Tag Archives: street art

The Secret Gardener Behind SF’s Street Etchings

Like any youngster faced with a patch of freshly poured cement on a city street or sidewalk, the young street artist felt the call to etch something into the empty wet canvas. “I didn’t think it would become a habit,” he says. But a habit, or arguably an obsession, is precisely what it became. At first, the artist – who...

SF Landlord Orders Removal of Bob’s Burgers Mural

The owner of the 20th Street sandwich shop Rhea’s Cafe has forced the removal of a Sirron Norris mural that depicted characters from Bob’s Burgers, a popular animated Fox TV sitcom. Fearing copyright infringement, the building’s owner enlisted Rhea’s executive chef and owner, James Choi, to paint over the four-month-old mural that had decorated its front roll-up doors.  The mural...

Anti-Gentrification Graffiti Paints Picture of Artists’ Struggle for Space

For the second time in less than two weeks, a tagger has scrawled over a mural of ten stenciled sea turtles on the wall of a Pacific Gas & Electric substation at the corner of 19th and San Carlos streets – the mural was first defaced with the words “Latino Art Only.” Six of the turtles were slashed with paint...

Mexican & American Artists in New SF Exhibit

In an artistic collaboration that crosses individual and national boundaries, 55 artists will be showcasing their politically-fueled work in an effort to address struggles shared on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. “Mexicanos al Grito de Guerra: We didn’t cross the border, the borders crossed us,” opens at the Mission Cultural Center on January 16 for one month, but the exhibit’s organizers hope that the messages conveyed in featured...

Good Morning Mission! Circle the Block

It is 10:00 a.m. but these photos were taken earlier this morning. It is now 54˚ and expected to rise to 67˚. Details for the next ten days here. Today’s Block: 22nd St to 23rd St, Valencia St to San Jose Ave. “Are you here yet? Where are you?” my girlfriend would ask. “I’m circling the block! I’ll be there...

Update on 24th St Cafe Window

The cutout at the 24th Street BART Plaza that looked like a walk-up service window drew considerable attention  because it cut into an existing mural honoring a long-time businessman and children who have lost their lives to violence, according to VanishingSF.  The cuts were made as part of renovations for a new cafe  and, as it turns out, co-owner John Gavin says the hole will become a...

Creativity Flows at Graffiti Arts Festival

Dozens of community artists wielding paint brushes and spray cans celebrated street art at the 18th Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival on Saturday. The festival, organized by Precita Eyes, invited artists of all ages to express themselves on 1,000 square feet of portable wall space at Precita Park on Precita Avenue near Folsom Street. Like street art itself, the canvases are ephemeral—they’re recycled from year...

Preserving Street Art in San Francisco

SFGate writes today about British street artist Banksy and the campaign to save his well-known graffiti work in San Francisco. The once-fringe artist has reached growing audiences in recent years after the release of “Exit Through the Gift Shop,” his Oscar-nominated documentary film. In October 2013, Banksy again gained mass attention with a month long residency in New York. But in 2010,...

Speedy Gonzales Runs From ICE Agents

  Hussein Dawah, 63, didn’t have to look twice to know that there was a work of art on the wall outside his restaurant on 19th and Valencia. “This is not graffiti, this is art,” he said of the ICE agent chasing a mouse known as Speedy Gonzales, an American cartoon character much criticized for depicting an offensive stereotype of...

Disco Found

I once knew a guy who used to stop under this disco ball every night on his way home and do a little dance beneath it. I hadn’t seen it in so long that I thought maybe it had disappeared, like so much else in this neighborhood. Then, just now, I was walking down the street and looked up. Disco...