Author Archives: Ryan Baum

At RISD … Shepard Fairey OBEY mural

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Our contributing editor Ryan Baum came across this super awesome mural by the ever-prolific Shepard Fairey at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. Fairey’s artwork here is  site specific, drawing from local architectural imagery and referencing the city’s important industrial history. Great stuff.

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At Christina Angelina’s StarFighter Studios in L.A.

Today we stumbled upon Christina Angelina’s studio while biking down Washington Blvd in Venice. We are a huge admirer of her work, and she has some great art up around Los Angeles, notably the piece across the street from SCI-Arc in downtown L.A. The exterior of her StarFighter Studios captures the essence of her preferred motifs, mixing a futurist bent with a visceral Native America influence. – RB

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Hans Walor x Joseph Skala for Flightlinez

Really cool combination of art (by Hans Walor and Joesph Skala)  structures, public space, and commerce on Venice Beach, in Los Angeles. The Flightlinez zip line is open to the public and was erected two weeks ago. – RB

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NEUTRA x MYLIUS x DREW

Coming right at you!!! Fresh off Mylius original beach mural comes this outstanding OG collabo between triumvirate NEUTRA, Mylius, and Drew. The detail and contrasting colors between the three murals lights up the Speedway. Which one is your favorite? Have your say. Drop us a line. – RB

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Native American Head Dress by Kelcey Fisher

We came across this really cool piece by artist Kelcey Fisher near Windward Circle in Venice, in Los Angeles. The Indian headdress motif has been a recurring image this summer, notably on this season’s Stussy T-Shirts. We like the contrasting iconography. This is the first piece we’ve encountered by Kelcey in L.A. -RB

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Venice Street Art by Brian Mylius

You can find Brian Mylius’ pieces throughout various parts of Venice. The local artist combines bright colors and detailed shading to depict abstractions of local inner-city life. Mylius’ latest mural juxtaposes the oblivious serenity of beach life with the menacing city beyond. We really like how he plays with the texture of the brick to evoke the aggression of the shark. – RB

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Unintentional Design … Marina Del Rey Homes

Can design be unintentional? Consider this house on Roma Court in Marina Del Rey, in Los Angeles. It’s wrapped in what appears to be a giant fumigation cover, and, within the context of the surrounding homes and adjacent bridge, it seems to work. But it works in a strange, unexpected way. It’s aesthetically pleasing, simple and temporary. It’s surprising how much you actually notice when you’re receptive to encountering the unexpected. The language of design can speak to us in many ways. – RB

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In Los Angeles … Shepard Fairey at Speedway & Brooks

We were riding down the Speedway today when we saw this piece by Shepard Fairey peering at us from behind a chain-linked fence near the intersection with Brooks Court in Venice, in Los Angeles. The wheat-paste appears on the facade of a condemned building overlooking an equally barren courtyard. We couldn’t help but notice the eyes faintly concealed by the irony of a “No Trespassing” sign.

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Design … COMME des GARÇONS x Vans x Supreme

The choice of footwear says a lot about our stylistic sensibilities. This week we ventured in James Jebbia’s collaborative universe in search for the new COMME des GARÇONS x Vans x Supreme sneakers. Supreme thrives on marketing exclusivity to the streetwear crowd, and collaborations are a smart way to succeed with this strategy. We really like the combination of contrasts in this shoe: The digital camouflage polka-dot print juxtaposed against a classic navy pattern. As the pix below show, our journey was successful. – RB

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The Art of Chase in Venice, CA

We’ve long admired the works by the Art of Chase. This mural animates the intersection of Brooks and Pacific with his familiar “Remember Who You Are” project, blasting through the brick facade to reveal his signature eyes motif. It’s always nice to encounter a piece by the Art of Chase, no matter how familiar, as the artist’s work reminds us of powerful universal themes – love, joy, youth, identity and wonderment – that sometimes get lost in the shuffle of the streets beneath it.

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