West Hollywood Artist Sküt Unveils Rainbow Pride Mural for Micky’s Grand Reopening

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Fine artist Sküt unveils his signature style in an expansive mural welcoming West Hollywood back to Micky’s. Fluorescent rainbows flood the walls beneath ascending, Pride-themed heart balloons and a 30-foot go-go-boy who towers above the boulevard in preparation for Micky’s triumphant return.

With community, equity, and visibility as central themes to his design, Sküt honors Queer history and Micky’s anchor presence, a WeHo staple since 1989.

“Micky’s is my first gay bar,” admits Sküt. “I was scared and closeted as a freshman at USC. I ventured out to college night and was embraced by new peers who supported and helped my coming out journey.”

The artist has a rich history with Micky’s. Having launched Grindr in 2009, he partnered with Micky’s and Stefano Rosso in their first ever LA Pride collaboration. He says, “they took a chance on me. I designed collateral for the parade and festival. It was a success and both the partnership and friendship have endured.”

Entrepreneur Stefano Rosso, who sourced the artist, says “I recognize creative minds and knew Sküt was a perfect match for this opportunity to create a strong message that says Micky’s is gay and here to stay.”

The Micky’s Comeback mural is a natural evolution of that relationship.

“The original Gay Pride flag, designed by the late Gilbert Baker in 1978, included eight colors with specific meaning. My design incorporates those hues along with the Black Lives Matter and Trans flag colors into a bouquet of hearts that celebrates Pride everyday,” adds Sküt.

Where the westward portion focuses on LGBTQIA Pride, the east wall is bold and unapologetically gay. It features a massive go-go-boy in a stylized illustration inspired by 80s cartoons, a throwback logo evoking Micky’s original masthead.

“I love art and I fight for the gay cause,” says Micky’s founder and owner Michael Niemeyer. “This partnership with Sküt is the perfect moment to bring a visual beacon of Pride, joy, and hope to the WeHo Rainbow District for our reopening.”

“Micky’s is known for its bartenders, music, and men. I want to celebrate its ongoing impact on the neighborhood,” Sküt concludes. “Whether you want to meet new people or just have fun, it’s the perfect destination. You are not alone at Micky’s.”

A portion of the artists proceeds from the Micky’s Comeback mural will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center on behalf of Sküt.

Sküt the artist (Scott Lewallen, @inkedbyskut) is best known as Co-Founder and original designer of Grindr. His work is on display in a Pride art exhibition at The Artist Tree @theartisttree, West Hollywood. He currently is Vice President of TAG Gallery @taggallery, Los Angeles. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Sküt graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California.

Contacts

K. Ryan Henisey, ryan@kryanhenisey.com, 424.326.3446

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Art Smith: Documenting LGBTQ Community History Through Bygone Bars

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Art Smith, artist, promoter, entrepreneur, and founder of Gay Barchieves.  

Art shares his story of working for two local LGBTQ community local print media companies starting in the mid-’80s.  This forced him to both be out as gay but also out and active in the community calling on businesses of all sorts.  Through this, he formed relationships with many bars and club owners who wanted to advertise their business and events.    

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In 2019 he was chatting with a bar owner in Atlanta who asked him to create a 45 year since opening commemorative design, although now close for ten years  Soon others were reaching out interested in his then one-off project asking about other bars that had closed and should be remembered.  He started doing research on LGBTQ bars that once thrived yet no longer open.    

Once COVID hit, he threw himself completely into this project and as of January 2021 has around 1200 bygone bars documented, logos redesigned, and on the GayBarcheives website.  He is gathering information and stories from the bar owners when possible. Throughout the decades, many bars were very discrete. They didn’t advertise and often didn’t even have signage on their building or door. It was all word of mouth.   

Gay Barcheives Mission: To build the world’s largest archive of the logos and stories of gay bars from the past, preserving the memories of the places that were so significant to the growth and development of the LGBTQ+ community.  

Art shares a few stories to illustrate the importance of gay bars in the LGBTQ community as places of building friendships, feeling a part of a community, getting information, and even health services throughout the years.  He also shares a few stories including police attempts to raid a popular gay hangout donut shop in Los Angles during the mid-’50’s as well as a tragic arsine attack on a gay bar in New Orleans.    

Notable bars already featured on Gay Barchieves: 

  • Chicago Eagle 
  • Eagle’s Nest 
  • Kok Bar San Fransico 
  • CircusDisco 
  • Tradesman LA 
  • CooperDonuts 
  • Russian River Eagle 
  • Man Handler 
  • Pulse Orlando 
  • Lost and Found DC 
  • The Pier 
  • Apex DC 
  • The Copa 
  • Jackhammer 
  • Steel Score 
  • Jocks Atlanta 
  • The Other Side 
  • Lipstix 
  • The Anvil 
  • The Vault 
  • Roxy 
  • Badlands 
  • Crowbar 

And since there is currently over 1200 (as of Jan 2021) there are just too many to list here.  

Use these links to connect with Art to suggest additional venues.   

http://GayBarchives.com  website 

http://facebook.com/GayBarchives  Facebook ‘like’ page 

http://facebook.com/groups/gaybarchives  Facebook group  

To connect with Art find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/gaybarchives/ 

Join me and Art on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com 

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/