Monday, July 16, 2012

Graffiti in Venice

While everyone was having fun at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend, we were in Toluca Lake having breakfast and moping around about not having Comic Con badges this year.

Then we remembered talking about wanting to do graffiti at Venice Art Walls a while ago. 

Flash back to 2006. The day we moved from Ohio to New York City, we drove a U-Haul across the bridge into Queens, took a wrong turn down some alley under a highway and found this

It was an amazing sight. Five Pointz is a 200,000 sq ft factory building covered entirely with graffiti. We were super inspired by this. We wanted to paint there, but before we had a chance, we packed up and moved to Los Angeles.

So the past Saturday we thought "hey, let's do it today."

Two art stores later, we got our spray paints and couple different caps. Caps come in various sizes, and there're also different variations of calligraphy caps.
We arrived and got a permit to paint. For the small walls, we didn't need to show any kind of portfolio. It's a good place to practice.

Ryan sketched out our new cat, little Gizmo.

We chose a space that didn't look like we would be tagging on anyone's fresh paint. And we got to work.

I didn't take a lot of progress photos since I was busy climbing up and down a wall. I have never seen people using ladders there, though. I started to wonder if all graffiti artists are just naturally really tall.

You can buy these Montana Gold cans at most of the art stores. It's a low-pressure system spray paint. We found that the extra fine and calligraphy caps gave pretty accurate detailed strokes.

Finished! More next week, hopefully!


Vicky said...

omg! my kitty is named Gizmo too!

Fawn said...

Clio just told me, too. It's a cute name for cute cats<3 What kind of cat is he?

Anthony Holden said...

This is so fun! I hope you guys had your face masks on. :)

Olivier Ladeuix said...

low pressure cans.... I whish we had those back in the days! Got to try one day.