Good Stuff
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 24 August 2012 12:00

A bit tired of politics these days, but Trent Taylor emailed over his great portrait of Obama "painted" with dirt... Damn fine dirt work.

14" x 18", dirt on a canvas by Trent Taylor

The Seven Seas
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 24 August 2012 09:07

A nice lil' piece from Seven Seas.

Kensington Blues
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 12:00

Derek here, old SF/Philly contributer, anyway I came across this photo project this guy is working on in Philly and thought it was pretty moving/ interesting... here is the link.

I do a bag of dope before I leave my house. If I have money at that point, um, I’ll do like, one or two bags of dope. I get ready, I get a shower, I come out, you know, catch a date, and you know, after I catch a date, well, I go get my drugs and then I catch another date, and then another date, you know. So… It’s kind of, it’s kinda rough out here. You gotta watch the cops 24 hours a day, you know what I mean? You gotta watch what car you get into. You know, I just, you know, I don’t like being out here.

Jeffrey Stockbridge (b.1982) is a photographer based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


"Epilogue" (Preview) at Hold Up Art Gallery
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 23 August 2012 08:16

San Francisco artist Hugh Leeman along with Bay Area artists David Young and Eddie Colla are preparing for the show "Epilogue" at Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles opening on Saturday, Sept 8th. He emailed over some preview images as they prepare for the show.

"Epilogue" is a fully immersive art installation taking over the entirety of Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles. The Bay Area's most prolific vandals, David Young, Eddie Colla, and Hugh Leeman present a vision of our world, after it's inevitable collapse. An existence stripped of mass media, conspicuous consumption and the trappings of a modern global society. A future reduced to the tasks of survival and memory. This ambitious installation will feature new works created from found objects and home made weapons. "Epilogue" opens Saturday, September 8th at 7p.m. Hold Up Art Gallery is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles , 2 blocks South of The Geffen Contemporary MOCA. 358 E. 2nd St. open tuesday- sunday, 213-221-4585.

D Young V models his newly painted post apocalyptic rifle.

Eddie Colla sets aflame to a fire stencil piece

A trees branches emerge from found objects and telephone cable at the east bay warehouse

Anthony Bradford Ciarlo
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 22 August 2012 08:31

Los Angeles based illustrator Anthony Bradford Ciarlo sent us a postcard last week, we checked out his site, liked what we saw, and now wanna share some of his works with you... That is all. Pretty straight forward.

Types of Boob
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 20 August 2012 14:52

Just thought I would inform you all that I got bored this summer (briefly) with cross hatching my arm off and drew some boobs on a tee-shirt. It is an adaptation from a design I saw my Dad wearing when I was younger.

If anyone would like some boobs on there chest as a tee-shirt let me know and I will note your order. They come in small, medium and large and will be screen printed and sold at £20 a shirt, made by me on high quality tee shirty jazz. -Mr. Mead


NewNess From LUDO
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 18:06

LUDO emailed over a few recent Paris additions... Quite skate related. Mucho dig-O.


Dave Kinsey's Tipping Point
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 16 August 2012 10:09

Dave Kinsey who we just held a solo show with in June just released a new print Tipping Point from the painting of the same name he showed here @FFDG.

Dave Kinsey
Tipping Point, 2012
BLK/MRKT Editions
4-color screenprint
on 250gm cotton rag

Edition: 100
Size: 20 x 16 inches


Artist Pizza Social - EAST BAY
Written by Daniel Rolnik   
Wednesday, 15 August 2012 10:36

Navigating the art world can be pretty confusing and isolating, especially since there are so many directions one can take and an ample amount of bullshit to sift through. In order to combat all of this I started throwing secret Artist Pizza Socials about 6 months ago. The concept is simple. I personally invite my favorite artists, bloggers, and creatives to a discrete location where we have a bunch of free pizza, booze, and gifts waiting for them. We had such a good turn out and response to the events I hosted in Los Angeles at Art is Shit’s Print Shop and ForYourArt’s headquarters that I decided to be bold and ask my favorite spot in the East Bay, The Compound Gallery & Studios, if they'd be interested in doing one too.

Thankfully, they were stoked on the idea and we partnered up with my alma mater, Ex’pression College, as well as Rotten City and Trumer Pils to have enough great pizza, beer, and shwag to kill a moose! On top of all that The Compound created a DIY letterpress print station, where guests could roll off their own commemorative poster. Throughout the evening I act as a greeter, making sure everyone meets each other and that no one simply hangs tightly onto people they already know.

Roughly 70 people showed up to the Oakland social, including (but certainly not limited to) Ken Harman (owner SPOKE ART), Jeremy Brautman (blogger JEREMYRIAD), Brett Amory (artist), Lena & Matt Reynoso (artists), and the team at Monkey Likes Shiny (industrial designers and fabricators). For now, the events will continue to be invite-only, so keep an eye out for a super rad email sometime soon. -Daniel Rolnik

Mexican Artist Curiot
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 14:40

Mexican artist Curiot emailed over some recent mural action in Mexico City. Love the mural and the work on his Flickr page.

I'm Curiot a Mexican visual artist. I just recently painted a 100foot long mural at Centro Cultural Border in Mexico City. The title of the mural is "Pasaje de Gorathma" or "Tale of Gorathma". Gorathma is a mythical character that I created which represents the spirit of nature in its animal form. In this work he shows us how an innocent and insignificant little creature (the little dudes running around) can grow to became a plague or a virus devouring everything in its path unconscious of its imminent self destruction.

Greg Gossel @NOO
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 13 August 2012 10:08

Weathering the Storm
Works by Greg Gossel
July 28 - August 26, 2012

SOO Visual Arts Center
Minneapolis, MN

Greg Gossel's Weathering the Storm will feature thirteen new large-scale works on paper and canvas. A collection of scraps torn off old billboards and street advertisements in Minneapolis, Chicago and New York is the central component of Gossel's new work. These elements are then layered, painted, torn, stained, and weathered away revealing a new context and composition within each piece. He explores media manipulation and exploitation with a keen skill and polish that celebrates as it simultaneously condemns.

In a vigorous and spontaneous process one layer is pasted on while another is torn away, a constant game of push and pull, collage and subtraction. These actions leave behind a rich textural surface that mirrors the fragmented onslaught of visual media we are all subjected to on a daily basis. The grid structure utilized in each of his mixed media pieces mimic the paneling and repetition of street advertising; an archive of image, color and type fighting for visual dominance. ~read on

Email of the Week
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 10 August 2012 15:19

The other day we made the Tweet below which automatically posts to our Facebook page and got the following email response below from a reader who shall be named anonymous... After their permission to post, we thought it would make a good Email of the Week.


Jake Watling Juice Mural
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 09 August 2012 13:38

Well, better late than never. Caught Jake Watling's mural on the side of the Killowatt as they were taking it down (check Jay Howell's). And when we say "they", we're referring to Juice Design that curates the wall under their offices.

Not sure what's up now, but sure there's something nice to have a look-see at. We'll get a photo or someone will email us a photo to post in the future.

Jake stopped through FFDG last week and showed us his...

Mike Giant tattoo he got many years ago.

Speaking of Giant, if you wanna catch his show @FFDG, be sure to come in today or Friday (1-6pm), because these are the last 2 days to view it before it comes down. We'll be closed this Saturday, August 11th.

RIPO @White Walls (Preview)
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 17:35

RIPO emailed over a few images as preview for his show "Signs, Fines and Cheap Wines" that opens Thursday, August 9th (7-11pm) at White Walls here in San Francisco.

Trav's Corner: Lost in Nevada
Written by Travis Jensen   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:54

"Lost in Nevada" is the result of a six-day, no agenda, "On the Road" slash "Easy Rider" style adventure across Nevada's vast desert and back. The series speaks to the notions of freedom, hitting the open road, exploring new ground, meeting new people and making decisions on the fly. The Nevada Desert has an almost post-apocalyptic feel to it, with some areas resembling scenes right out of "Mad Max." I find this setting quite soothing and a much welcome change to the densely populated urban environment in which I dwell.

Good friend and fellow photographer Brad Evans was my travel companion on this trip. Collectively, we released a photo journal entitled "Nevada Bound," which can be previewed and/or purchased in the Photo Books section of my site. -Travis Jensen

Ryan Christian @Halsey McKay
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 07 August 2012 11:39

Ryan Travis Christian wraps up his show SOMETHING, SOMETHING, BLACK SOMETHING today at HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY located at East Hampton, New York. The show looks great.

Ryan's shown here in SF at Guerrero Gallery (pics) and has curated a couple shows @FFDG with the last when we were on Fillmore St. (pics).

Ludo's Beastie Mashup
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 03 August 2012 13:24

A little recent Beastie Boy mashup from LUDO on the streets of Paris.

Mario Martinez Mural
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 02 August 2012 10:50

Love the giant Mario Martinez (Mars-1) we spotted yesterday evening while walking by the Phoenix Hotel in the Tenderloin. How the heck did we miss this, which we suspected was created for the art fairs this past spring? Probably because we didn't make any of the fairs this past year (hectic year last year).

Great work, Mario. Our only question is, was it painted or is it some sort of billboard/ banner? Guess we'll have to email Mario to find out.

Update: Yep, Mario did paint the mural. See the bottom photo by Colin Day. Check Mars-1.com for more pics.

Trav's Corner: Weekend Beer Buzz
Written by Travis Jensen   
Monday, 30 July 2012 15:58

So, I bumped into Trippe the week before last at the FFDG and we had a short fireside chat over a pop about me contributing some snaps to the site. Not sure how I was going to kick things off, I decided to showcase a handful of my favorite iPhone street snaps, a mix of candid street scenes, street portraiture and urban landscapes, all shot on the streets of San Francisco, namely around Downtown, the Tenderloin and Mission.

Now I don't consider myself an "iPhoneographer" -- I also shoot film and with a DSLR, but tend to use the phone during the day when the light's harsh. I have kids (yes, plural), so most of my photo adventures take place during nap time and under the influence of a few pops when the sun is directly overhead. These images were all snapped using Hipstamatic's Blackeys Supergrain and John S. lens combo, which performs quite well under harsh shooting conditions. No crops, tilts or other app wizardry applied.

Some of the images in this series appear in my new photo book, "[Insert Title Here] - San Francisco Street Snaps," which is available in the photo books section of my site. Books are handmade with love right here in San Francisco, USA. -Travis Jensen

Thanks for checking me out... be back next week, I hope.

This portrait reminds of something right off the silent screen, but with a Wicca twist. There are so many possible stories in those eyes...so powerful, so direct. The only thing I know about this woman is that she came to SF from Detroit a few years ago and likes hanging in Portsmouth Square. "It's comfortable here," she said.

Scoping the scene, Mission District, San Francisco

A portrait from my "Sidelines of SF Pride 2012" series. This is Chauncey. San Francisco, Downtown

Phlegm in Ireland
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 27 July 2012 11:04

Phlegm emailed over some recent mural work he completed in Bantry, West Cork, Ireland. Really like it. Check his site for more goodness and the video below.

Phlegm doing 2 paintings in Bantry. phlegmcomicnews.blogspot.ie

Paintings by Mathew Zefeldt
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 08:22

Mathew Zefeldt of Vallejo and a recent grad school graduate from UC Davis emailed over some brilliant new large scale paintings. Like them mucho. They are all in the 80" x 60" range.

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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.


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



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

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.


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


"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.


Work by Meryl Pataky


In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59


Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36


The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link


1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.


Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details



NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

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


Wednesday, 16 June 2010 17:39

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

Headlands Center for the Arts provides an unparalleled environment for the creative process and the development of new work and ideas. Through a range of programs for artists and the public, we offer opportunities for reflection, dialogue, and exchange that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society.








Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

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.


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.


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.


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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