Welcome to LA Underground
The subway is filled with art that offers commentary on the area where the station is located. Los Angeles - This is a story about Underground Los Angeles. Not the underground music scene – the underground art scene.
Depending on where you live, the subway’s an efficient way to get downtown, which has become more of a destination in recent years, what with the Music Center with its plays, concerts, ballets and operas; fine museums; and such architectural gems as Union Station and the Bradbury Building, featured in Blade Runner. Unlike some other urban transit systems used by a wide swath of economic and social classes, the LA subway – except for those who use it for their downtown work commute or to go to ballgames and cultural events – caters mostly to those who don’t have other transportation options.
I have a car, but sometimes I travel by subway because it puts me cheek-by-jowl with people I might not otherwise come into contact with. On the subway, I’ve sat next to a guy who had a large tattoo – the F-word – in Gothic script on his neck.
I’ve stood next to a silver-haired middle-aged guy who’d taken the cowboy motif way too far: Stetson, bandanna, chaps, filigree, fancy boots that clacked when he walked. I’ve watched an immigrant student painstakingly translate a medical textbook, word for word.
And listened to a busker doing a pretty good Johnny Cash imitation – and given him a buck for his efforts.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at The Independent on Saturday