Alynn and Lady Mags street art in San  Ffrancisco

Alynn and Lady Mags street art in San Francisco

Have fun, enjoy life and the art that surrounds you…..if you are bored, sad, or lonely, go outside and create or simply enjoy all the creation that is out there.

We run into Amanda periodically painting around San Francisco. We love her pieces of women that depending on the piece are haunting, vulnerable, strong, beautiful and all of the above. She usually does pieces with the same crew of artists and we wanted to learn more about her art and her collaborations.

Where did you start making street art? What was it that got you started?
I started painting street in San Francisco in 2001, after I met the Seventh Letter Crew. They were mostly a graffiti based crew at the time, but were cool with me doing my brush paint characters mixed in with their pieces.

Do you work by yourself or are you a member of any crews or both?
I do both, I have painted with several different crews, and lately have teamed up with another street artist woman, Lady Mags. When painting together, we go by Alynn-Mags, however we both do individual projects as well. I think that is what makes any team or partnership strong, when each member stands strong independently, so they when the collaborate, all parties represent equally.

Alynn, Hops, Mags street art mural in San Francisco Ca

Alynn, Hops, Mags street art mural in San Francisco Ca

If you are part of a crew, which one(s) and do you want to elaborate on those collaborations?
Alynn-Mags is a crew of two right now, and it’s been my main focus for the past year. I still consider myself part of the Seventh Letter crew, and see them as my family as well as fellow artists. I also have done some work with Few N Far, the all female street art collective.

Where can your pieces be seen? Do you do walls, installations, trains, sidewalk pieces etc?
Most of my walls are in San Francisco, but I have some in Oakland, LA, NYC, Miami, Tijuana, and a few hidden residential ones.

Do you travel to do street art in different places or do you do street art when you travel?
Both! Painting a wall usually is the way I justify my travels, but I always am ready to paint some place new if there is an opportunity.

What type of piece do you do? What types of tools do you use?
I am a character artist, I mostly paint alluring female figures, with flowers, birds, and ornate patterns. I tend to use only brushes and acrylic or house paint.

Alynn street art mural in Soma on 9th at Mission St in San Francisco, Ca

Alynn street art mural in Soma on 9th at Mission St in San Francisco, Ca

Where do you get your inspiration?
I am constantly inspired by females I see on the street, in books, magazines, movies, etc.

Your murals are primarily women. Can you tell us about the women you paint on the street and why you paint them? They vary in style and fashion from gorgeous classic southern belles, roaring twenty flappers and women wearing Indian headdress to sexy skeletal and sci-fi women with green skin coloring, elongated ears and fingers wearing Alexander McQueen iconic shoes.
Ha! Well that was a pretty good synapsis of the range of figures I paint. Yes, they are forever changing and I like to always challenge myself with a different style. Lately since I have been painting with Lady Mags, we have been picking themes, which help me create the right character for our productions. When I paint solo, my street art characters tend to reflect a movement that I am taking with my fine art at the time.

Alynn and Lady Mags Flora n Fauna street art mural on Duboce in San Francisco, Ca

Alynn and Lady Mags Flora n Fauna street art mural on Duboce in San Francisco, Ca

You also paint wonderful owls and flowers as you did in Flora N’ Faun. How is it that those things of nature occasionally creep into your murals?
I love nature, it’s the one place I truly feel at home. I am always inspired by flowers and plant life. As a child, my grandparents were avid hikers and constantly scouting out rare flowers and birds, always teaching the names, etc. I think the reason they creep into my street art is because their presence just seems natural when I am outside.

Do you know what has been your most popular or longest running piece?
I don’t know if it’s my most popular, but I think my longest running ladies are on 14th and Folsom in SF at my friends auto body shop. They are two blue sexy ladies on either side of a large AWR piece by Retna.

Do you have an art and design background? If so can you elaborate a bit?
I have a BFA from Academy of Art in SF, I also have done a lot of designing in the automotive, sign painting and fashion world. As well as have taken many years of classes with a fine artist fantasy figure painter, Robin Grass.

ALynn street art lady outside Goren Hat Co in Soma of San Francisco

ALynn street art lady outside Goren Hat Co in Soma of San Francisco

I am fascinated with the diversity of street artist. Some I have met work as full time creative commercial artist by day and on the streets at night. Other artists have a 9-5 style job that is not artistic at all and street art is their creative outlet. What do you do from day to day? Does you day job have anything to do with art? Is this a full time thing for you?
I basically work a  million jobs in order to be able to freely do my Fine art and Street art. I do sculpture conservation, freelance mural painting, automotive painting, sign painting, and freelance illustration and design. I also curate and host many gallery shows and events. Basically all the work I do is somehow related to my art or conservation knowledge.

If you are a professional artist, does the art you see and do on the street influence your professional work and direction or visa versa?
I definitely think my studio work effects my street work, it’s a way of taking small ideas and making them big.

Alynn Lady of Spain mural on Mission at 18th St in San Francisco Mission District

Alynn Lady of Spain mural on Mission at 18th St in San Francisco Mission District

What is it like being a woman doing street art in a field that is perceived to be male dominated?
Pretty much every field of work or art that I involve myself in is male dominated. I think I like the challenge of proving myself, it makes me work harder and generally I am well received by the masculine world.

What art/artist influenced you in formative years? Are there any now?
So many artists have influenced me throughout the years. Robin Grass pretty much taught me how to paint and opened my mind to the realm of fantasy. The artist that has been the most influential in my fine art is Olivia De Berardinis. The list could go on and on with inspiring fine artists. Most of my top influential street artists are all a part of the Seventh Letter Crew, this collective contains some of the most influential graffiti writers and street artists in the world. Lately, Lady Mags has been my biggest inspiration, and she is constantly pushing me to do more and better work.

ALynn and Lady Mags street art mural by Lake Merritt in Oakland, Ca

ALynn and Lady Mags street art mural by Lake Merritt in Oakland, Ca

Do you have an upcoming project or show you want us to let people know about?
Mags and I recently finished a large ‘Anniversary’ wall in Oakland, we have been painting together for a year now, so we redid our first wall. The two of us have several projects in the mix, including exclusive prints, tee-shirts, and murals with several different companies. We will keep you in the loop about all our new projects.

Is there a specific message you are trying to get across?
Have fun, enjoy life and the art that surrounds you…..if you are bored, sad, or lonely, go outside and create or simply enjoy all the creation that is out there.

Do you know how people react to your work?
I mostly get a positive response, so hopefully that is the majority!

Tati Suarez, Lady Mags and ALynn street art mural on Cypress Alley in San Francisco Mission District

Tati Suarez, Lady Mags and ALynn street art mural on Cypress Alley in San Francisco Mission District

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