Anyone with a spray can or a Sharpie can technically call themselves a street artist.
But street art that makes you stop in your tracks, Instagram/text/Facebook, and ultimately make you ponder your existence in LA and on Planet Earth?
Well, that's kinda something that only Hanksy can do.
Off the success of two sold-out shows at the Krause Gallery in New York, the maestro behind “The Whizard of Oz” and “DeGene-saur-es Rex” brings his brand of humor to Hollywood.
Opening tonight at Gallery 1988 and running through June 17, the show How the West Was Pun features prints and paintings by the self-styled "street fartist" who's becoming a celebrity in his own right. (He was recently featured on Pharrell Williams' YouTube channel, i am OTHER, as part of an exclusive documentary project directed by Nicholas Heller.)
Hanksy’s own It’s A Punderful Life is the inspiration behind the art, which is mostly at the expense of Tom Hanks.
Good thing Tom's a big boy.
Hanksy: How The West Was Pun
Opening reception Friday, May 24
Exhibition runs through Monday, June 17
7308 Melrose Ave. (at La Brea), Hollywood
Nearby: Village Idiot; Hatfield's; Mozza