Sharp + Pen Street artists share their inspiration behind the art pieces currently on display and for sale at artLAB Salon. Please contact artLAB or stop in with an inquires 310-393-0011.
Joshua “Ahoi” Reyes
I am a LA native but can’t claim a specific part of Los Angeles as my own, I’m somewhat of a LA gypsy. In my travels as a kid in Los Angeles I fell in love with trains, brick walls and graffiti, these are my inspirations.
Both my pieces are inspired by music and both black Sharpie marker and ball point pen.
These two pieces are inspired by my name and done entirely with black Sharpie marker on paper.
|Socks (on left) $75.00 / S (on right) $50.00|
TahoeMy name is Lowen Steven, I’m a recording and graffiti artist that goes by the moniker “Tahoe”. I’m born and raised in Los Angeles, these pieces are inspired by the rugged LA aesthetic of aggressive lettering with a flair wild style. Both pieces were done with black Sharpie marker, black ball point pen, and warm grey 50% Prismacolor on cardstock.
|Tahoe (framed) $80.00|
Raised in Westlake district showed me the other side of Los Angeles, the not-so-glamorous side that people tend to overlook. Growing up in crime infested communities, I needed an outlet to be creative or succumb to the streets. Hip-Hop culture gave me that outlet; specifically Calligraphy Art, it saved my life. In 2006 I enrolled in LATTC with no high school diploma, just a backpack with markers and a sketch pad. I transferred to UCLA with a full scholarship where I earned a BFA degree in Studio Art.
Los Angeles has given me an interest in the experiences of life and social relationships that play throughout our diverse city. I convey ideas and environments that have captured my interest, interpreting them in my own perspective. I explore class, culture and how they sometimes mix to become pop- culture. This body of work has its own story, its own narrative; unique as the people and topography here in Los Angeles.
|Louie $900.00 (made out of a vintage LV purse)|
|Cholo $170.00 / Pooch $170.00|