Street Art Spotter: Dogtown Legend Jay Adams Lives on in Venice

At the site of the original Zephyr Skate Shop, Dvate memorializes the skateboarder

Jay Adams was one of the youngest members of Zephyr’s Skate Team, and his brash and fearless style changed skateboarding forever. (If you aren’t familiar with him, stop everything and watch the documentary Dogtown and Z Boys.) When news of his passing in August reached the community where he got his start, people yearned to remember him in a way that would suit the larger than life athlete. It’s only fitting that his remembrance includes a mural by famed artist, Dvate.

WHO: Dvate hails from Melbourne, Australia and counts former Aussies and current Angelenos, among them Dabs Myla, as both friends and inspirations. Myla introduced Dvate to Warren Brand, whose organization Branded Arts sponsors public murals around the city, and the rest is history. Leave it to Brand to find the perfect location for Adams’s memorial.

WHAT: Glen Friedman took the unforgettable portrait of Adams in the Dogtown bowl (read: empty swimming pool) back in 1977. Using that as his inspiration, Dvate created a portrait with the help of bright aerosols and technical know-how. The result is a near perfect reinterpretation.

WHERE: Dogtown Coffee, located at the site of the original Zephyr Skate Shop at 2003 Main Street, Santa Monica.