Day 24: Breaking out of my comfort zone

Although I am from L.A., I am by far not a graffiti artist.

I grew up on the Westside of L.A. and spent many years hanging out in Culver City, Santa Monica, and the famous Venice Beach. Yeah, yeah, I know those areas aren’t as dangerous as East L.A. or South Central, they are still part of the West Coast vibe.

Anyhow, if you’ve never taken a trip to the West Coast and walked along Venice Beach, then you’re missing some pretty cool culture. There is so much to see and do at Venice Beach, and there is plenty of wall space covered in graffiti art.

If you’re not sure what graffiti art is, here is the definition according to Wikipedia: Graffiti is any type of public markings that may appear in the forms of simple written words to elaborate wall paintings. Graffiti has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to Ancient Greece and the Roman Empire. In modern times, paint, particularly spray paint, and marker pens have become the most commonly used graffiti materials. In most countries, marking or painting property without the property owner’s consent is considered defacement and vandalism, which is a punishable crime. Graffiti may also express underlying social and political messages and a whole genre of artistic expression is based upon spray paint graffiti styles. Within hip hop culture, graffiti has evolved alongside hip hop music, b-boying, and other elements. Unrelated to hip-hop graffiti, gangs use their own form of graffiti to mark territory or to serve as an indicator of gang-related activities. Controversies that surround graffiti continue to create disagreement amongst city officials/law enforcement and writers who wish to display and appreciate work in public locations. There are many different types and styles of graffiti and it is a rapidly developing art form whose value is highly contested, reviled by many authorities while also subject to protection, sometimes within the same jurisdiction.

L.A. is notorious for having graffiti art covering walls throughout the city. New York is no exception, except that city has subways covered in graffiti art.

Now, graffiti art is not my forte. I only use spray paint when I need to repaint furniture or an art project. I’ve never used spray paint on walls or do I have any plans to because I know my graffiti art will never look as good and cool as some of the talented and established graffiti artists out there.

Here’s my graffiti art attempt for today’s card.

01.24.14 Inspired by 1970s Graffiti Art © 2014 Stacy Schilling

01.24.14 Inspired by 1970s Graffiti Art
© 2014 Stacy Schilling