AJA Louden

Contact + FAQ /

studio@ajalouden.com

780.237.5011

PHONE & EMAIL POLICY /


The studio can get quite busy - thanks for your patience as we
aim to answer your email within 48 hours. If your message is urgent, 
please indicate so in the subject line. 

Work calls or texts are not usually answered after 5pm - they will be returned the next day.
(special arrangements or extenuating circumstances not withstanding)
 

 

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED
QUESTIONS

How DO I SAY YOUR NAME?

AJA sounds like Ajay  - abbreviation for Adrian Joseph Alexander, styled without periods (preferably not A.J.A. or AJ or Aja).
Louden sounds like Loud-En - rhymes with cloud-men. 


How LONG DOES A MURAL TAKE?

Good question. Each project is individual, and thus timelines are provided on a case-by-case basis. Normally if you need something within a few weeks it's not enough time, but send a message anyways and we'll see! Spraypaint is quick, so a lot can get done even in a few short hours, but the studio can book up months in advance, especially in the spring and summer months, so scheduling is often the bigger challenge. 


How much will it cost?

Thanks for your interest! Since the work is art-based, everything is custom, so there isn't a standardized system of pricing. Each mural is unique, and thus quotes are provided on a case-by-case basis. Workshops are a bit more standard, but still depend on things outside of how many people attend, including age group, travel & accomodations, time of year and location conditions (extra supplies required for outdoor workshops), and material availability. To get a quote, keep reading homie! 


Okay! I'm ready - How do I get a quote?

Great! Here's what you need to get a ballpark quote - answer the questions from the relevant section below and send an email with the subject line "Quote Request" and 3-5 photos of your space to:

STUDIO@AJALOUDEN.COM
 

Please answer as many questions as possible for a faster quote:

INTERIOR & EXTERIOR ARTWORKS & MURALS

  1. LOCATION  |  Where is the site? Interior or Exterior? Which city? Where in the city?  
  2. WALL SPECS  |  How tall is the space? How wide is the space? How far is the space from the ground? If it's wall-based, what material is the wall made from? Has the wall been painted before? If so, what condition is that paint in?  Please send min. 3-5 photos of the wall or space and surrounding area.
  3. THEME  |  Do you have a vision or idea for the space? If you know exactly what you want and are able to convey it, we can get right to a quote. If not - don't worry, we'll get it figured out! In general here, the more you're willing and able to trust a professional creative vision, the more cost effective a project tends to be, as revisions and delays in approvals can use up time and budget.
  4. TIMELINE  |  When would you like to have the project completed? As an idea, anything less than 6-8 weeks notice for even a small mural is considered a short timeline. From deposit to delivery, things like concept development, scheduling, approvals and ordering supplies take time. Summer timelines are more demanding particularly for mural work. Exceptions can be made, but do generally come with a rush fee.
  5. (OPTIONAL) IDEAL BUDGET RANGE  |  Do you have an ideal budget range in mind for your project? Providing this up front will help more easily determine what scale or style of work is the best fit to get you the most value. Optional. 
     

WORKSHOPS & EVENTS (LIVE PAINTING)

  1. LOCATION  |  Where is the site? Interior or Exterior? Which city? Where in the city?  
  2. TYPE  |  Which type of workshop are you thinking? Something outside? In that case, is it a temporary space for an event or project, or something more long-term in the community? If it's an indoor workshop, are you thinking a chalk wall, or a workshop on paper. Or, maybe some live painting is a good fit instead?  
  3. AUDIENCE  |  Who will be attending (Demographics help: age, background, experience level)? How many people would you like to see get a chance to participate? How many will have a chance to just observe and be happy? 
  4. TIMELINE  |  When would you like to have the workshop or event? As an idea, anything less than 4-6 weeks in advance of even a minor commitment is considered a short timeline. From initial quote to event day, details like confirmation on spaces and conditions, scheduling, approvals and ordering supplies take time. Summer timelines in particular are more demanding . Exceptions can be made, but do generally come with a rush fee.
  5. (OPTIONAL) IDEAL BUDGET RANGE  |  Do you have an ideal budget range in mind for your project? Providing this up front will help more easily determine what material use and scale or style of work is the best fit to get you the most value. Optional. 

IS my kid gonna get in trouble? (i.e. will you be teaching them to do anything illegal/dangerous?)

Definitely heard that one before! An important part of the workshop is the lecture component that touches on the unsanctioned or illegal nature of street art and graffiti and why that's always been important to some parts of the artform. That being said, the workshop is always taught in safe, legal locations and the risks and consequences (both for someone getting arrested for mischief and the property owner affected) of illegal street art and graffiti are a point of honest discussion and conversation. In absolutely no way shape or form is the Aerosol Academy an anti-graffiti or graffiti-abatement oriented program, but ensuring safety and understanding the moral and legal consequences of personal choices is a key lesson. Extensive experiences with law enforcement have provided a wizened perspective and more maturity, foresight and responsibility to be shared by the lead artist ;)