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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.