I was born in Los Angeles, raised in Los Angeles, and went to college in Los Angeles (Go Bruins!!!). I skedaddled about eight years ago to pursue my career, and every time I come back something is completely different than how I remembered it. Now I feel like a tourist in my own home town! At first, I didn’t like the feeling, but it’s grown on me. It’s exciting to come back for the holidays or special occasions, have a free place to stay, a free car, and time to explore both the new stuff and the stuff I took for granted when I lived there. This time around I decided to explore the Los Angeles Arts District — an interesting mixture of raw artistic expression and gluten-free young professionals (or yuppies, like me minus the gluten-free).
Many of the buildings, side streets, and alleyways of the LA Arts District serve as canvases for local graffiti artists. I love bright, bold, vibrant colors. The artwork above, by artist Tristan Eaton (IG: @tristaneaton) immediately caught my attention. The contrast between the greyscale faces and colorful objects had me hooked. Below are a couple others that had me doing a double take. The first is by Syntek (IG: @_syntek_) and I was unable to track down an artist for the second.
Venturing a little further north, I briefly hit up Melrose Ave to find this sweet wall on the side of Cisco Home (IG: @myciscohome) – a shop on Melrose featuring furniture made in LA. Hey, Cisco Home, guess what. I was made in LA too!