A Brief History of Graffiti on Melrose

Melrose Graffiti

Do you ever  find yourself driving down one of the severely pot-holed Melrose back alleys and gawk at all the graffiti? Almost every alley block on the south side of Melrose is chuck full of giant murals and paintings – artwork to some and illegal tagging to others.

We stumbled across a 12 minute film produced by KCET and the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that explores the graffiti scene on Melrose between Fairfax and La Brea which reached its peak in the late 1980’s, and still evolves today.

KCET: Pop-Life: Why Melrose Avenue is a Mecca for Graffiti Writers

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About Julie Grist

Julie co-founded the Larchmont Buzz with fellow buzzer Mary Hawley in 2011 and served as Editor, Publisher and writer for the hive for many years until the sale of the Buzz in August 2015. She is still circling the hive as an occasional writer.

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