“Her Voice is heard around the Globe with messages of
The definition of “Graffiti” is writing or drawings made on a wall or other surface, usually without permission and within public view. Graffiti ranges from simple written words to elaborate wall paintings, and has existed since ancient times, with examples dating back to ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, and the Roman Empire.
There are some, Banksy, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, you may have heard of them… just to name a few who have achieved fame with expressing an idea or a strong message in a clever way.
Meg Zany is creating her own way into this world of expression and her name has become well known and respected in the Graffiti community. She is strong and determined as she knows this is what she was meant to do. I heard your voice Meg and what I found in our conversation was a woman of great courage. When you let all of the fear go it’s amazing what begins to happen as you learned that day you saw your name on the wall.
As Meg said “It’s been 5 1/2 years of huge growth steadily at a rapid pace just making my own way.”
A young Meg around the age of 11
“It started when I was about 7 years old and I was driving in the car with my Mother and little brother and we were stopped at the train crossing and as I first watched that Union Pacific train pass before my eyes with all of that writing on it, I was enamored! At that moment that’s when the lights came on and I had no idea of how I would do it but I knew right then that I would do that! I kept saying to my mom and brother “Are you seeing what I’m seeing!!” From that day I would hope every time we would have to cross the tracks that we would have to stop and wait for the train in hopes to see more.”
It would not be for many more years until Meg would actually begin her writing. As a child she would draw with markers and colored pencils, she liked drawing “Hello Kitty”. “I was very good at copying things. In middle school I would use graphite to draw, I was obsessed with drawing Curt Cobain’s hands playing his acoustic guitar. In H.S. I had friends who were graffiti writers but it just wasn’t my time. I did have a name in H.S., it was GEM1. After H.S. I went to JR. College and straight into the corporate world. I ended up starting my own technical recruiting company. I had job envy of every person I was interviewing. I began searching for outlets and creating stencil art.”
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London Call Box
“I had to own it, it would keep me accountable for my words and actions. Fortunately I had some money saved and I traveled a lot. I hit 10 states on the West Coast and East Coast, overseas, London, Paris, Berlin etc. I had notoriety quickly and big brands were noticing. I said I’m here! My friends are so DOPE! I was keeping up with all of them crushing it! We were motivating and inspiring one another.”
“I had a studio now out of the two car garage at the “Arsenic House” and I was curating for the house. I eventually landed Downtown.”
Meg found herself during COVID at the “FameYard” on Melrose and while there creating empowering messages she was asked to be the curator and she was reluctant at first but since she was always there decided to give it a go. While working on some of her very powerful messages “Courage Has No Gender” she did an interview with Verizon for their staycation LA series and was photographed by Getty images. Meg is doing exactly what she set out to do, make a difference, empower others, help create messages that celebrate those who are also making a difference. Meg out grew her loft in Downtown and decided to open her own gallery and she says…”I am very excited!!”
Things are still moving at a rapid pace for Meg and gallery shows are already happening. There are certain human beings on this planet who are meant to be leaders and teach and I believe your gift of courage is showing you and the rest of us that you are leading the way. You have inspired us Meg and we look forward to following your artistic and important journey on this planet.