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Historic Hollywood Hotel


5162 Melrose Ave. Hollywood, CA 90038


"The Hollywood Historic Hotel proudly opened its doors in 1927...The LA Times headlines announced "One more beauty from architect S. Charles Lee". Decades later, this beautiful historic landmark remains the beauty of Hollywood and an exclusive destination and hotel. A true landmark hotel in the heart of Hollywood where the view from the rooms is the Hollywood sign itself...The Hollywood Historic Hotel is only one block away from the famous Paramount Pictures and Raleigh Studios. The Hollywood Historic Hotel was the premier choice for celebrities, diplomats and dignitaries for many years..." This landmark is a dime on Melrose Blvd. I peaked my head inside, and a sense of old Hollywood glamour seems to carry through the hotel. Definitely a nice place to stop by and take a peak if you're going down Melrose.


Alec Monopoly


"Alec Monopoly (born c. 1986) is a pseudonymous American street artist, graffiti artist, and painter. He is known for his satirical spins using the Monopoly man, in reference to contemporary styles or situations.Monopoly is from New York, He moved to Los Angeles in 2006. He found working there was easier because of the many billboards in the city. He had been arrested in New York and was on probation. Monopoly is best known for his tuxedoed and top-hatted graffiti character of Monopoly Man, an idea originally inspired by the stockbroker Bernie Madoff.”

who is alec monopoly?


Lab Art Los Angeles

IG: @labartlosangeles

"LAB ART is the largest art gallery in the nation dedicated to street art. Spanning 6,500 square feet of spac. Drawn from the street art movement, LAB ART brings together approximately 300 works, by various street artists—both recognized names as well as up-and-comers. The unprecedented line-up includes some of the most renowned urban artists in the world including: Alec Monopoly, Kai Aspire, Thank You X, Mar, and Dog Byte among many other talents. LAB ART works with some of the most exciting and innovative artists who collectively defy categorization. Curated under the watchful eye of former fashion designer Iskander Lemseffer, and art collector Rachel Joelson, LAB ART's collection showcases a movement that will deservedly make its mark in contemporary art history." This place is absolutely out of this world, definitely a new favorite spot in LA.

217 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

(323) 933-1021 ‎

Back Alley of LAB ART, Los Angeles


Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park


"The likelihood of Robert F. Kennedy becoming a president of the United States disappeared in a pool of blood following a victory speech at the Ambassador Hotel just after midnight on June 5, 1968. Today, the Ambassador is gone, having been replaced by the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools, a sprawling colossus comprising six schools that will accommodate approximately 4,000 students. In front of the building, along Wilshire Boulevard, is the Robert F. Kennedy Inspiration Park...From artist-designers May Sun and Richard Wyatt: "The Inspiration Park has a daytime presence and a nighttime presence, with a starlit floor. The implication of passivity and a sense of loss are inherent in the perception of a memorial. Inspiration, however, carries with it a call to positive action, the infusion of ideas and dreams that stimulate creativity in thought or action. For that reason, we would like this park to be experienced as an Inspiration Park, as opposed to a memorial park, because Robert Kennedy's ideas and passions are carried into the future, with younger generations discovering his convictions and calls to action." If anyone inspired others, it was indeed Bobby Kennedy, and he's fittingly honored here. 3400 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-City."

—Todd David Schwartz

Plastic Jesus

"Plastic Jesus is a Los Angeles based street artist that specialises in bold stencil and installation work, inspired by world news events, society, the urban environment, culture and politics. His work combines humour, irony, criticism and unique opinion to create art that engages on many levels...His piece “Hollywood’s best kept secret” showing a 6 foot gold Oscars statue injecting with heroin brought controversy and focus to the hidden use of hard drugs in Hollywood. The Huffington Post listed two works by Plastic Jesus in the end of year round up of “The Best of Los Angeles Street art 2012” Influential street art blog ‘Melrose & fairfax‘ described Plastic Jesus as “The Banksy of LA”. ‘Complex Art-Design’ listed Plastic Jesus as the “#1 LA street artist to watch”. Plastic Jesus is not about revolution, he is not a complete anarchist but would like to see some changes around the place. His work is more about shining a small light into some of those dark corners of society then standing back and watching reactions and opinions. His work has been featured by The BBC, CNN, abc News, Huffington Post, Gizmodo, Buzzfeed, The Sun, The Daily Mirror, LA Times, LA Weekly, The Daily Mail, MSNBC, The Daily Telegraph, and many more. Plastic Jesus tries to work as ethically as possible and minimise harm to the environment. If you find a piece of Plastic Jesus art on your building and you don’t want it there please email Plastic Jesus and one of the removal team will be there to remove it and make good."


Mike Kelley


Mike Kelley

"Widely regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954-2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions - which he set in relation to relentless self and social examinations, both dark and delirious. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Kelley lived and worked in Los Angeles from the mid-1970s until his death at the age of fifty-seven. Over his thirty-five year career, he worked in every conceivable medium - drawings on paper, sculpture, performance, music, video, photography, and painting - exploring themes as diverse as American class relations, sexuality, repressed memory, systems of religion and transcendence, and post-punk politics, to which he brought both incisive critique and abundant, self-deprecating humor. Kelley has a deep and lasting connection to Los Angeles and to The Museum of Contemporary Art. Moving to Southern California in 1976 to attend the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), Kelley remained in Los Angeles after graduating, quickly becoming influential as an artist, teacher, collaborator, and experimental musician... Mike Kelley is the largest exhibition of the artist's work to date, bringing together over 250 works, from 1974 through early 2012. The exhibition, which occupies the entirety of The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA and a gallery at MOCA Grand Avenue, is organized to underscore the recursive nature of Kelley's work. Kelley returned time and again to certain underlying themes - the shapes lurking underneath the carpet, as it were - including repressed memories, disjunctions between selfhood and social structures, as well as fault lines between the sacred and the profane. The work Kelley produced throughout his life was marked by his extraordinary powers of critical reflection as well as a creative - and surprising - repurposing of ideas and materials.


Little Tokyo


"At its peak, Little Tokyo had approximately 30,000 Japanese Americans living in the area. Little Tokyo is still a cultural focal point for Los Angeles's Japanese American population. It is mainly a work, cultural, religious, restaurant and shopping district, because Japanese Americans today are likely to live in nearby cities such as Torrance, Gardena, and Monterey Park. However, the recent boom in downtown residential construction is changing the nature of Little Tokyo...What is left of the original Little Tokyo can be found in roughly five large city blocks...A timeline has been set into the concrete in front of these shops, using bronze lettering, showing the history of each of the shops from the early 20th Century until the renovation of the district in the late 1980s."


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