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!
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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This Thrifted Thursday I provide just a glimpse of the great thrift finds I spotted while out on Retro Row in Long Beach. You don’t need the luck of the Irish (it’s St. Patrick’s Day, in case you missed it) to get your hands on some great finds while getting your secondhand shop on. You just have to open your eyes and explore. Pro tip: Check the displays. Sometimes the trinkets spotted on shelves are there to show off the owner’s interior decorating prowess, but you’d be surprised at how many of those quirky, one-of-a-kind items are actually for sale. Don’t be shy! If you see something, you fancy, ask about it. Anyway, click through the slideshow to see a handful of gems I came across during that recent thrift store jaunt.
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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!
Oh, Long Beach. How I love your eclectic style! Whether found while driving on one of the city’s busiest streets or while passing through the East Village Arts District happenstance, these murals each made me feel something.
See more of these eye-popping pieces up close after the jump, and maybe you’ll feel something, too!
This is a collection of the street art I’ve happened upon while out and about throughout the City of Angels. From Downtown L.A. to Mar Vista, to Hollywood, these pieces beckon to be seen as unusual among the usual. In each of these instances, what I discovered caused me to take pause and appreciate the view.
See more of these murals, up close and personal, after the jump!
It’s like these latest batch of found objects found me, because I was just minding my business and — BAM! — there they were. As I mentioned in my first Echo Park post, this neighborhood has so much character.
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It’s always a treat for my eyes when I’m in Echo Park. This neighborhood has so much character that I can’t even put a general name to what I found, so I’ll just call it “Echo Park charm.”
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What an assortment of randomness! But somehow I find beauty in these found objects.
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The Salvation Army at Alamitos and Anaheim in Long Beach has the church lady hat game on lock! While on a recent thrifting adventure, I couldn’t help but notice the abundance of these show-stopping accessories placed throughout the store. It made me ponder adding one to my repertoire to wear with the perfect outfit, of course.
Would you ever consider rocking one of these extravagant headpieces? Which of these hats do you like the best?