Q. Can I donate cans? What if I don’t live in Los Angeles?
A. We love getting cans from people that feel CANLOVE is right for their loved ones. Unfortunately we are only able to process so many cans, and we work really hard with organizations that are working really hard to keep the graffiti culture alive and well, so many times their cans come first. If you are serious about getting rid of cans, and you don’t live in Los Angeles, contact your cities local hazardous waste disposal station, and bring the cans there. Don’t just throw them in the recycle bin. Many times cans will end up in landfills because they unfortunately aren’t easily recyclable. The steel is, but the toxic paint is not.
Q. Do you do collaborations?
A. Of course! We love to work with other artists, in fact, our work in general is a collaboration with the many talented graffiti artists who use the cans before we get them. If not for their hard work, we couldn’t do what we do.
If you have an idea for the cans, talk to us, we always love to speak with artists about their vision and we are always open to trying new things.
Q. Do you do commissions?
A. We definitely do commissions of all shapes and sizes. We will try to work with any space to get CANLOVE in your home, office, or wherever. Commissions are usually a longer process because we have to collect specific cans to the job, so if you are interested, drop us an email and we can talk.
Q. Is what you do dangerous?
A. For the most part yes, to some degree what we do is dangerous. We do our very best to practice high safety standards so that our team isnt injured. Spray paint itself is very toxic and the fumes can be hazardous to your lungs and skin. We wear masks and cover our bodies to prevent getting the paint on us. And when working with heavy machinery or cutting metal as we do, its important to wear eye, ear and body protection. Taking these precautions makes the job a lot safer, and we are really happy to do so.
Q. Do you just cut the cans directly, won’t that be messy?
A. Actually no, we don’t just cut them directly. We have to pop and drain each can before we cut it open, otherwise they would explode from the spark of blade to metal. All of our “bleeds” are created from this residual paint that is left in the can. Once we have drained the cans, and let them sit overnight, they are usually ready to dismember.
Q. Do you trade empty cans for artwork?
A. We get asked this a lot and we’re sorry but the artwork sales raise money for us to keep doing what we do. We encourage others though to experiment with the cans they would donate, and make something for themselves if they want to.