[Doing it Right] The Getty + Graffiti

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a distinct change in my temperament and personality – sure, I’m still just as bouncy as I’ve ever but I’ve cultivated a need to take things a little slower on some weekends.  If life is about the journey and not the destination, why not stop and smell the roses – right? Well, this journey as an Angelino has been more than wonderful but – not now, but eventually – I’m going to leave this ‘City Kitty’ lifestyle of go-go-go attitudes, glitz and glamour for something a little tamer.  After five years, I’ve essentially exhausted all of my EDM outlets in this town – the clubs, the festivals , the underground, the rooftops, the pools.  Don’t get me wrong because I’m proud to say I’ve done it, but lately I’ve been itching for something more – something that inspires me to evolve.  As fun as it would be to live like this forever, everything in moderation (including moderation).  A place in the country-side, close enough to the city to enough its amenities – sports teams, museums, concerts – but far enough away so we go to sleep under the stars, instead of being put to bed by sirens.  So, until then I’ve made a vow to myself and to my close friends that we’re going to explore every creative outlet this town has to offer us.

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I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a handful of museums within the past year and a half – in southern California, I’ve been to the San Diego Natural History Museum, the LA Natural History Museum, the Getty Villa and the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas.  This past weekend was a gorgeous one, and I had the pleasure of bringing my boyfriend and his housemate on their first adventure to the J Paul Getty Museum. I hadn’t been since my parents visited in 2010 so I was eager to go back and see what had changed.  On each side of our trip to the Getty, we adventured down Melrose and Fairfax to explore the graffiti and street art in my neighborhood.  Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, I’m sure you’ve seen my Oh, Snap series on Street Art – exploring the contemporary art of the area and contrasting it against the classical forms we saw during the day on Saturday was absolutely amazing and I thoroughly enjoyed the dichotomy between the two; hopefully y’all enjoyed these pictures as much as I enjoyed the experiences!

 

 

Music Monday: Everything in Moderation, Including Moderation

This was the first weekend in I don’t know how long that I didn’t stomp through the streets of Los Angeles in search of a delicious beat drop or some shenanigans in the sunshine.  On Friday, I enjoyed some self discovery and a few moments of clarity during my arts & crafts infused Pixar movie marathon.  Finding Nemo, Monster’s Inc, Toy Story 1-3; yeah. I did it!  At one point, I looked to my bookshelf and pulled out my DIY Bible – Show Me How and decided it was time to start a few projects, so I pulled one out of the woodwork that I’d been itching to get done for a while: making a disco ball! 

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It was harder than it looks and I burnt my fingers more times than I’d like to actually admit; but the ends definitely justify the means and I’m more than stoked about the result.  Once I get some more mirrored supplies I’m going to make a mini-fleet of them for family and friends; nothing better than getting a hand crafted gift from your favorite bouncy kitten and disco bunny, right? 😉

A little gift from Thailand!

I’m sure to some this might sound silly, but finding solid ladies to become friends with in LA has become more difficult than dating in this plastic town; so when I meet a girl that I think is down, honest and fresh I try to go above and beyond to cultivate that friendship. To boot, there are a lot of fun pepole in this town…the trick is to find people that you can have a philosophical conversation with until sunset and then party with until sunrise. So, on Saturday – I got to finally got the opportunity to cultivate one of those friendships.  She just returned from a whirlwind trip to Thailand for their Full Moon Party; after spending an hour sifting through pictures of gorgeous beaches, culturally indigenous ceremonies and cuddly tigers I’m beyond convinced that my next vacation will drag me here =) 

The weird thing about not going out at night is my ability to wake up with the sun – I have to admit that I actually like it; sometimes when you’re the only one awake it feels like the sun is putting on a show just for you and it makes you appreciate the beauty in the world. 

In the afternoon, one of my close friends and her adorable little puppy – Maya – came over to kick it with the kitties and catch up on live, the universe (and the number 42). We shared some laughs, watched Wreck It Ralph, sipped on some chardonnay and I got a mouth full of slobbery puppy kisses – trust when I say no complaints from me!ImageTo round out the evening, we did some graffiti hunting throughout the Melrose / Fairfax district – which if you’ve seen any of my Street Art segments the possibilities are endless!  I found a lot of new stuff, but this is what spoke to my heart; and after hearing the stories from my friend about elephants in Thailand and studying up on the Hindu Elephant God, Ganesh /Ganesha – I think I know what I want my next tattoo to be!

Last but not least, noms were necessary – and potstickers are the key to my heart.  Just throwing it out there but I could probably eat three whole orders and still have room for more 😉

So, now here I am – wide eyed and bushy tailed on this busy Monday morning; ready to take on the day and wishing you a wonderful one.  If you’re not all about the day like I am, don’t fret – here’s a little somethin’ somethin’ to get you moving and groovin’ through your day:

Oh, Snap: Street Art Vol. 3

Though the neighborhood I live in doesn’t have a catchy name like my old stomping grounds, ‘Korea Town‘ or ‘Miracle Mile‘, the conveniently named ‘Fairfax District‘ is home  to a plethora of graffiti artists and connoisseurs alike; one of the best things is that the graffiti gets reworked, repurposed and enhanced on a weekly basis.  A lot of the street art that I’ve coveted for the last year is on the outs, and a lot of this stuff has gone up in it’s place – enjoy!

*All pictures taken and edited by Moi!