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Meet Jonathan espy dpt Cirlin of Los Angeles Ktownwallz Project in Koreatown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan espy dpt Cirlin.

Jonathan, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I’m originally from New Jersey came to Los Angeles in 2007. Back then, my main focus was graffiti. But I still had work painting shoes for Disney tv show for a couple of years while doing mural and music videos and such freelance. I then moved to Korea town in 2010 and just started painting everything around me. I was able to create a little art district that is now known as Ktownwallz project. My focus is on international and local street artists and graffiti artists. Using my community businesses and homeowners wallz. I was able to change the quality of life while simultaneously giving opportunities for artist expression. I was able to get streetlights in the alleys and get street sweeping as well. Lowering crime rate while businesses make money off the new tourism associated with the ever-changing art in the neighborhood. Now I organize mural festivals And consult and manager artists to help them create more value for the work and generate more sales and experience. I also am part of a nonprofit that is using art to create awareness for autism called amuse4autism.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As an artist, we struggle with living with our choices and being broke from time to time. So it is a struggle to be consistent and productive while daily challenges and dreams don’t pan out as planned. But these things could be said about all job choices to some degree. Over time I was able to master this lifestyle and create opportunities for other artists and help shape there lives through the obstacles I faced dealing with clients and different job situations. There isn’t a Union for mural artists where we have mentors to teach us so there is a lot of self-learning. This knowledge is what I provide to other artists now for empowerment and education for there clients. So that they may make a career following there dreams or at least doing something they enjoy for a living.

Los Angeles Ktownwallz Project – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Practicing pride and standards are the cornerstone of what I do. You can see it in my work. We beautify communities and create opportunities for artists while educating the people why murals are needed. I’m happy to give guidance to my fellow artists and clients while providing a standard of excellence in the art we provide. My curation ability and contact list is vast you would be surprised the people we have worked for and the quality of artist associated with my project and events. We work hard to not only paint the walls but instill a sense of pride and ownership over the neighborhoods we have helped. Giving them and physically helping them get the resources they need and want to create other types of beautification in their neighborhood.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
I recently started a create change Mural program in high schools. The program includes the kids on a portion of the painting process teaching some painting techniques. I’m able to talk to the kids inspire them to chase their dreams. Show them that they can make a living as a creative. As well as to take ownership of the mural and give them a sense of pride in their own community. We had inspired talks about life and dreams and how to deal with negative issues and racism as well. I hope to inspire more youth with my art while making a living doing it. My focus in on inner cities where beatification is greatly needed.

Pricing:

  • Most murals start at $1500 and go up depending on size and detail as well as if it is out of state and requires travel.

Contact Info:

  • Phone: 310 7398160
  • Email: espydpt@gmail.com
  • Instagram: Losangeles_ktownwallz_project
  • Facebook: Ktownwallzproject

Image Credit:
@espy_dpt_znc

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