Los Angeles is home to the weird, the wonderful, the wild and the whimsical. In our new department, LA Stories, we’re going to embrace all of that. We’ll share little treasures, historic spots, quirky bits and random happenings—all of which say something meaningful about this crazy city we call home.
We’re going to begin with a bit of ephemera: sidewalk stencil art. Sometimes it’s thought-provoking, sometimes it’s silly, and sometimes it’s advertising—and once you start to notice it, you’ll see it everywhere. Here are a few pieces we recently spotted in West Hollywood:
This stencil is on the corner of Waring and Fuller. Maybe it speaks to infinite possibilities. Maybe it speaks to the subjective nature of identity. Maybe it’s just fun with filling in the blanks.
This piece is at the intersection of Willoughby and Poinsettia. We don’t know about you, but it makes us think of the classic ’93 dance tune “Show Me Love.”
Located at the corner of Waring and Genesee, this stencil might send a stronger message if it weren’t next to a leaky lawn sprinkler. We get it: Build the life you want. But also: It’s a drought, people! Fix your leaky sprinklers!
We’re not entirely sure about this one.
On Waring, we spied a pretty butterfly…with a pentacle inside. Hmm.
As far as we know, the good people at one of our favorite neighborhood gastropubs, The Village Idiot on Melrose, didn’t intend this to be sidewalk art. But intentional or not, we think that’s what it is—and with people inside, we think it’s a great piece of performance art. Only in LA must you not only go outside to smoke your e-cig, but you must also stand inside the “smoke box.”