Los Angeles, California.
Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve lived in Southern California my entire life and I’ve never been to Venice beach until just recently? I knew what Venice beach looked like because of pictures I’ve seen of my friends while they were there. There’s also a few movies and tv shows that will use this specific beach for scenes. But nothing beats finally making the trip to go there and experience it for yourself. I am going to be using an artistic and multicultural lens to examine Venice Beach which is located in Los Angeles, California.
I decided to use an Artistic lens because it is filled with so many different forms of art. This beach is famous for its graffiti art and you could even catch someone doing a new piece of art while being there. Graffiti is nothing more than a form of art, there are many techniques used to make the spray paint come out a certain way that I will never forget. It was a very special thing to experience because it’s all a process: the outline, the pops of colors, the fonts , style, etc. I’ve never really thought too much about all of that when seeing a truck or bathroom stall written on (to be honest I find it really trashy of people because they are ruining someone’s property). But seeing a big “bombing” as they call it, being done from beginning to end is so interesting. It gave me a new perspective on the graffiti artists that are talented and put meaning into their work, not for vandalism and gang affiliation that you typically see.
But the walls filled with graffiti is not the only type of art that you will find at Venice beach. Everywhere you go, the walls are filled with little snippets of history that make you feel as if you’re living in a completely different era. It definitely gives you a “hippie vibe” because everyone is just kind of doing their own thing. Moving onto why I chose a multicultural lens, because it’s probably the only place you will get to experience a group of people doing yoga, people smoking marijuana out in the open, women walking around in bikinis or rollerblading in bikinis, various street performers, merchants, all at once. Since Venice Beach is in Los Angeles, you will find there are people who come from many different cultures and they bring that with them to the beach. Everyone around you is making a statement about who they are through their fashion and personalities.
Venice Beach definitely knows how to throw a party and give everyone a unique experience, especially if it’s your first visit. But if you’re not in the mood to do any walking or watch a man dressed as a Michael Jackson perform billie jean , then that’s totally fine. There is plenty of space where you can just lay out on the beach and soak up the sun and all that Vitamin D. No need to worry about taking snacks or refreshments because as long as you have a couple bucks you can buy yourself a slice of pizza, LA street-style hotdogs, a cheeseburger, fish & chips, and the list goes on. The best part about Venice Beach is that it’s surrounded by so many different people, some are tourists and some are locals but you really wouldn’t be able to differentiate who’s who. Overall, I can’t believe that it’s taken me 26 years to finally come and visit this place! It definitely made me feel awake and alive again after spending so much time indoors due to the pandemic. But I’m glad I got the chance to before the current orders were put out because I don’t think the businesses are currently open. Los Angeles has much stricter regulations than Ventura County currently does but based off how many people were still out and about (with and without masks) it definitely makes sense.