Venice Beach-based muralist Jules Muck made a trip to Bushwick, Brooklyn to paint this colorful likeness of ’60s Iconic Fashion Model Twiggy, with two arrows through her face. Neato.
Painted by muralist Rip Cronk, this likeness of a microphone-holding, shirtless Jim Morrison can be seen on the side of a three-story building located at 1811 Speedway and 18th Place in Venice Beach, CA. Originally painted in 1991, Cronk touched up the painting in the Summer of 2012, creating a vibrant orange background over what had previously been both a darker blue color, and the building’s natural white brick. The mural is a must-see for Doors fans if you happen to be in the area.
This Blue Gorilla perched atop an archway on Market Street in Venice Beach, California was painted by artist Isabelle Alford-Lago. Apparently, his name is Vincent. Find out more about Isabelle and her work at This Link.
Aw man, what a great, breezy, feel-good video to soundtrack a summer in the city. Based out of Oakland, CA, the mixed gender quarter, Trails and Ways, refer to their music as “Bossanova Dream Pop” – which, yeah, I dig it. The group’s just released Trilingual EP, (on Non Market Records, available on iTunes ) draws from band members’ experiences living in Brazil and Spain, and features lyrics sung in Spanish, Portuguese and English. They have an amazing sound and I really love the vibe of this clip for the song “Nunca,” which shows kids surfing, skating, hanging at what looks to me like Venice Beach and making street art. Trails and Ways are currently on tour so maybe they are coming to your town. Check out their tour dates at This Link. In the meantime, Trails and Ways’ “Nunca” is your song and your video for the Summer of 2013!
1. Sue and I were walking to the fancy Marie Calendars restaurant to have a delicious lunch before going to the LA County Museum of Art (LACMA) when I mentioned to her that, “Gee, it really smells like tar out here.” She then pointed out that we were, in fact, walking directly across the street from The La Brea Tar Pits. Funny! But seriously, that shit smells like tar.
2. You know, I was all ready to slag Jeff Koons over his sculpture that looks like he just inflated a kid’s pool toy and crammed it through the rungs of a cheap aluminum ladder that he bought at Home Depot. But then it was explained to me that the pool toy is actually meticulously crafted out of Stainless Steele and painted to look like an inflated pool toy. So, snaps for Jeff Koons, because who thinks of doing stuff like that? And how about that giant balloon dog sculpture the size of a house? Fuck, that was rad.
Me Having Fun In LA, Left to Right: Ryan, Me, Sue, Nathan, Wendy, Jason, Seven, Anna. Fun!
I know it’s been a while since I updated this thing. I hope you missed me as much as I missed you. I was away because I flew out to California to surprise my Dad for Father’s Day, because that is just the kind of amazing daughter I am. Dad was really surprised and happy to see me and did not have a heart attack and die in the restaurant as I feared might happen when he saw me, being that he was not expecting me to show up in California from NYC for Father’s Day. Thank goodness he lived, because accidently killing my Dad on Father’s Day would have really been a drag.
Before I went down to Orange County (where my parents live) for the Big Father’s Day Surprise, I had the chance to spend a couple of days in LA hanging out with my West coast peeps, eating many delicious foods and getting way too much sun. It was awesome. And you should see this hot pink, Indian silk print slip dress I got on Venice Beach for $10! What a bargain! I Love California!
Please enjoy a collection of rad pictures of me having fun in the sun after the jump.