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Tenderloin Art at Jasper’s Corner Tap

Jasper's Corner Tap in San Francisco Tenderloin District

Jasper’s Corner Tap in San Francisco Tenderloin District

While wondering around the Tenderloin we happened upon Jasper’s Corner Tap – a restaurant on the corner of Taylor and O’Farrell St close to Union Square in Downtown San Francisco, Ca. From the exterior we were attracted by the art on the inside facade pillars. On entering the room we were amazed to find many art installations by local artists, some residents of the area. (more…)

Brian Barneclo at Mezcalito

Mezcalito restaurant in San Francisco with Brian Barneclo mural

Mezcalito restaurant in San Francisco with Brian Barneclo mural

Mezcalito is a unique restaurant bar that opened on Russian Hill in San Francisco late last summer. The mural and expansive windows on the facade caught our attention one recent evening while passing by.
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Valentine Day 2017 – Hearts of San Francisco

Open Heart by Patrick Dintino Pier 39 Hearts of San Francisco

Open Heart by Patrick Dintino Pier 39 Hearts of San Francisco

In 2015 we published an article about the Hearts of San Francisco that are scattered around the City. Since then we have made an observation. All those hearts do not remain in the same place. Some of them rotate around, while others that appear to be in private collections are more likely to remain in one spot. One location that changes frequently is Union Square in the heart of the downtown shopping district. That heart not only changes it also moves around to one of the four entrances to the park. There are elevated blocks they are mounted on for display.
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Mothers with Children with Hearts – SF General Hospital

TOM OTTERNESS bronze sculptures at San Francisco General Hospital

TOM OTTERNESS bronze sculptures at San Francisco General Hospital

We recently visited SF General Hospital to find some Hearts of San Francisco that benefit the hospital. We not only found more than one heart, we also discovered bronze hearts leading up to the new Zukerberg Trama Center. The hearts were created by New York based sculpture artist Tom Otterness and recently installed at the Potrero entrance.
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Dragon School Murals in Oakland Chinatown

Eugor blue dragon for the Dragon School in Oakland Chinatown

Eugor blue dragon for the Dragon School in Oakland Chinatown. Photography by West by Midwest

This is a follow up to the Golden Dragons of Oakland Chinatown article. 2016 was a busy year for the Dragon School, the organization behind the dragons. (more…)

The Golden Dragons of Oakland Chinatown

Dragon School street art golden dragons in Oakland Chinatown

Dragon School street art golden dragons in Oakland Chinatown

The dragon is deeply seeded in Chinese mythology and folklore. It is been depicted in art and architecture for centuries and used as a symbol of power by numerous Chinese emperors for dynasties. (more…)

Truth in Advertising: Guerrilla Art in Santa Cruz 1980-1985

Robert Stayton Truth in Adversting Billboards in Santa Cruz

Win More, Play longer! changed to One nuclear bomb can ruin your whole day

Roadside and urban billboards have been around in one fashion or another for a long time with their in your face messaging. They are a mixed blessing in size, placement and content that are viewed as an eyesore for some, a welcome form of getting the word out and receiving it for others to a source of irritation for those annoyed and feeling powerless by it being rooted in their backyard. There will always be those who find a way of dealing with it. Back in 1980 a group of people took charge in Santa Cruz. They discovered that … (more…)

Dragon School Artist Call Out

Dragon School Pagoda

Dragon School Pagoda

If you look carefully, you’ll find those enchanting doors, fit for a mouse, all around the East Bay. Conceived and driven by Alameda based street artistmows510, (please visit his Instagram to see more of his work) Mows510 was kind enough to donate 15 blank pagoda “mows” doors to Dragon School in order to promote artistic participation in Oakland’s Chinatown. Dragon School is extending the invitation to local artists to submit design ideas in finishing these 8” tall resin doorways. (more…)

Street Art inside San Francisco Small Business

Art at Claudine on Claude Lane, San Francisco. Restaurant now closed. This was big impact art in smaller space.

Art at Claudine on Claude Lane, San Francisco. Restaurant now closed. This was big impact art in smaller space.

The artists who paint murals and graffiti on the street come from all walks of life and are professionally trained or self taught. Regardless who they are, they all have to earn a living and buy the supplies to create the art that is the raison d’être. Those livings are as varied as the people themselves. Some are fortunate to be full time artists. We have met others who are engineers, architects, programmers, web designers, illustrators, tattoo artists, property managers, bartenders, musicians to name a few. Some work multiple jobs. In the end for all of them it is all about creating the art, pushing the envelope and gaining recognition. (more…)

SprayPrinter – Where Technology tells you where to spray paint

Estonian company SprayPrinter in Third Eye” by an Estonian artist Kärt Einasto

Estonian company SprayPrinter used for creating Third Eye” by an Estonian artist Kärt Einasto

SprayPrinter is a smart spray paint developed by an Estonian startup that prints pictures from smart phones to any surface. It writes art on the street but so far it has barely realized its possibilities. SprayPrinter has the potential of being a game changer by enabling those who don’t really have the artistic skills to participate in street art by using this technology. (more…)

RIP Anemal- One Year Anniversary #2

Anemal AF graffiti in Oakland, CA in San Francisco Bay Area

Anemal AF graffiti in Oakland, CA in San Francisco Bay Area

One year ago today Anemal(Smoky) died in an accident. News of his death flew through the writers community. He was an anomaly loved by all enemy and foe. He was a unifier who brought harmony and happiness to all wherever he ventured. He was the pearl in the oyster. When he arrived the party began. He frequently traveled between California and Colorado and hung out in SLC. There was always a place for him to stay.
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RIP Anemal- One Year Anniversary #1

Anemal AF graffiti in Oakland, CA in San Francisco Bay ARea

2010 Anemal AF graffiti in Oakland, CA in San Francisco Bay Area

One year ago today Anemal(Smoky) died in an accident. News of his death flew through the writers community. He was an anomaly loved by all enemy and foe. He was a unifier who brought harmony and happiness to all wherever he ventured. He was the pearl in the oyster. When he arrived the party began. He frequently traveled between California and Colorado and hung out in SLC. There was always a place for him to stay.
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