Skip to Content
Art

Afrika 47 x Bisco Smith Mural presented by #SmileSouthCentral

Afrika47BiscoSmith (1 of 9)

Smile South Central is a mural movement in South Los Angeles that brings street artists & muralists to an area of Los Angeles that is often overlooked by the city as a whole. Last month I was invited to check out the latest mural being erected on 47th & Main Street in South Central. South African artist Afrika 47 aka Ralph Ziman and L.A. based artist Bisco Smith. Here is description from Smile South Central's Instagram page about the concept behind this mural:

In 2014 there were 551 homicides in Greater Los Angeles. Guns accounted for 403 of those homicides, or roughly 75% of deaths. All 403 names are written on this wall. Of the 403 gun homicides the numbers break down as follows: *African Americans were the largest group accounting for almost half of the shootings. 182 victims or 45% . *Latinos where the second largest group, 176 deaths or 43% of the total casualties. *Whites at 34 victims or 8% *Asians 11 victims or 3% This wall honors the lives of all 403 victims.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from L.A. TACO

Limited-Edition Women’s ‘Boxy Cut’ Bota Shirt and Pink Hoodie Now Available!

Rep the Taco Life and independent journalism with our new 'boxy cut' women's pink bota shirt and pink-and-blue hoodie. Now up on our online store! Every sale makes sure that we continue bringing you all the stories you all love.

July 16, 2024

13 L.A. Destinations For Tejuino, Raspados, and Ice Cream To Keep You Cool While Riding Metro This Summer

Stay cool this summer with tejuino from Compton, DTLA raspados that have gone viral on TikTok, and a true Zapotec tepache in Mid-City, all accessible when you ride Metro.

July 15, 2024

‘I Wasn’t Prepared For This:’ Placita Olvera’s Iconic El Burro Is Given A 30-Day Eviction Notice Following A Unanimous Vote on Thursday

This Thursday, the Board of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument Authority Commissioners voted to evict La Carreta despite attempts from the family, community, and even the city council to save it. 

July 13, 2024

Downtown L.A.’s First Proudly Queer-Owned Dispensary Is Thriving

The disco ball and neon signs illuminate a wall dedicated to LGBTQIA+ products at Green Qween. Despite the queer community being at the forefront of medical marijuana usage during the HIV and AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and 90s, today, queer representation remains low in the cannabis industry.

What To Eat This Weekend In L.A.: Whole Lobster Katsu, Cannabis Omakase, Smoked Brisket Agnolotti, and a Carne Asada Fest Discount

This Saturday, EVERYone is invited to the carne asada. Asada Fest, to be specific. Plus, two new restaurants team up to bring an enticing new menu at Echo Park lake's boathouse restaurant.

July 12, 2024
See all posts