Originally from Texas, lifestyle, travel and fashion blogger Freddy Rodriguez (@blueperk) loves sharing life’s colorful moments. Rodriguez is new to LA by way of NYC and is loving the West Coast’s vibrant hues and bright spots. In honor of LA Pride month, we asked Freddy to show us his favorite bright spots in the West Hollywood area, including some of its most popular and Insta-worthy murals. Packed into 1.9 square miles, West Hollywood is vibrant, inclusive and welcomes all. Nearly 40% of WeHo’s population identifies as LGBTQ and visitors are assured a safe, welcoming urban environment that was built on the needs and interests of the community. From the world-famous LGBTQ nightlife scene to the legendary Sunset Strip, acclaimed restaurants and fashion boutiques, there's something for everyone in WeHo.
Though the parties and parades are fun, Rodriguez is passionate about promoting the true meaning of Pride month: being proud, being you and being true. We are truly proud that everyone is welcome in LA, this month and every month of the year. Read on for the brightest spots in LA.
Location: 101/EXHIBIT, 668 N La Peer Dr, West Hollywood 90069
Through passion, honesty, and a willingness to share his work, Louis Carreon is one of today’s most influential and innovative contemporary artists. After being incarcerated in federal prison for drug-related crimes, Louis found peace while illustrating his artistic road map through a cleansing of his soul and mind. That experience led to him overcoming addiction and immersing himself in art.
Location: Alfred in the Alley, 8509 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood 90069
Born in West London, JGoldcrown is a self-taught artist/photographer now based in New York and LA. JGoldcrown is now known internationally for his Bleeding Hearts/Lovewall murals that can be seen in the US around New York, California, Texas, Miami, Chicago as well as Japan, South Korea, China and Brazil.
Location: on the side of John & Pete’s Fine Wine & Spirits, 621 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood 90069
Born in Panama City, Marisabel Bazan is a captivating and self-taught international artist, whose art takes people on a journey through a colorful and magical world by illuminating what is best and brightest in the human spirit. Her signature butterflies and inspirational murals create striking, vivid images, where people can interpret their hopeful messages in light of their own experience. Marisabel’s West Hollywood mural “Dream Big” has been called one of the top 100 photogenic spots in Los Angeles and top 9 murals in Los Angeles by LA Magazine, and is included in the official tour of the city.
Paul Smith Pink Wall
Location: Paul Smith, 8221 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046
Location: Melrose & Curson
Jimmy Pierce (aka Jimmy Paintz) is a Los Angeles-based contemporary urban artist. From a mixed Filipino, Caucasian, and African American background, his work embraces many ideas and concepts that remain constant across cultures. He developed his creative focus at an early age, experimenting with a range of mediums and disciplines and later moving from Arkansas to Los Angeles to fully develop his potential. With elements inspired by '70s pop culture combined with Pollock, Koons, and Hirst, the artist’s work conveys a message of happiness, freedom, and hope.
Location: The Paper Bag Princess, 8050 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles 90046
London Kaye is a street artist based in Los Angeles. Her unique use of crochet to create art pieces made entirely of yarn has brought smiles to communities around the world and has allowed London to create a business out of something handmade. In 2018 London launched her own line for Lion Brand Yarn, creating a line specifically made for indoor and outdoor use. London has not stopped making art for the streets. Most of her pieces are still hung on fences in public places and has been spotted in cities ranging from New York to Rome and Mexico City.
Table Art Turquoise Wall
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
Location: ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, 626 N Robertson Blvd, West Hollywood 90069
The ONE Archives Foundation, Inc. is the independent community partner of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries, the largest repository of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) materials in the world. Founded in 1952 as ONE Inc., the publisher of ONE Magazine, the ONE Archives Foundation is the oldest, continuously operating LGBTQ organization in the United States. In 2010, the ONE Archives Foundation deposited its vast collection of LGBTQ historical materials with the USC Libraries. Today, the ONE Archives Foundation is dedicated to promoting this important resource through diverse activities including educational initiatives, exhibitions, and a range of public programs. To learn more, visit www.ONEArchives.org.