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Sorry for the bluriness in some of the photos. I'll admit the style in which some of the characters were illustrated bothered me a bit. To me something just felt slightly off but not enough to where I couldn't appreciate the whole. Overall, I loved the colors and just warm, sort of 'home-y' feel this installation had. Sort of reminded me of Indé. I also loved all the small seemingly sweet sentiments throughout the installation. There was so much going on that I wish I could have photographed every single last bit but I couldn't.
I finally found my way to 'Art in the Streets' earlier this month but had to go back to get more pictures since the battery on my camera died the first time. I took a crapload of pictures so I think I'll show them installation by installation. This post is just my favorites of the whole show.
-Espo's handpainted signs
-The sweet sentiments of said handpainted signs
-This panda girl
-Finding Seen's name
-This wall of spraypaint
-Photos of skaters from decades ago
I've never been one for liking street art. It used to bother me, the whole aspect of defacing OPP (Other People's Property, for you non-hood folks. Haha) That is, until I saw the Banksy Documentary, Exit Through The Gift Shop. If you haven't seen it, I highly suggest that you do. Now, I find myself loving it. The random names and stenciled images. Since the move to Downtown Long Beach, I've noticed one person in particular. I have the tendency to call street artists by the male sex even though I know very well know that they might be female.
I was at school yesterday, and while walking back from buying a new screen, Yoli spotted this JigglyPuff stencil. Who DOESN'T love a cute Pokemon? Don't lie to yourself either! You know you have a favorite. I'll tell you mine, if you tell me yours.
IN OTHER NEWS:// This coming weekend is the Long Beach Grand Prix. I've already started noticing the inundation of people.
I want to thank Nuno from Olivejuuuuice, for posting about some awesome artwork in Long Beach. I first heard of France's JR on a post from Chemistry Of Cool that I can't seem to find now but when I saw them on Nuno's page I immediately remembered the video. My sister happens to work in DT Long Beach so I just showed her the pics on Nuno's page and she was like, "Oh yeah. This is at ....". So I went and took pictures. I passed by there tonight and sadly they've been taken down. I'm glad I got some pictures before that though.
The TED conference was in Long Beach a couple of weeks ago and JR was the prize winner. Here's his talk on Using art to turn the world inside out.