Tuesday, May 21, 2013
M&F has said it before and we will say it again, advertising poses the biggest threat to street art. Bigger than the police and bigger than the buffman.
Now check out this hilarious pretenda-street art piece on Melrose.
It is located at the so-called Barracuda parking lot, or it was called that until last year when Barracuda closed up shop next door. For years, and even since before M&F started covering the streets of Melrose and Fairfax, this particular lot has consistently been arguably the most active spot in Los Angeles. Anyone who follows M&F knows this spot, and its relevance to the scene.
Well, a short while ago a 'street art gallery' set up shop on the other side, and began to try curating the art. The good part is that the art still does change somewhat frequently, but the bad part is that is that the old Barracuda lot has lost its authentic street flavor.
How far has it fallen? Well, here is a piece of pretenda-street art masquerading as real art. It is not art. This is an advertisement for Hint Flavored Water. And the fact that this advertisement was dressed up as street art and invited inside this 'curated' lot amongst the regular street art murals, well, this is a prime example of how insidious product marketing is, and how easily a gallery will bend over backwards to whore the genre for a dollar.
Indeed, drink water not suger and support artists not advertisements.
But, like the Chod piece next to it says, 'none of this is real' anyway. Right?
A box in the old Barracuda parking lot portraying a dude playing ping-pong with the florescent words 'Here's to the After Hours Athlete'.
There is also another image on the other side. Since this is next to Sportie LA, not sure if this is from the store? Not sure. It also kind of looks like it could be the work of artist Patrick Martinez?
A few days ago, M&F posted a feature on how one of Chod's street art signs got taken from the streets only to reappear for sale on Ebay.
Well, not all street art that gets taken is for financial gain. Some folks actually take art because they enjoy it~
Like this piece here. Teacher put this massive 'You Can Do It - Teach Peace' wooden structure on Melrose a few weeks ago. It got taken a short time after being put up. And through the modern magic of social media, Teacher's piece has been tracked down.
It is reportedly hanging in a home that has been described as 'Museum of Chill'. The new owners love this new piece where it is on display in their home, and they say that Teacher's message provides the perfect environment to raise their 3 year old twins.
Oops. Wrong setting with the camera and this initial pic got blown out.
But still kind of dig the effect. Its like the graffiti is more bold than the environment.
With a battle on the box and a bomb from SW getting dissed.
Monday, May 20, 2013
The Brazilian graffiti twins known as Os Gemeos are some of the biggest graffiti/street artists in the world, and in M&F's opinion, these guys also do some of the best indoor work by any street artists around.
But here is some old school straight billboard bombing on La Brea, with the back of the billboard painted Gemeos.
Dig it. Stay up!
Another pro-gun control paster from Obey.
This one is on Melrose and it is joined by a long paster saying America has Gunorrhea and a sticker over the barrel of the gun saying 'Your Mother Sucks Cocks in Hell'.
This Melrose sticker spot gets completely bombed out with a giant graffiti sticker combo including slaps from Begr, Rich, Slob, Lukas and more.
Dig the smashing, but this also covered up some cool hand drawns underneath.