The other day, I did a location scout on Abbot Kinney Blvd., in Venice, CA. I’ve walked Abbot Kinney many times, but I like doing a location scout because I see things that I didn’t see before. Invariably, when you’re with friends, you end up focusing on food and getting to one place or another by a certain time. This time, I focused on murals and other interesting things that caught my eye. For the fashionistas and the foodies, apologies, didn’t really focus on those things during this walkaround.
I started on the west end of Abbot Kinney at Broadway, I happened to find parking there. And the first thing I ran into was the Venice Pop Up Park. It’s a space for communal use by the Venice Place Project, and as the sign says, it’s free to use from Tuesday to Fridays from 11am to 4pm. I was there on a Friday around 2pm, and no one was using it, unforutnately, though I think many don’t know about it. It also has free wifi. In any case, pretty cool, I think.
Across the street, unfortunately locked behind gates, was this great mural by Love bErto. I’ve seen photos on the web of people in front of this mural, but the day I was there, it was closed off, and it was a normal Friday as far as I can tell. You’ll recognize Love bErto’s murals elsewhere in LA and around the world, including at ROW DTLA where Smorgasburg is held every Sunday.
On the same side of the street was this architecturally fascinating grey and orange building. I didn’t take a picture of the whole building, but you can’t miss it, especially when you see this unique set of windows:
Also on the same street was this classic Hollywood portrait style mural. I missed the artist’s signature, and I couldn’t find any reference to it on the web. It must be new.
From Broadway, I headed east on Abbot Kinney, starting on the south side of the street. I continued on the south side of Abbot Kinney until Venice, and then turned around to cover the north side of the street.
Next up, the retail store Bazar is on at 1108 Abbot Kinney. But that’s not what caught my eye, it’s the old sign above, that says “Irv’s Market” and advertises Carnation Fresh Milk. I love old signs, so I had to take a picture.
A few stores down on the other side of the street is Rag and Bone at 1118 Abbot Kinney Blvd. In the lot next to it you’ll find these three murals. First is this piece by Alex Yanes:
On the opposite facing wall is this scene of palm trees by Noah Abrams.
To the right of this mural is this painting of American Flags. I missed the artist’s signature, and could not find it on the web.
A little further east at the corner of Aragon and Abbot Kinney you’ll find this mural by Never and Jaber, entitled Dogtown.
Jumping back across the street at Cadiz is Aviator Nation at 1224 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Not sure this counts as a mural, but the blue wall will catch your eye.
On the other side of Cadiz at 1302 Abbot Kinney is Roosterfish, a legendary LGBTQ bar. It was around for 40 years before closing in 2016 because of rent hikes. New owners and partners came in in 2017 and kept the beloved name.
Just down the street at 1338 Abbot Kinney is Stag Provisions. This also may not count as a mural, but I like the vintage style painting on the wall.
Tom’s is a comfortable store / coffee shop at 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd. There’s a nice area to hang out in the back, and I like this entrance sign in the walkway next to the main entrance.
I don’t have the exact address of this next one, it’s a short walk down from Tom’s. I also didn’t see the artist’s signature and couldn’t find it on the web.
Continuing east, just past California Street is this mural by Jules Muck at Navarre Court and Abbot Kinney Blvd.
This pretty much completes the south side of Abbot Kinney for me. I continued walking until Venice, crossed the street to the north side where Lemonade was, and then started covering the murals on the north side.
At 1625 Abbot Kinney is the sign for the stronghold, apparently in existence since 1895, as the sign says.
In the same brick building was this clock for the Shinola store at 1623 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
Not far west is “Grizzly Bears Once Walked on Venice Beach” by Eric Junker. Cars blocked a lot of the mural, but you can see the grizzly bears right behind the silver car in this photo.
At The Brig at 1515 Abbot Kinney Blvd, this great mural is on the wall in the parking lot. The mural shows the owner as the mural is being painted by a man on a ladder. Food trucks are often in this lot.
At Milwood and Abbot Kinney you’ll find this mural by Louis Masai.
On the other side of Milwood at Gjelina, at 1549 Abbot Kinney Blvd, is this Tristan Eaton mural honoring Rob Stewart, an underwater filmmaker and a conservationist. This is new, the old Uniwolfcheetah mural is gone.
Up the street at Salt and Straw, which is on 1357 Abbot Kinney at California, is this new mural.
In the middle of the next block are these wings by Kelsey Montague.
And in a parking space is this mural, entitled Innocent Wonder by Clinton Bopp.
I’m afraid I don’t have the addresses for these next two by Vardagen, but you can’t miss them.
Next up on Santa Clara Street at 1239 Abbot Kinney is one of the Love Walls by jkgolderown. It’s right behind Greenleaf.
Next, on the wall at 1103 Abbot Kinney is this mural by Vhils. This is different from the other murals, it’s not paint, it’s actually “etched” (for lack of a better word) into the wall.
In the same building is Tees + Jeans. They had a Joan Jett themed display, along with this quote on the wall that just called for a picture. I like the fact that they added the speakers and the microphone.
At San Juan, there’s another Love bEerto Mural:
At the corner of Westminster and Abbot Kinney is the Ecole Claire Fontaine, a preschool at 1051 Abbot Kinney. These two panels are only two of many panels on the fence around the school.
Continuing west, I saw the Sculpture Gardens Nursery at 1029 1/2 Abbot Kinney. It sells rare and exotic flowers, and there were also some metal sculptures on display:
I never realized how many murals there were on Abbot Kinney. And when I looked up the artists, I realized that they were renowned artists that had already done work all over the world. So next time you’re down on Abbot Kinney, and if you had enough food and spent enough on shopping, check out the walls and other interesting odds and ends.