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Artist: Hoxxoh, Photo: by Edel Mohr

Lauren YS

About Lauren YS

Based out of: Los Angeles, California
Lauren YS is a San Francisco-based artist whose work is influenced by dreams, mythology, and her Asian-American heritage. Her large-scale public murals bring a sense of wonder to communities, as she populates a vibrant wonderland with misfit heroines and fantastic narratives. Lauren’s art appears at festivals such as Art Basel Miami, Pow!Wow! Hawaii, and PangeaSeed SeaWalls, as well as in galleries in Vienna, London, and Sydney.
This mural by the artist Lauren Y-S covers the south wall of 240 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Street North. The traffic is one-way southbound here, so you need to pull into the narrow parking lot on the west side of the street to view the mural.

The background of the mural is sea foam blue. Across the long, one-story wall, 23 feet high and 104 feet wide, is a creature swimming, with the head, torso and arms of a woman, and octopus-like tentacles where her legs would be. She’s swimming from left to right, towards the front of the building.

Her hair is dark reddish brown, with short, straight bangs across her wide forehead, and long flowing curls down each shoulder. Her eyes are wide open. Sharply drawn eyebrows accentuate her kohl-rimmed eyes and long, sparse lashes. Her lips are full, with thick dark lipstick. Her expression is distant, and serious.

Five tentacles stretch out from the woman’s hips. Two go straight back and curl as they narrow into strands. Two reach up beyond the top of the mural, and one reaches down past the ground.

Her left arm stretches back along her side, her hand palm-up just past her hips, with dark blue fingernails. Her face and hand are light, but the rest of her, including the tentacles, is light blue with dark blue stripes, as if part of her skin is a blue-striped wetsuit.

At various points on these stripes, there are wide-open reddish eyes with yellow lashes. These eyelashes are straight out and long, so that the eyes look almost like a shell. One eye is on her stomach, one on each hip, and two more on the tentacles.

On the far left of the mural, two tentacles attached to a creature we can’t see reach in from above and below, intertwine, and stretch out to the left.

In the top-right corner of the mural is a sea creature, shaped like a pyramid with one wide eye and tiny octopus legs, in the same blue-stripes as the woman. The woman seems to be swimming toward the creature as it watches her.

In the bottom right of the mural are two vertical columns with yellow letters against backgrounds fading from yellow to purple, that say “Lauren Y-S” and “Shine 2017”. Below is a black square with blue pictograms.

Lauren Y-S is based in San Francisco. Her work is influenced by dreams, mythology and her Asian-American heritage.

Her large-scale public murals bring a sense of wonder to communities, as she populates a vibrant wonderland with misfit heroines and fantastic narratives. Lauren’s art appears at festivals such as Art Basel Miami and Pow!Wow! Hawaii, as well as in galleries in Vienna, London, and Sydney.

Title: Cthulhu Lulu

Address: 240 Dr ML King Jr St N

Building: Bodhi Basics

Installation Date: 2017

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Brian Butler2020

Lili Yuan2020

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BASK2020

Tatiana Suarez2020

Elle LeBlanc2020

Mason Schwacke2020

Alex Yanes2020

Kenny Coil and Marc Berenguer2020

Nneka Jones and Bianca Burrows2020

IBOMS2020

Cecilia Lueza2019

George Rose2019

Morning Breath2019

Vitale Brothers2019

Cory Robinson-CLEAN Campaign2019

SHOK-12019

Taylor White2019

Reda3sb2019

Princess Smith2019

Brian McAlister, Gibbs High Mural Club and Boys & Girls Club Members2019

JR-Inside Out2019

Paola Delfin2019

Jimmy Breen and Anthony Freese2019

Drew Merritt2019

Low Bros2019

Jay Hoff2019

Taj Tenfold2019

Leo Gomez2019

Palehorse2019

Blaine Fontana and Plastic Birdie2019

David Charlton2019

Todd Frain and Creative Clay2019

Haider Ali2018

Ya La Ford2018

Gibbs Rounsavall2018

Angela Faustina2018

Bekky Beukes2018

LOOK The Weird2018

Belin2018

Melanie Posner2018

Illsol2018

J and S Signs2018

Sarah Page2018

Nomad Clan2018

Tasko2018

Cecilia Lueza2018

Matt Kress2018

Michael Vahl2018

Noirs One2018

DAAS2018

Justin Wagher2018

ZuluPainter2018

Matthew Hoffman2018

Hueman2017

Joram Roukes2017

Jose Mertz2017

Stephen Palladino2017

Yok and Shero2017

Herbert Scott Davis2017

Jujmo2017

Lauren YS2017

Mikael B2017

ZuluPainter and Thirst2017

Axel Void and L.E.O.2017

Suarez Art2017

Cryptik2017

Daniel "R5" Barojas2017

Sam Yong2017

Ali Vasquez and Todd Frain2016

Angela Delaplane2016

Apexer2016

Arlin Graff2016

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Daniel Mrgan2016

Pixel Pancho2016

Michael Reeder2016

Alex Pardee2016

Cecilia Lueza2016

Jade2016

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Nosego2016

ZuluPainter2016

Dasic Fernandez2016

Caratoes2016

Mark Gmehling2016

Ya La Ford2016

Ink Werkz Crew2016

Andrew Spear2015

Chad Mize, James Oleson and Pinellas County Center for the Arts2015

Erik Jones2015

Hitnes2015

Hoxxoh2015

Michael Vasquez2015

Shark Toof2015

Morning Breath2015

Ricky Watts2015

Evoca2015

Carrie Jadus2015

BASK2015

Greg Mike2015

Tes One and Palehorse2015

123Klan2015

Ya La Ford2015

Carrie Jadus2015

Vitale Brothers2015

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