Friends. When we started planning our trip to LA I KNEW that I was going to carve out some time for wall crawlin’. Growing up on the East Coast I’ve traveled to Miami, DC, NYC, Philly and Charleston to find art by some of my favorite muralists, but LA is a whole knew beast.
Los Angeles sees some of the most incredible art before anyone else and once I started digging to find LA street art I discovered that there were a few walls by artists I love in the areas we’d be visiting. As expected I made a Google Map so I could reference it when we were on the trip. I was successful in finding everything on my list and then some extras!
I’ve been following Jen Stark on Instagram for a year or so after discovering her down the IG rabbit hole. I described this wall to my friend (she’s a local and graciously agreed to drive me around and join the wall crawl!) as rainbow ooze and she knew immediately what I was referring to except she called it rainbow vomit. haha. Either way- we found the wall and hit up all of the good vantage points nearby.
Shepard Fairey was the first muralist whose work I fell in love with. I saw my first SF wall in Miami at Wynwood Walls in 2014, my second in Charleston, SC in 2017 and this would have been my third. The peace elephant mural that can be seen in all aerial shots of West Hollywood was my dream mural to see and find by the great, Shepard Fairey.
The mural is among three near the West Hollywood Library, but when we arrived at our destination I didn’t see the red and yellow iconic mural. Guys, it’s covered by construction. I cried and I’m not ashamed. This mural was the only one I HAD to see. Thankfully I was with a good friend who assured me that there were so many other amazing walls nearby and hustled me along before I had a chance to fully meltdown.
I was grateful to see the OBEY star peaking out over the scaffolding.
I first learned of Jason Woodside when he created a design that was featured on LIFEWTR and then I found a wall of his in Charleston during a visit three years ago. There is a mural in DC, but I haven’t found it yet!
My friend, Alex is a huge Jason Woodside fan so I was thrilled when she knew about a mural I hadn’t found in my research and knew exactly where it was!
D*FACE is a British artist who has murals in Los Angeles, New York City, Tokyo and beyond. I have NEVER seen one of his murals and on this trip I was able to see TWO!
Retna is an American street artist and I’m captivated by the large scale typography murals that he creates. This was one of the three walls at the West Hollywood Library and is THANKFULLY still standing. The wall was MASSIVE and incredible.
This wall was featured on every “Most Instagrammable Walls in LA” blog posts that I found on the internet. It’s painted by a New York based artist named Curtis Kulig who was visiting LA and left his mark on this corner wall near the Culver City Stairs.
We checked every mural off my list and then some! There was art everywhere in Los Angeles and I was in heaven.