Michael Jackson Mosiac In Pennies

Sources: Talia Hayward Arts | Love Survives| All Things Michael


Talia Hayward is a Zambian born artist with an instantly recognizable style. Her work needs to be seen to be believed. The mosaics contain extremely fine detail achieved through Talia’s painstaking effort, creating her portraits using thousands of Talia’s signature medium of coins as well as washers, buttons or paper.

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Growing up as an orphan in a third world country had its challenges,  she was often deprived of the basic means to create art. This did not stop her, on the contrary, it made her more resourceful and hightened her creativity. With an innate talent, passion for creative arts and hard work, she developed her skill throughout the years.

“Art is in me” she says. “Everything that is, is art and to have the ability to bring my imagination to life is a gift that nothing could take away from me not even deprivation. I found myself intrigued and drawn to the concept of mosaic, the idea where small independent objects are placed together to create a bigger picture. It is very much like real life, just like a mosaic, we all are small objects that paint a bigger picture.”


Talia creates intricate photo-realist portraits often forcing the viewer to question if her mosaics are, in fact paintings. Each work comprises many pieces, all  fastened by hand, and impressively finished.

Her mosaic work is bought by private clients and international organizations. Talia Hayward is available for private portrait commission and can create personal mosaic portraits from photography.


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See Champion Nail Artist Kirsty Meakin’s Unique Creations

Sources: Daily Mail – By Jemma Gillard| All Things Michael

The King of Pop: Kirsty Meakin has even created nail art dedicated to Michael Jackson, which takes between 30 and 100 hours to do Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2747564/The-talented-talons-town-A-nail-artist-won-100-prizes-amazing-creations-including-fruit-veg-Michael-Jackson-s-face.html#ixzz3Cjesm1yF  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

The King of Pop: Kirsty Meakin has even created nail art dedicated to Michael Jackson, which takes between 30 and 100 hours to do

Themes such as fairies, goblins and Edward Scissorhands have helped one rather talon-ted woman win more than a 100 prizes for her nail creations.

Kirsty Meakin, 35, from Stoke-on-Trent, started training as a beautician when she was just 17 and has now travelled around the world to take home trophies for her nail art.

Each creation takes between 30 and 100 hours and costs up to £400 in materials.

Talented talons: Kirsty Meakin, 35, from Stoke-on-Trent, has won more than a 100 prizes for her nail art including this corn on the cob creation Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2747564/The-talented-talons-town-A-nail-artist-won-100-prizes-amazing-creations-including-fruit-veg-Michael-Jackson-s-face.html#ixzz3Cjf4urnn  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Talented talons: Kirsty Meakin, 35, from Stoke-on-Trent, has won more than a 100 prizes for her nail art including this corn on the cob creation.

Kirsty’s first competition entry was a set of Moulin Rouge themed nails at a competition in Manchester.

Now she has won over 100 trophies for her nail art and has travelled as far afield as Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

The beautician’s work has even been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

Nail art: Themes such as Edward Scissorhands have landed Kirsty Meakin prizes all over the world Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2747564/The-talented-talons-town-A-nail-artist-won-100-prizes-amazing-creations-including-fruit-veg-Michael-Jackson-s-face.html#ixzz3CjfI2reM  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Nail art: Themes such as Edward Scissorhands have landed Kirsty Meakin prizes all over the world

Kirsty says: ‘I only went to beauty school because my mother said if I didn’t do something with my life she’d kick me out.

‘When I started, nail art wasn’t even a thing, but after a few years it came onto the scene and I started experimenting with different mediums.

‘In 2004 I entered my first competition and won and things just spiralled from there.’

Nailing the trend: Kirsty Meakin pictured in the middle with two nail models showcasing the latest creations Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2747564/The-talented-talons-town-A-nail-artist-won-100-prizes-amazing-creations-including-fruit-veg-Michael-Jackson-s-face.html#ixzz3CjfSsWXo  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Nailing the trend: Kirsty Meakin pictured in the middle with two nail models showcasing the latest creations

She has worked on London Fashion Week and even done nails for celebrities such as Natasha Hamilton and Eliza Doolittle.

Kirsty adds: ‘My favourite piece is the Day of the Dead nails.

‘They took so long to complete and my poor model was stood in a really uncomfortable position because her thumbs had to be together.

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‘People kept coming up and asking for photos so she had to wear the nails for four hours.

‘I try to make them as light as possible by hollowing out the 3D structures but they still weigh about two pounds.’

As well as the fantasy nails, Kirsty also produces boxed nail art for display.

Striking creations: The beautician's work has even been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2747564/The-talented-talons-town-A-nail-artist-won-100-prizes-amazing-creations-including-fruit-veg-Michael-Jackson-s-face.html#ixzz3CjfnfJiQ  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Striking creations: The beautician’s work has even been displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London

She explains: ‘The boxed nail art still takes me over 100 hours to complete. I’d always excelled at art at school so this was just a different medium to use.

‘By the time I have bought all the pieces they can cost up to £400 to create.’

And now Kirsty has retired from competitions and turned her hand to teaching others her tricks of the trade.

Bold ambition: Now Kirsty Meakin has retired from competitions and turned her hand to teaching others her tricks of the trade Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2747564/The-talented-talons-town-A-nail-artist-won-100-prizes-amazing-creations-including-fruit-veg-Michael-Jackson-s-face.html#ixzz3Cjge56OB  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Bold ambition: Now Kirsty Meakin has retired from competitions and turned her hand to teaching others her tricks of the trade

She has also launched her own range of products, including the first gel varnish not to require a top or base coat.

Kirsty says: ‘I wanted my products to be something different.

Note: Kirsty is also an MJ fan and say he is her biggest inspiration. Click here to read more

‘All the nail products you see in shops are made in three factories, just with different labels on.

‘I wanted to be able to tweak the product to get something I was really happy to put my name on.

‘Now I want to put together a book of all my nail art, I’m just looking for a publisher.’

Teaching new tricks: Kirsty Meakin now launched her own range of products, including the first gel varnish not to require a top or base coat Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2747564/The-talented-talons-town-A-nail-artist-won-100-prizes-amazing-creations-including-fruit-veg-Michael-Jackson-s-face.html#ixzz3Cjgp0Zlb  Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Teaching new tricks: Kirsty Meakin now launched her own range of products, including the first gel varnish not to require a top or base coat

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Note: Kirsty is also an MJ fan and says he is her biggest inspiration. Read more about it here

More On Neverland Lost: A Portrait Of Michael Jackson ( Pictures)

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Neverland objects stored before the auction (© Henry Leutwyler)

Neverland objects stored before the auction (© Henry Leutwyler)

Six months before the death of the King of Pop, the photographer Henry Leutwyler indulges in a strangely prescient photo shoot. A huge auction sale to empty Neverland, the estate of Michael Jackson, to alleviate the financial ruin of the singer. The photographer each item being sold, extravagant stage outfits to the most personal possessions in a book, Neverland Lost (Steidl, 2010). On the occasion of the exhibition of his photographs at Colette, the photographer recounts his experience.

What was the starting point of the project?

I was reporting on arms trafficking coming from South America, and have been a sort of underground bunker where were kept all weapons confiscated by police before being destroyed. Coming out, I find a small newspaper clipping around a gun. I am informed that I have before me the gun that killed John Lennon. I jumped at the chance to take a picture, and it all started from there. I thought that all my heroes were inphotographiables nowadays, most died. The only way to do it was through their objects. So I started to search for objects of my heroes. In February 2009, the auction house Julian’s Auctions announces a huge sale of items that belonged to Michael Jackson, and I propose to Portfolio magazine to photograph her legendary white glove. Neverland, the estate of Michael, had been emptied – same doors were dismantled – and all items were removed, numbered, cataloged, estimated. I went with my assistants from New York to Los Angeles, and photographed the white glove and a second glove, and a third glove. We were given an hour or two, we stayed four days. We went there later, and once we had everything completed, I opened my computer back to the hotel, the news came: the auction was canceled. I still made a portfolio of ten pictures, but I was thinking no way to make a book. More than six months later, I showed the pictures to my iPhone to my friend the photographer Robert Polidori, who contacted Steidl. And three months later, the book came out.

You are a specialist in portrait. In their own way, the objects would tell a character?

Michael has been photographed a million times since I was little, but no one has ever done his portrait through its objects. If you look closely, the objects speak. I find it a still life done well reflects much better human being than a traditional portrait. Especially with the hair, makeup, Photoshop, you rarely get to have a real photo. Here there tasks sweat, rust … see has lived what. I had already done for my book about Elvis, and I continue with my next book I’m working on for eleven years. I gather photos of objects mythical figures: Gandhi’s glasses, brush Warhol, Prince’s guitar, the gun that killed Lennon … For me, this is the logical continuation of the portrait photographer: to portray someone through the object. And I think we should share all that with people who may be less fortunate than we are, who we book another vision of the artist, have another quality. With these photos of Michael objects, we see how much he loved the staging, glorification – it is built in legend. Gilding, paintings, extravagant costumes, all these flakes … He himself created the story of the King of Pop.


What was your reaction when you discovered the room and storage for items of Michael?

It was a shed! Two huge sheds, containers and more in Dowtown Los Angeles, with a ceiling height of over 30 meters. I took a picture of Neverland gates, fountains, furniture, tables … everything. I think the significance of the project is to keep a picture story of a life that was private. Today, it is not certain that there will be a museum, the objects will stay together … When we started thinking about the book, it was to keep the family of objects in a collection, say that if in 50 years someone wants to study Michael Jackson, he may have access to these pictures. In 50 years, the white glove might be gone. I met wonderful people, I have had exhibitions all over the world … The purpose of the book was to celebrate the musical genius that was Michael Jackson.

Before the initial sale, items from Neverland were exposed to the public. Fans of Michael Jackson are coming in droves. Have you had their echoes in your project?

Almost every exhibition, fan clubs came to see me. One of the most enthusiastic groups was that of Madrid, which became a downright lecture just for them of three hours of conversation. Initially, I was apprehensive about their reaction. You can never please everyone. But I’ve never had a bad comment from them, they have always supported the project, being very curious and courteous. The project was photographed in a respectful way, I made these still lifes with the same work ethic as my portraits: we are here to make people beautiful and interesting, and not the opposite. It’s not my job to say “guilty / not guilty.” It is a historical testimony, conducted academically. It is from the final result that you carry your own judgment.

Why did you choose to make pictures of Neverland Lost on a black background, while your other works are on white background?

Strangely, I instinctively said we had to take these photos on a black background. I thought of the saying of the Japanese philosopher Yuichiro Tanizaki, “Gold shines in the darkness” . We always put the diamond in the sun, when in reality it will shine even more in the shadows. I thought, given what is being photographed – and given the state of Michael at the time, who lived totally reclusive – we’ll take it with the same Japanese spirit, and chose black backgrounds . Six months later I was in my office in New York, and a friend called me to tell me that Michael Jackson died. In retrospect, the photos have a funeral side. Even if you could not predict what was going to happen, there was already a real concern of respect for the memory during this photo shoot.

Of all the pictures of his colorful stage costumes, you chose to close your book with the picture of the first edition of Peter Pan. What for?

Because I think he lived a bit like him. As children get older, they have to leave Neverland. That’s kind of what happened. There, my assistants and I had the feeling to witness a sad moment. It was not a very cheerful atmosphere. Michael has been on the front of the stage from five years old: with Neverland, he tried to recreate a childhood he never had, with all his toys, Luna Park, small cars … When we took it all in photo, we had thought that his childhood was going to escape a second time. The star went bankrupt and everything he creates is taken away. I said to my assistant: if it should happen to me, I will kill myself. And soon after, he died. The reasons, they are known. But maybe there was something else. If you think about it, a musical genius who is now 50 years without a home, no possessions, it’s still dramatic.

Exhibition “Neverland Lost: A Portrait of Michael Jackson” at the Colette shop until October 4.

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Bareface: “Dare To Dream, Dare To Believe!”

Sources: Michael Jackson World Network |streetintell.com | Bareface| All Things Michael


Bareface’s graffiti style artwork was featured on MJWN earlier this year. He specializes in digital art and he has sent us two of his pieces to share with Michael’s many fans. Here they are for you to enjoy.

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You can follow his work here on his Bareface blog!

He was also interviewed exclusively by streetintell.com in June, and here’s what they had to say about this artist’s unusual work:

“BAREFACE is a London based, vector graphic artist who is obsessed with real world pop culture. His art ranges from the fifties to the late nineties and beyond. Pulling inspiration from film, music, superheroes, fantasy and more; Bareface creates visually appealing digital masterpieces. He has always had a fascination with different aspects of pop and hip-hop culture, namely graffiti. Intrigued by graffiti but not wanting to vandalize buildings, the artist’s curiosity led him to exploring how to translate graffiti street art to digital canvas. Thus the BAREFACE brand was born.

His vibrant use of colour and trademark drips pay homage to Pop and Spray Can art. His work has been featured on several blogs including the popular Michael Jackson Fan site the Michael Jackson World Network (MJWN.) His sticker designs have also received critical acclaim showcasing at the April 17th MLT SLAPS sticker Expo in Montreal.

The artist first caught our eye with his dynamic adaptation of one of pop culture’s most revered villains, Darth Vader.


We had an opportunity to link with Bareface and find out more about the brand. Check out our exclusive interview below:

SI: Explain the premise behind the Bareface brand? What does it all stand for?

BF: The ‘Bareface’ brand refers to my belief that my appearance bares no significance to my body of work. It refers to a blank canvas and being creative as the mood takes me.

SI: Your illustrations feature a lot of cultural icons. How important is pop culture in influencing your work?

BF: I grew up in the 80s and as a child I spent a lot of my time watching TV shows, cartoons, listening to music and reading comic books. Pop culture was my education about life and helped shaped my vision of the world. I was inspired by the media of that time and I use this to bring my superheroes to life on digital canvas.

SI: A lot of times people down play the field of Art because they rest on the notion of the “starving artist,” What motivates you to continue creating your art?

BF: In the Bhagavad Gita [which is a collection of sacred texts from India] it says “You are not entitled to the fruit of your labor, only the labor itself.” I believe this means that if you rely on things like money too much, you will only be miserable.What is more satisfying than money is doing the work; that feeling of euphoria when you are in the creative zone and the joy or sadness it brings to others. Basically, what motivates me to continue creating art is my desire to grow organically with the world around me and the happiness I get from creating. Whether you are financially prosperous or not, you have to be “starving” to be successful. You have to keep on pushing yourself and have the hunger to do and be better.

SI: Where do you hope your art takes you?

BF: My mission?…”To chase the muse and see where she will take me.” I have no plan, I am just enjoying creating these pieces and sharing them with as many people as possible, whether it’s online or at a gallery exhibition, and the fact you have found me and I am talking to you means that it’s working. I’m hoping that my pieces will bring joy to people, who find and enjoy my work.

SI: What’s your Street Intell?

BF: Dare to dream, dare to believe.”

You will also be able to follow him on Twitter.

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Colette Presents ‘Neverland Lost’

Sources: MJWN | Colette, Henry Leutwyler Facebook, Neverland Lost | All Things Michael


Colette, which is situated in Paris, is presenting an exhibition about the photobook ‘Neverland Lost’ by Henry Leutwyler. The exhibition will be from September 1st to October 4th2014. The exhibition opens at 6 p.m on September 3rd.

Henry Leutwyler is an internationally recognized photographer, who was born in Switzerland and based in New York. His work has been the subject of numerous publications and was praised repeatedly. This is his first solo exhibition in France.

‘Neverland Lost’ examines the illusion of Michael Jackson through his glittering iconic products, which were to be sold by auction. This is a thorough documentary via the lens of Leutwyler.

Within these photos, the viewer is encouraged to understand the inner turmoil of a man caught between the public persona of one of the greatest artists of all time and his private life which, sadly, was considered isolated and troubled at times.

The famous sparkling socks that exceeded patent leather shoes are removed to be just ordinary knee socks decorated with rhinestones. Jackets or shirts adorned with sequined scarves and shoulder pads are marked with traces of makeup and sweat. Through demystifying neutral portraits, Leutwyler creates yet in ‘Neverland Lost’ a catalogue of most images that, for some, may be too intimate to behold.

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You will find the exhibition here:


213 rue Saint-Honoré

75001 Paris

Tel: 01 55 35 33 90

Fax: 01 55 35 33 99


Henry Leutwyler writes about ‘Neverland Lost – A Portrait of Michael Jackson’

“This collection of photographs was never intended to be a book. In February of 2009, I flew to California on a magazine assignment to photograph the iconic white glove of pop star Michael Jackson. Even though I am a lifelong portrait photographer, I have always had the urge to investigate people through the simplicity of the artefacts that make up their lives. I went to Los Angeles with one vision in mind and little more than a day to capture it. Michael Jackson’s primary home at Neverland had been vacant for several years and his belongings lay packed and stored in crates, awaiting public auction. When I arrived at the venue for the shoot, I had no idea what I’d find. What I discovered in those crates evoked in me a deep sadness. From the man who would be king, his artefacts were of the simplest design. A sequined tube sock. A child’s trinket. The famous glove – so revealing in its dime store simplicity, so mundane in its plainness. I completed the initial assignment in two days, yet found myself unable to leave. My assistants and I remained on location for another twenty-four hours, poring over more than a thousand items from which we had to choose our images. I returned to New York after three days, with a premonition that the task wasn’t finished.

It seems that an individual’s belongings rarely become available without some tragedy as a backdrop. Despite my exhaustive efforts to create a window into Jackson’s private world, the portrait was not complete. I knew there were other objects that had not been made available to be photographed. In April of 2009, I flew back to California. Through perseverance and good fortune, we were granted one last access. This time, when I returned to New York, I had the pieces I needed to complete the story. Shortly thereafter, our investigation became a documentation of a life cut short. It is said that the Pharaohs built tombs to reveal their lives to future generations. Michael Jackson sacrificed his childhood to the calling of his musical gift. Neverland was the pyramid he constructed to a lost childhood. The artefacts captured in this book return us to the Neverland he lost.”

Henry Leutwyler, Winter 2010, New York City.

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Sridevi Remembers Michael Jackson Through Painting

Sources: ZeeNews India | All Things Michael


New Delhi: Michael Jackson is long gone, but his legacy remains. The pop star has many fans across the world and veteran Bollywood beauty Sridevi is one of them.

The ‘English Vinglish’ star also has another passion – painting. She put her talent of painting on canvas and made a fabulous imagery of the King of Pop. She shared her work on Twitter:

Michael Jackson would have turned 56 this year. The singer had died in 2009 much to the dismay of millions of his fans.

The actress who is herself known for her excellent dance skills had made this painting for her daughter and her skills are quite commendable.

We wonder, if she had not pursued a career in the film industry, she might have given MF Hussain a run for his money!

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Michael Jackson Audio Comic Book To Mark King Of Pop’s Birthday

Sources: BlueWater Production | All Things Michael

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Bluewater Productions is proud to announce a new audio comic book about the life of superstar Michael Jackson. The updated release, Tribute: Michael Jackson is in celebration of what would have been the King of Pop’s fifty-sixth birthday on August 29th. In conjunction with the audiobook, an expanded edition of the original comic book,Fame: Michael Jackson, a 40-page graphic novel, will be available in print and digital formats.

Several Jackson family members have expressed their appreciation regarding this touching tribute to Michael.

Michael Jackson’s reign as the King of Pop is celebrated in the latest biographical comic book from Bluewater Productions. The newest addition to the publisher’s critically acclaimed library features a cover and foreword by artist and friend of Jackson’s Giuseppe Mazzola. The life of the world’s most popular entertainer was infused with fantasy and tragedy. His discography is legendary. His legacy is complicated and unparalleled.

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In a partnership with Colonial Radio Theatre, one of the top, award-winning producers of audio drama, Bluewater has produced audiobooks based off three pop culture subjects of their sold-out comic book series. These updated versions of the comic books have been written by writer Michael Frizell. Audiobooks featuring Princess Diana, One Direction, and Justin Bieber were released earlier this year, while Selena Gomez, Demi Lovat,o and Taylor Swift audiobooks will be released later this fall.

“The stories, and legends, behind the real people featured in Bluewater titles continue to grow. In order to keep the stories timely and current, the scripts had to be expanded. Longtime readers will find something new and up-to-the-minute here, while new readers will be immersed in the topics,” said Frizell.

The Fame series was launched in 2010 as a companion piece to the successful Female Force andPolitical Power biography titles. The comic series allows Bluewater to delve into the celebrity culture and understand how a person rises to fame, deals with the newfound celebrity status, and continues to produce in the public eye. Individual issues spotlight actors, sports figures, recording artists, and the British royal family.

Bluewater Production’s biography comics have been embraced by the media and featured on several television news outlets including The Today Show, MTV, and on CNN. Their comics and graphic novels have also been featured in publications such as Forbes, Vanity Fair, Time Magazine, andPeople magazine.

Print copies of the graphic novel of Fame: Michael Jackson as well as the comic book edition can be ordered at Comic Flea Market here: http://bit.ly/18OSz4A. The audio books cost $3.95 and are available through Audible, iTunes and Nook.


Download the comic to your e-reader from iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, ComiXology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, Biblioboard, Flipkart, Axis360, Epic!, Blio, Entitle, Comicblender.com, Wheeler, Scoop, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.

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Michael Jackson Mural By Levi Ponce Street Art

Sources: Street I Am | All Things Michael


Michael Jackson portraiture gets final brush strokes

Street I Am decided to shoot a series of live videos from the Michael Jackson mural site over the last two weeks. Last week the portrait was due to be finished and our readers were there . The mural is the second mural of a two mural site from artist Levi Ponce. The site is located at 4900 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, California, USA. The site features murals of Jimi Hendrix and the latest, that of Michael Jackson.

Arriving with work in progress

When I arrived, there was already a small crew with Levi. Some helping out, all in a festive mood. Fellow Pacoima local and new muralist, JP of JP Murals was there. Look for jpmurals on Instagram to see some of his work. Also San Fernando Valley Art Collective Beats & Pieces came to give support and praise.

Arriving at the Michael Jackson mural site – Levi Ponce artist – 81714 at 231 PM PDT

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Levi Ponce was born and raised in Pacoima California a Los Angeles adjacent community in the San Fernando Valley. He is a guiding light of the emerging Pacoima street art scene.  Levi is inspired to create his murals and other public art projects as an expression of his love of community. He has even donated some of his amazing artwork to the community and the greater LA area.

Here are a few pictures from our Instagram feed taken at the mural site over the last two weeks.

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Follow Levi Ponce on Twitter @levifonzponce

SEE ALL OF OUR LIVE VIDEO FEEDS FROM THE MICHAEL JACKSON MURAL SITE RECORDED 08/17/14  Check out the interview with new muralist JP of JP Murals.

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