French graffiti forefather Blek le Rat is in town for his upcoming gallery show at Subliminal Projects.

Photos by Clare O'Callaghan

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On Saturday Blek painted two pieces on the walls of the Living Room furniture store in Silver Lake on Sunset Blvd.

Blek began using stencil art in 1981 (way before Banksy). From his website: “I had the idea to use stencil to make graffiti for one reason. I did not want to imitate the American graffiti that I had seen in NYC in 1971 during a journey I had done over there. I wanted to have my own style in the street… I began to spray some small rats in the streets of Paris because rats are the only wild living animals in cities and only rats will survive when the human race will have disappeared and died out.”

Click here to see the whole process in action, as it happened Saturday.

All photos by Clare O'Callaghan.

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