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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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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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!
I must admit that I’ve been on BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) more times than I’ve been on the Metro in Los Angeles (My one and only time was with my guy when we rode to the Wilshire iteration of CicLAvia a couple years ago). It’s a shame, too, because the Blue Line is just a few blocks away from my apartment. But I digress. Last week, I had the chance to go out and about on a tour of the Metro Expo Line extension that’s opening up to Santa Monica, which is promising because my job is a short walk from one of the new stops. Maybe I’ll use that to get into work? We’ll see, but it was exciting to observe all the sights along the way. Click through the slideshow to see all the fun things I encountered on the train ride. Starting from the Culver City stop and going all the way to the Downtown Santa Monica stop (right at the intersection of Fourth Street and Olympic Boulevard, a short walk to the pier/beach and Third Street Promenade), I was amazed by the architecture of some of the older buildings, the growing list of places I’d like to visit, the hidden pieces of street art and murals peeking out unexpectedly. It all added to the wonder and surprise of getting an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Metro’s new line. There was a dope Obey mural that I didn’t get to capture, and getting that on camera may be worth another trip alone. I was particularly impressed by the art adorning the different stops, each unique and highlighting a diverse subject. There were piles of artistically scattered clothes and more intricate tile works of the iconic Far East. It makes for great scenery to sit back and enjoy while on board.
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Nothing brightens my day quite like seeing a beautiful piece of art smack dab in the middle of everyday life. I recently came across some amazing murals on the West Side that made me feel sone type of way. First up, this striking black and orange piece. I call it “Eye of the Tiger,” but I’m pretty sure the artist came up with something way better. I can almost feel the big fella breathing on me. And check out the intricacies of the background that frames the tiger. Stunning!
Keep reading after the jump to see what my eyes spied in passing through Santa Monica and Culver City.
Los Angeles being the eclectic hodgepodge that is, finding abandoned furniture on the sidewalks any alleyways is an everyday occurrence. However, rarely does one find said object fit to claim for one’s self. Well, there was that one time I answered the call of a trio of chairs beckoning me from my alleyway. Don’t judge! On a recent jaunt through Mar Vista, I happened upon this pretty rad abandoned chair and I have to admit, I immediately started devising a plan in my head of how to get this awesome piece of furniture to my apartment some 30 miles away. This is one of the rare found objects that I wouldn’t have minded giving a little TLC to. Yes, the cushion was MIA. Yes, it had a bum leg. But that’s nothing a trip to the thrift shop and hardware store couldn’t fix. I also was quite fond of the jungle scene unfolding on the fabric: stately elephants, tiny people and their dealings, curious monkeys and ample foliage. It would have made the perfect accent chair for my living room. A tight squeeze for sure, but a one-of-a-kind prize, no less. Long story short, I didn’t take home this diamond in the rough and I’m wondering what became of it. Hopefully someone with more patience, living space and a pick-up truck gave my little friend a new lease on life! I guess I’ll never know.
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Whether abstract, with a clear message or showcasing a familiar face, these pieces of street art gave me life. Each of them is dope in their own unique way. Take a closer look at these gems I happened upon: street art in Santa Monica and Downtown Los Angeles after the jump!
All we need is love, right?! Well, this piece found in Culver City serves up plenty of it. I discovered this gem one morning on the way to work, when Waze navigated me down a random side street. I was so struck by this wall that I had to stop and capture a photo of it.
In this Found Objects post, you’ll see some of street art on the Westside of L.A. and around my ‘hood in Long Beach. Get into it after he jump!
In this post you’ll find a collection of some awesome street art in Long Beach, Hollywood and Downtown L.A. This piece of a cool kid lounging with his best friend resting on his knee, his favorite mode of transportation at his feet and a smartphone in hand is striking. And not just because it’s ginormous. It’s a burst of colorful fun. See more of this BumbleBeeLovesYou piece after the jump!
Rewind to last October when I won a staycation at the Ace Hotel Downtown L.A. after dancing for my life at 826LA’s Dance-a-thon and being crowned Best Dancer. Welp, fast forward to this past Friday when I finally cashed that bad boy in to keep my birthday week in full swing. Guys, it was AMAZING! To commemorate the occasion, this slideshow has 31 snapshots for my 31st birthday. So many things to let you know about, so I’ll just take it from the top.
Dash and I made it downtown at about 2 p.m. and had some time to kill before our check-in at the Ace Hotel, so we set out in search of a late lunch. As luck would have it, Grand Central Market was within a block of the lot where we parked. Boom! That meant I could finally try out Eggslut. The name is kinda out there, but the food is simply divine. And it gets bonus points because there was no line! We feasted on their famous cheeseburger, which has (you guessed it!) an egg in it. A sunny-side-up sucker, to be exact. I wondered, will it be messy? Will all the flavors be balanced? Will this change my life? The answer to all these questions: yes, Yes, and YAAASS! Seriously, it was the jam. Can’t wait to visit the Market again and see what other treats await. After our quick bite, we hit up Bar 107 for a little sippy sippy and then made our way to the Ace.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by the most stylish, friendly front desk agents, who made check in a breeze. We opted for the king bed on the 11th floor, as opposed to the queen on the 13th, because obvi. The room was legit!