A colorful addition to Atwater Village


Exterior by Risk – the graffiti artist

ATWATER VILLAGE — Crux hasn’t held a grand opening yet but the new clothing store is already drawing a lot of attention – not for the merchandise inside but for the colors outside.

Drivers have been slowing down to take photos. Others have been taking selfies against the rainbow of vertical stripes that have been spray painted across the storefront at the corner of Glendale Boulevard and Edenhurst Avenue.

Many commercial and residential exteriors now favor shades of gray, brown and black.  But store owners Karen Olivas and Hannibal Nisperos wanted something different. “We wanted to do something that popped,” Olivas said.

That’s how Olivas and Nisperos had the graffiti artist known as Risk paint the exterior. They knew they would be getting a paint-drip like concept but weren’t sure what colors would be included. “We gave him a canvas,” Nisperos said.

Photos posted on Risk’s Instagram show painters standing on a moving lift spraying strokes of color up and down the walls.

Passersby seem to appreciate the whimsical paint job, the owners said. “It makes people silly,” Olivas said. “It brings lightness here.”

Store owners Hannibal Nisperos and Karen Olivas

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  1. Ooooooh, the sparkly colors make me so happy!

  2. I bet the old NIMBYs are going to throw a fit over this!

  3. It photographs beautifully but I personally don’t like it as it doesn’t match the products in the store you can still do something different without a rainbow snow cone look.

  4. another clothing boutique in Atwater? eesh.

  5. I love it!

  6. I wonder if they are going to wash the sidewalk. The corner is gross now

    • They made a huge mess on the sidewalk and are showing no signs of cleaning up. I appreciate the creative approach, but what a damn mess they made.

  7. Another reason to be happier I moved out of Atwater Village. I’m all for happy colors but it’s overkill and just too much.

  8. Horizontalepidemic

    Come on, it looks like $hit man!!
    It looks cheap, like an inflable fun house for children….

  9. Scott Martin-Rowe

    I like the idea of something that pops, but this seems kinda lazy. It would have looked better with the same colors and a more geometric design. A little blue tape goes a long way.

  10. I have an opinion!

  11. I absolutely love it! Even the colored sidewalk. Stimulation, Excitement, Creativity, Thought Provoking…. that’s is the East Side. I wish we lived in a world that inspired such explosive creativity, instead of stifling it with criticism.

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