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?