Downtown LA Graffiti/Mural Tour
When we did our first graffiti/mural tour back in 2010, it was a treasure hunt for unique urban art that often vanished soon after it appeared.
What a difference the years have made. The Los Angeles Graffiti and Mural scene- especially in Downtown LA- has been undergoing a renaissance the past few years, fueled by an absolutely amazing cadre of local artists, joined by some of the best from around the globe. Your guides, all local artists themselves, are eager to introduce you to this vibrant world and share the work of their friends and fellow artists. The transient nature of the art hasn’t changed. Some pieces you will see might last only days before being covered. Others have been preserved for decades. You’ll also see many other hidden art treasures, including the rich urban sculpture scene and some local spots of truly curious history.
“I would highly recommend taking this tour, whether you’re a jaded SoCal native or just visiting our beautiful city. You’ll be both delighted and surprised by the cultural richness of what you find.”-Sasha via Yelp.com
Your knowledgeable guide will give you history and insight, and maybe even spot you one of the elusive artists at work. We make stops at several unique locations including a visit to our friends at Dejavita, Arts District Co-Op, Art Share LA, Cleaveland Art, and the Hauser and Wirth Gallery for a mid-point bathroom/refreshment break. Thanks to your amazing guides (we use actual DTLA artists as our guides, all long time residents of the area) you will get access to hidden spots that other people would never get a chance to see.
After the tour, you can relax and soak in the culture of this amazing neighborhood at one of several great restaurants, coffee shops and bars hidden about. Your guide will be able to point you towards the best spots to enjoy the rest of your day in Downtown LA. We provide a water bottle for all guests. The tour covers approximately 2 miles of walking, so bring comfortable shoes! This amazing tour is just $12/person.
The DOWNTOWN GRAFFITI AND MURAL tour starts in front of Dejavita art boutique in the Arts District.
533 Colyton St, Los Angeles, 90013:
If their lot is open and isn’t being rented out for a movie shoot, our friends at Dejavita welcome you to park at their store. You can stop on in and see their shop of great art before or after the tour.
“Meet one of your Guides: Hector H. Calderon aka Shandu One
Hector moved to LA from El Paso in 1975. He formed “LA Bomb Squad” (LABS) with other neighborhood kids, and they went on to become internationally recognized as pioneers of the LA graffiti scene. He was the first artist to paint the infamous Belmont Tunnel, and together they used their art as an alternate to gangs and drugs. Still in close contact with the local graffiti/mural scene, Hector works as a graphic artist, fine artist, local youth mentor, and is the proud father of two wonderful daughters. His art has been seen in galleries across LA, in magazines and newspapers, and was published in The History of Los Angeles Graffiti Art and Los Angeles Graffiti. He is also a resident artist/sculptor at La Fonderie, the new fine arts foundry in Los Angeles and was recently was asked by the Getty to participate, and draw a piece for the “Lber Abicorum” (Book of Friends). A book that depicts the history of L. A. Graffiti through a hundred plus graff artist, and their artwork.
“My goal : To give back to the community where I grew up in Los Angeles, and to teach, mentor, and inspire young emerging artists so they can be directed towards the arts, rather than towards gangs and drugs.” Hector Calderon