LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA STREET ART: LOS ANGELES CULTURE

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I’m starting to SEE myself more and more.

 

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Albert Einstein by Jonas Never, a.k.a. Never 1959 for Birdies LA, a coffee, donut, and chicken joint. The equation: Coffee + Donut = Chicken Squared https://www.instagram.com/never1959/
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Kobe Bryant by Never 1959
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“Fabio Lopez aka DOURONE was born in Madrid and raised in the countryside, soaking up the “art and affection” provided by his family. In 1999, he began displaying his creations in the streets under the name DOURONE that he retains today.
His self-taught style reflects on his experiences in the world, which captures real-life moments that stand out for their beauty. His works are often defined as figurative illustration, classical, and surreal. He draws nspiration from artists like MC Escher, Mohlitz Philippe, Jean Giraud (Moebius), Giovanni Battista Piranesi.” http://www.isupportstreetart.com/artist/dourone/
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Colin Kaepernick, the activist, by ABCNT. https://www.instagram.com/abcnt/
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Artist: Timbuctu State ~ “Born in Guinea and raised in Senegal West Africa, and currently a Leimert Park resident (Los Angeles), Aly Kourouma is an artist and a fashion designer. His work focuses on the dialog between the esthetic of the so-called “primitive world” and its modern urban counterpart, and the possible emergence of a more universal truth.
Borders are a powerful illusion especially in  modern Africa, where people commonly  grow writing multiple alphabets and speaking numerous languages, all the while being exposed to foreign cultures. But he believes that what could be seen as ground for confusion can turn into richness and complexity, and ultimately, into a tool for cultural reconciliation through the lens of art. 
Cultural preservation is at the heart of his work. The idea is that like any other form of life, the extinction of a human culture is a tremendous loss for all of us; a cultural loss as well as a loss of bio diversity. Therefore, his work as an artist is to bring awareness to the “Presence” of our biological and cultural diversity so that, maybe, the richness of the human experience can be shared and be used as a tool for empowerment.” https://www.timbuctustate.com

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A woman embraces her children at the March for Our Lives Protest march in downtown LA on March 24th. Quite appropriate for human rights activist Colin Kaepernick’s image to be in the background.

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A dark, gloomy, yet beautiful rainy day hovering over downtown.

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24mar18. Los Angeles, CA

WILLIAMSBURG, BROOKLYN STREET ART & GRAFFITI: WALK INTO THE BLUES…

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Artist: MeresOne
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Artist: Li-Hill
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Artist: CERN
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Walk into the blues…
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Curb Your Ego
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Artist: Adam Kiyoshi Fujita (Adamfu)
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Artist: Gaia
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Artist: Madvaillan (spelt correctly) from Hillside, Queens

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Artist unknown. OCTOPUS. 
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Artist: Ben Angotti
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“There’s a safety in thinking in a diner. You can have your coffee or your milk shake, and you can go off into strange dark areas, and always come back to the safety of the diner.”
― David Lynch

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Artist: Wiley
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View from Williamsburg
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Artist: Bisser Bisser
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We all have to at some point…

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“Creation” by James Bullough
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Bee by JODO

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On the left: Jorit Agoch. On the right: Carl Joseph Gabriel.

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Collaboration between HowNosm and Tristan Eaton.

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Artist: ZED1 (Marco ZedOne) from Italy.

Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11feb18

VIENNA, AUSTRIA 🇦🇹: SHAKE YOUR BON BONS

Wiener Konzerthaus. Opened 1913.

The Stephansdom (St. Stephen’s Cathedral) -consecrated in 1147- has survived through many wars and has become a symbol of Vienna’s freedom.


Completely transparent office building next to the central train station.

Massive bike culture here. Very specific lanes set aside for cyclists. Stay out of them if you’re not on a bike!

Pond in Stadtpark.


12sep17 Vienna, Austria 🇦🇹 

ANTWERP, BELGIUM: UNDERSTATED COOLNESS

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Stepped from the train and this is the first image I saw on a dark, rainy Sunday morning.
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View from inside Antwerp Central. Graffiti-covered construction site.
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Unique styles in Antwerp…

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destination anywhere.
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The outside of the train rails. Medieval-like.
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Urban decay. Beauty is found in the imperfect.

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Bikes and graffiti. Two things that go together to create beauty in the streets.

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C’mon baby, ride my bike.
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Hidden coolness.
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Antwerp Central. A masterpiece of architecture to ponder.

 

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Antwerp Central from another angle.              11sep16. Antwerp, Belgium.

OSAKA (FUKUSHIMA), JAPAN: LEAVE IT THE FASTEST WAY YOU CAN

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“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.”
― Beryl Markham, West with the Night

july2016, Osaka and Kobe, Japan.

OSAKA (SHINIMAMIYA), JAPAN: BEYOND THE IMPERFECTIONS

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.” ~Unknown

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30jun16. Osaka, Japan.