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Written By: Kaitlynn Labit Street Artists in Los Angeles

Morley

“What inspires me to create my art is the hope of offering someone solace in discovering you aren’t alone in your struggles, which is why I include a portrait of myself in my pieces. I want my messages to come from another person, someone they share the trenches with. Los Angeles, like many major cities, is packed with people on the verge of giving up or questioning why they haven’t yet. I know these feelings well and if I can offer a few words of hope, encouragement, advice or even just humor, then my mission and my art has value. Whenever I experience art that articulates something I felt but couldn’t express, there’s such a sense of relief. I strive for that in my work first and foremost. The fact that I express these ideas in an illegal fashion, as opposed to through art that is commissioned, is important to me as I have no commercial filter, no agenda beyond creative expression. The fact that people may see it one day and the next it’s been painted over or torn down speaks to the temporary nature of things and the need to be awake and alive in each moment because it won’t last long.”

Favorite Piece:  

I like this piece because it speaks to the notion that our missteps don’t need to define us. Whether it be through the wisdom they offer, the humility or the chance to pivot a mistake into something unique, there’s value- even in the things that embarrass us and sap our confidence in the moment. You can always just start dancing.”

1913 Hyperion Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

 

WRDSMTH

“I am inspired by all the creativity and creative people in Los Angeles. I feed off the aspirational attitude found in every nook and cranny of this city and that kinetic energy is absolutely contagious.”

Favorite Pieces:

“I’m going to cite two, because one is unfortunately not open to the public. Atop of The BLOC in DTLA, on a residential rooftop, lives this version of ‘blue elephants.’ I absolutely love the setting and how the piece turned out. ‘Aspire to Inspire‘ is a 15-foot piece that lives outside of The Arts District Co-Op and I love that the piece has become a popular destination for so many residents and tourists.”

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Man One

Favorite Piece:

“It’s the first time I have ever depicted my parents in one of my public murals. Being the proud son of Mexican immigrants, I wanted the mural to capture The beauty and traditions from where they came from, but more importantly the true love and affection they have for each other. They continue to be my role models and one of my proudest moments was being able to surprise them and share this mural with them.”

3309 N Mission Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90031

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Colette Miller

“I’m inspired by the divine in all humanity. I hope the wings can mean a symbol of peace and refuge.”

Favorite Pieces: 

“[The first photo is] the wings I did on skid row after the homeless man was shot. And the ones at [OUE] Skyspace the US Bank Tower with the incredible views.”

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Bumblebeelovesyou

“Nostalgic toys & books usually trigger some inspiring ideas of what I’m going to paint next, but recently I’ve been getting inspiration when I’m not looking for it, like while I’m driving in traffic or when I’m out surfing. I guess that means I should take more beach days for research!”

Favorite Piece:

“A lot of effort goes into the design of each piece and it’s hard to pick out one that is my favorite. But I would say that one everyone should go see is “Deep Breath” on Hudson House in Redondo Beach. It’s really cool if you see it during the evening because it matches the neon orange lights they put up and looks like a giant boy with a trident and board shorts swimming down PCH.”

514 N Pacific Coast Hwy
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Street Artists in Los Angeles