Best of Southern California Street Art


This summer, Artbound celebrated its one-year anniversary and finished its second season of programming. Season 2 took our exploration of Southern California's cultural landscape to new heights: from the banks of the Tijuana river to underneath the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes, from the vast high desert of the Antelope Valley to the beaches of San Diego. We explored art in museums and scrawled on sidewalks; performances under the stars and in the spotlights onstage. Since January, we've published 225 new articles, produced 14 short documentaries, and broadcast three hour-long television episodes.

Today, we look back at five of this season's memorable articles about Southern California street art.

Pop-Life: Why Melrose Avenue is a Mecca for Graffiti Writers

Photo: Chie Davis.

Melrose Avenue has served as a center for local graffiti artists, including MEAR ONE, AXIS, DYTCH, and LYNK, since the 1980s.

Graffiti Scrolls Enter the Getty's Canon

Partrick Martinez uses type and palm trees as Los Angeles emblems in "L.A. Liber Amicorum." | Photo: Getty Research Institute.

Collector Ed Sweeney collaborated with the Getty to assemble a monumental "piece-book" that represents the works of regional graffiti artists.

A New Generation of San Fernando Valley Muralists Colors the City

Pacoima Kahlo, Van Nuys Boulevard and Ralston Avenue | Courtesy of Levi Ponce.

Van Nuys Boulevard's Mural Mile is a growing collection of drive-by artwork that add color and life to the neighborhood, created by an informal crew of artists under 30 years old.

Thirty Years of 'Style Wars'

Skeme, Dez and Mean 3 | Courtesy Henry Chalfant.

"Style Wars," a 1983 documentary on the culture of New York graffiti crews of the late '70s and early '80s, had a large influence on L.A. graffiti writers.

Uncovered Olympic Glories: Murals Restoration on the 101 Freeway

Detail shot of Frank Romero's "Going to the Olympics." | Photo: Carren Jao.

Willie Herrón III, the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles' official restorer, and his assistant Melody Betancourt, are working on one of the city's prized possessions: Frank Romero's "Going to the Olympics."

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Top Image: San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys Boulevard and Bradley Avenue mural | Photo: Javier Martinez.

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