Sunny Days and Secret Wars…

What’s a girl to do in Southern California when the spring time temperature gets higher than it’s been in weeks? Why, hit the beach of course. 

So with my daughter in tow we jumped on the freeway and headed out to Long Beach’s Shoreline village; where they were giving their version of a Mardi-Gras celebration (not to be confused with New Orleans).

After battling the parking lot we were able to take in the festivities which started four hours earlier.  And while we did miss the parade we didn’t miss out on some of the other fun; like this new attraction which allows you to experience what your pet hamster must  feeling like when you let him out to play.

Long Beach’s Shoreline Village has a great variety of restaurants, bars, boating and vendors.  It’s jam-packed with things to do on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

While we were there: we took some really great pictures, got our faces painted, had ice cream and of course ran into some pretty colorful people.

Watching art being created in front of you is a totally different experience than seeing the finished product framed in a gallery.  It’s raw, fresh and wet (literally) emotion being layered and transmitted from the music to the artist to the canvas and then to you the viewer.  It’s like tapping into a never-ending stream of energy to create a piece which holds all of the energy of that particular moment; it’s truly a form of improvisation.

So, while Dj John Lackner blasted some amazing world music, I watched live artist Michael Pukat delivered art to a standing crowd.

Michael is a Los Angeles based fine artist who has established himself as one of the more prolific live painters as well as made a name for himself by exhibiting constantly and relentlessly throughout the LA art community. His unique blend of seductive, classical imagery is cross pollinated with a witty, contemporary edge of subtle satire-all doused in reflective paint.   Since this was my first experience with live art I wanted to know how I could see more.
Well according to Michael, there is indeed a “secret war” going on.  And it is happening in various underground clubs in cities around the world.  Yes, while DJ’s are spinning the latest music over booming sound systems; artists around the world are intuitively creating masterpieces in the form of: street art, fine art and graffiti art to a cheering crowd of spectators and battling for the title of worlds best.

 The crowd is a roaring mob, the standing room is similar to the inside of a sardine can and the art is spontaneous and raw.  One Australian performance artist has even started the trend of allowing viewers to add their own imagery and color into his own creation, during the event. 

According to the secret wars website this movement is similar to fight club and can be stumbled upon in the darkest of bars and deserted meat factories in corners of London, Sweden or Brazil and grow mainly by word of mouth.

My new friend Michael has agreed to let me check him out at one of these underground clubs right here in LA, so we will be able to get the deets on this growing movement first hand; in the meantime I have found some footage of one such event from secret wars website

Here is a picture from one event in Amsterdam with a standing room only


Michael  Pukat will be going on a live painting tour through Europe with Art Battles from April – June 2011.

We at Roots and Berrie’s will definitely be rooting for his team. Here’s a link to check out this amazing artist:



Until next time..

~Spread the Love


About Shakonda

I love vintage fashion, natural recipes, music and art as well as discovering new ways to use old things. Roots and Berries gives an eco-friendly perspective on fashion, beauty, art and health whenever possible while connecting with people and artists on a grass-roots level.

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