The Grafflab , a Safe heaven for urban
Artist to express themselves..
Artists & Community Coments
“Let me get something clarified before I talk about the Graf Lab. Usually when I tell someonethat I create graffiti with the youth in my neighborhood I get concerned looks from them. The word graffiti almost always brings up other words in most people’s minds like: illegal, crime,or sin. In our minds we think of words like: art, work, and style. Let it be known that there issuch a thing as legal graffiti, and it’s beautiful.
I’ve had the privilege of teaching some of the youth in our neighborhood the form ofillustration. In turn, they’ve been teaching me the art of graffiti. Every piece that we dotogether is 100% legal, and it’s usually at a legal spot in our neighborhood called the GrafLab. This spot is somewhat of a sacred place in Pico Union, Los Angeles. It’s on the South Eastcorner of Venice and Union in Los Angeles. (if you’ve got the skills please come through) EverySaturday, artists can express themselves legally in broad daylight, and practice the art form ofgraffiti in safety. There are outside dangers that come in though. For instance the Burlingtongang has claimed this as their territory. Yes you might get stopped by them if you go there, butwe can’t let gangs interrupt or lives. The Graf Lab belongs to everyone, and it’s important to not hand any place over to darkness. The Artists have something to say. They also have somethingthey need to let out of their being. I love the Graf Lab because it provides artists with anoutlet that takes them off the billboards and private property of L.A. If anything there needsto be more legal spots like the Graf Lab in every city.
We have to support places like this.
If legal walls are taken away from the public then peoplewill fall into vandalism even more. If we believe that non-permission graffiti on privateproperty is a crime, then we have to back our beliefs by providing legal walls as a community.”
(By Etex at the Graf Lab)