On the street artist world tour, Echo Park serves as a Ground Zero for writing on the walls. Echo Park is an old neighborhood near downtown, in Los Angeles. Once a workingman's village, EP has a long history of communes, Bolsheviks and every manner of a counterculture lifestyle. Today, it is where Shep Fairey calls home. Gang tags and street art have always decorated the streets. Every legendary and aspiring street artist has made his or her mark many times over. In Echo Park, you see the new work first.
One of the more interesting artists is Echo Park based CRYPTIK. He is reclusive, fastidious and soulful. A new book from Zero+ Publishing celebrates his work. Cryptik: Eastern Philosophies provides a fascinating introduction to this talented artist.
GORDY GRUNDY is a Los Angeles based artist. His visual and literary work can be found at www.GordyGrundy.com