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2016 Presidential Political Art

Nina Street art for Bernie Sanders in downtown Oakland

Nina Street art for Bernie Sanders in downtown Oakland

Since last fall political art has been popping up on the San Francisco Bay Area streets relating to the 2016 presidential race. The candidates were here campaigning this past week and today. It is the first time in quite a while that a presidential candidate has come to California to do more than shake the piggy bank. (more…)

Art at Coffee Mission

Coffee Mission on Osage Alley at 24th St Bart Station  in the Mission District of San Francisco

Coffee Mission on Osage Alley at 24th St Bart Station in the Mission District of San Francisco

Coffee Mission is ideally situated on Osage Alley at 24th Street, steps away from the Bart Station. It has big windows with upstair seating and free wifi. They serve Verve Coffee and pastries made by local vendors. They are open until 10pm on weekdays. Check the hours for the week-end. (more…)

Tags vs Handstyles

Candle tagged cave - I was here.

Candle tagged cave – I was here.

Graffiti is comprised of different elements with tags the most basic form. Tags date back to the beginning of time when marks were left as a form of “I was here”. The tag is simply a moniker typically written in modern times with a marker or spray. In times past the tools might have been a candle or carving implement. (more…)

Apexer and Giant demonstrate Handstyles

Giant and Apexer in Soma

Giant and Apexer in Soma

Apexer and Mike Giant are passionate about the topic of handstyles and their own. Both these artists recently made public appearances in San Francisco. Last week Apexer painted a new mural in The Haight that is all about handstyle and Mike Giant finished a show at FFDG. They both have made short handstyle videos where they discuss the history and demonstrate their own style. (more…)

Celebrating the Tenderloin

PG&E Substation Building

PG&E Substation Building

On the corner of Eddy and Larkin, a block or two from Civic Center is a large rectangle building several stories high with no windows and covered with panels of pebble stone slabs. It is a PG&E substation that neither adds nor detracts from the landscape. (more…)

The Legalities of Art

D Young V art from Made in China. One is original and the other is a copy. Photographs courtesy of Eddie Colla

D Young V art from Made in China. One is original and the other is a copy. Photographs courtesy of Eddie Colla

Is art child’s play? A scribble here, a dash of color there affixed on paper,canvas or wall, a pile of rocks, a photograph, a folded paper. It is art at least in the eyes of the beholders, including the creator. When does it become more than that retaining value, worth, possession, recognition and unexpected legalities? Be you the creator or the viewer everyone is impacted as these intangible assets are perceived, coveted and acted on. At any given time we may be the creator, viewer or both and subject to laws we have no idea exist that protect and impede. (more…)

Making Stencils with Mike Shine

Shine Stencil shown in the second video

Shine Stencil shown in the second video

Stenciled art is commonly found on the streets of San Francisco. Some stencils are as simple as text messages frequently done on the sidewalks and sometimes of a commercial nature. Others are more creative and found on sidewalks and walls. Some of those stencils are readily recognized as having been done by local artists likeEclair Bandersnatch (Political/Social), Fnnch (Honey Bear),Jeremy Novy (Fish), Sash (Analog Monsters) and Todd Hanson (eclectic). Stencils are also used in the creation of murals by CK1, Kate DeCiccio, Eddie Colla,Xavi Panneton,Romanowski, Jessica Sabogal and Mike Shine to name a few. (more…)

The Lilac Mural Project Street Art Tours

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Lilac Alley. Art by Crayone

Mission Art 415 is now offering street art walking tours of Osage, Lilac and Cypress Alleys along the 24th and Mission Street corridor in the Mission District of San Francisco, Ca. These alleys are part of The Lilac Mural Project. They showcase a mix of hundreds of commissioned murals and graffiti pieces by local and international artists. The art is ever changing with something new almost every week. (more…)

2015 Most Viewed Facebook Posts

Lincoln Park Steps in San Francisco

Lincoln Park Steps in San Francisco

During 2015, Street Art SF photographed over 1600 pieces of art on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland. They ranged from small stickers and stencils to graffiti characters and large murals and pieces. Almost all of the art shown was done in 2015. Major contributions were made by Graff Hunter, West by Midwest Photography and Nite Owl.

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2015 Most Popular Tumblr Posts

Ernest Doty and Ryan Montoya mural in Jack London Area of Oakland

Photography by Graff Hunter.
Ernest Doty and Ryan Montoya mural in Jack London Area of Oakland

During 2015, Street Art SF photographed over 1600 pieces of art on the streets of San Francisco and Oakland. They ranged from small stickers and stencils to graffiti characters and large murals and pieces. Almost all of the art shown was done in 2015. Major photo contributions were made by Graff Hunter, West by Midwest Photography and Nite Owl.

 

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Mike Shine – Artist & Entertainer

Shine On Heron Alley

Shine On Heron Alley

Earlier this month Heron Arts hosted a New Orleans event in their gallery on Berwick Alley in San Francisco Soma. It spoke to the senses of hearing, smelling, seeing, and tasting featuring the Rebirth Brass Band, Cajun cooking and artists inspired by New Orleans. The artworks were open for several days for public viewing. Local artist Mike Shine provided live outside entertainment painting a mural in his characteristic color palette on the Heron Alley side of their building. While he was not the main entertainment at this venue it reflected his concept of art as an experience. (more…)