Locals and tourists at the well-known crossroads of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street noticed that one of the area’s empty walls started to take on some forms and colors around six weeks ago. Tristan Eaton, an urban pop artist from Los Angeles, stated on July 17 on Instagram, “My dream wall is finally happening!” while posing in the same location.
In a ribbon-cutting ceremony on August 25, the six-story painting that covers the south side of the Aster club and hotel was officially unveiled. Spray paint was used to create the mural, which was done in Eaton’s distinctive collage style, a fusion of pop art and conventional methods.It pays homage to early pioneers of Hollywood like Sidney Poitier and Judy Garland, whose likenesses dominate the piece’s figurative aspects. Among the attendees during the ribbon-cutting were Garland’s granddaughter Vanessa Richards and daughter Lorna Luft.
The painting also honours “car culture, graffiti culture, punk rock, and underground movies,” which were all a part of Eaton’s Los Angeles upbringing, he added. Eaton makes fun of the fact that he was born on Sunset Boulevard not far from the Aster when his father was wooing his actress mother.
The Z-Boys skateboarder and surfer turned film director and entrepreneur Stacy Peralta is credited by the artist as influencing his perception of the city. Both Peralta and a design taken from his skateboard company Powell-Peralta may be seen on the mural.
In addition to Joan Didion, muralist David Alfaro, cartoonist Phil Norman, illustrator Betty Brader, April Geiman, designer Sheila de Brettville, and poster artist Stanley Mouse, the mural features an eclectic mix of Los Angeles symbols, such as Randy’s Donuts, City of Los Angeles insignias, the Cinerama Dome, Mel’s Diner, and Griffith Observatory. Los Angeles’ gay history is also strongly represented by LGBTQ identifiers such as Divine, Traci Lord
Both the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell of Los Angeles’ 13th district presented certificates of appreciation to Eaton. A certificate was also given to The Aster, which debuted earlier this month around the same week that Eaton’s mural was finished.
Eaton said, “I’ve been trying to obtain this wall for six years,” and remarked on the absurdity of being in Hollywood “in a tuxedo and a tie, talking about spray paint,” before ascending to the club level of the Aster to celebrate. Hollywood, 1717 Vine Street