Los Angeles native Mister Cartoon was immersed in art from an early age. He began his career as a graffiti artist before branching into murals, album covers, logos, and now most famously, tattoos. His richly detailed, hand-rendered designs pull much of their inspiration from the Los Angeles of Cartoon’s youth. At one time, the black-and-grey, fine-line style was synonymous with L.A. street life. Cartoon’s work has popularized the style. His cathedral-like installation here reflects his relationship with religion while commenting on the ubiquitous Southern California strip-mall church.
BEYOND THE STREETS Los Angeles, 2018. Photo by Beau Roulette.