A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

 

The California Dreaming Wall

Artist: Ricardo Gonzales

Location: 3423 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

 

Get your (Google) maps and iPhones ready people, we’re goin’ on an Instadventure (Instagram + adventure)! It’s no secret that the city of Los Angeles is teeming with some of the world’s most incredible works of street art, and when you think about it, it totally makes sense that the city has become such a draw for so many street artists: in a city as large as LA, surfaces in need of beautification are almost limitless – whether officially commissioned from a renowned artist, or thrown up in the middle of the night, guerilla graffiti artist style. From large scale murals the size of a building, to pieces as small as matchbox in a tiny nook, LA street art as a whole has played an integral role in giving life and beauty to the city’s urban landscape. 

 

But, here’s the deal: as you may have noticed, it can be difficult to track down the murals you see on IG IRL! The hunt is so real that group art tours and private art tours alike have sprung up. While those are fantastic resources, I know we may not all have the means to utilize them, or may prefer the self-guided tour route. I’m all about a good share – I’m here to help you get that gorgeous, only-in-LA Instagram (or Facebook or Twitter – you do you) content you need!

 

A DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

 

Whether you’re just looking to check the pieces out in real life or you’re on the hunt for the perfect backdrop for an epic photo, I’ve got the scoop on where to find the most Instagram-worthy Los Angeles murals. 

 

Ladies and gents, without further ado: behold THE definitive, Love & Loathing LA guide to the best large scale wall art in Los Angeles! 

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

 

You Are Going to Be Fine Mural

Downtown Los Angeles is a great spot to hit if you’re looking for great street art – in particular, I recommend hitting Row DTLA, which has several amazing wall murals. You’ll feel a sense of calm wash over you the second you see this gem, located at Row DTLA. The message we all need right now, amIright?

 

Artist: Leta Sobierajski

Location: Row DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles 90021

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

The Dots Cafe Honeycomb Mural

Okay, technically this mural is located in LA’s very near neighbor, Pasadena. The whole mural is gorgeous, and bonus – if you’re looking for the perfect pastel photo backdrop, this is it!

 

Artist: Geoff Gouveia

Location: Dots Cafe, 3819 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, 91107 (alley behind the building)

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

The Faces Mural

Another Row DTLA gem! This minimalist mural by LA-based artist Carly Kuhn, also known as The Cartorialist, is one of my faves.

 

Artist: Carly Kuhn aka The Cartorialist

Location: Row DTLA, 777 Alameda St., Los Angeles 90021

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

The Love Wall

I know you’ve seen Curtis Kulig’s ultra-famous Love Wall all over the ‘gram! Painted on the exterior of Smashbox Studios’ Culver City location, its vibrant red hue makes it a gorgeous photo backdrop (and has served as one to many an engagement photoshoot, I’m sure!).

 

Artist: Curtis Kulig

Location: 8538 Hayden Ave., Culver City 90232

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

The Elliott Smith Figure 8 Wall

That’s right – the east side has street art too. Best known for its feature on Elliott Smith’s Figure 8 album cover, this mural became a huge draw for music fans – but, it saw some shifts in recent years when a bar moved in and took over some of its prime real estate. That said, they – and Ma’am Sir, the restaurant that later took over the space, did their best to pay homage to the original mural, and it still serves as a testament to Silver Lake’s roots… albeit, slightly disfigured.

 

Artist: Unknown

Location: Ma’am Sir, 4330 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles 90029

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

 

RETNA x Lyric Theatre Mural

I’m sure you recognize the work of LA native and renowned street artist, RETNA! Commissioned by one of LA’s most famous theaters, The Lyric Theatre, this black and gold mural is a stunner.

 

Artist: RETNA

Location: 520 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

The Hauser & Wirth Public Garden Graffiti Mural

When Hauser & Wirth took over a former, long-abandoned flour mill, they opted to keep much of the graffiti that was already in place, and commissioned artist Kim West to complete this wall as a full mural. Located in the public garden space, it’s my favorite section of this amazing building. Bonus? It’s located on East 3rd Street, where you can easily stroll for a self guided street art tour!

 

Artist: Kim West (and various unknown graffiti artists)

Location: Hauser & Wirth, 901-909 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles 90013

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

PHOTO: @STARFIGHTERA / INSTAGRAM

The Street of Love Mural

We stan a female street artist! All hail Christina Angelina, aka Starfighter, whose gorgeous work can be found all over the city of LA. This one, “4th Street,” created in collaboration with Fanakapan, is located in the Los Angeles Art District – an area absolutely teeming with some of the best murals this city has to offer!

 

Artist: Christina Angelina and Fanakapan

Location: East 4th St. and Merrick St., Los Angeles 90013

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

 

Rear View

If you’re an Angeleno, it’s likely you’ve seen UK street artist D*Face’s distinct wall art over town (more to come on that). I’m always thrilled to stumble upon his ultra-vibrant, pop art-inspired street art – in particular, Rear View (originally created in 2014). 

 

Artist: D*Face

Location: W. Pico Blvd and Federal Ave, Los Angeles 90064

 

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

PHOTO: ANGEL CITY BREWERY

The Global Angel Wings Project Mural

I mean, guys, it couldn’t be an LA street art roundup without angel wings, could it? I had to include the wings that started it all: Colette Miller’s mural at LA Arts District’s Angel City Brewery. One of the first to commission such a piece, Colette’s wings can now be found all over the globe.

 

Artist: Colette Miller

Location: Angel City Brewery, 216 S. Alameda St., Los Angeles 90012

Hot Tip: There are SEVERAL “Angel Wings” around Los Angeles – UCLA Extension, Melrose Ave, Regent Theater, Arts District, Beverly Grove

 

INSTA-WORTHY STREET ART IN LA

The Rock Paper Scissor Mural

One of the first buildings in Santa Monica to commission street artists to beautify its exterior in the 80s, when its current tenants moved in, they noticed that the paint needed a refresh. In order to give the original artist, Risk, his proper due, they reached out to him for an all-new mural. The result? A super vibrant, large scale work of art that became a collaborative effort between multiple graffiti artists.

 

Artist: Risk + the help of a few friends including OG Abel, Nathan Ota, Sel Dog, Sonny Boy, Severe and Vyal

Location: Cloverfield Blvd & Broadway Ave, Santa Monica 90404

 

 

The Venice Twins

The Venice Twins

You may have become familiar with Jules Muck, better known as Muck Rock, recently when she teamed up with business owners in LA to paint murals over their boarded-up windows in an homage to the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s long been active in the community, and her work can be found all over the city. This particular mural is in an area rife with gorgeous street art, so get ready to fill that camera roll.

 

Artist: Jules Muck aka Muck Rock

Location: 1301 Electric Avenue, Venice, CA 90291 (just off Abbott Kinney)

 

 

Marco Polo Mural

PHOTO: @ALLISONKUNATH / INSTAGRAM

Marco Polo Mural

Completed in 2014, Alison Kunath’s Marco Polo mural on the exterior of Marco Polo Imports’ Santa Monica location is a gorgeous, geometric creation rendered in black and white. 

 

Artist: Allison Kunath

Location: 1302 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404

 

 

Bumblebee Loves You x Dunkin Donuts Mural

PHOTO: @BUMBLEBEELOVESYOU / INSTAGRAM

Bumblebee Loves You x Dunkin Donuts Mural

A native of LA county, Bumblebee Loves You’s art can be found all over town – so if you’re an LA local, the odds are good you’ve spotted some of his work before! If you – like me – are a donut lover, you’ll particularly love this piece commissioned by Dunkin Donuts for their Culver City location.

 

Artist: Bumblebee Loves You

Location: 13300 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90066

 

 

The Mondrian Wall

The Mondrian Wall

Clean, colorful, and the most appropriate mural to be on the outside of an art store!

 

Artist: Unknown

Location: Artist & Crafstman Supply 1660 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90035

 

Homage to a Starry Night Mural

PHOTO: @SIMPLYYSABB / INSTAGRAM

Homage to a Starry Night Mural

Rip Cronk has been beautifying Venice since the late 70s – and his work with his Homage to a Starry Night (you might recognize this piece from the original by very little-known artist Vincent Van Gogh – heard of him?) is perhaps one of his most beautiful, in my humble opinion. Originally painted in the 90s, Rip updated it with a fresh paint job just last year – may it continue to serve as a gorgeous little ode to ol’ Vincent for many years to come!

 

Artist: Rip Cronk

Location: Ocean Front Ave and Wave Crest Ave, Venice CA 90291

 

 

Kobra x LGBT Youth Center Mural 

PHOTO: @NADIANEO / INSTAGRAM

Kobra x LGBT Youth Center Mural 

Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra was commissioned to add a gorgeous mural to Hollywood’s LGBT Youth Center’s exterior – and the result is a gorgeous work of art that draws parallels between the center’s work and other famous humanitarians and civil rights activists’ work including Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King, Jr. This mural is, simply put, a stunner.

 

Artist: Kobra

Location: 1220 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, 90038

 

 

Look Into My Eyes at The Line

PHOTO: @DFACE_OFFICIAL / INSTAGRAM

Look Into My Eyes at The Line

I told you we’d be hearing more from D*Face! You might recognize these rad peepers from the exterior of Koreatown’s ultra cool The Line Hotel (located down the side of the hotel, and not from its main entry, to be clear!).

 

Artist: D*Face

Location: 3515 Wilshire Blvd. (at S Ardmore Avenue), Koreatown, 90010

 

La Senora de la Muerte Mural

PHOTO: @THEGRAFFITIHUNTER / INSTAGRAM

La Senora de la Muerte Mural

Originally commissioned for FX show “The Bridge” in 2013, I’m so glad this mural by LA-bred artist El Mac has remained for the long haul!

 

Artist: El Mac

Location: 1062 N Normandie Ave., Los Angeles, 90029

 

The Bloc Mural Project x Chris Lux

PHOTO: @THEGRAFFITIHUNTER / INSTAGRAM

The Bloc Mural Project x Chris Lux

Located in Downtown LA, this mural by artist Chris Lux’s exuberant color palette is just begging for a rainbow outfit to coordinate for a photo. I’m not sayin’, I’m just sayin’.

 

Artist: Chris Lux

Location: The BLOC, 700 South Flower Los Angeles, California 90017 (mural located on 8th)

 

 

 

NOTE: many if not ALL of the artists mentioned here have a number of murals around town, be sure to check in on their social media to see what they might be up to! 

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