Grafflab Rules

All people who wish to paint at The Graff Lab must first read and understand all of our rules. Visitors are required to sign the Graff Lab’s sign-in sheet. By signing in you agree to follow ALL of the rules of The Graff Lab. Any person found painting outside the permitted area will be asked to leave the yard and will no longer be able to participate in any of The Grafflab’s programs or activities. They will also be cited for vandalism by the L.A.P.D.


1. The Grafflab is open only on WEEKENDS. It is closed on Holidays.

2. In order to participate you must be 18 years of age with a valid form of ID. All minors must be accompanied by a parent.

3. This property is closed to the public. No entry without permission under L.A.M.C Sec. 41.24 PC 602L.

4. Anybody found painting or marking property outside of the Graff Lab’s official hours will be charged and prosecuted.

5. All aluminum and metal fencings are for bombs.

6. All walls are for pieces only.

7. The large wall along the entrance is only for large crew productions — submit sketch to Grafflab staff for approval.

6. Garage walls are for individual theme pieces — submit sketch for approval.

7. The final pieces completed on Sundays will run until the next weekend.

8. Grafflab’s first art session begins Sat-Sun at 8 am. Last session begins at 3:30 pm. Hours open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Sat and Sun only.

9. Grafflab is an Alcohol and Drug-free zone.

10. All Corporate logos have to be approved by Grafflab staff. Any corporate logos found on the premises without permission will be buffed.

11. Art depicting pornography, drugs, gang, hate or violence is prohibited and will be buffed.

13. You must respect all Grafflab artists and their artwork.

Artist Agreements

•  Must help promote a clean environment for all Graff Lab guests by using recycle bins, trash cans and cleaning up after yourself.

• Graff Lab is not responsible for any lost or stolen personal items.

• No painting of any kind on patterned floor, basketball court or any structure with any shade of green paint.

• Any artwork left incomplete will be painted over unless you received permission from a Grafflab staff member.

All art on the Grafflab becomes Grafflab property — IMMEDIATELY. Grafflab reserves the right to use such art in any form way,

• All photos taken of Grafflab art is to be used for personal archives only.

The Graff Lab accepts and appreciates all donations. Contributions go to maintaining a clean safe environment for our guests. With your support the Graff Lab will continue to expand our Canvas Art Gallery as well as our numerous other artistic and cultural ventures. A brighter future starts today — from what you did yesterday.

Principal Entertainment

A big thanks goes to Sal One and Gizz for the Principal Entertainment piece. It turned out so great that Danny is going to use it for the company Christmas cards. Another thank you goes to the folks at Principal Entertainment for their generous donation. Without contributions like yours, the Graff Lab is not possible.

Principal Entertainment, originally known as Lasher, McManus, & Robinson, opened its doors in January of 1993. The company, still in the hands of Estelle Lasher, Marsha McManus and Elizabeth Robinson, has continued to develop into a well respected bi-coastal boutique talent and literary management company while adding to its diverse production slate. Partners Meg Mortimer and Larry Taube have joined Principal’s ranks. Managers within the company have expanded to include Jill Kaplan, Mike Smith, Josh Kesselman, Danny Sherman and most recently producer/manager Susana Zepeda.”

“Principal Entertainment boasts an eclectic, and highly respected international talent roster. Their literary department has an active roster of writers and directors in television, film, independent film, documentaries and reality television. Over the years, the company has developed and or produced the following partial list:

· The Last Time I Committed Suicide premiered at the Sundance Film Festival

· The Killing Yard premiered at the Toronto Film Festival

· Outreach, a one hour pilot, produced with Warner Brothers Television.

· Monster Island developed and produced for MTV Networks

· Five Fingers starring Laurence Fishburne and Ryan Phillipe

· Griffin & Phoenix premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.

· Death At A Funeral directed by Frank Oz

· Off the Black premiered at the Sundance Film Festival starring Tim Hutton & Nick Nolte

LA Times

Ricardo Guerrero

artist and musician, is the founder of the Graff Lab in the Pico-Union neighborhood of Los Angeles. The program aims to turn street taggers into skilled artists. There is only one rule: No gangsters. (Gary Friedman, Los Angeles Times / October 1, 2010)

Last week the LA TIMES ran a feature article on Ricky Guerrero and The Graff Lab. The Rick Rojas story appeared in the November 14th edition of the paper.

“The afternoon sun sears Louie Mesa as he stands on cracked pavement in a black ball cap, black T-shirt and dark jeans. The sweat on his brow doesn’t seem to bother him. He’s savoring his canvas.
The battered wall in front of him may be a hodgepodge of bright colors and scattered patterns from taggers past, but on this slate Mesa sees a dream.He’s been in this spot for hours, arriving at 9:30 a.m. after a restless night, painting from memory a piece of art that has been sketching itself out in his mind for days. He’s illustrated his name with block letters and filled it in with silver paint and airy patterns. Mesa said it was his third visit to the Graff Lab in the Pico-Union neighborhood, a weekend program that aims to transform street taggers into skilled artists. The Graff Lab offers space on walls that wrap around the office complex of the Pico Union Housing Corp. There is only one rule: No gangsters.

“It’s not defacing property; it’s an art form,” said founder Ricardo Guerrero. “They can be whatever they want, but when they cross through those doors, they are an artist.”

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