Posted on 14 January 2011.
Posted on 14 December 2010.
Posted on 30 November 2010.
Posted on 29 November 2010.
“The afternoon sun sears Louie Mesa as he stands on cracked pavement in a black ball cap, black T-shirt and dark jeans. The sweat on his brow doesn’t seem to bother him. He’s savoring his canvas.
The battered wall in front of him may be a hodgepodge of bright colors and scattered patterns from taggers past, but on this slate Mesa sees a dream.
He’s been in this spot for hours, arriving at 9:30 a.m. after a restless night, painting from memory a piece of art that has been sketching itself out in his mind for days. He’s illustrated his name with block letters and filled it in with silver paint and airy patterns.
Mesa said it was his third visit to the Graff Lab in the Pico-Union neighborhood, a weekend program that aims to transform street taggers into skilled artists. The Graff Lab offers space on walls that wrap around the office complex of the Pico Union Housing Corp. There is only one rule: No gangsters.
“It’s not defacing property; it’s an art form,” said founder Ricardo Guerrero. “They can be whatever they want, but when they cross through those doors, they are an artist.”
Read the entire article by Rick Rojas of the LA TIMES here.
Posted on 06 April 2010.
Posted on 10 November 2009.
The Graff Lab makes t-shirts on site and designed by graffers themselves to help fund and maintain our facilities. Come down to the Graff Lab on 1038 W.Venice Blvd (Los Angeles, Ca 90015) Saturday – Sunday between 8am to 5pm and purchase a T-shirt for you and friends. We guarantee that you will love them!