Photos by G. Art by Common Cents.
It was my great fortune that on a recent trip to Los Angeles, I was hanging out with the hardest working person in Street Art – Greg of the website Melrose & Fairfax – and on a walk around the neighborhood, another great friend to the blog, Common Cents, was putting up a mural!
Common said that he’d been putting up the backdrop – comic book pages (and there were hundreds of comic book pages used) – for over 7 hours by the time we happened by!
Common Cents in action
As this is a “legal” mural, Common said that it was a nice feeling to not have to constantly look over his shoulder whilst putting up art. When you think of the you think about the organization it takes to have your materials in order, to get over your fear of heights and to put up art on the sly at all hours of the night as most street artists do, it makes you realize that the only thing criminal about this activity is that law enforcement thinks it’s wrong! I have tremendous respect for artists that go to these length to express themselves and I think it should be celebrated instead of being condemned! RESPECT!
Double Action Shot! Greg photographing Common Cents.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, check out this really awesome mural on Spaulding and Melrose.
Thanks to Common Cents and Greg for an unexpected and fabulous surprise!
Photo by G.
- The White Rabbit Has a Posse
Spotted on Melrose and Fairfax next to a sticker for Melrose and Fairfax.
Photo by G. Stickers by Melrose and Fairfax.
Melrose and Fairfax
Happy birthday to Greg of the super awesome website Melrose and Fairfax. We met as we are both bloggers and we both share a love for street art. Greg’s site Melrose and Fairfax is in fact one of the biggest street art websites in the world and according2g, he deserves all the accolades he receives. He is an encyclopedia of street art knowledge and his love for street art shows on his site. He updates the site multiple times daily and I absolutely relate to all the hard work he puts in to keep his readers entertained. Greg has also introduced phrases like “Get Up, Stay Up” into the lexicon and I find it hard to pass art in the streets without saying that phrase to myself. But more than just the hard work and the great phrases, Greg is truly one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. I look forward to my visits to Los Angeles to hit the town in search of street art with the master. He recently curated his first show entitled “What Graffiti is to New York Street Art is to Los Angeles” and I was lucky enough to be in town for the opening night gala reception, which was nothing short of epic. I highly recommend that you bookmark the site and check it multiple times daily to see the latest and greatest from the scene. Happy birthday Greg! To quote you, “Stay up!” G Power!
Photo by G. Art by Bankrupt Slut.
Violators Will Be Towed
Bankrupt Slut must have been predicting the future in this piece. Recently in Los Angeles, some Sluts were capped by advertisements for the Red Hot Chili Peppers new record! As we all know in the world of street art, once a piece goes up, its lifespan clock is ticking. The art can be destroyed by, but not limited to, the authorities, fans, Mother Nature and of course ‘officially sanctioned advertising.’
It was discovered that one of the ‘official advertisements’ was put up by one of the biggest names in the street art world – Mr. Brainwash.
You can read more about it (as well as some interesting comments from some upset fans of street art) on Melrose and Fairfax. I wonder how this will play out…
PS. If you want to see “Violators Will Be Towed,” you don’t have to worry about it being destroyed, but time’s running short. The piece is featured in the ultra epic show “What Graffiti is to New York Street Art is to Los Angeles,” which is showing at the Sunset Marquis Hotel in Los Angeles through the end of June.
As they say on Melrose and Fairfax, “stay up!”
Photos by G. Various Artists.
You Call Yourself An Artist? by Desire Obtain Cherish
As I told you previously, the Melrose and Fairfax curated exhibition “What Graffiti is to New York Street Art is to Los Angeles” is epic. There is so much great art to see and 15 of the hottest artists on the scene have works on display. The show runs until the end of June, 2011 at The Maximillian Gallery at the Sunset Marquis in Los Angeles. You’ll see works from Alec Monopoly, Free Humanity, SmogCity, Bankrupt Slut, Gregory Siff, Homo Riot, 2wenty, Snyder, KH no. 7, Desire Obtain Cherish, Cyrcle & DD$, Bod Bod, DeeKay and Smear. You should also visit Maximillian Gallery’s official website to watch a video of the street artists featured in this show collaborating a one of a kind Gibson Guitar which will be auctioned off for charity. View the video here. And now, by popular demand – more photos from “What Graffiti is to New York Street Art is to Los Angeles.” Enjoy!
KH No. 7