For the past month or so, Left Coast Letters has been in a sort of transitional phase. A few weeks ago, I moved back down to the LA area for school, and amid all the commotion, the blog has fallen off a little bit. Today though, Left Coast Letters is entering a new era in our coverage of West Coast graff. I introduce to you our newest writer, thesaltr, straight out of the Bay Area. Our dream when we renamed the blog Left Coast Letters, and I moved down to Cali, was to be able to consistently cover graff across the coast. We were occasionally able to fulfill that, but for the most part, we covered LA and Seattle, with occasional photos from the Bay. With the addition of thesaltr, we are as close as ever to reaching that ideal with writers now based in Seattle, Oakland and Los Angeles. Welcome to Left Coast Letters thesaltr! – Gabe
thesaltr is an Oakland-based activist who photographs the surroundings as a means to document the activity of urban artists amidst the landscape of modernity.
a half-year stay in copenhagen served as thesaltr’s initial inspiration to photograph graffiti/street art. specifically, it was the timeless days spent in Christiania, whose brilliant murals saturate the smokey streets, that instilled thesaltr’s drive to capture the expression of freedom, justice, and self, through art.
while thesaltr gravitates towards more ‘political’ pieces, anything bold/handmade/poignent/unique or truly eye-catching will tend to be captured as well. you are welcomed to visit thesaltr’s flickr for more photographs.
thesaltr plans on serving as a regular contributor to this wonderful site and hopes that you enjoy!
^ koleo / creeptopus / pobrecito / koleo – sf, ca
Another dope video from MTN Colors, this time in conjunction with The INFAMOUS Magazine featuring SF writer Apex speaking on the history of Bay Area handstyles and the distinction between writing and graffiti. Definitely worth watching the whole thing as Apex gives some great anecdotes on the history of Bay Area graff.
These photos were just featured in a post over at Revok’s blog. Big ups to a legend.