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Guest Blog: Andreas Trolf
Written by Adnreas Trolf   
Thursday, 14 June 2007 03:22
Andreas is our main traveling fella. This time he brings us some photos of his travels a little too compressed but filled with documentation of his drunken downward spiral.
Lift Up Your Weary Head!

By Andreas Trolf

What is it about us that is drawn to broken, used things? Is it something broken inside ourselves that needs like? Is it guilt? Penance and flagellation?

Lift up your weary head. Let your heart be filled. We are all tired and true of heart (to paraphrase) and everything is forgivable.

We went out for drinks at Casanova’s where a man was dancing by himself. We pointed at him and laughed at his expense, which he took as a sign that he needed to introduce himself. Within minutes he grabbed at Nicole's boobs. Emma was shocked.

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I think he was more into Tim though. In a slurred lisp he asked Tim if he believed in destiny.

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I somehow caught a bumblebee in my kitchen.

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I put it in a Tupperware container and tried to put the little guy into suspended animation in my freezer. I wanted to do that thing where you tie a length of thread around the stunned/frozen bee and then when he thaws out you’ve got a bee on a leash. Doesn’t it look like my Chuck Close shirt is watching the action unfold? Isn’t this exciting?

Unfortunately, I left him in the freezer for too long and he died. I tried to resuscitate the bee by breathing warm air onto him to aid in the thawing out process, but it was no use. I’d killed him. And for what? For nothing. Such is the fragility of life.

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I tried to stay sad after the frozen bee incident, but I couldn’t. Instead I sat in a hot tub along with these naked fellows. Yes, I was naked as well. Is it wrong that it felt right? And though I’ve already been chastised for it, I’ll state again that this photo documents the last time I was truly happy. Don’t judge me.

You know how sometimes when life isn’t going your way the only thing you can really do is just get the fuck out of town for a few days and drink lots of booze in the desert. Or is it just that way for me? In any event, we took a Lowcardtrip to Arizona to coincide with the Phoenix Am contest.

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I got in a rented van with Collinson, Gordon, Toad, and both Jonahs and hoped that a few days of aimless wandering would allow me to get my life back together. Our first stop was Chino, home to Backstabberskateboards. Kyle, Backstabber’s owner, has a ranch that’s miles from anywhere, surrounded by cows and horses and the endless black night. Luckily, there’s enough concrete in his driveway to adequately house a few banks and quarterpipes. I got hurt and spent the rest of the trip self-medicating in hopes of alleviating my emotional woes.

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We left Chino late at night and drove into Arizona until no one could stay awake any longer. After sleeping for a few hours in a cramped motel we awoke to: blistering desert heat, expansive skies, and the highway, stretching out plumb-straight ahead of us. Long drives always put me in mind of narratives because they have this chronological unfolding; the horizon is always there just out of reach but you tend towards it regardless. Sorry about that, I tend towards the sentimental.

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The first stop of the day was a huddle of shops butting against the highway’s shoulder. We’d been passing a bottle of bourbon around since breakfast and within minutes we were all wearing new tie-dyed spirit animal shirts. Except for Jonah Broome. He bought one of those patented t-skirts. You know the kind that “urban” teenagers wear? The kind that are 5XL and stretch past your knees? Exactly. That kind. And why did he buy it? Because we dared him to wear it for 24 hours straight. Well, that’s not entirely true. We actually devised a bastardized Lowcard version of Thrasher’s King of the Road, and by wearing that ridiculous shirt Jonah earned himself a quick 50 points. I won’t detail all the points-challenges we devised for the trip because I don’t want us all to sound like horrible people, but suffice it to say that feelings were hurt on this trip. Lots of feelings.

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Here’s Jonah Dolese in one of the roadside shops. You know that thing where you take a photo of someone but you’re really taking a photo of someone else who’s next to them? That’s this. What is it with that dude’s shirt anyways? Why the fuck does everything have to “rule?” Fuck that. “Old guys rule?” When I’m 90 fucking years old and using a walker to get around a shop that sells Wrestlemania shirts, I hope I’ll have slightly more dignity than this. Everything in our culture is so self-positive and self-affirming that nothing is allowed to just be anymore. Everything has to be radical and ruling! I’m sure that somewhere out there someone afflicted with diabetes has a bumper sticker that says, “Insulin shots fucking rule! Diabetes is absolutely awesome!” or someone with a wooden leg has a trucker hat that says, “It’s an amputee thing. You wouldn’t understand.” I think it all started with those “girls kick ass” shirts in the 1990s. Suddenly everybody has to assert their unique identity and “rule” or be “badass” or whatever. That’s fucking gay. Not everything rules. Shit, not even most things rule. Actually, nothing rules. Everything is lame, so let’s just accept it and move on.

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Wait, I was wrong. These dolls rule.

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There was an RV park out back.

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Have you ever tried skating during the day in Arizona? I would rather have chlamydia than have to do that every day. It wasn’t even summer yet and already we were dying of heat exhaustion. Lee Bender came to hang out with us. Lee is one of the few people in the world I give an unequivocal thumbs up. Don’t Lee and Toad look handsome in their Thrasher shirts? (Toad also gets the thumbs up.)

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Rob Welsh gets a big thumbs up, too. He lives in Phoenix now and we stayed at his house while we were in town. See how much he misses San Francisco? He still wears a 415 hat. He here is with one of those youngsters that lives only to place himself in mortal peril by jumping down giant sets of stairs. I predict big things for Gravette.

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Here’s Toad earning himself 10 points the easy way: smashing a beer via a lein to tail. He also earned 100 points the hard way, but I’m not going to detail that in such a public forum. Toad is a true champion of life.

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This may be one of my favorite photographs I’ve ever taken. Jonah carries this knife with him wherever he goes and has no squabbles about pulling it out. That’s what I like about him. Other people might do a lot of talking, but Jonah's out there getting shit done!

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This is Rob’s garage. Can’t you just smell the aromas of marinating dudes? Imagine a van full of sweaty, drunken skateboarders camped out in your house. Isn’t life grand?

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We entertained ourselves with a flashlight and long exposures. Rob made a face. I made a fecal face. Remember what I wrote earlier about nothing ruling? How true.

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The next day Justin Strubing flew in from the Tampa pro contest to meet up with us. Both he and I were in full emotional meltdown mode for the majority of the trip. It was awesome! Justin is one of my favorite people to travel with.

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In the morning we found a stray dog in front of the house. Rob jumped on his bike without even bothering to put on pants.

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There’s Justin lying on the sidewalk. Then a funny thing happened: the wind picked up and pregnant clouds appeared, darkening the huge desert sky. And it rained. It quickly became one of those rare torrential desert rains where the first drops hit the ground heavily, kicking up a ring of dust, and you can almost feel the report in the soles of your feet.

We wasted part of the day thrift shopping while trying to find a place to skate. These outfits from the Salvation Army cost a total of $8.

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Finally we drove an hour through traffic to Cowtown’s indoor miniramp. The session was packed to overflowing from all the hot-crew amateurs in town for the contest. John Alden was there and he joined our spirit animal t-shirt gang.

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At this point I should mention the worst game ever invented. I blame Gordon for introducing it. The rules are simple: if you are able to form a ring with your fingers and place it on someone’s elbow for a five count without them noticing, that person has to lie down on the ground, on the spot, for 20 seconds. It doesn’t matter where you are or what you might have to lie in. I fucking hate this game, but such are the rules of the road: you abide by majority decision. Here’s Gordo hating the monster he’s created.

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I have a question for you guys: what’s worse than a van full of sweaty, drunken skateboarders darkening your door and bumming everyone out? A van full of sweaty, drunken skateboarders going to a shitty karaoke bar in Tempe, Arizona.

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Although he’s usually shy around karaoke, Rob decided that he was going to serenade us. He got the crowd worked up with a spirited rendition of “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane. It was truly awful and somehow he ended up with an entire pint of Guinness poured on him.

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Then another pint was poured onto the pool table. Then the bartender threatened Jonah. Then Rob had to go and hide in the bushes out back because it was rumored that someone wanted to beat him up.

For a moment the situation turned real ugly and I was left wondering how things had so quickly deteriorated. But I decided that this was simply part of our ongoing process of trying to hit rock bottom. And isn’t that what this kind of desert adventure is really about? We were going down in flames, and it was spectacular. We were getting closer and closer to the bottom with each passing minute, and I loved it.

How much can you really know about yourself if you’ve never been drunk and stranded in a strange city? So drunk you’re yelling at your friends to just leave you the fuck alone, that you’re fine just sitting on this bus stop bench, that they should just go ahead without you. That’s the true measure of a man!

Joe Hammeke, I should note, is the only real reason why we didn’t truly hit rock bottom. He made us go skateboarding and have fun. Screw you, Hammeke!

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But despite Hammeke’s best efforts, we tried diligently to be the most miserable human beings alive. And it was all worthwhile. You might look at the above photo of Jonah pissing on the bar and see a shitbag, but I look at that photo and I see a true champion earning yet another 100 points!

Moving on.

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The next morning we went skateboarding and Lee took us to this trailer park on the outskirts of Phoenix. The trailers were set into these weird stepped terraces and as ersatz lawns there were giant, rough banks of green concrete. The hours that followed are all a blur and really it wouldn’t make for flattering commentary if I attempted to recall what happened. But really, you guys should be able to fill in the blanks by now. Early the next morning Justin and I got on an aeroplane and woke up back in San Francisco. I vomited in the lavatory.

My friends Mike and Malina got married. I was the guy who showed up at the reception with a black eye.

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Then I flew to New York because I’m great at running away from my problems. My brother Alexis picked me up at JFK at 7am and we ate bagels.

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Alexis is a chef. He also has powerful hair and a striking mustache. These things run in our family. Well, not the chef part.

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I decided to finally bring more of my things out to San Francisco so I went to our storage locker and liberated my accordion. This is the accordion in its case near the urinals in JFK, a scant 26 hours after I’d arrived.

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And if you didn’t believe me, here’s a photo of me with my accordion. I also own a giant Soviet military overcoat. I’m not sure why. Like many things, I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. All my ideas are genius late at night. Just last night, for example, I decided to drink a bottle of Robitussin. At 2am. When I woke up this morning, feeling none too shabby as I stared at my ceiling, I went to stand up and promptly fell face first onto the floor. It was excellent. But I’m stubborn and I stand by my decisions and I will never admit to being wrong. Ever.

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You may have already seen some photographic evidence of the Silly Pink Bunnies convention on Rick Marr’s blog, but I promise you that we both have a novel perspective on every subject we deem worthy of covering. Rick, for instance, will never miss an opportunity to crack a bad joke or make a pun about vaginas, while I on the other hand simply take shabby photos and don’t ever write anything funny. Ever. Which approach is better? You be the judge:

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I’m unable to crack wise about Casey’s “90% virgin” pin.

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It’s true. Work is for jerks.

This one, though, deserves a bit of commentary:

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You may remember two out of three here from this. But dubious taxidermy techniques aside, what I need to address is Brook’s Bon Jovi shirt. Seriously, Brook? Bon Jovi? How could you? I thought we had an understanding. With access to irony comes great responsibility. Just like Spiderman. And, yes, I’ll admit that I can forgive you almost anything. Almost. But not this. There will be not one whit of forgiveness meted out. Bon Jovi? Yeah, okay, that one song that went “aooo-aah-ahh aoo-aah-ahh” was catchy for about fifteen minutes, but come the fuck on…

This is like that time Alexis and his friends went to see Bon Jovi at Giant Stadium in New Jersey. “Ha ha, fine,” I thought, “this ought to be good for a laugh.” But then I discovered that they’d rented a white limousine and that they were going to New Jersey. Sans ironic intent. My smile vanished.

See what this shirt does to me, Brook? It depresses the shit out of me. And just when I was getting back on track…

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Moving on. The next day we had our annual Easter dinner. This time it was at Buca di Beppo. See? I’m really getting my money’s worth on that thrift store outfit from Phoenix. I’m sitting in quite the dude sandwich, aren’t I? Jeremiah, on my left, is nearly indestructible. Last Thanksgiving he was struck by a car traveling upwards of 60 miles an hour. He was thrown clear off the highway and was left a pulpy, bloody mess. But just a few short months later he managed to get to San Francisco just to meet up with us and run up a $4,000 dinner bill. That’s right: $4,000.

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This is that stupid fucking game again. See how I’m lying there on the floor of the men’s room? Fuck you, Gordon!

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While this pink bunny outfit might not seem out of place during convention weekend, I can assure you that Tammy looks plenty weird wearing it the rest of the year. Which she does.

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All three of these rocket surgeons warrant copious abuse, but it’s Jason Tyler Grace’s mugging that is especially deserving of mention. Timmy, on the left, is just loud and stoked. Franklin, on the right, is once again oblivious. But Jason not only aped Dave’s tie headband, he’s doing that thing that tough guys and rappers do in photos and in videos where they extend their arms and shrug as if to say, “What? Fuck off.” And he’s also got a party-guy smirk on his face. I love you, Jason, seriously I do, but if I didn’t know you and just saw this photo, I’d probably want to walk up behind you and punch you in the back of the neck and run away.

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The next day we all caravanned out to Greer Park in Palo Alto, which you may know as the Bay Area’s foremost destination for old, drunk skateboarders. Here Dave and Gabe Friedman compare relative hairiness. Who won? It depends, as do most things, largely on established criteria: luxuriousness of body hair vs. skin to hair ratio; length vs. curl; interesting shapes? Criteria aside, though, I deem them both handsome as hell.

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Then the Coach and El Vortex showed up. Gabe decided that it might be appropriate and comedically brilliant if he dressed in a trash diaper. Doesn’t he look like that one Consolidated graphic where the doctor is saying to the mother, Congratulations! It's a man!Also, isn’t Coach’s cold sore impressive? I love that guy.

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We even flew a kite. It was awesome.

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Then it was Alicia’s birthday. There was a piñata. It seriously took almost 30 minutes to get it cracked open. It was also hung, for some reason, at the top of the stairs. Call me morbid, but I was totally waiting for someone to fall down the stairs as they scrambled for shitty candy.

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Drunkenly, we decided on a mustache-growing contest. Three months of constant creepiness. Can you guess which of us four has already shaved his off? The winner gets a banjo. I predict that I will soon be the proud owner of a new banjo. Also, isn’t Richard’s shiner impressive? We discussed the finer points of being punched in the face.

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Then I found these twins at the park. Isn’t it gay when couples dress alike? Just kidding. I made Ashley and Brian wear these shirts. And it’s totally not gay.

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Then I felt myself well up and I was borne aloft. I flew high into the brightening morning sky, higher than the hills and up above the clouds. And it wasn’t cold or scary or anything, I just kept rising slowly into the atmosphere. Pretty soon the roads turned into tiny lines and I could see the Earth’s curving. The air became thin and as I rose I felt the sun on my face. Then I could see the whole world, miniature far below me, and I wasn’t worried any longer and I wasn’t anxious or depressed, I was only filled with hope and wonder at all the things and people and moments. It was so beautiful.

Just kidding. Actually, I went to Memphis to interview this guy and break into William Faulkner’s house. I’ll leave that for next week, though.

So long!

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SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.

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SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


 

Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details

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The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

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Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading

 

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Ron Turner of Last Gasp

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nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON

 

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Headlands Center Fundraiser -6/4/14
Tuesday, 20 May 2014 07:54

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Headlands Center for the Arts is preparing for their largest fundraiser of the year set to go down on June 4th at SOMArts here in the city. Art auction, food, drinks, live music, etc and all for helping to support a great institution up in the Marin Headlands. ~details

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Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.


Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...


Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.


Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


NYCHOS @Fifty24SF

Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.


Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.


John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.


FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


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