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Found Objects: Murals in Long Beach and Venice

April 11, 2017

This Found Objects reminded me that there are perks to getting out and walking through the neighborhood. Click through the slideshow to see some of the pieces that caught my eye during recent sightings in Long Beach and Venice. Well, I wouldn’t exactly call it strolling because I was circling the streets of Long Beach in my car last Sunday looking for a parking spot. Thanks, Grand Prix, and all the tourists you bring to steal our already-scarce parking spaces. But I digress. Anyway, I finally found a spot a couple blocks away, not that far from one of my old haunts, The Stache. I seriously haven’t been to that bar for two years, which is crazy because it’s so close to my apartment. And despite countless times I’ve driven by, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the exterior got a new mural. I’m sure these hip calaveras are luring all the party people in. Meanwhile, in Venice, I legitimately was walking by and saw this piece with the stately Middle Eastern-looking gentleman. I’m not completely clear on what or what type of building it is (Is it an office space containing a massive cubicle farm or the home base of a small business? Inquiring minds want to know.). Either way, I tip my hat to the artist of this interesting piece. I really dig the contrast between the realistic painting of the man’s face and the plain line drawing, with Arabic script written off to the side. And apologies if it’s someone famous or significant that I should know. I discovered this last gem while walking and talking with a friend from work. We took a left turn down a street I hadn’t yet seen and were treated to this gigantic, colorful mural featuring a Chihuahua. Sassy, right?! I think I’ll get out more often, if not just for the fine scenery.

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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 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: 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!

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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: Murals on the West Side

February 18, 2016

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.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Culver City

November 12, 2015

When I used to play softball at a park off Washington in Culver City, I would catch momentary glimpses of street art peeking from behind narrow alleyways, unassuming street corners and the back sides of buildings. Week by week, for example, I saw the Muhammad Ali (“His momma name him Clay, I’ma call him Clay”) mural come to life, first as a rough sketch and then in layers of color. I hadn’t been in the ‘hood in a hot minute, so on a happenstance trip back, I took a stroll down memory lane and snapped some photos of wonderful pieces of street art in Culver City. Some of these works were originally taken out of context but when I got to see them straight on, I was able to unlock the true essence of the various murals. Each of the pieces reflects the artists’ unique style and create a dramatic contrast to the worlds around them. I wish I could frame the young Michael Jackson poster, and the mural with the twins and flying pizza made me wonder what was going on in the artist’s mind when this piece came to fruition. If you’re ever in the Dub C, I highly recommend getting out of your car and viewing these priceless works of art up close.

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Found Objects: Street Art in Santa Monica and DTLA

October 22, 2015

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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!

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Found Objects: Luggage Tags

September 22, 2015

I was walking to my office when I happened upon these two nondescript scraps of paper strewn across the dusty concrete. When I took a closer look, I discovered that these were something entirely different: luggage tags. And I was dying to know the backstory.

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Found Objects: Street Art on the Westside and Long Beach

August 20, 2015

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!

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