We are very sad to learn that skateboarding icon Eric Swenson was the one who ended his life in front of the Mission police station Monday morning. Eric was one of the people responsible for the creation of Thrasher Magazine, Independent trucks, and Spitfire wheels to name just a few brands.
While working at Thrasher Magazine I never had the chance to speak with Eric in person, but highly respected him for helping to create the industry we all so dearly loved and love today. In a time when other businesses ran from skateboarding, Eric stuck it out doing what he loved most and giving back along the way. Sincere condolences to his family and friends.
Eric Swenson, Craig Stecyk, & Fausto Vitello, at the Independent foundry in San Francisco, CA, 1983. Photo by MoFo ~via Thrasher Magazine
San Francisco will be getting a more street oriented skate park on the closed-off one-block stretch of Waller Street beginning next month. The city will install "pieces of granite and concrete barriers" for a 6 month trial period. If all goes well, the city will then search out the funds to build out a permanent one. Watch out though as there is a "well organized" group of NIMBYs (Friends of the Haight) who fear that the park "will be a magnet for graffiti vandals and drug dealers"... Really? Just like baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts are?! Give me a fucking break.
Some redbull contest a couple years back held where the new skatepark will be located.
By the way, skateboarding is now the third largest sport for children between the ages of 6 – 18. It is more popular than basketball and baseball for children in that age group. Is this what people want? To deny their children a safe place to have fun and exercise? When children get bored is when the trouble begins. Hopefully the 6 month trial goes well.
We really like a comment left on SFGate by Bill Choisser --> Parks are for recreation (aren't those two words in the name of the agency running them?) and skating is what today's kids do. The park in some ways is stuck in the 1890s, when it was built. How many kids today really want to ride horses and play with model boats? I don't see many kids riding by my house on horses... Golden Gate Park was a park before any of the whiners in the neighborhood moved there. Hell, it was a park before any of them were born. They probably chose to live near the park because they like to look at all the lovely flowers, but not everybody's idea of recreation is to look at flowers.
Underskatement is back and they want your films for this US touring skate-centric film festival. Fecal Face is proud to be a media sponsor of this great program that's now in its 10 year.
UnderSkatement is a traveling film festival featuring short films made exclusively by skateboarders. Underskatement originated in 2001 to showcase the talents of both well-known and unknown skateboarder filmmakers. Entering this film festival doesn’t require a big name in the skateboarding world, but rather-just like skateboarding- requires creativity and imagination.
Back in 1989 Marc McKee started creating skateboard graphics for World Industries, Blind, 101, Menace, A-Team and Almost. Probably most infamously known for his funny, offensive, and provocative graphics which were hugely popular then and remain so today. McKee, also editor of Big Brother Magazine for the first four years, later worked on Blunt Snowboard Magazine and continues to make art for skate companies today. Visiting Philadelphia artist Shawn Beeks and I went to check out this show, which we were both blown away by McKee's originals of some of the most notorious boards, from the Napping Negro graphic to Natas's Challegener Explosion board to the Fucked Up Blind Kids Series.
Love us Michael Leon from way back when and enjoy his Stacks nautical series as seen below... Remember the short we made back in 2003... Oh my God, that was so fucking long ago. The link doesn't even work. Jesus, we're old.
We just learned that probably most iconic San Francisco skate spot, HUBBA HIDEOUT, is being torn down. Besides the already dead EMB, Hubba was truely an SF Skateboarding icon and makes us sad to see it go. I personally have skated it many years ago, have filmed countless people skating it and have taken quite a few hippers on it over the years. Perfect height. Perfect location, and it will truely be missed... Kinda makes ya sad. A moment of silence.
The destruction of the long-time iconic San Francisco skate spot, Hubba Hideout began yesterday with the spot's top ledge already ripped out by city employees. The remainder of the walkway, including the retaining wall ledges that have been a tremendous part of street skating's history are scheduled for removal today, according to city employees on hand yesterday who were erecting fences around the area. -continue reading
Our buddy and long time Fecal Pal, Dan Wolfe, traveled to Brazil w/ Adidas to film and then edit this short. If you don't skate or haven't skated or don't care about skateboarding, this may not be for you... All others, please enjoy.
Fecal Pal Matt Irving does all of the creative work for Adidas Skateboarding along with Juice Design here in SF and guest blogs up a really interesting project Adidas was involved with last spring. Transworld Skateboarding invited 4 shoe teams to compete in an artistic competition where each team is given a warehouse, skate obstacles and given 10 days to shoot a short video which will be judged on the level of skating, creativity, the use of obstacles, and overall image and video quality.
This blog is a little behind the scenes from the 10 days in Matt's words.
Thanks to Almost Skateboards and Enjoi for completely rerigging my closet and setup with new gear. Been doing skateboard shit for over half my life, and amazed at how the quality has gone up. Enjoi makes some fine gentleman's clothing. Don't be shy, and we're digging on the man of the mountain vibes they got going on. Skating about town = hot. Camping with a bottle of whiskey = hot. Artshow going = hot. Win win.
Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul A beautifully shot film that
follows the lives of a group of young skateboarders in Afghanistan. Operating against the backdrop of war and bleak prospects, the Skateistan charity project is the world’s first co-educational skateboarding school, where a team of international volunteers work with girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 17, an age group largely untouched by other aid programmes.
My good friend Eric Wollam who I've known since high school has been the art director for Almost Skateboards for many years now. Besides being quite the ripper himself, Wollam is a talent with design and with the art workings. He'll be showing some boards he designed as well as some work this Saturday down in San Pedro @Sunken City Skates. Complimentary beer as well.
SAN FRANCISCO --- Thee Ohsees aren't breaking up, but they are taking a long hiatus as front man John Dwyer (our podcast interview) told the crowd at Wednesday's performance at Great American. "This will be the last Oh Sees show for a long while," he told the crowd. "So dig in."
Dwyer's off to LA (yet another artist leaves San Francisco) and Brigid Dawson leaving for Santa Cruz while bass guitarist Petey Dammit and drummer Mike Shoun are staying in the city.
We just want to thank Thee Ohsees for bringing the brilliant music for years and can't wait to see them live again in the future!
After relentless touring and work, Thee Ohsees are taking a much deserved break.
Illustrator Eric Petersen hails from Olympia, Washington <-- My style is influenced by instructional graphics, video games and the look of vintage comics of the 1940s. I draw uniform lines on a computer to strip away some of the human element and expressive quality seen in non-digital work. I use perspective and unnatural colors to set up a voyeuristic feeling and create an unsettling mood. I am interested in the combination of a purely functional illustration style with an emotional scene.
by Tiffany Bozic
12" x 16" (image size) giclee print
20" x 16.5" (print size)
printed on acid-free Moab entrada natural 300 gsm
printed at Electric Works
edition of 100
signed by the artist $165 purchased here
Our buddy Jud Bergeron is hosting the small works show Gimcrackery tonight at the wine/ art bar Hotel Biron (7-10pm) featuring an exclusive series of small silk screened prints which expand on the motif of fatherhood. In addition to the prints a survey of ceramic and bronze wall reliefs are presented alongside four large rarely viewed abstract drawings. ~complete details
People associate sailing with Thurston Howell, think it's incredible expensive and only for the rich, but we think this ad does a job well done with why sailing is amazing and worth every little penny it costs.
If you haven't gotten all of your holiday shopping done yet, head over to Fifty24SF for some really nice prints. Ranging in price from about $40 to about $4,000, there is certainly enough variety to please anyone. Besides this convenience (and if you're ahead of the shopping curve), you should also head over there to just check them out.
Mark Whalen opens a solo show in Singapore tonight, Dec 11th at Future Perfect that runs through the weekend. If you're not in Singapore (not sure how many of our readers are) then enjoy his newest works online here.
Last week, Adeline Jeudy owner and curator of Galerie LJ, welcomed myself and a camera to interview Caledonia Curry that everybody knows as Swoon, while she was working setting up her latest solo show "Motherlands".
Here's the second part of my comprehensive photo coverage from Berlin and this time around you'll find shots of new window installations by Ron English, Know Hope, Erik Jones, Lucy McLauchlan, Strok and others (which is now on display in the same building as Rone painted).
As a part of "project M" (curated by Strychinin Gallery), Melbourne Artist and part of the Everfresh collective RONE has painted the largest wall he has ever attempted, three massive images on the top three stories of a five-story building at Nollendorfplatz in Berlin. It took Rone five days to paint this excellent work.
David Choong Lee, Mario Martinez, Damon Soule, Eric Otto and others were commissioned by the Hyatt (345 Stockton St) here in San Francisco to create some beautiful works to adorn their hotel bar, resturant and lobby. If you're down by Union Square stop in, hava drink at the bar and enjoy these great paintings.
NYC based (via Australia) spraypaint whiz kid Ian Strange (Kid Zoom) (interview) held his solo show SUBURBAN last July at the National Gallery of Victoria, Australia (video). The wonderful show's setup and opening was photographed by Lloyd Stubber for this exclusive photo essay for Fecal Face.
Collage artist Lola Dupre opens a new show of work on Decemeber 5th at Portland's Breeze Block Gallery -- Opening on the same day in the adjoining gallery space, artists Ryan De La Hoz and Russell Leng.
With a thick, impasto finish, Meyer's paintings feel like treasures. As you get lost in the jagged confusion of thick swatches of color, figures emerge in the most subtle ways. The colors are enticing, but these figures are mesmerizing. I could get lost in these canvases for days. Simply, these are some really great paintings and I highly recommend you go see them before the show closes on December 7th.
TORONTO --- The finishing touches have been put on the large-scale, colorful and dynamic public art work by Canadian-born Patrick McNeil along with his art collaborator, Patrick Miller. Collectively known as FAILE, the Brooklyn-based duo designed the football-field-sized mural, located on Bathurst Street between Davenport and St. Clair in the city of Toronto.
Liking on these prints Hive & Nine Eyes by Melbourne based artist/ designer Nick Thomm... Limited Edition of 50 - Printed on 310gsm Hahnemuhle photo rag, mueseum grade archival paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered - available on his website.
I moved home to the Bay Area about 4 years ago and recently had the opportunity to visit New York City for the first time since. Having missed Barry McGee & Raymond Pettibon by a day, I felt lucky to have an old friend clue me into the ICY Signs show when I arrived.
Every have one of those mornings where you start following links and the next thing you know you're watching a news reel clip of the Golden Gate International Exposition of 1939 that was held on the brand new man-made Treasure Island?
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