On The Spot: RETNA
“On The Spot” is a weekly spotlight on artists, from the streets to the galleries that capture our attention.
If you were pressed to name your top-5 street artists in the game right now, who comes to mind? Banksy is a very easy choice. Shepard Fairey, of course. But no list is complete without the artist known as RETNA. I mean cmon, he did the album cover for Justin Bieber’s last album “Purpose”.
The Los Angeles native (born Marquis Lewis), since breaking into the scene in 90’s, has redefined what graffiti is with his own unique script you’ll find stretched across walls all over the world. Taking influence from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, Arabic, Hebrew, and others, he’s created his own language of sorts, used to express himself. The very cryptic nature of his art is what makes it so appealing; you don’t know what it means!
RETNA has always been a favorite of ours. Most recently, we ran to a mural of his nestled in a small alley in Downtown LA, which we’re willing to bet gets overlooked on a daily basis. Maybe it’s because he’s an Angelino but there’s a connection we feel towards his art. Like his script, it can’t really be put to words. It’s better to just see it yourself.