12 Instagram-Worthy Walls in Los Angeles

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Photo of Kayleigh Roberts
3 October 2018

If Los Angeles is ever in the market for a new nickname, it could easily swap ‘City of Angels’ for ‘City of Instagrams.’ With a vibrant and active artistic community, LA is home to some of the most infinitely ’grammable, double-tap-inducing backdrops around, and these walls are stunning stops for locals and tourists alike.

The pink wall

Where: 8221 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood

This Pepto-colored Instagram sensation in West Hollywood has its own hashtag and attracts people of all ages, at any time of day. The wall belongs to the Paul Smith store, and each of the company’s locations features a different graphic design. This pink backdrop is cementing itself as a staple destination for LA’s Instagrammers.

The turquoise wall

Where: 8024 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

For anyone who isn’t a fan of pink but wants to get in on the monochromatic street-art action, look no further than the turquoise wall, also located on Melrose. The Table Art wall is bright turquoise with colorful stripes that add just the right amount of dimension.

The ‘Made in LA’ wall

Where: 8025 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Anyone who stops at Table Art’s turquoise wall should also be sure to head across the street to the ‘Made in LA’ wall. Instagrammable wall art tends to attract tourists, but this mural is dedicated to the native Angelenos who are beyond proud of their hometown.

The rainbows wall

Where: 8050 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles

Also on Melrose is the rainbows wall at The Paper Bag Princess. The wall features not one but two rainbows – one for whimsical adults and a smaller one for kids. From a distance, it’s easy to assume the rainbows are painted onto the wall, but a closer look reveals that they are actually crocheted. Pro tip: the texture really pops in direct sunlight.

The RETNA wall

Where: 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood

The RETNA wall towers over passersby at the West Hollywood Library. The graffiti mural, created by contemporary artist RETNA, boasts a gritty beauty that remains unmatched. RETNA’s work also appears at Craig’s restaurant on Melrose Avenue.

The red ‘love’ wall

Where: 8549 Higuera Street, Culver City

This red-and-white explosion of love comes courtesy of New York-based artist Curtis Kulig. The mural is part of Kulig’s ‘Love Me’ campaign, which graces structures from Paris to Berlin to, of course, LA. Bonus likes to anyone who can pull off an impressive jump like the one below in their Instagram picture.

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You gotta get down to get on up in love! God only knows how happy I am to be back in my joy and how hard it has been to stay positive this past year but no matter what I have chosen joy. I closed my studio in April and have kept going despite my broken heart. Many didn’t know because I have not let it keep me down. I gave my all to the goal of creating Global Dance Arts studio and though it was successful in many ways, the building turned out to have some challenges and the landlord turned out to be lacking in integrity…Shady AF to put it lightly. I am grateful for the lesson. I see him as a spiritual teacher I had to meet on this journey and also as a villain in a Batman movie lol. I learned the hard way that not all people are in alignment and that I must be more mindful and trust my intuition. I was devastated when I found out that I lost the space and it was hard to understand when I had done everything to make the space work. I had to stay strong to keep myself together to have the energy to move on and keep following my purpose. I had to be strong for our Global Dance Arts community. It was not easy, but I let go and let God and have realized that the universe has my back. Sometimes we need to break so that we can start again. It was a blessing in disguise. Once I stepped away and opened myself up to healing, I realized that the reality of the studio was too heavy a weight to carry on my own. It was extremely stressful and it was dimming my light. Now I’m finally back to me, still healing my wounds day by day, it truly is a process. For months I couldn’t talk about it. So writing this is part of acceptance, letting go and growing. I have committed to staying in my joy and to notice when to let go of what does not serve me so that I can make room for love to fill me and be open to new goals and new opportunities. I am grateful to all who caught me when I was falling. Big 💗 to all the friends, students and family that have been so loving and supportive all along the way and to those who are still with me dancing away you rock my world and keep me inspired! I am back…I am love! Photo by @sd_dietrich #Love

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The Venice love wall

Where: 1239 Abbot Kinney Boulevard, Venice

There are several ‘love’ walls around LA. Street artist James Goldcrown painted the one behind Bardonna in Santa Monica and this one, which you can find on Abbot Kinney. With their colorful, dripping hearts, these walls are natural magnets for Instagram-lovers – but not all are authorized versions of Goldcrown’s original design.

The geometric mural wall

Where: 12120 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles

This trippy piece, located at the National Council of Jewish Women thrift shop, is the kind of art that’s easy to get lost in. As an Instagram picture, it offers a multitude of options, from shots focused on the pastel geometric pattern to pics that highlight the piece’s iconic rabbit.

‘Just In Case’

Where: 800 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles

This mural by Bumblebee wraps around a corner on Fairfax Avenue. It’s not just a vehicle for social likes; it’s a true work of art, living in the middle of the city.

The Global Angel Wings Project wall

Where: 8401 W. 3rd Street, Los Angeles

Colette Miller’s stunning angel wings are painted all over the world (from Kenya to Melbourne). LA alone is home to four of them. In addition to the pair photographed below – located at St. Regis Wine & Liquor – you can also find them at Westfield Century City, on the doors of the Regent Theater downtown, and in West Hollywood on Palm Avenue at Santa Monica Boulevard.

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Thank you L.A. ❤️

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The polka-dot wall

Where: 608 Mateo Street, Los Angeles

This installation by artist Matty Mo is one of his most popular thanks, in no small part, to Instagram. Wall-seekers will find it at The Springs in the DTLA Arts District and bask in the glory of its simple, clean elegance.

The goddess wall

Where: 700 S. Flower Street, Los Angeles

The goddess wall is a collaboration between street artists WRDSMTH and Colette Miller. Visitors and art-loving locals can find it at The Bloc in DTLA. Anyone who feels moved by the mural’s inspirational text can explore the area and find several more WRDSMTH murals.

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