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Hippies, The Coast, And Psilocybin
Written by Noah Hanson   
Thursday, 06 July 2006 04:34
Noah continues down to Six Flags, Jelly Belly factory, fat kids with arm casts, Porous isn't home, and much more as he continues across the USA.

I made it to Eugene! After the drive from Portland and some directions over the phone, Michelle and I were greeted by some old friends, Jeff and Jesse (riotworthy.com maker of-ers.) So far they win the award for best hosts upon arrival, thanks to the large steins of PBR offered as we walked through the door. Way to be, guys! Eugene's a funny town ... a strange mix of college students, hippies, and retired folks. I thought this poster from my hosts' bathroom would sorta sum up the town's vibe.

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Groovy.

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Anyway, It's really nice here, but also boring. We got a taste of Eugene's *hoppin'* nightlife our first night at one of our friend's neighbor's barbecue. The neighbor's name is Ham, and he is this burly glass-blower dude. He had two young daughters that were really sweet that we hung out with around the barbecue and they showed us magic tricks. One of the adults dropped the "weed bowl" in the dark and they even helped look for it... All of the adults talked about exciting things like BB guns, blowing glass, and hunting. Oh, Eugene ... Later we went back to our friend's house, where this guy named Lorq showed us some of his flashy feather tricks.

Pretty weird, huh? After that he kicked it up a notch and "spun fire!"

What really shocked me was how loud it was. Basically, the guy had these big metal, mesh balls on the end of chains that he soaked in kerosene, lit on fire, and then spun around (as you can see.)

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He also does contact juggling with glass balls, sorta like David Bowie does in the Labarynth. He would have been a real hit were it medieval times. Also, while we were there in Eugene we ate a good hippie breakfast (twice) at a cafe very reminiscent of Sunlight, called Morning Glory. We also went to a rad farmer's markets where Michelle got Aricana eggs. She was stoked. Sadly, Eugene is full of pollen and hippie stank and both mine and Michelle's allergies have been through the roof, and we were more than glad to get out of the Benadryl haze once we left. I guess it's like, the worst place in the world for people with allergies. So bad in fact that the Native Americans avoided it back in the day 'cuz they thought there were evil spirits that would make 'em all congested and stuff. So says one of the native Eugenians anyway. Still though, thanks to Jesse and his roomies for letting us crash at their place. Ya'll are funny, and I'll miss ya. After Eugene we were headed off to the Redwood forests in California. On the way we stopped for gas in Grants Pass, where they had this huge caveman...

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Vweird. They also had one of those painted bears. They seem to be the trend for small towns these days. In my hometown they had grizzlies or somthing, but I've seen ducks and beavers and moose ones all over the place. Does your town have them?

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We've been taking the 101 and the 1 down the coast, and the ocean keeps looking better and better. By now I think we've crossed the California border. God bless this State! Time and again I am reminded of why this is the greatest state in the Union. You can walk into any grocery store and purchase hard liquor, everyone [not me] drives 80MPH on the freeway no matter what, the beaches are beautiful, the forests are breathtaking, the people love exploitive celebrity reality shows, and they have the best darn governator in the country [who apparently is running for re-election].

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We've been passing through a few patches of the Redwood National Park by now. The trees are so flippin' huge and they smell so good! We saw all the famous stuff ... one-log house, Paul Bunyan and Babe, etc. etc.

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Babe's blue tipped dongy dong-dong. We later found a place to camp in the redwoods. I'm not sure if the campground had a specific name, or if it was just the Redwood's National Park. Whateva.

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We saw a campground presentation put on by the rangers about park flora and fauna and learned some crude bird and frog calls that would probably cause Mr. Audubon himself to roll in his grave. At about 7PM that night we decided to run into the nearby town of Orick, CA in search of some night time munchies. The only place in town I could find that was open was the Lumberjack Tavern. The name and neon sign which depicts a lumberjack splitting wood were enough to indicate how great this place was, so Michelle decided to go in and ask if they knew about any stores that were open (that would sell booze.) I parked our little car next to the biggest truck I have seen in my life, complete with a huge "GET 'ER DONE" decal on the back window and the requisite NRA, W'04, and Calvin-peeing-on-the-Chevy-logo stickers, and Michelle headed in. After she came out she said she was the only person in the entire tavern who was female, under 40, and not wearing flannel. Though they looked gruff and were probably all toting loaded shotguns, the crowd was really nice... and much to our dismay the only store in town had just closed. Ah, well. The loggers wished us well on our trip, and Orick will bear a special place in my heart.

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We trekked on down Highway 1 the next day, through some amazing sea cliffs and more ginormous trees, to Fort Bragg, CA. You bike nerds will be pleased to know that we saw dozens of bicyclists going down the 1. You beer nerds will be pleased to know that we stumbled across and stopped in to the North Coast Brewery, makers of such fine micros as 8 Ball Stout, Old Rasputin, Red Seal Ale, and the like. The guy was nice and we picked up a sampler 6-pack to try some flavors we don't get up in Seattle. Yum. Aside from that, Fort Bragg was bursting with excellent people-watching opportunities, particularly at the Denny's, which was full of large families of sort- of-inbred-looking obese people. You gotta check it out if you're ever there because it is a true slice of Americana. I didn't take any pics of the brewery, but for some reason this water tower behind the place was calling to me.

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After that we drove a few more miles down south to a campsite at the Russian Gulch State Park. It was right off the beach and was so so so awesome.

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The next day, Tuesday, we explored the beach a bit more. The water is bright turquoise and begs to be swam in even though it is biting cold. We climbed a bunch of rocks, saw some really cool tide pools full of fish and hermit crabs, ate some shrooms, and got so insanely sunburned that we can hardly move. Seriously, I look like a lobster and my entire body is crazily sunburned because I forgot what happens to people who spend the entire day in the sun, on hallucinogens, without sunblock in an area closer to the equator than Seattle. Alas.

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There was also a bunch of funny chalk drawings underneath the bridge. We didn't draw the fungus, but it couldn't have been any more appropriate.

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Those are the rocks we "fried" on.

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We got such a huge kick out of this. Right when the shrooms first started to kick in, I was scaling this one huge rock along the water. It was actually kinda dangerous, but anyway, once I scaled to the furthest point of it, sitting on a rock, was THIS!

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It totally made the trip! So funny. We spent hours joking around with it, pretending that it was left out by some coastal gang to ward off others from their turf. It's now are trip's mascot and has replaced all other cutting tools we had originally brought. Anyway, I guess you had to be there...

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Well, that's all I've got for now. I'm actually a lot further along into my trip than this post makes it seem like, and so I have a lot of blog catching up to do. Hopefully this one will keep ya'll amused for now though... As usual, send your best wishes and advice my way as I go on my cross country voyage, and also stay tuned for next time, when I pull into central California to ride rollercoasters!


Picking up where I last left off, I'm now drivng through central California.

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The plan was to meet up with friend Porous Walker in his town of Napa, but unfortunately he was busy with his own schedule and we weren't able to meet up :( Not knowing where to stay, we panicked for a short bit, shared a Slurpee, and went over our options. The next day we were supposed to meet Michelle's sisters at the Marine World amusement park, so we drove down there to find some accommodations. Eventually we ended up settling on a Motel 6 that would't put too much of a strain on our back pockets, and from there we explored the fine city of Vallejo, CA. AKA, we bought booze at a grocery store, I ate pizza/cheeze for the first time in 3 years (breaking vegan edge!), we watched "hella" hotel cable, and had our first detailed grooming session since we had left Seattle. After a comfortable night's rest, it was time for Marine World, where we met up with the blondes and headed out for a day of riding rollercoasters, watching fat American families bicker in line, over the top animal stunts, and some crappy overpriced food. Check it out.

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We got to go upside-down, backwards, sideways, super fast, etc. etc. We also learned why orcas and dolphins were put on the Earth: to entertain us! They had a pretty entertaining whale/dolphin show for all the Six-Flaggers, where the animals jumped through hoops and bounced balls around and splashed the audience while loud "pump-up" music played. It was slightly amusing in a "we're on vacation!!!" kind of way.

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There was a super humid but super rad butterfly greenhouse at one end of the park,

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and also another area where you could play with the parrots.

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But they'll bite.

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Michelle and one of her sisters, Mia.

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Chuuuubby girl with a huuuuge cast.

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After 9 hours of outrageous American entertainment, it was time to split, but not before jumping some ropes and checking out the rollercoaster graveyard.

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From there we were supposed to drive a couple hours down to San Francisco to stay with FecalFace proprietor John Trippe. Turns out John forgot we were coming in that night, and so we had to improvise again. After going through my list of contacts I remembered Theo the Oakland Eastsider who helped secure another floor for us to crash on. He put us up for the night, showed us a great taco shack, and put in that one movie about Gator the skate murderer for us to fall asleep to. Thanks Theo!

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Theo's pad.

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A tiny fragment of his extensive nerdy toy collection.

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The next day we grabbed our friend Amy Friesen and took our San Francisco natives back North to the Jelly Belly Factory where we could eat enough sugar to cause us to become instantly diabetic.

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On the way there we saw a truck with some pretty cargo,

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and this hansome butch of a broad. And here's the moment you've been waiting for, the Jelly Belly Factory. There's no photography allowed, but here's some sneak peaks anyway.

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Michelle hopped up on sugar, running past one of the dozen jelly bean Reagan portraits.

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Appearently he's the dood who made the sugary morsels so popular.

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The Governator.

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I'll leave you with this last creepy photo of Theo, being molested by this uncomfortably five fingered plush bean. Stay tuned later for the rest of my stay in SF, where I'll continue the trend of visiting the most ridiculous American tourist spots ever. Wish me luck on my travels everybody, and I'll post next chance I get. Thanks! {moscomment}

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

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"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

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Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

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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.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

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High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

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


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

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"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

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John French with Hasselblad by Lola Dupre

"John French with Hasselblad", photo collage/ hand cut paper on wooden panel, by Lola Dupre which will be part of tomorrow's opening of "Salt the Skies" at FFDG in San Francisco. 2277 Mission St. (6-9pm) - RSVP here.


"Salt the Skies" at FFDG Opening Fri, Mar 21st

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Brian Barneclo's 225' Food Chain Mural

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A short documentary following the late artist, Shawn Whisenant

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John Felix Arnold @BRIC House, Brooklyn

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Jeremy Fish Opening a Solo Show in August at FFDG
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 09:33

Met up with Jeremy Fish last night to catch up and discuss his upcoming solo show opening this August at San Francisco's FFDG. Don't want to give too much away, but the guy is very busy these days. You know the giant pink bronze statue will be built and installed at the corner of Haight and Laguna welcoming those to the Haight (check) in 2015? Going to be incredible.

Check photos from his last San Francisco solo show in 2012, and mark your calendar for August as his next solo show opens at FFDG.

Beering with Fish at his favorite watering hole, Zeitgeist

 

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Wednesday, 16 June 2010 16:39


Statue Of A Homeless Jesus Startles A Wealthy Community
Monday, 14 April 2014 10:20

Sculpture of Jesus as homeless and sleeping on a park bench is "freaking out" the neighbors of this wealthy NC suburb. The sculptor, who has an affinity for street art, created it to remind us that "We believe that that's the kind of life Jesus had," Buck says. "He was, in essence, a homeless person." ~READ ON

 

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Wednesday, 25 April 2012 10:56

 

Art or Vandalism? See the World’s First Graffiti Drone
Saturday, 12 April 2014 10:30

I attached a cradle with a spray paint can and other hardware to the drone. I created a series of paintings that are larger, about maybe 3 feet by 3 feet all the way up to 25 feet by 15 feet … And basically, I achieved the perfect air pressure, the perfect weight of the paint and the perfect materials so that the drone didn’t freak out when I attached these mechanisms to it, Katsu said. --continue reading

Think how high those throw ups can be now.

 

OB Shirt by Tucker Nichols
Thursday, 10 April 2014 11:01

Tucker Nichols emailed over this new OB shirt he did for our friends at Park Life which can purchased here for $28.

Speaking of Ocean Beach, if you know, you know, but if you don't... it's not what the average american thinks of when thinking of a California Beach (missing 14 yr. old yesterday). Can't believe we used to drunk naked swim at 3am in the dead if winter... being surfers probably helped us not dying.

 

Open House Sunday - Headland Center for the Arts
Friday, 11 April 2014 16:12

Have you been to the Headland Center for the Arts in the Marin Headlands?

Located in the beautiful ocean-side Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Headlands artists programs support artists of all disciplines—from visual artists to performers, musicians, writers, and videographers—and provide opportunities for independent and collaborative creative work.

This Sunday's Open House runs 12-5pm - FREE & DETAILS

 

Is It Curtains For San Francisco's Art Scene?
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 09:35

We all know that San Francisco is going through aches and (growing?)/ shrinking artist pains these days as San Francisco property values sky rocket due to the tech infestation going on around the entire Bay Area. Maybe you work in tech and love it, but since this is an art website, we're interested to how this is affecting artists trying to make ends meet.

Some galleries have been forced to close due to 300% rent hikes. Many artists have fled to Oakland, LA and NYC in search of affordable housing and a more vibrant art scene... But we wanna know what you think of how it's going here in San Francisco. How are you making it work? What's your take on the art scene or lack there of? Do you think things are on the up and up or down and out here in San Francisco? Are artists a bunch of complainers and every thing looks great or is it curtains for San Francisco's artistic community? Thoughts

The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft

 

Nikki McClure at Needles & Pens, Friday 4/11
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:42

SAN FRANCISCO --- Nikki McClure, known for her painstakingly intricate and beautiful paper cuts, returns to Needles & Pens with an opening reception this Friday, April 11th - She'll be showing original papercuts for the book, "May the Stars Drip Down" - show details

This approach was born and bred out of the Olympia, Washington independent music scene. There, local artists emphasized everything handmade and self-published. The idea was to do a lot with a little. The result was a rich community sharing artistry and ideas. McClure found herself deeply embedded in this community which shaped an ethic of hands-on and accessible artmaking. - show details

 

Richard Colman Mural on 12th
Monday, 07 April 2014 09:14

SF --- on the corner of 12th and Folsom is this Richard Colman mural... Speaking of Colman, check this wonderful show from him in 2010.

 

Going Over Murals?
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 10:21

We've noticed this mural on 19th St here in the Mission has been getting bombed over the last week.

Is going over a mural acceptable?

Isn't there an unwritten rule of not going over murals?

 

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Wednesday, 25 August 2010 11:50


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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.


Flavio Samelo's Downtown Sao Paulo Murals

Our buddy Flavio Samelo down there in Brazil does all kinds of great work including this recent mural project in downtown Sao Paulo in front of one of the most important modern buildings of Oscar Niemeyer from the 60's, THE COPAN.


John Trippe, FFDG and Fecalface.com Founder, Stepping Down From Daily Operations

John Trippe, founder, owner and curator of FecalFace.com and the Mission District art gallery FFDG, announced today that he will stepping down from daily operations of the two ventures to seek new career opportunities.


High 5s - Get Your Feet Wet

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


"Touching Base" by Schuyler Beecroft

San Francisco based Schuyler Beecroft emailed over the great new series of paintings he's completed entitled "Touching Base", 16x20in on mounted wood panel. Like them.


Flume - Space Cadet (ft. Ghostface Killah & Autre Ne Veut)

Buddies Jay Howell & Jim Dirschberger did this great video produced by Forest City Rockers.


Fire Shelter for Papay Gyro Nights 2014

Last year we posted photos from another one of Simon Hjermind Jensen's Fire Shelters he's made in Copenhagen. This time around the Copenhagen based artist/ designer created one for the Papay Gyro Nights 2014 way up in on the Orkney Islands in Northern Scotland.


"Portrait of a Slugger 19" by Hiro Kurata

Beautiful painting by NYC based Hiro Kurata now on display at SF's FFDG through April 19th as part of the group show "Salt the Skies".


"Veins of Octulen" by Curiot at FFDG

"Salt the Skies" opened on the 21st at FFDG and features this great piece by Mexico City based Curiot (Favio Martinez) whose sold out 2013 show Age of Omuktlans ran at FFDG. His forthcoming solo show is slated for March 2015.


Rome's Alice Pasquini ~Mural+

Rome based multimedia artist Alice Pasquini emailed over a recent mural completed in the historic working class neighborhood of Rome called Tufello.


Project M/3 in Berlin curated by NUART

BERLIN --- Project M is a temporary art project with the objective to improve the neighborhood, to push creativity and to connect people. At regular intervals Urban Nation with director Yasha Young invites a group of internationally reclaimed contemporary urban artists to re-design the facade and shop windows of a prominent residential building in Berlin, while it is being reconstructed.


John French with Hasselblad by Lola Dupre

"John French with Hasselblad", photo collage/ hand cut paper on wooden panel, by Lola Dupre which will be part of tomorrow's opening of "Salt the Skies" at FFDG in San Francisco. 2277 Mission St. (6-9pm) - RSVP here.


"Salt the Skies" at FFDG Opening Fri, Mar 21st

FFDG's spring show "Salt the Skies" is set to open on Friday, March 21st (6-9pm) -- Featuring works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner


Brian Barneclo's 225' Food Chain Mural

San Francisco based Brian Barneclo was commissioned in 2006 to paint a HUGE mural on the side of Foods Co on Shotwell at 14th Streets. After some time on its own, it got pretty taxed by misc graffiti and pigeon shit.


A short documentary following the late artist, Shawn Whisenant

Shawn Whisenant is a born and raised San Francisco Bay Area artist whose art can be found lurking in the streets or galleries and museums across the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has been working on the streets of the Bay Area since the mid 1990's, where his images continue to endure on walls, mailboxes, and other surfaces around the city. He enjoys making books and stickers, taking photos, painting signs, and moving about in the city’s shadows. In the streets and galleries, his work has seen many different forms. From rare-hand crafted books, to skateboard films and a signature pair of Osiris shoes, his creating doesn’t end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.


John Felix Arnold @BRIC House, Brooklyn

In the year or so that I've known Felix, almost every one of his shows has had a live musical element and it seems perfect that he would be included in a show called Art Into Music. He commandeered the corner of the gallery to create an installation that houses not only his drawing, but also an entire drum kit, amps and a dude playing a guitar. The warm wood paneling stands out in contrast to the matte grey boom-box tower and the muted wall of album covers and looks like a beacon calling to the crowd saying "this is what you shoud be looking at." However, it's not in a "look at me" attention-starved desperation, more like a welcoming invitation into his world.


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