I live in Venice, California. Everyday I wander past murals which remind to do all sorts of wonderful things such as: “Remember who you are” and to “Do what you Love”…. The other day my talented photographer friend Gaby mentioned a street artist by the name of Chase. She informed me that the person making a positive impact on my life, was in fact Chase. The next day as I was standing on the corner of where I live I saw a young fellow spray painting a wall. He was creating a beautiful mural. There was a certain mellow buzz around him as people seemed to recognize him. One of the locals informed me that it was Chase. My heart started to beat fast and I was giddy. I contemplated taking a picture of him and repeatedly decided that would be silly. Just as my fiancée rounded the corner in our car to pick me up I decided to stop being a chicken and ran towards Chase. Gasping for breath I attempted to be cool and ask Chase for a picture of him. He was so incredibly lovely and kind, and immediately obliged. Here he is….
The mural is located in front of the Fruit Gallery (best juices and fresh scrumptious food in L.A.) Zelda’s Corner Deli (delicious sandwiches and mind-blowing home-made donuts) by Lidias Pupuseria (yummy!) and Sushi Okiya (delicious!)…….
The artist/designer Chase is originally Belgian. He left home, however, and ventured over the pond to Los Angeles at the young age of 17, attracted by the weather, California way and of course the skate boarding hot spots….Chase has gained worldwide recognition as a pioneer in street art and as a successful promoter of social change. One of Chase’s many successes has been generated through his vibrant, inspirational and thought-provoking mural installation campaigns. The “Remember who you are“ campaign is a public service offered by Chase to make people stop and think about who they are. How often do you stop and ask yourself this seemingly simple question? Chase’s murals has been widely successful all over the world. The “Awareness Geezers” campaign involves colorful characters who provide hopeful and illuminating messages such as “you can’t until you say you can” and “go without if you don’t go within”. Chase has murals all over the world, high-flying clients such as Adidas, Puma, Levi’s, Bloomingdale’s etc etc….In October 2006, Italian Vogue named Chase one of their favorite artists in the world amongst Banksy, Shephard Fairey and Space Invader. Since then Chase has been featured in more than 40 magazines from over 6 countries.
Despite being famous Chase retains his charming and humble sense of self.
He is a truly an awesome person making a difference in this world.