Living & Breathing Art…. The Muck Life


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I am on visual overload after spending almost 6 days in a Canyon, with 450 other passionate photographers. That’s another story that I haven’t yet curated so stay tuned…

This post is the result of just wandering with purpose. The city is LA and I never seem to connect to people out there. I don’t know if it’s my NY in your face attitude (probably) or my New England no nonsense approach to life ( oh that’s kinda the same but with a different accent)… Well, I just started driving with less then 2 hours left before my flight back to reality. The sun was casting that golden hour hue and I thought I’d check out this funky place on Lincoln.  It’s called the Love Shack  but I didn’t know that before , I thought it was a place with food trucks and maybe I could get inspired and also grab a fast dinner. No food…. it’s a combo of music, art and vintage stuff type of place… Visually stimulating! I wandered around taking Instagram shots but I just wasn’t feeling the “I wanna capture this and show the world my vision” type of vibe . That California lifestyle has been done so many times and the locals are all so super perfect & trendy that  I just didn’t think any of them would fall in with my “authentic candid style”.  As I was leaving I turned to get one more camera phone pic and I saw this beautifully imperfect girl painting.


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… A real NY graffiti artist creating original art in the midst of a city that always seems to be a movie location instead a place that people actually live and work and breathe in.


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I asked permission to photograph her as she was creating this amazing mural. It looked like Debbie Harry from the 80’s but I think it’s her friend because I heard her make a vague reference. I guess discovering someone creating art on the street made me feel like I was back in NY in the East Village circa 1982.  I draw of my inspiration from pop culture and my past, and this scene was way more NY early 80’s then LA 2015. 22_JulesMuck© suebarr


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Of course this is LA where everyone is someone and this street artist was no exception.  Jules Muck is  a well known graffiti artist on both coasts and in fact as she was simultaneously finishing this mural on Lincoln she was debuting as a judge on Street Art Throwdown on the Oxegyn Channel.


Contact Jules at or follow her on Instagram @muckrock  … Thanks  Jules, for letting me catch this extra-ordinary moment… Please tag #extra-ordinarymoment


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