David Quan on the Chocolate Factory
|photo by Claire Lawton|
Quan's no stranger to the walls on Grand. He finished his nerd monster on the side of Trunk Space in September, has been painting houses in the neighborhood for as long as he can remember, and he'll be hanging his own (much smaller-scale) work in the old Sweets & Beats spot for Art Detour.
"In my head, it was always ooze," Quan says of the design, which he cleared through Hector Ruiz, the Chocolate Factory's current artist resident. "I thought about making it brown for chocolate, but I didn't want the building to become the latest poop joke on Grand."
So he went with the bright blue. It was cheap, and it reminded him of toothpaste -- a much "cleaner" option.
|Photos by Claire Lawton, mural by David Quan|
There is a spot Quan won't touch on the Chocolate Factory -- El Mac's mural on the garage door. "I was so afraid to even paint near Mac's work -- I had to tape it off and be super careful around it ... There's no way I want to start any trouble there."
|photo by Claire Lawton, murals by El Mac and David Quan|
Quan shifts his ladder to add accents to his latest glob in the ocean of blue. He says it's been a slightly mindless and repetitive process, but that he'll add in a face or funny detail every once in a while to stay entertained between Magical Moment comic breaks and the conversations he has with neighbors and friends as he paints.
He may not hear you if you stop by to see him in progress -- he usually has his headphones in and while he says he'd like you to believe he's listening to Wu Tang Clan, Quan later fesses up to listening to an Enya album he found in a car, "I thought it was a joke at first, but it's actually not that bad."