Photos and art by Mar.
When you are in Los Angeles and you see really colorful street art or images of smoking hot women, what does it mean? This Means Mar! Mar’s work has surely stopped traffic before (and I speak from experience), but little is known about the artist. Good news! As you read on, you will find out a little bit more about the man behind the babes!
According2G: How did you get started in street art?
Mar: I grew up in LA seeing people like Robbie Conal, Shepard Fairey doing political posters, and I was curious as to why they did it, but still too young to understand. In the good ole days of the Venice boardwalk, when graffiti was king, I’d go to skate with my friends and I would see guys throwing down colors, letters, names that were like another language to me. I just liked the energy around it, I guess. I remember seeing this RISK piece he did in Santa Monica and finally it clicked. I got it. I read ‘Risk’ and for the first time I understood. That word was more than a name; it was the epitome, the reason (to me) why they played that game. Crappy backyard spray painting ensued. Never could do it right. Too disconnected. So like any other graff flunkie, I picked up stencils. Paper bag stencils became my favorite. I had no name or reason for doing it other than I liked seeing funny stuff on the street or sidewalks around town.
A2G: Can you tell us some of your heroes/influences?
Mar: Antony Micallef, Bertho, Conor Harrington, Chagall, Chloe Early, Erte, Deyber, Ian Francis, Jasper Johns, José Parla, Kandinksy, Lance Armstrong, MADSTEEZ, PUSH, Remi Rough, SABER, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, VIONA and anyone not afraid to speak up and stand out. Oh, and my grandpa Ernesto. Rest in Peace, abuelito.
A2G: Are the women you paint inspired by real people?
Mar: I’m constantly looking at high fashion photos online, certain models are the ‘one’ that conveys the mood I want, or just catches my eye because she is beautiful. The rest are my ex’s.
A2G: Who do you think are the most beautiful women in the world?
Mar: I could make a list of women that superficially to fit this question. But, upon meeting lots of women, their personality really starts to matter to me, after oh, say about a day. But, here is a short list – Magdalena Frackowiak, Hana Soukupova, Lily Aldridge, Erin Wasson and Ana Beatriz Barros.
A2G: Is street art a crime?
Mar: Yes. No. Maybe. Depends. It varies with every situation. Some people are more receptive than others.
A2G: What’s your philosophy on life?
Mar: “If you grow arrogant after a few accomplishments, you’re not likely to have many more… Those who are sincerely humbled by their own accomplishments will go on to accomplish even greater things.” –Ralph Marston
A2G: When out putting up street art, have you had any close calls?
Mar: No, none that I can recall.
A2G: Future plans?
You can see Mar’s work on the streets of Los Angeles and Paris and also at Lab Art Gallery in Los Angeles. Thanks again, Mar!