Category Archives: Graffiti

Mr. Brainwash at the Bruce Laurie Gallery Los Angeles

Kate_Moss995824If you missed the local opening of Los Angeles-based filmaker and street artist Thierry Guetta, otherwise known as Mr. Brainwash which happened on Februrary 8th, there’s still time to view the artist exhibition at the Bruce Laurie Gallery until March 1st.

*According to the 2010 Banksy-directed film Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010), Guetta began as a proprietor of a clothing store and amateur videographer who filmed street artists through the 2000s and “evolved” into an artist in his own right in a matter of weeks after an off-hand suggestion from Banksy.

Guetta does not typically have much physical involvement in the construction of the artwork attributed to him; he passes ideas to his creative team, mostly graphic designers who carry out the artistic side instead of Guetta. Mimicking his associate Banksy, Guetta employs famous artistic and historic images, many of which are copyrighted, and amends the originals in sometimes slight, sometimes significant ways.

Mr. Brainwash’s uniformly subversive style fuses historic pop imagery and contemporary cultural iconography to create his own pop–graffiti art hybrid.Working primarily with layers of screenprint and stenciled images, Mr. Brainwash’s compositions are emblematic of a graffiti wall inundated with 20th Century iconography.

Mr. Brainwash is both sly and playful in his juxtaposition of the cultural idols of the past (Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, Marilyn Monroe) with the icons of today (Kate Moss, Madonna). The vibrant palette and references to Pop Artist like Andy Warholand Keith Haring, add a puckish wink to his unique street art style.

To add to his intentionally derivative persona, Mr. Brainwash uses a special signature and authentication on all of his unique artworks. All unique MBW artworks have his mantra “Life is Beautiful”, his thumbprint, hand-signature, and assigned dollar bill number sequence.

The development of this whimsical Pop-Graffiti art style has catapulted MBW to international superstardom, and he continues to garner recognition from art collectors and street art enthusiasts alike.

*(directly referenced from Wikipedia)

Brainwash l Guetta l Hilmersson

Exhibition Dates:
February 8th to March 1st

Bruce Lurie Gallery
2736 S La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 796-1780

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Marriage In The Modern Age: Graffiti Style

Celebrity photographer Robert Zuckerman featured newlywed couple, Katherine and Jordan Niefeld in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, Florida. This striking exhibition (and truly one of Gia On The Move’s favorites!) tells a colorfully carved out story of love and tradition in the Modern Age.



Zuckerman photos


Zuckerman photos




More about Robert Zuckerman

As a photographer in the motion picture industry, Robert Zuckerman’s images have become the advertising and publicity campaigns for such films as “The Crow,” “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Training Day,” “Terminator 3,” “Bad Boys 2”, “National Treasure,” “Transformers,” “Pursuit of Happyness” and “The Great Debaters,” among others, as well as television series including “The Shield,” “Rescue Me” and “Nip/Tuck.” He has done recent album cover and movie poster photography for Will Smith and was invited to be the personal photographer for the family of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz.

Whether on or off the set, his connection is to emotional content, to the feeling present in the subject and in the moment. Zuckerman has photographed countless weddings, family portraits, and pregnancy pictures – anything where there is spirit and love in the room, from the inner city to the mansions of Malibu.

“For me, photography as much as possible has become an integration of life and craft. Through it I am able to give value to people’s lives and derive value in my own life, beyond making a living.”

Artplug Tuesday: Look Who’s Spray Painting

…at the Bushwick Collective NYC…OUTDOOR STREET GALLERY of Artists from all over the world.

The Bushwick CollectiveWhat are you holding on to?


Good Morning Hollywood – It’s Saturday

get-attachment-1Kids always have the right idea…Spontaneous sidewalk chalk message motif


15 Street Art Must Sees


by Tracey Paleo – Gia On The Move


It’s been a while since I’ve talked about anything on one of my favorite subjects in the art universe – #streetart.

This past week, HuffPost did an article that was so gorgeous I had to post the photos and the link.  It’s not often I get to see these kinds of pieces.  When I do.  I pause in awe. These are simply brilliant, exciting, so incredibly spontaneous and truly the barometer of Culture Shift – “Look Who’s Talking with their Eyes Wide Open.”


Modern classics at their best and brightest…from Brazil, to Russia, to the USA, Prague, Poland, Cape Town and more.  You will want to check out the article for the rest.  GO NOW — DO IT! — SEE IT! — CLICK!



Hollywood Hosts StreetKube on August 15th!

What does Paris look like in Summer?  



A kaleidoscopic carnival of color and live graffiti, with street artists, video projection, live performances, contests, and shopping for thousands of invited guests all roaming the cool desert evenings in Hollywood, CA.

.by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move


After the success of the three previous editions of the Street Art Show STREETKUBE, the Parisian creative agency LOUIS Creative Workshop has chosen Los Angeles to host a new summer initiative of spontaneous art projects, combining exhibitions, performances and installations, under the California sun:

« Le SUMMER STREET ART SHOW », on Thursday August 15th, 7:30pm, at Lexington’s, Hollywood.

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Following its original concept,  Le SUMMER STREET ART SHOW continues the experience of inaugurating extraordinary places turned into a real pop-up street art galleries, where Collective Exhibition and performances are mingled.

Artists (some also known already in the US) to watch:


marks_hedera, markers, characters

Street Finds. Spontaneous LA Art Reliefs

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

street art JFKOnce again, while walking up La Brea towards Hollywood Blvd., there it was, unexpected and glorious.

“What does it mean?” I thought.

I know what it means to me, but what about the artist.  Why does this image continue to have such powerful impact? Why in this place? This grungy, ugly, barren, stripped, cemented, place…the side of a barrier across from a public parking lot, almost hidden. Does this corner need inspiration? A reminder? Someone watching over it? And why did I choose to notice it now?  Has it been there all along? And the texture of it…it’s so impressive…so thought out…so alive.  He’s almost breathing. This piece has a sense of the artist painstakingly molding the materials, scratching, and painting carefully, meticulously.  This is no accident. No mere unsophisticated rendition.  It really is a work of art that but for the subject matter, could have been pulled right out of the Renaissance.  Modern day Michelangelo.

It’s the kind of curiosity that will bring me back again and again to look at this spontaneous street art wall relief of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America. For now, a photograph will have to suffice…

Kick Up Your Heels!

TSAYS009_BVIt’s a new year and in 2013 it’s time to kick up your heels and show some sole!

Watching a brilliant fireworks display on New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight from my balcony got me thinking, “I’d like this year to be filled with color!”  So I couldn’t help but get started with something vibrant, fun and insatiably artistic.

So-Cal inspired, designer and artist Taylor Reeve is making the most motley statement with her signature, eye-catching art, imprinted on the soles of her one-of-a-kind exclusively crafted leather heels.  Patterns include designs that are soft and girly to edgy skull prints. 

Taylor ReeveTaylorSays the new collection draws on just about everything in her path. Her inspiration comes from a wide array of influences like street and pop art to graffiti, tattoo and kustom culture; unique style that solely marks her work as an individual artist.

Taylor has created one of a kind artistic series for other companies like Quiksilver, Dragon, Bell Helmets and SkullCandy to name a few.  She even debuted a men’s outerwear line for Quiksilver last winter and has worked with custom bike builder Jesse Rooke for 6 years, adding her signature flair to some of his famous choppers.

Intensely relevant to the max.  YOU WILL BE KALEIDOSCOPICLY NOTICED!!!

Visit or for more styles.





The Key To My Heart

Los Angeles

We’re Bringing in a Graffiti Artist For Our Set!

When a string of supernatural suicide bombings starts on a lonely highway outside of town, the FBI swoops in to try and find out who may have devised the sinister plot. What they find is…the last thing they expected.

Evolving over the last year, these three loosely connected stories revolve around the strange and beautiful people of Rodgers Cross – a small town controlled by the ominous Maddox Mental Hospital.

The evening will unfold in two parts x four people: Timmy & Ronny and Vail & Nora.  Love. Revenge. Weddings, Mysteries and Mental Hospitals… an evening of new plays by Z.N. Lupetin at The Hudson Guild Theater in Hollywood’s theater row:

Friday, October 12 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 13 – 8:00 PM
Sunday, October 14 – 3:00 PM

Thursday, October 18 – 8:00 PM
Friday, October 19 – 8:00 PM
Saturday, October 20 – 8:00 PM


Mark Weiler
Chris Hampton
Matt Devine
John Druska
Jeff Lupetin (voice)

Sam Gedymin
Emily Kron

Written + Directed by Z.N. Lupetin
Stage Manager: John David DeFour



6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90038

Flesh and Acrylic

Originally posted on Chicquero:

“Flesh and Acrylic” is Ben Heine’s latest project (started in 2011). Ben creates abstract acrylic paintings on large wooden panels. The main idea is to create a surface blending the model with the background. Indeed, the particularity of the project resides in the fact that a living person is integrated in the artwork and is part of the whole composition. The end result is often wild and very colorful. Once the painting is finished, Ben takes pictures of it. The photos will be printed and exhibited afterwards. In this series, Ben’s intention is to give a new beauty and a new dimension to the life model.

Check out more of Bens work a lot of which is available to purchase via his website

You can draw with acrylic paint and never forget the basics. Composition and technique are critical but don’t take it too seriously. Have fun.Jason Broatch


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Takin’ It To The Streets! Art-maggedon L.A. Sept 29th-30th

Walk – Bike – Metro to art in your neighborhood!
An alternative to Carmageddon:
On September 29 & 30, Hollywood Fringe along with a multitude of cultural organizations  are throwing a citywide art party and celebrating the prolific and inspiring art happening all over Los Angeles. From the Valley to Pasadena, Santa Monica to Downtown, there is a lot going on and they want you to join them…
Visit to discover listings for art happening near you.
Check out what’s happening at major institutions nearby or dig deeper and discover hidden gems just around the corner. Carmageddon II is the perfect excuse to leave your car behind and support local art by experiencing the performances, concerts, screenings, exhibitions and more, being created and presented in your own backyard.
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ARTmageddon… Less Car. More ART!
September 29 & 30
ARTmageddon is a collaborative effort co-founded by Beyond the Usual and Curbside, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs, Experience LA, LA Stage Alliance, ForYourArt, and Metro, in association with an inspiring alliance of artists and community partners, and with the generous support of the Los Angeles Downtown Arts District (LADAD).