus on a cross with a television in place of his head, with those color lines like when TV's used to do testing. Its as if to say 'Your Regularly Scheduled Jesus Programming Has Been Interrupted'.
This sticker has a gradient effect, and that, combined with image, give this sticker a crazy optical illusion effect which changes depending on where you are looking at it from.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
This mural comes bearing some characters wrapped up passionate kisses. Sometimes so engaged that the bodies become abstract.
Painted in downtown Los Angeles. Next to a graffiti bombed dumpster from NBR.
Ratso, an LA graffiti legend passed away this week. Here is a moving tribute towards Ratso, written by an artist fan and friend:
Ratso, the “King of Characters.” A Los Angeles graffiti legend, the artist that painted the rat. Max will be remembered by his outgoing personality and boisterous laugh. Talented and skilled in all mediums, he preferred the stock spray can. Graffiti’s foundation originates with people like Max. He defined the graffiti culture and reinforced its meaning and purpose through his constant and perpetual barrage of urban art. Without people like Ratso the graffiti culture and street art would be nothing. He made his impression and will forever be remembered. In honor and memory of Max, The Ratso.