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Fabric 8's New Parklet
Monday, 12 September 2011 16:00

Here in SF we have an ongoing program of creating public outdoor spaces in what was previous a parking space. Fabric 8, an art gallery and clothing store, just finished their parklet which was created by Eric Otto. Looks cool... nothing like The Chronicle's horrible dumpster looking thing.

Fabric8 is accepting proposals for subsequent public art installations, which will last 9 to 12 months at a time and include a stipend. A neighborhood art jury is being formed to determine which artists are chosen to do the installations, based on submissions that outline concept, build-out, and budget. ~read on

Fabric 8's new parklet created by SF artist Eric Otto.

Park Life Defeats Fecal Face
Monday, 12 September 2011 11:25

Beers were drank. Hotdogs were eatten. Good times were had yesterday when Park Life's softball team "Sparrow Hawks" defeated Fecal Face's team "Poo's on First" with a score of 18 to 15 (or something like that). Parklife's Bob Nozawa hit a grandslam while I, Trippe, was able to squeeze out a 2 run homerun in the last inning. Both teams played great, and the good news is that both teams' records remain exemplarily perfect with the Poos now 0-7 and Parklife now at 1-0... Rematch?

Check a few photos taken by Bob Nozawa.

A selection of the Poo's team celebrates a perfect record of 0-7

Park Life batter while Poo's Ellen behind the plate.

Park Life batter gets a whack.

Young and Free Opening Tonight, Saturday
Saturday, 10 September 2011 16:30

Why oh why did we stay out till 3:30 last night?! Ugh, anyway... be sure to get to 941 Geary tonight for their YOUNG AND FREE Show (our preview) @941 Geary here in SF. Featuring works from Australian street artists Anthony Lister, Kid Zoom, Dabs Myla, Dmote, New2, Ben Frost, Meggs, Ha-Ha, Reka, Rone, Sofles and Vexta. 7-11pm ~complete details

Dabs Myla getting started on their mural the other day.

Alex Lukas Opening Sat in SF
Friday, 09 September 2011 18:00

Philly based Alex Lucas opens his second solo show at Guererro Gallery on Saturday, 9/10 - 2700 19th St. (7-11pm)

With this collection of works on paper Lukas continues his exploration of the fragility of our modern society, questioning concepts of our national mortality and examining universal ideas of isolation and rebirth through the framework of a re-imagined American ideal.

SF Weekly Web Awards Tonight
Friday, 09 September 2011 12:31

Come and celebrate with Fecal Face tonight at 111 Minna for the SF Weekly's Web Award as we won Best Arts Website.

Tonight, Friday 5-9pm. For $10 you get entertainment, music, complimentary drinks, and more... tickets

Best Arts Blog
Winner: Fecal Face
Fecal Face is San Francisco's connection to the actual (read: professional) art world -- it takes artists seriously, but never overseriously. With lots of sharp-looking, useful features including long-form interviews, shorty update blog posts, and its reliably high-quality calendar, FF is our choice for Best Arts Blog. -- SF Weekly Assistant Calendar Editor Hiya Swanhuyser

Sunday Game Time
Friday, 09 September 2011 08:56

Stop the presses. Huge softball game this Sunday (1-3pm) as the Fecal Face team Poo's on First takes on Park Life's softball team at Angelo J. Rossi field in the Inner Richmond (Arguello & Anza). Bring a beer and watch the damage... Well, the FF team is 0-6 in the SF Softball league, but maybe we can pull one out against these art nerds... Oh wait, I guess we're art nerds too. May the best arty art art win.

Fecal Face's softball team "Poo's on First"

Poo's on First's Mike Midden powers up with Tecate and a hawk's feather.

Dave Franklin @Photo Works Friday
Thursday, 08 September 2011 18:03

Dave Franklin who shot the article on us ol' timey skaters here in SF (myself included) for The Bold Italic a few weeks back will be showing those photos and others at the wonderful photo lab Photo Works right at Church and Market w/ an opening Friday 7-9pm.

Jessie Van by Dave Franklin

Beyond The Empty Opening Friday
Thursday, 08 September 2011 13:31

The group show BEYOND THE EMPTY featuring 8 international artists opens Friday at Needles and Pens (7:30-9:30pm). The artists in the show seem to gravitate towards illustrative works: ANA ALBERO (Spain), ATSUKO ISHII (Japan), EPHAMERON (Belgium), GEMMA CORRELL (UK), LOUIS REITH (Netherlands), PAUL PAETZEL (Germany), TILL HAFENBRAK (Germany) WARD ZWART (Belgium)
3253 16th St. @Guerrero Street. ~complete details

Work by Gemma Correll

More Historical SF
Thursday, 08 September 2011 09:32

Yesterday we posted up foundsf.org which features page after page of interesting San Francisco history. Today our friend M.C. emailed over yet another classic featuring loads of historical SF photos. As she wrote, I lost like an hour to it the other day, and didn't even get past the 1920s...

OLDSF.ORG provides an alternative way of browsing the SFPL's incredible San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection. Its goal is to help you discover the history behind the places you see every day.

Temporary housing in Dolores Park after the 1906 earthquake.

Montgomery and Union streets, Telegraph Hill, San Francisco 1920

R.I.P. George Kuchar
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 17:38

Influential figure in experimental and underground filmmaking, George Kuchar passed away from cancer yesterday. Kuchar had been a professor @SFAI since 1971 while working on his lo-fi films and videos.

Kuchar's 1966 "Hold Me While I'm Naked"

If you've never seen a movie by the Kuchar Brothers, you really should. When George and Mike Kuchar were in their heyday, their work was the epitome of 1960s underground cinema: 8mm, no budget, wild ideas, wilder content. Unless you went to film school or lived near a cool theater or museum? They were almost impossible to see. Now? They're a click away on YouTube. ~read on

Historic San Francisco
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:15

Cynthia emailed over this great website foundsf.org featuring loads of San Francisco history and photos. Warning: addictive.

Read about Emperor Norton, Woodward's Gardens, Chinatown Vice, Mission Yuppie Eradication Project, and much much more.

Team photo of early ancestor of the San Francisco Seals c. 1875.

Twist at work many years back.

Streetcar climbing Liberty Hill on Guerrero near 21st, c. 1930

Secret State Featuring K. Tunstall Thurs
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 14:16

The San Francisco fall art season is about to kick into full gear this week as the calendar is swamped with shows worthy of your time. Throughout the week we'll post up some shows we think you should get to.

Kelly Tunstall opens the huge solo show Secret State @111 Minna including both very large and very small scale works set for Thursday, September 8th (5-late). w/ DJ ROMANOWSKI

The Secret State examines civilization’s long romance with the examination of the space that we inhabit and our scale within it; the exhibition itself is aimed not at providing any comprehension of our universe’s truths, but instead, at celebrating the joy of discovering new clues to their elaborate puzzles and the spaces between. ~complete details


Give something back as The Coalition on Homelessness is holding its largest fundraiser of the year, our 11th annual live and silent art auction benefit “Transforming Art into Action: Many Voices, One Community,” that will be held September 8, 2011, 5:30pm-10pm at SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St. (Full details).

There will be over 120 pieces of art by local Bay Area artists, live performances by Erica Benton and Golda, on-site screen printing by The Great Tortilla Conspiracy, special mural display by San Francisco street artist Hugh Leeman, raffle prizes, and free beer tasting by McArthur Garage Brewery. Free food and drink from California Culinary Academy. $25 admission but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Huge Teahupoo
Tuesday, 06 September 2011 08:56

Welcome back to work, jerks. While you get settled, check this video from last week's ASP's Billabong Pro Tahiti in Teahupoo. Wowzas.

Fecal Face Wins SF Weekly's Best Art Website
Saturday, 03 September 2011 13:24

Hooray! After we won SFBG's Reader Poll award for best art website... This morning we learned that we just won SF Weekly's Best Arts Website!

Thanks to the SF Weekly and to everyone who voted for us. We're going to hitting high gear next week as the fall art season begins. Cheers to more great things to come.

Best Arts Blog
Winner: Fecal Face

Fecal Face is San Francisco's connection to the actual (read: professional) art world -- it takes artists seriously, but never overseriously. With lots of sharp-looking, useful features including long-form interviews, shorty update blog posts, and its reliably high-quality calendar, FF is our choice for Best Arts Blog. -- SF Weekly Assistant Calendar Editor Hiya Swanhuyser

Brian Barneclo's System Mural Project
Friday, 02 September 2011 15:00

Via SFIST - In more mural news, San Francisco-based artist and muralist Brian Barneclo, who happens to be from the same Midwestern suburb as this contributor, began his mammoth Systems Mural Project yesterday. The 24,000-square-foot panoramic piece, which plays on the theme of interconnectedness -- "from the solar system to our nervous systems," will cover "the big brown wall" at 7th and Townsend, ~continue reading

Brian Barneclo begins his massive 600 feet long and 40 feet tall mural in SF - Photo via SFIST

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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. - trippe.io


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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