So what makes for the perfect Instagram? The perfect backdrop, of course. And Los Angeles has plenty of them.
Here are some of my favorites.
1. Polka Dot Wall
LOCATION: 608 Mateo St., Los Angeles, CA 90021
Romper: Show Me Your Mumu (same romper, different print)
If you’re new to Los Angeles and looking for cute/unique walls to use as a backdrop for your Instagram photos, ALWAYS HEAD TO THE ARTS DISTRICT in DTLA. They have tons of local art on various buildings and walls… I mean it is the Arts District after all. They do have a few walls that really stand out, however, like this Polka Dot Wall.
All walls have a story, so here’s the backstory on this one. This wall was painted by Matty Mo (aka @themostfamousartist) and this was actually his FIRST mural. The polka dots were a huge success for the restaurant that it’s painted on, The Springs.
My Advice: Get to this spot after hours; the restaurant closes at 7pm. It’ll be golden hour and it’s the perfect time to snap a picture or two. Another tip? If you get there while the restaurant is open, you can just cut through to get the wall (since it’s out back). I, instead, choose to walk a block or two around the building, because I’m afraid of people, so I like to spend an extra few minutes doing simple things instead of asking for help.
2. Love Wall
LOCATION: 8549 Higuera St, Culver City, CA 90232
“Let all that you do be done in love.”
This wall reminds people that love is one of the most important gifts you can give and I love that.
Want to know this wall’s backstory? This mural was actually painted by the famous NYC artist, Curtis Kulig. He’s a photographer that specializes in black & white photography, so this mural is a little outside of his niche, but he’s painted the town of Culver City with love, and I cannot complain. 🙂
My Advice: Get to this spot early; I went here around 8 o’clock in the morning and didn’t have to worry about traffic or other people getting in the shot. It’s the perfect place for anniversary or engagement pictures, or even the perfect backdrop for a love-filled IG post.
3. California Dreaming Wall
LOCATION: 3485 La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90016
When I was 15 years old, I knew that I needed to move to California to pursue my dreams, so naturally, when I was 18 and fresh out of high school, I did just that.
This mural was absolutely BEAUTIFUL to look at in person (pictures hardly do it any justice). And it’s HUGE. It’s located in Chinese Laundry’s parking lot and it will make for the perfect Instagram if you’re visiting LA for the first time or even just want to add a little bit of color to your feed.
Here’s the backstory on this mural. Typography artist, Ricardo Gonzalez (@ItsALiving) was actually commissioned by Chinese Laundry to create this 78-foot-wide installation wall (I’m telling you, it’s HUGE).
My Advice: Since this mural is in a place of work for many people, go to this spot either after 5pm on weekdays or on the weekend. It’s in a parking lot, so if you go when no one’s in the office, the parking lot will be empty (aka you can get the FULL wall in your shot sans all the cars).
4. Made In LA Wall
LOCATION: 8025 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046
Well, I wasn’t made in LA (Texas forever, y’all!) but that doesn’t mean that I can’t be a little #basic.
Here’s the backstory on this one. This mural is painted on the wall outside of an interior design store called Cisco Home. So why did they choose to paint “Made in LA” on their wall? Because all of the furniture and home decor that they feature in their West Hollywood showroom has all been made in LA. Duh.
My Advice: Be prepared to wait. This wall is a HUGE tourist attraction, so practice your patience and offer to take pictures of other people. I mean, this way you’ll be kind annnnd hopefully speed up the process. 😉
5. Mondrian Wall
LOCATION: 1660 S. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90035
Recently, on my new commute, I’ve driven past this wall numerous times and I finally decided to pull over & take a few pictures; aka I patiently waited for my boyfriend to come home and then forced him to take pictures of me, but who really needs to know the full story? 😉
Anyway, here’s a little backstory on this wall. It’s inspired by the artist Piet Mondrian who was a famous Dutch painter in the early 1900s. A simple Google search of his name will bring up various images of walls plastered in yellow, red, blue, white, and black hues.
My Advice: This wall is right off of La Cienega (aka one of the busiest streets in LA) and it’s on a side walk. Go to this spot when you’ll most likely experience the least amount of car & foot traffic. Early in the morning or after 7pm is probably best.
6. “International Symbols of Travel” Wall
LOCATION: 6109 Lindenhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048
I actually wasn’t even planning on visiting this wall & honestly I’ve never even seen it before, but my boyfriend suggested that we check it out because he used to pass it every day on his commute to work. I’m so glad that he took me because this mural looks even cooler in person.
Who’s ready for the backstory? The artist’s name is Louis Carreon (@louiscarreon). He has painted these murals all over the city. His murals represent public works all over the planet that “tell the story of life, death, food, wine, money, religion, time and space.” How cool!
My Advice: There are multiple variations of this mural all throughout the city of Los Angeles; if you ever see one, park your car and snap a few pictures. It’ll definitely be worth the minor detour.
If you really want to see what these walls look like in person, make sure to check out my latest YouTube video below: