Sunday, March 31, 2013
Mr. Brainwash dubbed this building 'The Last Elephant' when he used it to host his Art Show 2011.
And there is a huge roller from Sorb and Eyrek atop the building serving as a crown to The Last Elephant.
Its kinda true. Stolen more than bombed, but bombed as well.
Like the frame of this scooter. Not sure if everything that could get taken did, or if this is an installation piece. But either way, soon after going on the street it gets bombed and comboed up with tags and slaps from Kayak, Fons, Jaber and more.
Whether its strippers or stickers, the real action happens on the poles in Hollywood.
Here is some sticker pole dancing in front of a backwards Hollywood mural with a good representation of heads getting up at the moment.
Slaps from Lash's, Forty, RS70, MQ, Coma DMS, Shie 47, Blind with shout outs to Alaz, 2Face, and Rums, Pookie, and CMYK.
Saturday, March 30, 2013
When it comes to guns, just keep it tucked in your pants. Or better yet, don't keep one at all. Like the 311 song quotes, "guns are for pussy's".
Here is a wheat paste from Icy & Sot with a dude with two guns tucked into his pants.
Put up next to graffiti bombs by Movie KYC SYB THR and Avery SYB.
M&F has said it many times before, stickers are our favorite aspect of the street art game. And since stickers are so small, they get buffed so often, and they get covered by each other, it is incredibly hard to stay up in the sticker.
This wheat paste found out, and as soon as it went up in this sticker spot, it got drowned out.
All kinds of action and close up pics capturing the action after the link
Friday, March 29, 2013
Here is the second and final feature on the art still riding in 2013 inside the guts of the old building from Mr. Brainwash's Art Show 2011.
This is another huge feature with 10+ pics. Cool to see how the place has morphed over the years, but still looks very much the same.
Lebasse Projects is presenting a solo art show from Trustocorp entitled 'The Future is Blight'.
The work will feature
And keep an eye on the streets. As a build up for the show, Trustocorp will be leaving 'poverty kits' around the city.
Click the jump for more information including the full press release and show details
The building on La Brea which hosted Mr. Brainwash's Art Show 2011 has been undergoing steady construction ever since the show ended.
While some things have changed, much of the art still remains, especially the ceiling and pillar placements.
The building is not open yet. It is still heavily under construction (and construction workers don't like their picture taken). However, the moving of the giant construction panel boards around the building allowed M&F to grab some exclusive shots from inside. Its fascinating to see a building like this where the inside has been smashed, but is not completely abandoned.
Click the jump for a huge pictorial with more looks inside
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Another new piece from Plastic Jesus.
This one is meant to show solidarity with Teacher's recent gigantic custom ebox, and both pieces are designed to show support for the VFX Solidarity movement. The VFX people are the folks who make all the visual effects happen in movies.
This new piece from Plastic Jesus states that 'No VFS, No Hollywood'.
Capping over a sidewalk billboard adverstisement for the new GI Joe movie, which undoubtedly uses a grip of green screen action.
Dig it. Stay Up and Stay special with those effects~
M&F just got sent this interesting story about street art capturing some major pro-surf drama.
The story behind the piece begins at the end of last years tour, but really comes to life during the first contest of the 2013 tour when Slater and Joel Parkinson battled in the final heat for the competition title. While Parko was in a barrel and potentially earning a score at the end of the final heat to secure the win, Slater used his awarded priority and dropped in on the wave forcing Joel to pull out moments after giving Slater the bird, ultimately earning Slater the needed score to make a last minute comeback and win the first contest of the 2013 tour. Click the jump to see how this drama turned into street art.
The CBS Crew has been opening up their walls behind Melrose and bringing in talented artists from all over the world to paint.
Like this piece saying 'From Sao Paulo to Los Angeles'. Anyone who is following the worldwide street art scene knows that Brazil is blowing up like no other place on the globe right now.
Dig this turtle vandal from Cudrido(?).
Well, some people might go bananas, but Plastic Jesus is just going banana.
This is a new piece is entitled 'NEVERMIND' and it is a play on the Nirvana smiley face image. Plastic Jesus says that he is playing with music promotional images to experiment with the way that they have become ingrained in our society. And, what exactly makes an image iconic?
Stay up and go banana~
Burgers and a steak getting stuck up on a hard hat sign at a construction site. The food pieces aren't signed. Wonder what these are about?
Stuck up with tags from RBI, Spie JUR PIE, Resk, Hitop, Emeer and more.
Chod slams Melrose with some fresh new official looking street signs.
The are some of the most authentic looking street art signs that have gone up on LA's streets. Notice in the close up shots how these are printed on reflective material. And Chod also used screws without a head, like the ones the city uses on signs, in order to grant these signs a longer running life span.
Its on an official looking sign now, so it is fully official: None of this is Real~
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Just next to the bomb droppin' airplane from Icy & Sot is another rooftop piece. This one is a 3 part graffiti piece from French notable Andre, aka Monsieur A.
Andre has been getting up for years, and one of these signature character graffiti bombs was a big part of what led to the starting of M&F, after we had come across one of Andre's rooftop bombings in Miami and wondered how he did that.
This appears to be a commission piece, and it is the same building where Andre had his 'Annabelle' bubble graffiti bomb last year in 2012.
Click the jump for 10+ more pics
Sticker combo getting stuck up on Melrose.
With all kinds of slaps from Fart, Barf, 125er, Daf Wai, Gmale, Shie 47, Bewst, Elvis, The Seventh Letter, Reik, Reti, Areu Oner, Pulp, Klae, Culebra reppin' Mexicali and more.
LOUDLABS just took a street art tour around the remote regions of Nevada, Arizona, and California.
LOUDLABS went exploring and caught some interesting places, capturing some cool photos of the action along the way.
This series includes some shots of LOUDLABS getting up on trains, which are typically considered the strict domain of graffiti writers, since not many street artists engage in that culture.
Check out the jump fore much more
Street art is like a giant umbrella, and under that umbrella there are numerous sub-cultures. One of the most fascinating of these subcultures is the network surrounding sticker trading and combos.
Sticker trading is crazy. Sticker trading is big. Sticker trading is dedicated. And sticker trading is worldwide.
Sticker trading is a big culture for many reasons. One, is that the online experience allows everyone in the world to participate and trade with other people located different places around the globe. It doesn't matter where you are from or how big your city is. In fact, the sticker trading community is largely fueled by people who live is towns where there is not a big street culture, and so the hardcore sticker enthusiasts find community by making connections through online interactions with other fanatics. And, trading with other sticker fiends from around the globe allows artists to get stickers up all over the world in return. Like these massive combos posted here.
Another reason why sticker trading is so big is that it is the most collectible aspect of street art. In a similar way to how trading baseball cards was a big deal back in the day, sticker collectors will trade and bargain to get a highly desired slap. And since there is no open market selling all the stickers, and because many street artists are elusive, the rarest, most sought after slaps are highly coveted. Some can even be worth large amounts of money.
M&F loves the sticker trading community, and before we moved to Los Angeles we dabbled a bit in the culture. And we even sheepishly admit that for some of the artists we used to admire back in these days, we can still get a bit of fan boy syndrome around. And even though M&F has long been established as the #1 Street Sticker Blog in the World, this is one of the first time we have directly addressed the massive sticker trading subculture.
Flickr seems to be home base for the sticker trading community, so if you want to get involved start there and start searching artists you like. LA has many big heads who have been actively participating in the sticker trading scene for years with artists and crews like Josh SB, DWA, BNW, and Fuxus.
But this feature is about 'tsmokestree', who has built up a gigantic collection of stickers, which he has then taken to the street and put up massive combos around Santa Monica.
Dig it. Stay up and keep sticker trading!~
Anyone who has driven La Brea over the past year can't help but notice all the new construction. La Brea is a crane city with construction all the way from Sunset to Pico.
Its kind of crazy, and if you thought traffic can get bad on La Brea already, imagine how it is going to be with 30,000 new residents residing in condo complexes like this.
This eye poppin' custom postal sticker seems to be staring with the same amazed disbelief everybody must be feeling.
Its kind of like Hollywood lost some of its unique feel, selling out its character for a new CVS market.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Bandit puts up a fresh new piece doubles as both art, and a dire warning against street art piracy.
This piece is in reaction to some reported street art piracy.
Stay tuned for the full story. . . .
In a parking lot in Hollywood is this big Superman logo painted on the brick wall.
Its not traditional street art, but since this is Hollywood, wonder if this wall had official use in one of the Superman movies?