I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I love Long Beach! My city’s got so much style and flair and plenty of found objects to be discovered, it’s too good to be true at times. OK, let me explain. I was taking a brief but fast-paced stroll in my neighborhood on Saturday morning, headed to the Enterprise Rental Car office on Ocean Boulevard. Long story short, my car gets finicky when I drive it long distances and I needed to get my rental car as soon as possible to drive to my mom’s house in Menifee, drop off my dog, start a load of laundry, change clothes, put on some makeup, drive down to San Diego, pick up my bestie from her dad’s house and make it to my friend Glaiza’s wedding at 2 p.m. that same day. A lot was going on and my mind was racing thinking about all the running around that awaited. As I approached the opening in the alleyway, I looked left-right-left — as I’ve had many a close call with speeding cars zipping through the narrow passageways — only to be stopped in my tracks by a glorious, vibrant, artistic sight. I got an eyeful of one of Dave Van Patten’s newest murals, and all I could do was stop and drink it in. The brotha rocking a serious high-top, Honest Abe Lincoln, the guy rocking a red mullet AND a unicorn horn, the mysterious caped crusader, the punk-rock diva sporting a spiky mohawk, the regal walrus with the monocle and my fave — the sista rocking her natural hair with the confidence that is the epitome of black girl magic (I see a little bit of myself in her, clearly). Click through the slideshow to see the mural in detail! I love that the piece represents people and creatures from all walks of life. It was a sweet reprieve from all the madness, and the whimsy of it all made me smile. I implore you to get out in your neighborhood on foot. Who knows what hidden gems you’ll happen upon.
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