From abLA :: Happy New Year!

2007 is here…can you believe it?

I’m excited about what this year will bring in terms of the blog, the gallery, and the Los Angeles art scene as a whole. After a brief break that everyone in the art world seemed to share the past two weeks I feel somewhat refreshed and ready to tackle the start of yet another year. Here are just some things to look forward to…continue reading

Anyone want to give me a headline for this story?

I just saw a story on the LAFD Blog about a fire today in Chatsworth:

Upon arrival, Firefighters discovered a two-story single-family home, from which, thick heavy smoke was billowing. As the structure was self-destructing, Firefighters took an aggressive stand in an effort to extinguish the fire, search the home for potential victims, and protect nearby homes from any damage. It took 110 Firefighters one-half hour to gain control of the fire and ensure that no residents were trapped within the house.

But the more interesting part:

While the home was definitely “Under-Furnished”, it was by no means empty. The entire home was filled with Marijuana plants, in various stages of growth and production. The street value of the cultivated plants which were damaged, destroyed, and confiscated will be determined by local Law Enforcement Authorities.

Anyone want to give me a headline for this story? The story on the LAFD Blog was Indoor Pot Farm Goes Up in Smoke. There are soooo many possibilities here!

What would yours be?

Golden Age of Gang Graffiti

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Flickr user Kid Deuce has put together a photoset called The Golden Age of Gang Graffiti filled with tons of photos of Latino Gang graffiti (including a lot around Los Angeles) from the early 70’s. About this photo he writes:

Block letters with drop shading but still within genre of Chicano graffiti. It has been said that “Wilmas” is Wilmington in Spanish. While this is not true, “Wilmas” was the name adopted at least 50 years ago by gang members from the Los Angeles Harbor area community of Wilmington.

“W S” stands for “West Side”, as opposed to their cross town rivals on the “East Side”. This is an important distinction to Wilmingtonians, who have a long and violent history of feuding over these respective territories.

While the photos of the graffiti itself is interesting, I’m completely in awe of this Graffiti Field Guild that he’s included scans of as well. Apparently this little booklet was given out the Los Angeles police officers and included translations and decoding tips for the markings that were just starting to show up on neighborhood walls. I wonder if I can find a copy of this on ebay?