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Published on Apr 22, 2010
This is an excerpt from the upcoming short doc. on "Pepper's World". Video to be released on Monday, April 26. Watch for it. Saber recently created a mural downtown and a limited edition print to honor one of downtown Los Angeles' most original Street Artists; Pepper. This is a video preview of Pepper and the project that Saber dedicated to him... Lately there's been alot of hype in the news and TV about street art and graffiti. This video is an unabashed look at what the world of street art is really like... From www.jetsetgraffiti.com: "Pepper is a true street artist in the purist sense. Hes known to some by his altar ego; the Mayor of Skid Row, and hes proud to proclaim that hes the last homeless person on the forefront of downtown LAs gentrification. He lives on Santa Fe Ave. where years ago a large tent city used to be, the last holdout.
When I was younger and creeping around downtown, I would notice these colorful, bold, and scrappy art installations. Pepper has a habit of decorating his immediate surroundings, wherever that might be, with multi-colored paint splats, piled on discarded toys, and other purposefully arranged found objects. You can frequently catch him running around the city with his red shopping cart full of freshly discarded trinkets.
The print Peppers World, and the mural I painted on 7th and Mateo that it inspired, is in homage to his existence. I have enormous respect for those who can survive in such extreme conditions yet still be able to express themselves creatively." -SABER, 2010