Anytime there's a debate about a new development in Venice (when is there not?) and authenticity is thrown into question, a peacemaker will inevitably shrug out a reminder that it's Venice of America. We live in an amusing replica of Italy's grand canals built by a tobacco tycoon whose vision of a cultural mecca took a left turn toward "Coney Island of the Pacific." Loaded with investment cash and good intentions, this man focused on the future. Now they say that the heart of Venice – a boulevard named in his honor – is overrun with outsiders, wealthy and idealistic, hungry for teardowns and more brunch options. The moral of the story is that Venice is meant to change. And, no matter how skinny their jeans or crafted their cocktails, or [insert descriptive cliche here], none can compare to Venice's original hipster. How's that for irony?
Italian artist Flavio Campagna Kampah captures the conundrum in his latest work "Abbot Hipster," which he stenciled onto the facade of Abbot Kinney's World Wide Mind creative agency. Now he is looking for new locations to do larger murals. If interested, check out more photos and contact Flavio directly.