Live in Los Angeles long enough and you’ll get the impression that you know all there is to know about the city. Wrong! Cindy Schwarzstein, the founder of Cartwheel Art, an Arts District resident, a Los Angeles River Artists and Business (LARABA) Board Member, and a founding member of All City Mural Endeavor hosted what was billed as a “living history walking tour.” Even Though I have worked downtown (#DTLA) for over 20 years and have seen it evolve from ghost town to vivant city, I learned things about graffiti art and architecture of which I had no idea.
The bonus for this tour were guest speakers Steve Gordy, historian and author of Graffiti LA; and Carlton Davis, artist and author of Art Dockuments – Tales of the Art Dock. Steve was familiar with the various artists and murals and gave some interesting insights. He also discusses the language of street art, like “Dis”, “Bubble Letters”, “throw up” and “crew” – I won’t tell you what that means, as it’s a good reason to take the tour. (smile)
Photographs and Videos by Paula Lauren Gibson – AfroPix