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According To RISK | Top 10 Graffiti Endeavors in Los Angeles

Graffiti legend and street artist RISK gives a breakdown of the most memorable and influential graff artists and spots in the City of Angels.

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While attempting to do a top 5 graffiti spots in LA., I quickly realized that I have to consider a lot of factors: times, dates, impact, etc. So its now my top 10 graffiti endeavors in Los Angeles over the years….

SEEN – The Hollywood Sign


Seen and the Hollywood Sign – Graffiti Stories #1 by FondationCartier

Seen and the Hollywood sign: This one is a personal favorite of mine because I have always wanted to do it. We all used to party at the sign and catch tags and what not but I always over planed and never completed the task. I wanted to change it to RISKYWOOD. With an elaborate skeme of stealing bed sheets from a local hotel and and sewing the letters or portions of blacked out letters and draping them from the top. I was a day late and a dollar short. Seen walked up and used the work smarter not harder and bombed the most dense viewable part as if he were doing a whole car back home. Bravo to Seen! well played…..

ZEPHYR – Venice Beach

Image courtesy of Zephyr.

Image courtesy of Zephyr.

Zephyr on Venice beach: It makes my top ten simply because Venice was the spot to go if you were looking for graffiti in L.A. and he dominated long before the Graff explosion hit LA. If you were one of the first 10 writers in L.A. (yes 10!) you definitely jocked this spot!

GKAE – Boyle Heights

GKAE on the 101 fwy in Hollywood:  The “Hollywood Fwy” sign across the center of the freeway. He did many of these but I picked [his Boyle Height’s endeavor] because he did it naked on acid and it made the news…. 

“I did the front of a freeway sign in Boyle Heights on acid once. I was about 16…17. I wanted to do huge fills from my feet to as high as I could reach, but I only had stock caps, and I tried to fill in solid. I was up there for a minute. I was really tripping out and thought every car that passed was a Buick Regal with some Cholo driver. And then I thought there was an earthquake. In retrospect the sign was probably just shaking from the 18-wheelers, but at the time it almost made me jump off. I think the spot ran a day.” — GKAE, Frank 151

SABER – L.A. River

SABER-ONESaber and the L.A. river piece: This piece was literally the biggest in its hey day. It made international news and made the LA river a destination spot for writers world wide. Saber also went on to break boundaries by skywriting over city hall!

REVOK – Billboard

REVOK-BillboardRevok’s billboard: It goes without saying that Revok is one of the most impact writers of our time but when you know what he has endured for the love of graffiti it is extremely inspiring. This piece came on at the time he was receiving the most unwanted attention of his career by a few overzealous detectives trying to get a name for themselves. Hats off to Revok for going bigger and shoving it  deeper up their asses!

OZIE – San Diego Freeway

OZIEOzzie on the 405 fwy: He repelled down, did a piece on the side of the overpass. Story goes he fell off and the cops let him lie there for a few hours before calling the ambulance. He was able to prove this in court and received a nice settlement. Stuck it to the man!

AYER – Freeway Pieces

AYER-HeavenAyer, simply put, took illegal fwy pieces to another level. Wild styles and plenty of them. Game changer, hands down! wRite In Power

KRENZ – Billboards

KRENZ-CorporateKrenz billboards: He started the onslaught of billboard burners. Another game changer. 

MOCA L.A. – Art in the Streets

Photo: Mark Westall/FAD.

Photo: Mark Westall/FAD.

“Art In The Streets” show at MOCA: This show was not only held at the Museum Of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles but it was the biggest most comprehensive museum show to date.

And so many more!

Belmont Tunnel, 2000.

Belmont Tunnel, 2000.

I have to give a combined award to all the legendary spots like the Belmont Tunnel, Motor Yard, and Crenshaw Wall for putting L.A. on the map. Also have to mention Chaka for making it on Jay Leno show as a joke. Jay said, ‘the space shuttle took off today, wait what is that?’ he zoomed in and it was a Chaka tag! Epic!


 

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