Ahh it’s so good to be back blogging! Today I have a little post about something I got up to on my post camp travels! The title is self explanatory but in case you didn’t quite get it, this post is a tour of the famous walls and street art down Melrose Avenue.
Yep, this is really what Im writing about. But little blog, we actually spent a good half a day ripping round Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles looking for the Instagramable walls and street art! We rented those Bird scooters (well worth looking into, they’re like 15 cent a minute, via a handy little app on your phone) in search of the walls. We actually rented these scooters a few times in LA, including one day where I absolutely stacked it after getting the wheels jammed in the crack of the pavement at 20mph. Stay safe, kids.
Ahh so where better to start on this tour than perhaps the most famous wall of them all? The pink wall of Paul Smith! I wanna say this is LA’s flagship store as well but that could be me making up facts. This wall has caused much controversy with the locals- something about parking and toursits? Who knows, and the wall has received a good bit of graffiti and defacing here and there- enough to earn itself it’s very own security guard. Yeah, that’s real. But it is the bright pink wall- a very instagramable background in the hot LA sunsheeeeiiiine!
Location: 8221 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
[Just your local, friendly guide]
Opposite Paul Smith is a little cafe called, Carrera Cafe. The cafe has a large mural, currently an emoji wall, on it’s side. This one was pretty neat because what we thought the art was going to be, wasn’t there and instead was replaced with the emoji wall. The art on this cafe constantly changes, so if you’re reading this, perhaps you’ll see a different piece of art on your visit!
Location: 8251 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
[Horseback staff 2018]
Our next stop along Melrose Avenue via our Bird scooters was to Cisco Home! This furniture store handcrafts all of it’s goods right here in LA. However, it is also home to the iconic, ‘Made in LA’ wall. This wall is everywhere. The art is huge with great typography- an excellent backdrop for all your Instagram missions.
Location: 8025 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Next up, boutique store, Assembly. With it’s very minimalist design both inside and out, I actually loved this wall. Upside down lettering, black on white, so simple, so easy, yet so pleasing to the eye. Yeah, here I am actually discussing what is effectively, writing upon a wall. But hey, I rate this.
Location: 7977 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Okay so this isn’t technically on Melrose but we did ride those scooters to find it on the same day we searched for all of these walls, so it counts. Plus unless you’re walking this tour, adding Colette Miller’s Angel Wings into your day isn’t too difficult. Plus this is a global project which you can read about here, so it’s well worth a visit! Maybe you could visit all of Miller’s murals around the world, collect em all (I’m sorry, idk who I am either).
Location: 8401 W 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048
We then double backed onto Melrose (we had scooters, so it’s fine to zig zag and do everything in the wrong order) the wrong order because the Rainbow Crochet wall is actually somewhat opposite the Made in LA wall. Logic. This wall lives on the side of the Paper Bag Princess, a v expensive vintage store and second hand goods. The wall features three rainbows in a range of sizes for all us short, middle and tall folk galore and a pretty sweet peace sign on the end! These crochet masterpieces were made by London Kaye and you can check out her work here.
Location: 8050 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Ah okay so I lied. I have one more wall that isn’t on Melrose and we saw it on a different day to this street art tour. However, it is still an Instagramable wall so last but not least we have the Love Wall on the side of Alfred Coffee in Beverly Hills. Painted by one, James Goldcrown, this guy actually has murals all across America so check him out here.
Location: 490 N Beverly Dr, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
[Just your explore LA team ft my war wounds cos this was the day I had a meeting with the pavement]
So there you have a few Instagramable walls
on Melrose in LA! Something to fill a few hours of your day, plus you can’t beat walking around LA because that city is one of the best!
Peace and love