I'm in a bit of a stasis right now. Some of the bigger killer projects have wrapped up production and have either gone in to post-production or simply out of my hands at this point. I'm leaving LA in 11 days for a two week trip to celebrate my folks' 40th Wedding Anniversary in Florida. There's a certain high that you come off of when constantly pushing with projects and you find a lull. As an artist it is my job to take that lull as an opportunity to get more of my post-production work done but the shooter in me always wants to be behind a camera and out in the world. But the post-productions processes are essential to the process. Like in this case today.
During my adventures in Lake Havasu with Angelina Christina she mentioned a new project in conjunction with a killer apparel company by the name of American Giant, who wanted to do a feature on Angelina. We brainstormed potential walls and contacted our good friend Adam Ayala who runs an organization called Smile South Central. Adam and Smile South Central curate walls in South Central with some amazing artists including Clinton Bopp, JC Rivera, Shadowmonsterbear, and a slew of others. Adam was stoked to have Angelina come down to paint one of her first big solo pieces in some time and had the perfect wall.
The next step was figuring out what to put on the wall. Since I've been working with Angelina she is always very thoughtful as to how the location and the painting interact with one another and certainly South Central has a lot of history to it. Once again we set off to brainstorm about the model. Normally Angelina works from her own reference photos that she takes of models for her paintings. She's really a brilliant photographer, but she has used other photographers on occasion. We had been discussing for the last few months using some of my photos and models so I suggested Lex Lu. I previously met Lex while working on a music video with Raphael Grischa, really hit it off, and did a killer shoot together with talks of future projects. I showed Angelina the photos and she totally agreed Lex would be the perfect fit for the wall.
Angelina and I rushed back to LA for the mural and had quite the incredible experience. Everyone in the community was so supportive of the wall that we'd have people coming up to us all the time with big smiles on their faces and expressions of gratitude. It was interesting to spend far more time in South Central than I have in the eight years combined I've lived in LA. It was also incredible to see my photographic work translated by such a thoughtful and wonderful artist like Angelina.
In to the process of painting the wall Angelina decided to do a secret piece on the roof. It started as one design that was cool but towards the end Angelina decided to go in another direction which happened to be based off a photo from an upcoming set with Lex that she and I had just wrapped only a few days prior. The whole thing was a killer experience and I'm proud to present to you two new galleries for two murals by the supremely talented, thoughtful, and wonderful Angelina Christina in South Central.
Click the photos below to see both galleries of these gorgeous new murals in South Central