Melrose Avenue is known world-wide for its incredible street art scene. Find out more about our galleries, art programs and history on this page.
The Ten Most Instagrammable Pieces Of Street Art On Melrose Avenue
Melrose Avenue is world-renowned for many things, including its trendsetting fashion boutiques, critically-acclaimed restaurants, and the best indie owned and operated shops. It’s also known for its incredible art; the whole street is a gallery! We’ve found ten Instagram-worthy outdoor art pieces on Melrose. Check them out soon, as you never know when a fresh creation will take their place. MICHAEL JORDAN @ MELROSE & VISTA Artist Hashim Lafond took over the Vista Street wall of sports apparel shop Fampion X at 7450 Melrose with a mural featuring Michael Jordan! You can’t celebrate basketball’s best with just one, so head over to check out the second image. #hashimlafond #michaeljordan #michaelonmelrose #melroseavela #streetart PUNK ME TENDER @ MELROSE & CURSON Behind the building that houses Painted Woman (7580 Melrose) is one of Punk Me Tender’s iconic butterfly woman images. Part of a mural that extends down the wall, this end piece is a stand-alone beauty. #punkmetender #butterfly #graffitiporn #melroseavela #streetart WILFRED LIMONIOUS @ MELROSE & SPAULDING To highlight one good reason to learn about Jamaican artist Wilfred Limonious, HVW8 Gallery put one of his colorful pieces on the wall at 661. No. Spalding. Check out the full exhibition before […]
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Hamilton Is Finally In L.A.! Ten Gift Ideas Inspired By The Epic Musical
Whew! That was the longest wait ever! But we finally got it: Hamilton is HERE! And believe the hype, HamFam. The L.A. production is absolutely amazing and will be delivering the show of a lifetime at the Pantages through December. If you didn’t sell your car to buy resale tickets (and if you did, we totally understand!) and are looking for some unique gifts inspired by Hamilton, check out what we’ve got in the Melrose Avenue shopping district. 1. HAMILTON, THE PROLIFIC WRITER Alexander Hamilton was a master communicator. Yes, he was an orator but the majority of his long-term impact came from the words he put on paper. Most of them were thoughtful and impactful (and some were just selfish and impactful). Thankfully, those written words were retained and were the basis of the musical. Create your own history and put your thoughts in one of Spitfire Girl’s eco-friendly cherry wood notepads. The selection includes several Ham-themed cover images. SPITFIRE GIRL 7401 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles 90046 323.424.7340 www.spitfiregirl.com 2. SISTER POWER Elizabeth, Angelica, and Peggy are the sheroes of Hamilton. Faithful to family, friends, and community to the end, the Schuyler sisters bring the heart and soul to […]
#Resist – Find All You Need To Join The Movement On Melrose
This isn’t a post about politics. This is a post that celebrates what Melrose Avenue has at its core and continues to support as a world-renowned destination: freedom. The freedom to create and commune and to shop and eat and drink and enjoy who you are with people who appreciate it. Lately, for many people, it feels like that freedom is being threatened. When there is fear, confusion, and anger, art steps in to give a voice and a release. The people who built up the environment on Melrose and are keepers of it today, offer a few ways to make yourself heard, have a laugh through it, and find your own strength for the long road ahead. GOLDEN APPLE COMICS Pop culture has been on the forefront of social movements for decades. When it comes to exploring topics like power, equality, gender, and race, comic books since the 1930s have given us characters that help us relate and escape. Graphic novels featuring Batwoman embrace various gender identities (Kate Kane is lesbian), while Kindred pointedly takes on race, slavery, and black womanhood. Find titles with powerful stories like these at Golden Apple Comics. GOLDEN APPLE COMICS 7018 Melrose Avenue, Los […]
Golden Apple Comics: Hollywood’s Legendary Fantasy Playground
Spider-Man sits outside one of the oldest and most celebrated comic book stores in Los Angeles, located on Melrose Avenue. Ryan Leibowitz and his family have owned and operated it for nearly 40 years. I got to play Lois Lane recently and spoke with Ryan about Golden Apple. The Origin Story Bill Liebowitz created a life destined for legacy. Before moving to Los Angeles from Brooklyn, his mom said he could keep only one of his three collections – comics, records, and marbles. He chose the music, and later became a successful entertainment CPA, managed Dick Dale, was a V.P. at Rhino Records, and entertainment director for the 1984 Olympics. Hefty bio for sure, but in 1979, he also founded one of L.A.’s first comic book stores, Golden Apple. “You would think it’d be called Cosmic Comics or something that alluded to the fact we sell comic books,” joked Bill’s son, Ryan. “My dad had a partner who owned a cigar shop called Golden Apple that already had bags printed so they said ‘let’s go with it for now.’” Famous sci-fi author Ray Bradbury came into the store and said, “Isn’t this amazing, you named your shop after my book, […]
Murals Join Melrose Elementary School
Melrose Elementary School recently got four exciting, colorful new murals, courtesy of the Melrose Business Improvement District. Award-winning artist Justin Bua curated the program, enlisting four renowned street artists to create lively, animal-themed murals for the kids. The artists included Annie Preece, who created an enormous sea creature/fantasy-inspired mural for the front-facing wall; Jules Muck, who brought dreams of a better life to a side entrance bungalow; Sebastien Walker who created a zoo of friendly animals on a handball court wall; and Ivan Preciado who brought science and technology into his piece .
Students Create Themed Window Displays – Melrose Art
As stores transition on Melrose, storefronts often sit empty as property owners wait for new tenants to move in. The BID thought it would be fun to activate these spaces with eye-catching displays that enliven the street. To that end, they reached out to BID Board Member Pierson Blaetz of the Greenway Arts Alliance (the group that manages the Greenway Theatre and Melrose Trading Post) and the Fairfax High Visual Arts program to develop a solution. Working hand-in-hand with Melrose merchants Cosmo & Nathalia Black (DeAnna Von Bonin), Monster-A-Go-Go (Michelle Ghoulmore) and Forgotten Saints (Cody Varona), students developed themed window displays to install in vacant storefronts. Over a six-week period, the student groups drew their designs, built props, chose wardrobe pieces and learned about the art of visual merchandising from their merchant mentors. By April, they were ready to install. But they were faced with a unique problem…a leasing boom had taken place and all of the locations that had been chosen for installation had been rented. So, property owner Isack Fadlon of Sportie LA provided his gallery space next to Sportie LA (7753 Melrose) for Cosmo & Nathalia’s music festival-inspired display. And Monster-A-Go-Go allowed students to create a “Dead […]
New Profanity for Any Artist
They’ve only been open just over a month, but already New Profanity is a big hit on Melrose. Selling everything from art to clothes, cool buttons, stickers, and even teacups, the store sells only items that are made or designed by artists and small businesses. The shop’s slogan is “unique, fun and unapologetic,” and that they are. From profane cats to nail decals, very adult coloring books, and flower crowns, you’ll find something special, sometimes ribald, and often amusing here. Owner Natasha Polhamus started the store because she wanted to provide a venue where everything is made by artists. She loves to shop, and finds her vendors by attending craft markets, looking online, and hitting local galleries. Since the shop first opened its doors, she’s found a steady stream of artists who also come to her and ask if they can place their creations in her store. Polhamus almost always says yes. “My goal is to support local artists and to get artistic items to the general public, so that someone who has nothing to do with art can get something magical in my store. Maybe it will inspire them to make something magical themselves,” she explains. Polhamus feels it’s […]
We recently collaborated with local street artists to create an outdoor museum of painted images focused on animals. The “Melrose Menagerie” can be found on utility vaults throughout Melrose, from La Brea to Highland (see photo gallery below).
The video below gives a great overview of the history of Melrose Avenue’s one-of-a-kind art scene.
In addition to paintings and prints, we offer apparel, dab mats, rolling trays, glass pipes and rigs, torches, lighters, stickers and skate decks – all with Dunkees art on it (except the glass).
7325 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90048
Gallery 1988 (WEST), 7308 Melrose Ave. Gallery 1988 has quickly become one of the most talked about art galleries. Opened in 2004 by California natives Katie Cromwell and Jensen Karp, the gallery has become the number one destination for pop-culture themed artwork and the premiere venue to witness the rise of emerging artists before they break.
7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046