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Found Objects: Street Art in Long Beach, DTLA and Beyond

August 22, 2017

Saddle up, because this Found Objects is ripe with beauty from LA, the LBC and beyond. If you look really closely in the first photo with that epically brilliant “Bloom” mural, you’ll see a teeny-tiny speck. That would be me! That should give you a sense of the magnitude of this piece. There are so many things to appreciate here, but I’m especially fond of the way the letters emerge from the background of intricately designed flowers. It all combines to make an amazing, massive statement. Its simple message, “Bloom,” was a call to action. It’s as if the wall spoke to me directly, like “Girl, you better go forth and thrive!” Seeing this mural put a little spring in my step (see what I did there?) and legitimately brightened my day. And off I went traipsing through Downtown Los Angeles with my pals. Shouts to Dennis for capturing me and this momentous mural.

Up next is a mobile mural of sorts: This piece on the side of a moving truck that could very well double as someone’s makeshift apartment — it is Venice, after all. There’s something about the eyes that always hook me in when I spot this truck. The freckles framing the eyes, the imperfectly perfect eyebrows and the facial tattoos speak of a life, well, lived. This is the face of a woman with a story to tell, and I want to hear all about it. Which leads me to another quirky piece, but this one made me chuckle. I was running late for a show at NerdMelt Comics’ NerdMelt Showroom in Hollywood (brief promo for “Smart, Funny & Black” with comedian-actress Amanda Seales) when this little number peeked out and said hello: “When life gives you lemons, order pizza” because ZA IS LIFE! The artist, WRDSMTH, is quite prolific, as I’ve seen his (assuming it’s a man, but it could very well be a lady) work all across the City of Angels.

We end this artistic tour in the city where I lay my head: Long Beach. This photo was captured on my birthday after a wonderful jaunt on Catalina Island. I was with my guy, Dash, and he wanted to take me for another celebratory drink at a hole-in-the-wall dive downtown. As we approached the bar, we were treated to this shot of inspiration. I’m not sure what it all means but it’s giving me Shephard Fairey-Obey vibes.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Long Beach and Venice

June 20, 2017

These Found Objects are little jewels — very distinct pieces of street art — that I discovered while strolling through Long Beach, where I live, and Venice, where I work. The first piece is a burst of color by artist T. Schubert spotted in a Venice Beach alleyway. It wasn’t far from the second piece, which to me is a bird in chaos, its wings creating a frenzied flurry of lines and colors. Meanwhile in Long Beach, a couple of artists seized the opportunity to create something magical from a pile of rubble around the abandoned World of Books building in the downtown area. This one is especially dear to me because I casually observed it come to life over a couple days, as I waited at the light where the piece was being created on my morning commute. Harold and Herman are the names I’ve given these hardworking monsters that command attention at the corner of Third Street and Long Beach Boulevard. I happened upon the remaining two pieces while walking my dog. I could see them peeking through the alleyways. When I stopped to take a closer look, I was greeted by these elaborate shapes, patterns and hues. It’s amazing the objects you find while getting out in your neighborhood.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Venice

January 30, 2017

Since starting work in Venice this past October, I must say that it is chock full of visual treats. Click through the slideshow to see some of the pieces that caught my eye while strolling through the zany beachside town. For starters, this brown-and-white pitbull puppy that adorns the wall of this apartment building is the absolute cutest. Doesn’t he look like an Oscar or a Brutus? I can just hear him panting and see his tail wagging. That big ol’ boy! The Monarch butterflies bring an element of surprise and delight to this quintessentially Californian mural. Another iconic piece is this striking mural that pays tribute to the late Teena Marie, who is gone far too soon but forever in our hearts. Here, Lady T stands tall with her psychedelic-colored guitar and showy purple, velvet thigh-high boots. This mural is extra epic because the neck of the guitar actually hangs off the building. Way to break down walls, just like the Ivory Queen of Soul did! I wonder if the artist had the same thing in mind as I did. Lastly, these chubby, grey gorillas, created by artist Isabelle Alford-Lago, are almost a trademark of Venice, as the lovable animals, often seen in pairs or solo throughout the city, are like Easter eggs. Their faces reveal so much personality. I predict finding more of these gorillas and documenting them as Found Objects here soon.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Long Beach

October 11, 2016

The street art that I spotted while recently gallivanting through Long Beach has been nothing short of amazing. Click through the slideshow to see some of the work that made me stop and smell the roses, so to speak. First up, the African girl gave me so much life! It was positioned right next to the massive alley mural I blogged about in the last Found Objects post, yet it was the true star. The subject just peers deep into your soul with her longing, mysterious eyes. She has a story to tell — that’s for sure. The piece with the boy looking through the window definitely made me do a double-take on first glance. It’s as if this larger-than-life kid is entranced by what he’s viewing on the other side of that wall. Lost in thought, he gazes with his hand propping up his pants. Meanwhile, down at the Del Amo Swapmeet is this dope mural celebrating the lives of two of hip-hop’s royalty: the late Nate Dogg and Eazy E.

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Found Objects: Hidden Alleyway Mural in Downtown Long Beach

September 27, 2016

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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Found Objects: Street Art from NorCal and SoCal

August 9, 2016

James Reka, I like your style. That’s the uber-talented Australian artist behind the first of three Found Objects in this mini Cali street art round-up. My bestie and I set off on foot for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art last month, and along the way, I became transfixed by the vibrant, giant peace sign beckoning me to have a moment of zen from on high. I’m a huge fan of the use of color and the minute details, such as what appears to be an eye on the thumb nail.

See the other pieces that I happened upon in SoCal after the jump!

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Found Objects: Stained Glass in Alexandria, Virginia 

June 9, 2016

No doubt, seeing something that you haven’t seen in a while brings back a sudden flood of memories and an appreciation — a nostalgia even — for that said “something.” The last time that phenomenon occurred was a couple weekends ago, when I was in Alexandria, Virginia, for my friend Andrea’s wedding. This Found Objects post is dedicated to the magical, stunning stained glass I happened upon in St. Louis Catholic Church, where she was to get married. As somewhat of a church girl growing up, seeing stained glass has always made me feel a fondness and familiarity. It reminds me of pews and pews of people gathered around the message of Christ, and the times me and my brother went to Sunday school on Sunday mornings in Detroit during the summer with Miss Freda, and how my granddad Freddy would always take us to get donuts from the shop up the street afterward. It reminds me of Easter speeches and church clothes, especially the shiny, black patent-leather Mary Janes with the white, frilly socks, and the flouncy pink dresses that danced with every step I took. It reminds me of choirs and ushers and preachers and shouting and praising. It reminds me of home.

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Found Objects: Interesting Signage in Long Beach and Beyond

May 24, 2016

I know I’ve chronicled lots of murals and street art here, but one thing worthy of coverage is the equally eye-catching signs found all over Long Beach, Los Angeles and beyond. In this Found Objects post, I feature some of the aesthetically pleasing pieces of signage I’ve encountered.

First, let me start at home in Long Beach. This warning sign (literally and figuratively) puts it out there that the Del Amo Swapmeet is in no way, shape or form responsible for vehicle theft or damage. No big deal and reasonable when you think about it. But what made this sign extra special for me is the “Jesus Saves” sticker slapped on the sign’s top left corner. It’s amusing because it’s almost like the sign is an admonition that God is watching (a.k.a. Don’t be a horrible person and take things that don’t belong to you! But if you do break some laws, He can forgive you and save you from your unrighteousness). Great stuff!

See more of the interesting signage that struck my fancy after the jump!

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Found Objects: Things Spotted Out in These Streets — Highland Park and Long Beach Edition

April 14, 2016

This Found Objects features some of the sights that I happened upon while out in the lively streets of Highland Park and Long Beach. Confession: This was the first time I’d ever set foot in that neighborhood, which is super close to Eagle Rock. I was out that way for a paper sale. Nerd alert! One of the designers I follow on Instagram was having a sample sale, so my mom, who also is a paper enthusiast (the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!), came to visit so we could get some steals. We did, but the sale was way smaller than we expected so we had nothing but time on our hands. We walked York Boulevard and were bombarded with interesting visuals. My favorite was the “Gremlins” mural tucked away in an alleyway so secluded that you could miss it if your head was in your phone. Meanwhile, in Long Beach, I spotted this vibrant melting ice cream cone and another sidewalk sign that made me chuckle. Click through the slideshow to see all the gems.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Santa Monica

March 22, 2016

Guys, Santa Monica is where it’s at! And by “it” I mean street art. The more I get out and about in Santa Monica, the more and more I discover hidden (and not so hidden) gems like the ones in this post. Click through the slideshow to view some pretty stunning pieces of street art in Santa Monica.

The Honest Abe piece has long been a towering presence on, where else?, Lincoln Boulevard. I had always seen this mural of the 16th President of the United States while driving, but I recently found myself in the area with some time to kill, so I took a nice little stroll down the block to see this gem up close. This time-honored Abraham Lincoln quote reads: “Most folks are as happy as they up their minds to be.” And it’s so true. Damn, Abe! Back at it again with the words of wisdom. The good people at Beautify Earth are responsible for this and the colorful piece that follows. That one reminds me of something you’d find inscribed in a totem pole in along the Pacific Northwest. The other two works are just plain lovely, spotted at random. A burst of vibrancy that reminds me of a circus, for some reason, and a concrete rose. I adore!

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