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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: 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 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: 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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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: Downtown Long Beach Street Art, Part Deux

February 18, 2014

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I love my city. It brings me such joy discovering new murals and small tags along the streets. These are some of the latest pieces my eyes have spied during a jaunt with my pal, Linda, and while walking the ever-rambunctious Berkeley Buster DeVoe. Long Beach, keep giving me visual inspiration and pleasant surprises and I’ll have to stay a while. Tee hee!

Found Objects: Downtown Long Beach Street Art

December 16, 2013

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Just strolling through the neighborhood, I happened upon some pretty awesome pieces of street art. The first can be found on Fourth Street at Linden Avenue, up the street from Fingerprints record store. The others were spotted at various walls along Pine Avenue. I’m looking forward to discovering some vibrant, fascinating pieces while in Spain and Portugal. Stay tuned!