Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Street artists repaint their Highland Park canvas

Jesse Castillo, aka XXXXX, and Extreme at work in Highland Park | Katrina Alexy

Jesse Castillo, aka Kastle, and Extreme at work in Highland Park | Katrina Alexy


HIGHLAND PARK – Two street artists who go by the names of Xtreme and Kastle recently created a colorful new mural near Marmion Way and Avenue 53. It turns out that the two artists have painted murals on this same wall parallel to the Gold Line tracks several times before but the street art has been vandalized to the point where the pair of artists start over fresh every so often.

“Beyond the desire of self expression through art, helping beautify a community is also something I take pride in,” Xtreme said.”We normally target walls that are routinely vandalized by tagging and gang graffiti.”

Xtreme recently completed a mural in Boyle Heights and hopes to finish this one within a few weeks. Kastle, AKA Jessie Castillo, is an abstract artist and currently is exhibiting his smaller pieces at Eklecto-Mania Gallery on York in Highland Park.

Photo by Katrina Alexy

Photo by Katrina Alexy

Photo by Xtreme

Photo by Xtreme

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  1. Is that a zombie?

  2. Tony the Main Spoon

    @billyb Is your question a joke? Do you even read “The Walking Dead” by Robert Kirkman or seen George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead”? What I see are some super contrasting light and shadow techniques of an individual, without any sign of decaying skin, looks smooth. Not funny, so my question to you is: Are you a zombie, bro?”

    • Tony is clearly right bro, this isn’t a zombie, it’s obviously a possessed baby vampire lying in a bed of rotten cabbage…

    • You guys are funny. The portrait is not a zombie. It’s a black and white portrait of a young boy that looks upset and angry. Xtreme and I collaborated on this mural in east LA. I found pictures on the internet of different people that have an expression of anger. I found this one of a young boy and I thought or was perfect for the wall. Xtreme loved it and he painted it adding his creative touch to it. That’s all it is.

  3. If you mean by “helping beautify the neighborhood” you mean “this is better than tags”, we agree.

  4. Hello everyone my name is Jessie Castillo and I am happy to see that my freind and I are getting some recognition for painting this wall located in marmiom way and 53rd. This is our third time painting this wall. It will not be the last. I like to change it every so often to show the young taggers a skill and much more than just getting your name up. Its more then that. Its about bringing something creative that the youth and the adults can enjoy. Check out my art at flickr or google search Kastle Art. Let me know if you have a wall inside or outside that you would like painted…. Or a canvas perhaps. God bless and thank you for the support!

  5. Looks great! Keep up the good work, and thanks for making our neighborhoods look more unique in a good way.

  6. Hey buddy there’s and xtreme already.

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