“Now let me welcome everybody to the wild, wild west
A state that’s untouchable like Elliot Ness
The track hits ya eardrum like a slug to ya chest…California”

Tupac Shakur – California Love

Welcome to my first respin – that is re-releasing a story that I posted on an earlier (defunct) version of my blog.  This one is from 2015.  I hope ya’ enjoy it…again.

Ya’ know, I’m amazed that at times just having a camera with me seems to magically create photo ops.  Case in point – I’d been shooting street photos in downtown LA earlier in the day and decided to finally track down a vegan cheese shop located somewhere near Sunset Blvd.  Vegan cheese?  Why not?  Of course, I had no real idea of exactly where it was, but let’s face it, that’s what Google Maps is for.Sunset Blvd Muralist #5

Since this is LA after all, parking at the shop was probably wishful thinking, so as I approached the GPS’d location, I took the first parking spot available and decided to walk the last block or so.  That’s when I saw these guys…or rather heard the rap music accompaniment just before seeing them.  At first glance, I really wasn’t sure what was going on.  There appeared to be two house painters painting a wall to the beat of (very) loud rap music.  Maybe the scene warranted a shot or two, but well…it just wasn’t that unusual, I thought.  That is,  until I got closer and realized that the rhythmic house painters were creating a mural and the music was just part of the show.  Sunset Blvd Muralist #3Sunset Blvd Muralist #2Well, that’s LA for ya’…nothing like spontaneous performance art to brighten the day!  Instant Photo Op! I immediately began  taking pics.  The large individual in the suit asked who I shot for.  My response, “Me!”  He was evidently part of the crew – bodyguard, agent, lookout – I wasn’t sure.  I didn’t care.  I gave him my card anyway.  It’s LA.  Ya’ never know…Right?RFoster2015_Sunset Blvd Grafitti Artist_04_2015-4 It was fascinating watching & photographing these guys doing their thing!  “Ordered Chaos with theme music” is how I’d describe the scene. The two seemed to have a plan as they were very rapidly (& rhythmically) creating another uniquely LA visual point of interest.  By the way, the primary artist is known as Alec Monopoly.  I still haven’t deciphered the actual message the mural was designed to send, but the end result is a very cool artistic statement.  Now all I have to do is figure out what Tupac Shakur, Karl Lagerfeld, and Salvador Dali have in common – and, at some point, find that damned vegan cheese shop.  I’m sure it’s somewhere near there…maybe?

Sunset Blvd Muralist #6

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