I had the pleasure of spending the last week in Santa Monica, CA to paint a mural for a private client. After the long Detroit winter, a trip to the LA area was a welcomed change of scenery. The weather was beautiful, and I was thrilled to do this project which has been in the works for the past nine months. I’ll get to the mural in a bit, but upon my arrival to the area, I had an opportunity I have to share.
Immediately after checking into my Air BnB, I stumbled upon a mural by Tristan Eaton, a muralist I greatly respect and look up to, on Santa Monica Blvd. It didn’t take long for me to notice that a large portion of it had unfortunately been defaced.
I contacted both Tristan and Branded Arts, the company he’d been contracted through to paint the mural, and offered to restore the mural, free of charge. They were both thrilled with my offer, so the next day, I got to work. Luckily, the offending graffiti was done pretty poorly, so I was able to see what was happening underneath. I hit up the art store and color-matched the areas that had been painted over, and spent the rest of the day reconstructing the original piece. This was the result.
Both Tristan and the folks at Branded Arts were happy with the results, and grateful that I had the time and knowledge to take care of it. Once that was done, it was time to move on to what I came to do.
My client had a blank wall, but they wanted it to look like it had had a previous Santa Monica themed mural which had beed gone over by several artists over several years. The mural was indoors, but the idea was to have it look like an older piece you might find outside. Over that, they wanted a data trail pattern. Over the course of 3 days, I was able to produce a mural both the client and I were really happy with.
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I’m back in Detroit now, wrapping up some things I started before I left, but it looks like I’ll be back in the LA area sooner rather than later. After connecting with Branded Arts about the Tristan Eaton piece, they asked me to assist with the upcoming Maya Angelou Mural Festival May 13-18. Unfortunately all of the walls in the mural festival have already been assigned, but it will afford me the opportunity to work alongside some of the biggest names in the mural community, and to have a canvas painting in the show on the final day at the Grand Reception. I’m sure I’ll have plenty to tell in an upcoming blog about that, so stay tuned!
That’s all for now. Don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel for a look behind the scenes of each of my murals. See below for a POV video I made of this one. Also, don’t forget to pick up one of my one of a kind Wetiko tees!