Seasons in LA just sort of creep up. You're thinking, "Oh, this summer's not too hot!" and then suddenly it's a fucking scorcher. This week it is officially summer in LA. The great thing is the long days for shooting, painting, or just having fun. The bad thing is sitting in my apartment sweating buckets or like last week standing in the sun photographing a mural being put together just waiting for the shadows to come. Thankfully this was not so much the problem a few weeks ago during the RFK Mural Festival.
Not too long ago I was posting my photos from the LA Art Show. One of the photos I posted was of an older piece by Hueman hanging at the Gregorio Escalante booth. She contacted me asking if I could send her a copy of the photo and I was happy to oblige. We've known each other for a few years and shot together kind of loosely once during Pow! Wow! Long Beach when she was working on a collab with Madsteez. During this recent messaging I asked her about shooting some portraits for the site and she mentioned she'd be in town for the RFK Mural Festival. The week of the festival I hit her up and she invited me to come down and shoot while she was painting. The same day Warren Brand of Branded Arts (the organizer of the festival) hit me asking me to come be the official photographer for the event.
I wound up spending a week on this project working with some old familiar faces like Hueman and David Flores as well as new collaborators including James Bullough, Paige Smith, Charlie Edmiston, Cyrcle, Shepard Fairey, and a few variety of others. I didn't get to spend a ton of time with all the artists as the festival started a few days prior and several artists knocked out there pieces right away. This was my first street art project in a while that didn't include Angelina Christina so it was an interesting experience, but Angelina did have a piece hanging as part of the gallery show inside so I still felt her there with me.
It was a killer experience seeing all of these top level artists creating beautiful large scale art inside a school in the heart of Koreatown. I hope its something they appreciate and that maybe the next crop of street artists pop up from this school because of the inspiration this project created.
Normally for multi-set galleries I might spend a week or two releasing each one but I decided for this to release all 16 galleries at once as a special thank you to everyone who follows this site.
Click the photo below for the entire RFK Mural Festival experience