3.21.2017

Wall Crawl - Venice {Abbott Kinney Blvd}

If I had to pick the most unique area of Los Angeles I'd gladly hand that award over to Venice. Everywhere you turn there's something that catches the eye, from wall art and murals, to publicly encouraged graffiti walls, to canals with the cutest walkways and bridges, to people watching. The place is jam packed with character, and a vibe that I've yet to find anywhere else in this city.

After Liz and I decided another wall crawl was in order I suggested Venice. I've seen several walls that have been begging for a visit. So, we did what any sane parents would do. We packed up our kids and headed to Venice to see what we could scope out.

Let's talk about Abbott Kinney Boulevard. Holy buckets, that street is just teeming with walls that scream "PHOTO!"

I had a few walls mapped out, because there is nothing I dislike more than zigzagging all over the place and wasting precious time when kids are in tow. However, we quickly learned that no map was needed because every few steps seemed to showcase spectacular wall art.

We started at 1420 Abbott Kinney Blvd. (Happy Socks) and ended at 1025 Abbott Kinney Blvd. (Casa Linda Mexican Grill). In that short distance we came upon so. many. walls (praise hands)!

Julia was most content cruising in the stroller and snacking rather than prancing around in front of the walls, so she makes a very brief cameo. However, the boys were more than cooperative with all of our requests.

Ok, on to the walls!
Even the plant pot is perfect!
Happy Socks - 1420 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Marcus spotted this wall and said, "That's a pretty wall!" I asked if he wanted a picture by it and he said yes. Who am I to deprive him of a colorful wall like this? It also needs to be noted that Mason found perhaps the most colorful mailbox he may ever see! ;)
I don't have an exact address for this, but this is just down the street a bit from Aviator Nation (which is the blue wall below).

Hip! Hip! Hooray!
Aviator Nation - 1224 Abbott Kinney Blvd.

This wall actually displayed a massive rooster, but, birds creep me out. And the bird was on the corner of the building. I liked the two-tone greens so much better, and it was fitting for St. Patrick's Day.
Roosterfish - 1302 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
How sweet are these two?!
#bleedinghearts
This wall was recently changed to a black background. Before, the background was white with the colorful hearts.
1239 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
I love that Marcus played along with this one.
Intersection of Abbott Kinney Blvd. and Santa Clara Ave.
Real talk. This isn't my favorite wall find, but since we were in Venice it seemed almost mandatory to snap a quick pic in front of this one.
1146 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
Probably my third favorite wall. It was shiny!
1130 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
This piece was so much bigger than I could capture in one tiny frame. But, SO GOOD.
1118 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
A two-for-one wall!! AND, Julia's only appearance!
1025 Abbott Kinney Blvd. This one is tucked back behind the butterfly mural below, we had to access this from a side street, so we stumbled upon it while trying to get to the butterfly wall.
HANDS DOWN my FAVORITE of the day!!
This was also my inspiration for M & J Monday, yesterday.
1025 Abbott Kinney Blvd.
The Geometric Wave wall.
Intersection of Abbott Kinney and San Juan Ave.
This was our last stop along ABK, and we literally stumbled upon it as we were making our way to the car. The boys with the phones cracks me up every single time. And, I couldn't walk away from this spot without an actual selfie with my favorite little man.
Another wall I don't have an exact address for, but it's near Aviator Nation (the blue wall with yellow/orange/red stripes), along AKB. If you're looking for it you'll spot it!
We quickly headed down to the boardwalk for one last piece of art before calling it a successful wall crawl.
My second favorite wall of the day.
A massive van Gogh for the win!
1101 Ocean Front Walk
I mean, FIFTEEN walls in just about an hour. COME ON!! I think I told Liz no less than a dozen times, "This is literally all of my wall dreams come true."

Venice, your walls have my heart forever and ever and ever, amen.

Also, feign surprise if you see some of these pop as #latergrams. Thanks to Instagram and Chatbooks I have a couple of books in the works featuring all of our fa├žade adventures. If you want to see all of our walls check out #mackewallcrawl!

No tell me, which Venice wall was your favorite? 

8 comments:

  1. I love your favorite one too but the one with the palm trees is my favorite!! Your choice would be my second pick. Love your wall crawl adventures!

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  2. Again... California has to have the worlds' best walls.

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  3. I love them all! Marcus and Mason are too cute together.

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  4. I agree with Stephanie that Cali has the best walls! I love the selfie wall!

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  5. Venice sounds awesome! I love these Wall Crawl posts…they are just too much fun! I think you guys hit the motherload of amazing walls. The boys look like they have so much fun together.

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  6. These are seriously so awesome. I think the black and white wall is my favorite!

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  7. Amazing!! Street artists are so talented! But really, the darling kids steal the show.

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  8. I LOVE THEM ALL!!! But I guess I am a little bias LOL. But seriously, we hit the jackpot in Venice! That was so, so amazing! Good traffic, more walls than we anticipated, and the boys smiled and played along so well! And we were back before lunch. Winning!

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