Daniel Ramos aka "CHAKA" became the most prolific tagger LA authorities had ever seen or caught. If you were in California in 1990 you probably saw the words "CHAKA" sprayed painted along the freeways in So Cal. In 1990 prosecutors accused him of spraying more than 10,000 "CHAKA" tags from San Diego to San Francisco. Here are some photos from his first show "Resurrection" at Mid-City Arts in LA in April 2009.
Monday, June 30, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
When Banksy's Exit Through the Gift shop opened in San Francisco, Banksy hit up walls around SF. Here is his Peaceful Heart mural in Chinatown off Grant Ave. By the time I got up to SF in 2010 this is how it looked protected by a sheet of plexiglass.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
David Choe & ARYZ mural Collaboration, I cut together my iPhone clips from that day. Some strange cropping happened since I shot it vertically on my iPhone then cropped it for horizontal. I had posted photos of this mural being painted on an earlier blog. Also a photo I took reposted by David Choe.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
When I was visiting Melbourne in 2006 we went to see the famous graffiti walls. There is an area blocked off here just for graffiti artists. A couple streets over there was an art installation of pay phones on the side of a building with sounds of ringing phones. It doesn't look like cars are allowed on these streets and it's kept very clean which makes it such a cool area to walk around.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The Euro Trash art show in Beverly Hills at the Lazarides 90210 pop up gallery featured JR, Conor Harrington, Vhils and Antony Micallef. The gallery was pretty much dark when you walked in and the pieces were lit from above. The JR pieces on aluminum siding were amazing in the darkly lit room and the Vhils carved out portraits on stucco were littered with plaster debris. This show was in July 2010 and produced by Steve Lazarides who has produced major art shows from Banksy, David Choe and now this group of European artists. Photos mine, video not mine.
Monday, June 23, 2014
The 24-year-old Michelle Wie captures first major championship at U.S. Open at Pinehurst this weekend. And 11-year-old Lucy Li has a historic U.S. Open as youngest qualifier. After her first day Lucy was causal as she answered press questions like a pro all while standing on a box and trying to eat her ice cream in between answers before it melted. It was cool that she seemed to be having fun and not taking it too serious. The press asked her what she was going to do the rest of the day, Lucy answered " Eat more ice cream".
Sunday, June 22, 2014
The Arts District occupies the east side of downtown Los Angeles. The art on the walls change constantly, what's up one week could be covered up the next. I have a lot of photos so I decided to post these in a series of DTLA Art District photos. No real order just random. This is Series 2.
|@roa @mrcartoon @reefkills|
|@davidchoe @mr_aryz @ roa|
|@obey @mrcoldone @ronenglish|
Friday, June 20, 2014
In the Spring of 2010, word was going around town that there was going to be a David Choe solo show but the location was being kept secret until the day before the opening. Posters for the show were being stolen off wild posting walls and sold on ebay. On April 23, 2010 The David Choe - Nothing to Declare show opened in Beverly Hills. It was a big space (it used to be an anthropologie) with all the walls painted a deep red, the huge canvases lit from behind lined the walls and the gigantic inflatable munko whale in the center made this feel like a spectacular event. In the back there were what were probably dressing rooms with the mirrors now being used as canvases. It was also cool to see the soon to come munko vinyl. The day after the opening Dave was nice enough to sign posters for us who were at the gallery and he also signed the hammerheads I had in my car even though he looked tired and probably hadn't slept in the past 24 hours. Killer show! Here are some photos and video I took before and at the show.
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
The Arts District occupies the east side of downtown Los Angeles. The art on the walls change constantly, what's up one week could be covered up the next. I have a lot of photos so I decided to post these in a series of DTLA Art District photos. No real order just random. This is Series 1.
|@ser@la, @vyalone @vyalone|
|@vyalone @ jr|
|@ thecalikilla, @mib @ inthenameofblood,|
|inside the now defunct new york snow, restroom and restaurant, @JR @abcnt1|
|@chowmonstro, @napoleonvuelaenpartes,@ humansmakeart, @thecalikilla,|
|@pasteywhyte, @antigirl @tristaneaton|