Posts Tagged ‘16thmission’

Mission Workshop coming to Valencia

October 1st, 2014

Mission Workshop
 

Local backpack and messenger bag company Mission Workshop appears to be moving to the old Therapy Furniture spot on Valencia at 16th. But here’s the interesting thing: their old store on Rondel is right behind the Valencia location.

Here’s a map (original) that I’ve colored for you. Mission Workshop’s new location is in orange, the existing one’s in green:
 

Map of the two storefronts sharing a common wall
 

So the old and new locations share a common wall. If they wanted to — and I should stress that no building permits have been filed as of today — they could bust out some axes and make one huge store. It’d be like a hipster version of Jack Nicholson in The Shining:
 

Hipster Shining

“Here’s, uh… John Oliver?”
 

In the end, I can’t really bring myself to say anything too snarky about this particular change on Valencia. It feels like a step sideways; Therapy’s furniture was well made but pricey. Same caveat for Mission Workshop’s bags. At least we can emit a collective sigh of relief that it’s not another overhyped, overpriced eatery.

Newspaper box recieves rad makeover

August 29th, 2014

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The above photo is a newspaper box at the 16th Mission BART plaza, which recently received a makeover. Who needs a boring black box when it can have a painting of what appears to be a girl on Mars pulling constellations out of the sky? More newspaper boxes should be this rad.

(Note: If you know who painted this, please do get in touch so I can update with proper credit.)

Meta Muni shelter

August 1st, 2014

Meta Muni stop

At some point recently, the ad on a Muni shelter at 16th and Valencia was replaced by a painting. But not just any painting, no — this one depicts what’s behind it. The trash can, the Muni map, the Well’s Fargo, etc.

Though I should point out that the guy in the painting was not, in fact, waiting for the bus when I took this photo. That would have been a little too weird.

Update: On Twitter, Factory 1 Design kindly provided details. This is part of a project called Art City, which is renting billboard space for the purpose of displaying art.

The piece at 16th and Valencia is by Oakland-based painter Brett Amory. See his work and others in the Art City series here.

The girly girls

May 23rd, 2014

The girly girls

Rules:
1) Be a girly girl
2) we popular
3) Respect
4) Keep the secret
5) No boys alowed!!!
6) Dont Fight
7) Have fun!!

(Spotted at 15th and Julian)

Perplexing wood box installed on utility pole

April 1st, 2014

Wood box thing

Sometimes in life there’s questions that don’t seem to have concrete answers, like who shot JFK or the career of Shia LaBeouf. Today another such question popped into existence in the form of a perplexing wood box installed on a utility pole at 16th and Guerrero. It’s the kind of thing one wouldn’t notice easily, like a slightly misplaced item you only catch out of the corner of your eye.

Some of the questions I’ve been able to come up with:

  • Who made this?
  • Why?
  • Is it art?
  • Why wood?
  • What does the pattern mean?
  • Why on this pole, of all places?
  • WTF?

If any answers are provided I’ll post updates. Until then, I’ll be scratching my head.

Clarion Alley updates

March 27th, 2014

Here’s a few new pieces that caught my eye in the always-changing set of murals in Clarion Alley:

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Clarion Alley

BART station side hatch

March 14th, 2014

This morning I arrived at the 16th Mission BART station only to find the entry was blocked by a steel gate! Oh no! How would I get to work?

Turns out a detour through a secret passage was necessary, as documented in the photos below.

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Space reserved for mural

February 12th, 2014

New mural

This space is reserved...

A mural recently appeared on the side of the former Andalu space at 16th and Guerrero. Apparently there’s more to come, as a large sign proclaims that the space is “reserved.” Stay tuned for further updates as the mural progresses.

UPDATE: A new piece of the mural has appeared.

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UPDATE, part 2: Despite being aggressively tagged over in the past few days, the mural sprung back into action with more cutesy characters.

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UPDATE, part 3: Well, that didn’t last.

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Techie litter

December 4th, 2013

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You see this? This is what happens when hipster techies in the Mission litter their vintage textbook covers. Pick up after yourselves, people!

Proposition U (the “Sin Tax” Legislation)

November 5th, 2013

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It’s voting day, and this flyer appeared on various utility poles near 16th and Mission this morning.

The text reads:

Proposition U (the “Sin Tax” Legislation)
 

 
Argument In Favor of Proposition U:

No pleasure without pain.

Rebuttal to Argument in Favor of Proposition U:

Beware the wiles of mustachioed ladies. Are we really okay with a one-eyed King? Say wolverines, or badgers, scratch through the low window, behind the Hydrangeas. Or a possum. Or an opossum? Either way — they’re still inside the house.

Argument Opposed to Proposition U:

If dolphins were larger, would they have old tires stuck around their heads, instead of old six-pack rings? Tracking polls indicate near universal acceptance of [argument]. We need to get back to defiling the native architecture.

Rebuttal to Argument Opposed to Proposition U:

There sits one day in a place far away a little girl and her doll. And her doll could be at risk and her risk could be very real even if the doll’s imaginary friend ran for office.

Paid Argument In Favor of Proposition U:

It’s like I said before. Your ship as come in, buddy! Stop fighting it.

Paid Argument Opposed to Proposition U:

A voter walks into a bar. He — and let’s just say it’s a he — sits down at a table. And let’s just say a gal comes over and sits on his lap. It’s a free country.

What do you think, readers? How are you going to vote on Proposition U?