Steve Grody has been documenting the evolution of graffiti for the last 27 years. He is the author of “Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art” and has been featured on TedxSitka, as well as speaking at numerous universities and panels.
Join Steve on a walk in alleys and a genuine graffiti “yard” where walls are decorated with graffiti and street art. Some of the walls that will be viewed, are located on graffiti crew walls, where they’ve been creating productions for years, but are not usually explored by those outside of the graffiti community.
It’s on this tour where you’ll develop an understanding of the difference between street art, modern graffiti and gang writing, as well as the history of each in LA.
By the end of the walk, you’ll be able to recognize the differences between the four main forms of modern graffiti and understand its visual vocabulary, a skillset that any contemporary city dweller will find useful.
*** This is a special discounted tour that tie’s into Arts District Daze programming***
Graffiti Tours with Steve Grody are available to be booked for private groups in other locations, including the DTLA Arts District (where he lived for 25 years), and El Serrano on other dates. Contact us to inquire or book a private group tour.
– Meeting location is at Rabbit Crew Coffee: 1019 S Santa Fe Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021
– Dress for the sun: hat, long sleeve shirt, and perhaps sunblock.
– Wear sturdy and closed-toe shoes (not sandals).
– A signed liability waiver will be required by all attendees
– Cartwheel Art reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the tour date, based on whether participation has reached the minimum of four persons.
– Advance Tickets Only. All Sales are Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.
More about Steve Grody:
Steve Grody is a photographer, historian and the author of “Graffiti LA: Street Styles and Art.” Before Steve Grody earned his B.A. in fine arts, he was also involved in his era’s ‘pop’ graphics, psychedelic art.
When he saw spray can murals popping up around Los Angeles’ walls, he immediately recognized their creativity and verve. Since 1990, he has been driving across L.A. and searching its back alleys, washes and abandoned lots in search of this vernacular art. Over the years he cultivated trust amongst L.A.’s most prolific, skilled and infamous graffiti ‘writers’ allowing him access to obscure locations, and through interviews clarified their motivations, and thoughts on creativity as well as the troublesome aspects of its illegality. His obsessive drive to document this distinctive youth underground has resulted in an archive of over 35,000 images. From this he has chosen the best work to illustrate the range of styles and approaches of this urban phenomenon in Graffiti L.A.: Street Styles and Art (Abrams 2007).
In 2011 his photographs were in the MOCA “Art of the Streets” show and catalogue, and he was co-curator of “Street Cred: Graffiti Art from Concrete to Canvas” at the Pasadena Museum of California Art.