Long Beach Street Art Scene: Muckrock Takes on MADE by Millworks Building in DTLB

Photos by Brian Addison

We’ve been frank about our love of Long Beach’s growing street art scene—in fact, just a few weeks ago, we called our city home to one of the world’s best, biggest, and free outdoor museums as it has a growing collection of work from James Jean, Tristan Eaton, DABS MYLA, Flip, VYAL, Craola, Pantonio, Huemann, Hitotzuki, Felipe Pantone, Ernest Zacharevic…

Now, Jules Muck aka Muckrock, is adding her LA-by-way-of-the-UK touch of glam surrealism to the backside of MADE by Millworks in DTLB.

The artist is no stranger to MADE: if you have the luck to meander into the Employees Only zone of the space, you’ll find her lipsticked-lips piano used for a Pixies music video as well as a chair and Bowie dedication she created. (Her obsession with music is clear in her work; most recently, she took over the famed Roxy venue to paint a giant mural of Lemmy.)

Her love of art stemmed from the rush many future street artists get while being young and free: illegal tagging as a kid running amuck in the streets of Manhattan during the 1990s. Tagging then shifted to more legitimate forms of art after being influenced by Lady Pink, the Ecuadorian street artist who shifted not only graffiti but the role women play in it.

From there, Muckrock developed her distinct, thick-lined style, reminiscent of the very style of Lady Pink and other late 1970s/early 1980s graffiti and street artists. This piece in DTLB is somewhat of an exception, with details that are atypical of her work: a pirate ship with a giant eye piercing through its sails, the piece is a wonderful addition on what was otherwise a drab white wall.

It joins the work of Telmo Miel just east of the MADE by Millworks building in the same parking lot on the south-facing wall of the Mark Schneider building. It is expected to be completed by the end of the day today.

MADE by Millworks is located at 240 Pine Ave. The mural is accessible by either entering from the north on 3rd between Promenade and Pine or south on Broadway between Pine and Promenade.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.