Print this page    •   Back to Web version of article

U.S. News
Famed Los Angeles Graffiti Crew Creates AIDS Awareness Billboard

November 20, 2013

This article was reported by San Diego Gay & Lesbian News.

San Diego Gay and Lesbian News recently reported that the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) unveiled the second installment of its Artists Gallery billboard series, for which the foundation commissioned famous and emerging artists to create a piece of art that raised awareness of HIV and AIDS and other sexual health issues. AHF planned to enlarge each piece of art to billboard size and post the art at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Hollywood, Calif.

Galo "Make One" Canote and Sergio "Doc43" Rueda, founders of the Second To None (STN) graffiti crew, created the second piece of art for the billboard, which AHF will display in time for World AIDS Day on December 1. Canote designed the typography for the billboard's message -- "AIDS is NOT over" -- and Rueda painted a portrait of an HIV-infected Ethiopian woman from a picture of an actual AHF client.

Canote and Rueda both reported having close friends or family with HIV. Rueda emphasized that HIV and AIDS had no boundaries or cure, and he advocated education that could prevent discrimination against HIV-infected people. Canote also stressed education and "self-care" to prevent the virus's spread. Both artists hoped the billboard would draw attention to the fact that HIV and AIDS have affected millions of people worldwide throughout the last 30 years. The artists' fame paralleled the emergence of the hip-hop culture in Los Angeles; after the two partnered for STN, their street art became an instantly recognizable part of the Los Angeles landscape.

Back to other news for November 2013

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update. You can find this article online by typing this address into your Web browser:

General Disclaimer: is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, consult your health care provider.