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High 5s: Get Your Feet Wet
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 01 April 2014 14:59

I purchased one of the first digital cameras when Fecal Face went online in 2000. It was a massive Kodak with 2 mega pixels.

After taking someone's photo, you'd turn it over to show them the image on it's tiny 1" display. People were flabergasted. You could delete an image and take another without "wasting film"... That blew peoples' minds.

Well, these days everyone's little black monolith does it all including shooting decent photos in a variety of styles... Oh how things have changed since 2000 when Fecal Face went online --> these days we've been lying low waiting for things to change, and here's some random photographic proof from the life of a galleriest living and working in the City by the Bay.

High 5s: 3 Weddings and a Funeral
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 16 October 2013 10:50

Crazy couple of months. The old man died, and I got to see 3 great friends get married. Some go, and some arrive. Tis life's swings in visual forms.

Angelic Island on America's Birthday
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 11:00

For the 4th we sailed over to Angel Island, spent a few days enjoying the hot Marin air, BBQing it up w/ friends, and watching the fireworks from it... A warm clear evening and you could view both of San Francisco's fireworks and also Sausalito's as well... That is a damn fine island.

Bay Area photographer shits out another photo of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Two boats are better than one for an overnight.

Walk back to the boats and drink more wine.

Best spot to view San Francisco's duel fireworks show.


Seagull on her mooring.

High 5s: 1 + 1 = 1
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 18 June 2013 12:29

Ok, so we "know" there are no Brown Recluses in California, but shit, it looked like one to us... Found in the folk's house in Marin on the bathroom floor on Saturday. Argh.

Oops. Looks like our drunk cabby's vodka bottle slipped out... Think he needed a cab more than we did. Bummer.

New boat with more stretch out room.

High 5s: Mexico-Land
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 14 May 2013 13:44

Just got back to SF after a little trip south to Sayulita, Mexico. After 10 years without a vacation, me and the Mrs. headed south for some mental time off sitting in the sun, swimming and enjoying the watery Mexican beer. Here are some photos as we get back into the swing of things again.

Huge Clare Rojas in the international terminal at SFO.

Highly recommend spending a little more for your own private pool.

High 5s: Puttin' The Pee in the Pod
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 15:07

For 13 years I've been blogging up randomness. Here's more of it.

High 5s: I Want One of Those
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 22 March 2013 14:04

A random collection of images taken by your trust worthy editor who works and lives in San Francisco -- Click on an image below to view the whole set.

Poo sandwich

Jay Howell and his first round of sculptures.

In between the stress...

Kyle Ranson jamming at Adobe.

High 5s: A Drift
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 24 January 2013 11:40

Friends got married, saved some jokers from wrecking their boat on Alcatraz, our Winter Group Show @FFDG, stayed at the incredible beach front cabins at Mt. Tam State Park, and spent time on the water.

Blog in pictorial format

Incredible views at the Mt. Tam cabins

Congrats, Stefan and Jessie!

No motor and no radio when there's no wind during a huge tide? Not a smart move.

Artist Scott Greenwalt and friend @FFDG's Winter Group Show in December

High 5s: Little White Dog
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 14 December 2012 12:09

Fecal Face has been in exsistence since the year 2000. Ever since then, High 5s, a photo-ish blog, has been thrown up about every 2 weeks. Here is another one.

Ya, the Navy left some radioactive materials after cleaning up boats exposed to radiation.

High 5s: Lazy Lens Larry
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:26

The warm San Francisco days and nights seem to be coming to an end. World Series champs and everything is alright in the world once again as we head into the dark, cool and rainy winter months. Time to hibernate and move cautiously around with blinkies on our bikes. Can't believe the Holidays are just about here.

A collection of photos from this gallery owner/ art website editor.

High 5s: The Diamond Sea
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 26 September 2012 11:07

As we approach the anniversary of the fire, we're looking forward to settling. Crazy month or so with family emergencies and trips to the homeland. Also some visual randomness thrown in for good measure.

High 5s: Never Get Off The Boat
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 01 August 2012 13:48

In the life of times of a galleriest, web magazine fella, and all around good guy living in San Francisco, California.

Some things around San Francisco that caught my eye.

*Sorry, Russell, my damn phone ate a bunch of photos. Computer melt down.

High 5s: Camping on Angel Island
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 21 June 2012 11:33

Summer's officially here, although with highs topping out at 57 this week in SF, it doesn't feel like it... In any case, we were able to score a super hot weekend recently and decided to camp on Angel Island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Incredible views, the island practically to yourselves, and its close proximity to the city make it one of the best and easy camping trips you can have. Here's a lil' photo essay.

I declare Angel Island as the best beering destination... On the very hot days, swimming is required.

2.5 mile hike to our camp. Not bad. Travel light. Strong beer/ wine suggested. If hard booze your thing, do it. Watery beer best left at home.

Drinking wine, BBQing food with solid views.

High 5s: What's Up There?
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Tuesday, 05 June 2012 12:13

High 5s is where I share random bits. This time around exclusive to what the IPhone was to capture.

Gallery life and other whatnots from our comings and goings in San Francisco.

High 5s: Time. What Time?
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 11:25

It's been awhile since a High 5s has been posted. Wrap up art, hang art, build out FFDG, host openings, and other art gallery related whatnots.

High 5s: Water in Your Ears
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 10 February 2012 10:47

Misc imagery as we continue the settling process here at Fecal Face. Who knew a fire and a medical issue could upset so much in so much time.

High 5s: All Quiet on the Western Front
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 30 January 2012 12:39

A bit behind on the photo journal. Playing catch up with a few posts in the coming days.

High 5s: As The World Turns
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 08 December 2011 12:26

... we look forward to the new year.

High 5s: Quickest Trip to LA Ever
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 01 November 2011 14:55

Had to drive to LA last Saturday and drive back to SF on Sunday. A hectic short trip, but we got to hang out with the wonderful Mel Kadel & Travis Millard. We had ourselves a little look-see at their Echo Park home/ studio before the 6 hour drive back home.

Bonus: Past homes of Bukowski & Ernest Hemingway and where the Hillside Killer dumped bodies.

High 5s: You're Like the Clouds in the Sky
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 13 October 2011 12:00

Had a crazy ass summer/ fall. The building our new apartment is now for sale. My wife is getting surgery to get a tumor taken out of her head/ neck. The building FFDG was in caught fire and it remains unclear how long till it's repaired... No worries though. FFDG has a temporary home. We have health insurance and business insurance (insurance is a good thing). SF is experiencing summer, finally. My cat is fluffy. The Fecal Face softball team is playing better (our record is 0-8). The Tigers are still in it (barely). The Mario Martinez (Mars-1) show opening Nov 10th at FFDG is still on track (note: it'll be at the temp space- 248 Clement). Got our taxes done in time. The art season is back on with lots of great shows to check out here in San Francisco and many more to enjoy online...

Random facts: When you die your hair still grows for a couple of months. - The Main Library at Indiana University sinks over an inch every year because when it was built, engineers failed to take into account the weight of all the books that would occupy the building. - A skunk's smell can be detected by a human a mile away. - When snakes are born with two heads, they fight each other for food. - Charlie Brown's father was a barber. - Cats can hear ultrasound.

Fire at Fecal Face/ FFDG
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 29 September 2011 14:46

On Tuesday at around 4pm we were working away on the site/ answering emails when a crazed lady pounds on our door and yells, "the building is on fire. Get out!". Unfortunately, this is the second time we've heard this yelled at us while working at Fecal Face.

Thinking it was going to be another similar grab a few things, stand back while the SFFD do their thing, and in 30 minutes, we're back inside and back to work. Not this time. Not this time at all. We're out of the gallery and space there at 248 Fillmore for who knows how long till we're back in our beloved space next to our friends at Estela's and Three Twins.

Me on NBC channel 11 news Tuesday night. I was also on KTVU as well.

Anyone got a empty store front we can rent till ours in back and running? Please feel free to let us know: john(at)fecalface.com

Thinking we were possibly over reacting, we grad Damon Soule's paintings from the gallery walls and quickly try to figure out where we can take them as screaming fire trucks race to the scene. Luckily, our friend Mike Midden lives across the street and let us store the paintings there while we figure things out... Weird bangs and explosions above our heads/ breaking glass around us, we frantically grabbed art, laptops, cameras, etc.

Flames were shooting 6 feet out the corner apartment's window. Distant/ nearby sirens continued to descend to our corner of Haight and Fillmore. At one point, it became clear there was no going back inside as firemen broke down the door next to ours that leads to the stairway. A healthy crowd builds behind the yellow caution tape. We stand nervously watching the fire rage and build. Thick black smoke billows from the roof as the late afternoon breeze begins sweeping the flames across the building from one side to the next.

Pot of gold at the end of the rainbow?

Watching the flames lick the next building over, we hope that the massive amounts of water would somehow filter away from our ceilings as gallons and gallons of toxic fire water make their way down from the top floors.

After holding our breath for 30 minutes, we know there's nothing we can do but fret. It's determined that a strong beer is needed to calm frayed nerves. We had beers at Cafe Soleil where next to us sat a resident of the building also calming his nerves with a beer. We chat and hope that the fire/ smoke/ water damage escaped our places. It wasn't the case, at least for us.

Tip toeing around a web of fire hoses we avoid the raining water and enter the gallery where a rush of heat and smoke stink past our noses. Water is poring down in umpteen places from the ceiling as we trek across a foot of water on the floor in search for items/ art that may still be safe. Our cabinet contents were dry. Travis Millard's and Mel Kadel's work, which was probably in the only part of the back area that avoided water, was untouched, thank God (we built those shelves where the work sat just a month ago saving us from having to claim their art as a loss).

Thanks to Harley and everyone at Upper Playground and neighbors who formed a human chain to move items and art from the drenched gallery to Upper Playground's back room. A lot was saved and items that were ruined by the water damage can be replaced. Our disappointment by having to work from home is nothing compared to those who not only lost their apartments but their personal items as well. Thankfully no one was injured.. Animals were rescued and all will move on. We just hope that the contractors are building ninjas so we can get back in soon and we can get back to hosting shows.

Hopefully we're going to back in 248 Fillmore very soon... Anyone got a empty store front we can rent till ours in back and running? Please feel free to let us know: john(at)fecalface.com Thankfully we purchased a good insurance plan when we moved in which covers fire damage like this. SO glad we kept up with the payments.

That night My and Adam took our gallery plant Stretch home while the dust settles.

Back in the next day to see what was lost.

Natty and Jessica taking inventory.

More on the bummer here.

High 5s: Labor Day Sail 30
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 10:35

Been working 6 days a week since getting back from Brazil. Labor Day Weekend left us with an extra day off. With two days off, we headed onto the San Francisco Bay aboard our 27 foot Catalina Augusta for some sailing, anchoring, beer drinking, sun-getting time relaxing.

High 5s: Testing Our Water
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 25 August 2011 09:00

Get on your lab coats because we're about to get all Mr. Wizard up here at Fecal Face... Well, sort of. Mr. Wizard was way more entertaining than a water test blog.

If you live in San Francisco you most likely live and work in a pretty old building with absolutely no knowledge of its plumbing. If you're also like us you drink the tap water because, all those plastic water bottles are a complete waste and, we here in San Francisco have some of the nation's best water... But is it? I mean we use a Brita here @FFDG, but shit, we have no idea if the pipes contain lead or something. After we started getting some headaches, we thought it might be a good idea to buy a little kit and test the water. ~exciting conclusion.

High 5s: Obrigado, Brazil, Part IV
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 18 August 2011 11:28

The last blog from our glorious trip to Brazil features the last few days spent at the beach.

Many thanks to Carmo Marchetti, one of the owners of Sao Paulo's Logo Gallery, for letting us stay at her beach home. We planned on busing up the coast to stay at some resort which would have sucked as the buses are super slow. Instead, thanks to Carmo's generosity, we could afford to rent a car and got a place with tennis courts, wet and dry saunas, a garage filled with all sizes of surfboards, a kayak, a heated swimming pool plus a private beach. Thanks again, Carmo! You helped to make our last few days in Brazil glorious ones!

High 5s: Obrigado, Brazil, Part III
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 12 August 2011 14:14
More bouncing about Sao Pualo and Logo Gallery opens.

High 5s: Obrigado, Brazil, Part II
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:08

Day 2 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. More from the massive city down south. We visit an art toy studio where each peice is created by hand. Visit Culture Shock Gallery and are invited to a pizza party in lovely, Sao Paulo.

High 5s: Obrigado, Brazil, Part I
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 13:27
We just home from a 2 week trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil. I was asked to invite 3 artists for a print show put on by MCD entitled Fake Sunset which opened Saturday, July 30th @Logo Gallery, a space that just opened in the neighborhood of Pinheiros. Jeremy Fish, Aiyana Udesen, and Matt Furie joined us and created prints for the show. Below are the first few days of our trip. Will be blogging throughout the week.

Logo Gallery features work by important players in the new Brazilian street art movement, such as Bruno 9li, Sesper, Flávio Samelo, Luis Flávio Trampo, Alex Hornest, Rimon Guimarães and many others.

High 5s: This Morning's Foggy Commute
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 11:47

Since moving apartments closer to FFDG's newish space on Fillmore St, our commute got totally perfect. Thought we'd share our daily morning nature hike through Buena Vista and down Haight St en route to work.

High 5s: Installing Then Sailing
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 30 June 2011 10:51
Going back in time here through the lens glass. Installing art shows, taking down art shows, hanging out w/ Mel Kadel and Travis Millard, sailboat maneuvers on the San Francisco Bay and other whatnots from the gallery life.

High 5s: Bike/ Ferry Trippe to Alameda
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 20 June 2011 12:14
Exploring the Bay Area by bike and ferry.

Last Friday we were trying to plan our post work plans that wouldn't cost too much $$ and also involve moving about on the ol' bicycle. Some water time in there would be a bonus. So we checked the ferry schedule and planned our attack which was ferry to the closed Naval Air Station in Alameda, bike around the sprawling empty base for an hour while enjoying two buck chuck along the way. Total cost per person was $12. Two buck chuck included, throw another dollar in the pot.

High 5s: The Lost & Dusty Rolls
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 02 June 2011 15:00
Moving apartments- a wonderful time for finding old rolls of film. The digital age leans itself to so much but this small moment lingers on. Blown out grain of your life's past. A week before I married the love of my life whiskey was heavily comsumed with BBguns fired in some man-cabin high in the Sierras. Missing was the golf "experiment" and whatever else blurred over with groshong's towel hike illuminated... Cake farts, anyone?

High 5s: Krusty Krusty Boats
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Thursday, 28 April 2011 15:46
Just coming out of a fog. Moving the gallery and then moving apartments right afterwards has been a tad hectic... Getting settled now. Back on the horse. --> some randomness in photo form.

High 5s: I'll Bring You More Change, I Promise
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 31 March 2011 12:20
My name is John... I make website... My favorite color is green... I like water and action sport like skateboarding... I work a lot and it seems am moving every 6 months. Gallery and now apartments... This weekend we're taking two days off. It's the first time in over a month... I learned how to install a bathroom sink... I wish I was surfing in Tahiti and I hate wearing socks.

High 5s: You Can't Race a Pirate Ship
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Wednesday, 23 March 2011 15:02
It's been over 2 months since I've blogged. Damn nutty busy and the last month or so has been taken over with moving FFDG... Will break the blog town into bite-sized portions. view/ read on

High 5s: Men For Others
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Thursday, 20 January 2011 16:00
Been some time since I done up the ol' blog... New Year's sailing, MLK, Horse Races and other whatnots... ~view it

On New Years we spent some time on the San Francisco Bay.

High 5s: Ships & Shits
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Tuesday, 21 December 2010 15:27
Looks like 2010 is about done. Before it ended a few things took place. Holiday jams and hangover trips to visual eye candy aboard the USS Hornet.

High 5s: SF Bay Weekends
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Monday, 13 December 2010 13:47
The last two weekends on the boat were interesting ones. Lots of fog and we overheard the drama unfold after a 28 year old man fell in the water in Richardson Bay on Friday night. He hasn't been seen since.

High 5s: Bubble Butts
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Thursday, 02 December 2010 16:00
Been awhile since I randomly blogged it UP, so here goes with the random of art, water, and booze.

Our Trip to McCovey Cove for the World Series
Written by Trippe   
Friday, 29 October 2010 10:43
Woke up yesterday feeling like shit as my cold was in full swing. Wasn't going to be able to accomplish anything anyway, so we decided to take the boat to McCovey Cove to experience game 2 of the World Series. Sit at home or sit on the boat? ~Photos

High 5s: 10 Yr. Setup & Other Whatnots
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 30 September 2010 13:17
Some photos and words from setting up Fecal Face's 10 Year Show and other jams...

High 5s: Heaven on Angel Island
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 27 September 2010 11:30
For our 2nd wedding anniversary we considered flying to Mexico for a few days and do one of those all inclusive cheap airfare & hotel combos where you just sit around a pool all day drinking margaritas. But then we thought we could do the same thing in our own backyard for like 90% cheaper. We took a small portion of our travel money, bought a used dinghy, and relaxed in the sun at Angel Island for 3 days... Extra bonus was the best weather we've had all summer here in San Francisco...

And after the Fecal Face 10 year show, we needed some rest. We swam, hiked, drank beer, BBQ'd, played catch, drank wine, and basically wallowed in the oppressive, yet fantastic, heat around goose, deer and baby raccoons.

High 5s: Hot Day on the Bay
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Friday, 03 September 2010 14:24
Too damn nice out yesterday here in SF to not take the day off. Next week, with our 10 Yr. Anniversary, is going to be busy as hell... So we took a day off and jumped on the boat and into the Bay. Here's a little visual sampling.

High 5s: Our Trip Up the Petaluma River
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 15:59
As anyone in San Francisco knows, this summer hasn't been normal with chilly fog/ mist/ drizzle and colder than average temperatures. It's been down right bummer-town actually...

In a last minute effort to escape the fog and get into some warmer temps, we took a last minute spur of the moment trip via sailboat up the Petaluma River to it's conclusion (Petaluma)... It got damn hot as we snaked up the narrow river. Got to raise our first draw bridge, ate oysters, drank in a bar with a shit load of dead animal heads and rifles on the wall... Almost got stuck in the mud when our motored died entering the insane chop and breeze leaving the river into San Pablo Bay. In total we spent 18 hours in 2 days traveling by boat and almost didn't make it home.

High 5s: Why Not?
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Friday, 23 July 2010 11:10

Took a badass trip last weekend. Sailed, hiked across the bridge and then camped in the Presidio.

Also checked out Renée Green's show @YBCA.

High 5s: Tisk Tisk
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 01:29


Mainly a blog on bowling and cats with sticky toes.




High 5s: Rain Rain Rain
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Thursday, 21 January 2010 10:32
Just some things like police, rain, rattle snakes, bowling and your cousins.
High 5s: My Holiday Vacation
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 08:43
The last week of 2009 spent wishing a magical baby happy birthday in a complete haze.
High 5s: Holidayz
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Thursday, 17 December 2009 04:45
Carnage, Space Ships, Muhammad Ali, Newspapers, Dirty Fingernails, Fishnets, Ashtrays, Vinyl Seats, and Really long Sideburns.
High5s: RandomNESS
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 03 December 2009 03:51
A random collection of photos for a project.
High5s: 100 IPhone Photos
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 25 November 2009 04:19
Mainly about my cat Poo wearing a red sweater for Thanksgiving... He wanted it this way.
High5s: Treasure Island Music Fest
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 21 October 2009 09:23
And our "coverage" of the event = stumble around and take photos with beer in hand.
High 5s: Drip Drip Drip
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 04:07
A photo blog in and around San Francisco.
High 5s: Sure, You Can Fly
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Wednesday, 16 September 2009 03:43
Contest winner, more Mel, marooned at China Camp, KQED, and people you've never met.
High5s: A Tour of MD
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 20 August 2009 06:20
We went home to the Eastern Shore of Maryland to visit family. A photographically enthralling journey.
High 5s: GZA
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 06 August 2009 08:08
Saw GZA of the Wu Tang Clan perform at the Elbo Room last night w/ thanks to HUF and Jansport. Excellent!
High 5s: IN-N-OVER
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 28 July 2009 11:35
When we weren't installing or uninstalling an art show, we did other things.
High 5s: America Day Travels
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 08 July 2009 10:55
4 days on the water for America Day weekend so we sailed out of San Francisco.
High 5s: Take Me To The Water
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 16 June 2009 05:08
When not arting about SF we do other things... Mainly on the SF Bay.
Let's Paint TV in Oakland
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 02 June 2009 10:29
We headed over to Oakland last Friday to see LA based artist, John Kilduff, go to town. Great show.
High 5s: U Can't Take It With U
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Thursday, 28 May 2009 08:06
Tortoise, Tommy G, Chicago, Smile Pinki, Free Drinks, and that damn sailboat.
High 5s: Bennett's SF
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Wednesday, 13 May 2009 05:52
A skeleton walks into a bar... He orders a beer and a mop.
High 5s: U Ain't Got Nuthin' On Me
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Tuesday, 28 April 2009 04:53
FISH BBQ @FFDG, Bullship, dead whales, and your mom and I.
High 5s: Crumbly Creepy
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Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:38
Some science and climbing about in dilapidated WWII buildings.
High 5s: Porous Walker Preview
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 31 March 2009 04:28
A preview of "Me Vs. Me" featuring the work of Porous Walker opening April 4, '09 at Receiver Gallery in San Francisco.
High 5s: March Gallery Hop
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 26 March 2009 21:40
We made our way to Fifty24SF, White Walls, The Shooting Gallery, 111 Minna, Catherine Clark, and Baer Ridgway.
High 5s: Berthday Random
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 19 March 2009 06:40
Another 365-day journey around the sun accomplished. I love the time change.
High 5s: A Mural in Progress
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 03 March 2009 02:51
I didn't document all the beer drinking I did last week, but I did document Fish's mural go through its changes.
Anthony Lister Preview
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 04 February 2009 12:03
His show open Thurs. 2/5 here in SF> We stopped through his temporary studio for a look-see.
High 5s: You're Bam
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 28 January 2009 09:06
Passion makes the world go round. Love just makes it a safer place.
High 5s: Los Angeles
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 20 January 2009 05:35
Down in LA but first our building caught fire and Raymond Pettibon mouthed the lyrics while Obama became our leader!
High 5s: Vacation II
Written by Trippe   
Thursday, 15 January 2009 05:45
As 2009 dawned we took a few days off on the water. Warning: boats and sunsets.
High 5s: Vacation Time?
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 29 December 2008 15:46
Spending some un/comfortable time away from the site.
High 5s: Skater of the Year
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 15 December 2008 07:44
Congrats, Silas and congrats Jay Howell for such a grand print.
High 5s: Halloween on Angel Island
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 11 November 2008 09:03
Why not spend a rainy foggy night on an empty island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay on dress-up day.
High 5s: OBAMA!!!
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 05 November 2008 06:08
How did you spend this historic night? We watched Obama's victory speech in FFDG.
High 5s: Cheap Wine
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Sunday, 02 November 2008 09:27
You take drugs, Danny?... Every day... Good. Then what's your problem?... I don't know.
High 5s: Wedding Thirty
Written by Trippe   
Monday, 20 October 2008 08:08
I done got myself married in front of friends and family.
High5s: Bachelor Weekend
Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 07 October 2008 08:23
A crappy video from the drunkest weekend of my life.
High 5s: The Sailing Bachelor
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Wednesday, 10 September 2008 07:52
All kinds of stuff for your eyes and stomach bits. The beach, music, & art around SF.
High 5s: Chicken Head
Written by Trippe   
Wednesday, 27 August 2008 05:24
If you spent as much time working as you spent on the phone.

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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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