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BLIK, Removable Wall Graphics
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 12:03

We've been fans of Bilk, the maker of self-adhesive, removable surface graphics, for years. They got loads of designs and original art patterns to choose from including some from Upper Playground, Sanrio, Keith Haring Estate, Nintendo and Charles & Ray Eames - and so many more.

We're privy to this one by Jim Houser, one of five available. -- Blik can also print your own designs as well. Check it.

Removeable wall designs by Jim Houser through Blik

$100,000 GRANT for Mid-Market
Friday, 21 February 2014 16:03

SAN FRANCISCO --- The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is looking for arts and technology visionaries to collaborate on large scale, high impact light, media or visual art installations in San Francisco's Central Market District.


The Kenneth Rainin Foundation is seeking proposals for projects that will activate key blocks of Central Market with impactful arts programming and contribute to the area' s vibrancy and identity as an arts and technology district. Interested applicants and/or organizations should focus on the theme of Imagining Central Market, a new initiative designed to encourage interaction and dialogue around the concepts of identity and place. The organization or team selected will be awarded $100,000 to use toward the realization of their project.

CCA MFA Open Studios this Sunday, the 23rd
Thursday, 20 February 2014 13:46

Wanna see some of the best new work being made in San Francisco? CCA is hosting an Open Studios with its MFA students this Sunday Feb 23rd (1-4pm) at its 8th St campus ~DETAILS

We're sure there's some crud in there, but you're also likely to find a few of the next Bay Area art stars too. Grab an afternoon coffee, chat with the students and see what the next generation is banging out.

CCA MFA Open Studios is like a box of chocolates...

LUDO & Kevin Cyr @Jonathan Levine
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 10:42

NYC --- We've featured Paris based street artist LUDO for some time and his bright green massive wheatpastes thrown up about Europe. His solo show at White Walls here in SF ran back in

LUDO along with Kevin Cyr will be opening two solo shows at NYC's Jonathan Levine this Thursday, Feb 20th. ~COMPLETE DETAILS

Work by LUDO

Work by Kevin Cyr

$$$$ & Banksy
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:09

Another Banksy from his NYC "show" is off to auction.

$1 Million Dollar Protest
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 13:03

MIAMI --- "Oops" is what local Miami artist Maximo Caminero thought after dropping and breaking a vase worth 1 million dollars in what he said was "an act of performance protest" on behalf of "all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here".

Caminero could serve up to 5 years in prison for his protest, and to be frank, we're not sure if his work is worthy of a mueseum show to begin with. Hey, he got some press though... just may have to spend a few years in prison for it.

Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei Tuesday shrugged off the smashing of a $1 million Han dynasty vase that was part of his exhibition at a Miami museum, saying his works often get broken.

Maya Hayuk & New American Paintings
Friday, 14 February 2014 12:04

Congrats to Maya Hayuk whose mural work graces the cover of New American Paintings and is featured within their newest issue.

Speaking of Maya, did you see the mural she did for Fecal Face's 10 year anniversary show that was like... already 3 1/2 years ago?!... Holy shit, time is going way too fast!

Congrats to our friend Maya Hayuk on her work gracing the cover of New American Paintings

Didn't You Mean "The Emperor Norton Bay Bridge"?!
Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:44

Maybe you've noticed that some politicians in the state of California awarded one of their own with the honor of having the new span of the Bay Bridge named after themselves.

Well, shouldn't the people who paid for it have the right to name it? How about being named for someone other than a self-serving politician? A few names can come to mind like Harvey Milk, Vince Guaraldi, Ansel Adams, Richard Serra, Bruce Lee, Tupac Shakur and so many others... but the one who the bridge should be named for is Emperor Norton, the character who embodies San Francisco's soul (or past soul) and who envisioned the bridge being built back in the 1880s.

We proudly call the new span of the Bay Bridge the "Emperor Norton" Bay Bridge

Late Monday night, a group of unidentified artists installed a large sign at the Bay Bridge onramp at Fifth Street, commemorating Joshua A. Norton, not Willie L. Brown. Norton was a famed 19th Century San Francisco eccentric, known for his many, many proclamations, notably the one where he declared himself Emperor of the United States, and later tacked on "Protector of Mexico" to his title. In addition, Norton is best-known for his many decrees about bridges and tunnels that he had hoped to build, connecting San Francisco and Oakland. ~continue reading

Can't we get this petition going again?!

THIS IS NOT A TOY, An Exhibition of Contemporary Art + Collectible Design
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 12:30

TORONTO --- Are you a fan of art toys? If so, you're going to want to get to Toronto to view the massive show This Is Not A Toy, guest curated by music and fashion mogul Pharrell Williams.

The first time coveted artists, Brooklyn's KAWS and Japan's Takashi Murakami, have shown their work in a design museum. Dedicated to exploring the conceptual toy - a form made solely as an expression of an aesthetic or idea - as a fine art and design object, as well as a contemporary cultural signifier, This Is Not A Toy marks the first time these vibrant collectible sculptures, figures and paintings have collectively been on display in a museum setting. ~complete details

This Is Not a Toy at Canada's Design Museum, Design Exchange, featuring Better Knowing by KAWS

Ferris Plock Print
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:30

Ask for this and you get this: Tiny Showcase is running right beside you with a new edition by Ferris Plock this week.

Russ Pope @Needles & Pens Saturday
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 12:02

Our buddies at Needles & Pens here in San Francisco are set to open a solo show with LA based artist/ skateboarder Russ Pope this Saturday, Feb 15th, there on 16th St. ~~Show details

We've featured Pope's colorful figure themed work over the years. He's painted skate ramps, canvases, wood and check out the works he did with the likes of Rich Jacobs, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Matt French and Zio Ziegler for the Vans US Open of Surfing.

Opening Sat 2/15, (7-9:30pm)
3253 16th St

Thanks For Coming Out
Monday, 10 February 2014 11:31

Thanks to all who braved the damp evening, line and crowds to get a first look at Mike Giant's newest show "Modern Hieroglyphics" now running at FFDG through March 8th. Photos from the opening as well as available works will be posted online this week -- We'll also have a rpint available as well.

FFDG is open this week Wednesday through Saturday (1-6pm).

Many came out to support Mike Giant last Friday evening in San Francisco.

Mike Giant Friday
Thursday, 06 February 2014 17:05

Mike Giant working on a mural for his solo "Modern Hieroglyphics" opening Friday, Feb 7th (6-9pm) at San Francisco's FFDG. RSVP on Facebook

Mike Giant interview - preview inquires, email: info(at)ffdg.net

Mike Giant working on a mural at San Francisco's FFDG

Bill Daniel @Adobe Books Thursday
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 13:02

SAN FRANCISCO --- First off, have you viewed the great documentary WHO IS BOZO TEXINO? (The Secret History of Hobo Graffiti)? If not, do watch this great doc by Bill Daniel and get excited about Thursday's show here in SF at Adobe Books. ~DETAILS

Mostly True, an exhibition that showcases 5 artists from Bill Daniel's book of the same name. Opening: Thursday, 6pm at Adobe Books - 3130 24th St.

Event Details ~~

A Little Time in LA
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 14:56

Had to drop off and pick up some art in Los Angeles last week and had the privilege to dine with these great people in Echo Park... Is everyone moving to LA these days? Seems that way.

Congrats to Mel Kadel on her current Juxtapoz cover, Jay Howell for his Sanjay and Craig cartoon on Nickelodeon, Travis Millard for being awesome and Jessica Trippe on the forthcoming little Trippe.

Speaking of Jay Howell, his next solo show opens in August at FFDG. Stoked.

Travis Millard, Mel Kadel, Jay Howell, and Jessica Trippe

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Gone Fishin'
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:39

I don't think at this point it needs to be written since the last update to Fecal Face was a long time ago, but...

I, John Trippe, have put this baby Fecal Face to bed. I'm now focusing my efforts on running ECommerce at DLX which I'm very excited about... I guess you can't take skateboarding out of a skateboarder.

It was a great 15 years, and most of that effort can still be found within the site. Click around. There's a lot of content to explore.

Hit me up if you have any ECommerce related questions. - www.johntrippe.com


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


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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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