Blogging (in) LA: Melrose & Fairfax

MELROSEandFAIRFAX

Street Art is a pretty big topic in Los Angeles, and it’s been a hot topic right here on Blogging.la in the not too distant past. There’s no question that the epicenter of Los Angeles street art sites is 50mm Los Angeles. For the last 15 years some of the most talented folks in the LA scene have wasted countless hours on the message boards there. But sometimes you just want to see the art. And that is where Melrose & Fairfax has been killing it. Since the arrival of Known Gallery in the actual Melrose & Fairfax district, that area has become quite the hot spot in itself so a site named after that really need to deliver, and the dude(s?) behind M+F certainly deliver.

The site is like a firehose of pics, documenting every angle os street are in the city. Spray paint to wheat paste, posters to stickers, stencils to every damn thing else you can think of. If it’s happening on the streets in LA there’s likely a post about it there. While there is certainly news and discussion there, the site really excels at providing a constant visual stream – new pics all day every day. You can pop over there any time and see new stuff – sometimes new stuff by people you know, sometimes new stuff by new people making their first attempts on the streets. In a few minutes you can get a great idea of what’s new around town visually right this minute. Anytime I see new work that catches my eye that’s the first place I look for more info. Not to mention with so many other sites being text heavy, the commitment to photos here is a welcome distraction. And of course, you can find them on twitter as well (though sadly that’s just a feed of posts from the site).

[This post is part of our Blogging (in) LA series]

Friday Bullets: Welcome to the new mbLA jungle.

During our relaunch/redesign this week, we hit a glitch that caused some readers to not see new posts for a couple days. The problem has been resolved, so I encourage you take surf through the last couple days. (However, if you read LA Metblogs with RSS, you may not have noticed anything wrong, but should steer over here to check out our new site design.)

  • abe by jek in the box, used under CCGary Gygax, creator of Dungeons & Dragons (and Advanced Dungeons & Dragons – there IS a difference), died this week – LAist’s Lori Nyx reminisces being introduced to the game by Brandon Lee. mbLA’s own Wil Wheaton calls him, “the father of all role playing games.”
  • Justin Levine is excused from jury service because he’s a blogger.
  • Artie at LA Cityzine interviews a local man who has over 22 vintage standup arcade games in his home, including Gauntlet, Tempest, Star Wars, and Robotron: “They’re a lot easier to find than people think, and a lot more affordable than people would think. It’s just a matter if you want to commit the space.”
  • How many W-2 forms do you have? Film grip Peggy Archer has 17one of her own readers has 20.
  • Arthur Mag’s Dave Reeves survived jail and has a guide on how you can too. Useful tip #8: “If you’re scheduled to go to jail on a certain date, get drunk as fuck for it. I was so drunk when I surrendered that I almost threw up on the bailiff. What are they going to do—put me in jail?”
  • Congratulations to Opus Moreschi on his 365 day stretch documenting doing one new thing a day on his blog “All New Year.” I asked Opus what’s next – his reply: “Now I am going to wallow in a pool of my own feces for about three straight weeks, with a crate of slim-jims and a crate of miller lite within grasping distance of either hand. “

pic by jek in the box, used under Creative Commons…