Street Art or Advertising? Los Angeles Graffiti Gets a Second Look
New street art has bloomed on the side of Meltdown Comics. On an exterior wall, a boy drinks orange soda, a robot looming in the background, while an icy, tentacled monster watches over Sunset Boulevard with his many eyes. Above, scrawled in white, are the words “SUNSET OVERDRIVE.”
It could be a street artist’s calling card, but those who kept up with news from the E3 Convention last week know that “Sunset Overdrive” is actually a video game made exclusively for the Xbox One. SA Studios teamed up with Insomniac Games and Xbox to create the mural, which was painted in under a night.
Now that we know the mural is an advertisement disguised as street art, we decided it was time to rethink the sales potential of some other local public works:
This bespeckled sidewalk hipster can be found on concrete all over L.A. Is it the face of an eyeglasses store that nobody knows about yet?
Mona Lisa, frowning, could be advertising for a spa or salon.
Banksey's other message: we should stop stressing about parking tickets and get ourselves a jungle gym.
One takeaway: don’t forget your annual check-up.
This graffiti looks like sprinkles. Let's go to Sprinkles.
We see reflections of ourselves in this painting, and that makes us uncomfortable.
Either someone is a huge fan of this funny guy or an artist was inspired by our July issue.
Photographs Courtesy of: 1, Christina Wolfgram; 2, Flickr/Timoth Tolle; 3, Flickr/Loungetown; 4, Flickr/nan palmero; 5, Flickr/Lord Jim; 6, Flickr/Lord Jim; 7, Flickr/Ak-89