English born D*Face spent his formative years in London. While he always had a passion for street art, it took him awhile to feel confident enough to dive in head first. While working full-time as a freelance artist, he started working in his spare time bringing to life his now-beloved characters. As he explains on his site:
Each evening and as much of the day as I could rob was spent drawing and cutting out stickers. Stickers became posters, posters became more ambitious and somewhere in between I quit my job or maybe that was I got fired, either way the inevitable had happened. Like a river cuts it’s own path, I’d cut mine.
His art can now been seen all around the world and Los Angeles is a lucky home to a great number of pieces. His wildly inventive scenes often have a comic book aesthetic and, as one reviewer put it, "are presented as dysfunctional characters to satirize our society and particularly our will for fame, overconsumption and materialism. Images and motifs from currency, advertising, comic books, cultural and famous figures like Marylin Monroe or Queen Elizabeth II are used to highlight and comment upon our dark obsessions."
This mural is actually the second of what you could call a sort of accidental, hyperlocal series. Years before, D*Face created the mural below titled "Going Nowhere Fast". As he explained on Instagram:
In 2011 I painted this piece 'Going Nowhere Fast' on the side of Corey Helford Gallery. A year later a building was built 6 inches in front of it, cocooning it forever...
In 2014, he had the opportunity to paint the adjoining building with a sister mural which titled "Going Everywhere Fast". While it's bummer that the first part of the series is hidden from view, it's great that D*Face got a do-over of sorts and was able to reclaim the space.