You can find street art in most urban cities and even in rural communities, but Los Angeles has such an influx of different cultures there is something for everyone. I found myself becoming more and more fascinated with the murals I came across so I started collecting photos of them. Many came from Downtown and East Los Angeles but I’ve also found some beauties in the far outreaches of the San Fernando Valley.
What makes this type of art so appealing is that they give an artistic voice to our diverse culture, cause us to reflect, and express our sentiments in a BIG way. You never know what kind of street art you’ll find in parking lots, on skyscrapers, inside commercial buildings, on restaurants, and in alleyways.
Los Angeles Street Art – Downtown Los Angeles
DTLA, as we like to call our downtown section of Los Angeles, has undergone extensive renovations in the past few decades. Artists and other creative types have moved into commercial lofts, which were once abandoned and then refurbished and their artwork is everywhere. You can see some of these lofts at the Brewery Artwalk which takes place twice a year at the old Pabst Brewery. Twice a year you can tour the artists in residence lofts, enjoy a beer and food.
When I go downtown, I almost always take the Metro Line so I don’t have to deal with parking and love to spend hours walking around.
Here is some of the street art I found in DTLA.
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This is a Robert Vargas mural of a Geisha that you can see at The Spring Arcade between Broadway and Spring. It’s in front of Kai Restaurant.
LA Arts District
The Los Angeles Arts District (see map) in downtown LA runs through Little Tokyo and along the LA River. In addition to art, you can also enjoy amazing restaurants, quirky museums, and art galleries. One of my favorite places to stop is the Angel City Brewery. Its facade is street art in itself. Not far away is the Container Yard in the Arts District, which is a creative compound filled with wall art and art installations.
Here is some of the street art I found in the LA Arts District.
I’ve gone to Boyle Heights in East Los Angeles several times to review plays. Boyle Heights is primarily a Hispanic neighborhood and was once the oldest Jewish neighborhood in Los Angeles. There are several walking tours available by The Barrio Boychick. I took his Heritage Tour.
Here is some of the street art I found in Boyle Heights. See more here.
Hollywood Street Art
Hollywood is another section of town with plenty of street art. You’ll usually find portraits of celebrities plastered on walls and other colorful artistic expressions. The area around Hollywood Blvd has undergone a major renovation. There are still plenty of kooks and characters walking around. Most are pretty tame but it always pays to be careful.
San Fernando Valley Street Art
The SFV has been my home for decades. For many years I lived in the North-Western end of the Valley and now I live in Burbank, near Toluca Lake. The valley was once filled with citrus groves and other agriculture but became a bedroom community after WWII. Even still, it’s very diverse. We have a large Hispanic population from Mexico and Central America, but also large numbers of immigrants from Korea, India, China, Israel, Vietnam, Thailand, and Armenia. Each nationality brings its own forms of art, food, and culture.
The North Hollywood (NOHO) Arts District (see map) is home to many aspiring actors and artists. You’ll find a string of murals on Chandler Blvd along the NOHO Bike Path, and throughout the theatre and arts district.
Here is some of the street art I’ve found in the San Fernando Valley
Some random images of street art in LA County
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