Posts Tagged ‘streetart’

Giant penny found on sidewalk

November 17th, 2015

Fnnch penny

Walking along Valencia the other day I spotted a rather large penny painted on the sidewalk. The design features the phrase “IN FNNCH WE TRUST,” alluding to local artist fnnch.

Fnnch is best known for the honey bear designs, and if you look closely there’s an outline of one in the penny.

Other changes deviate from the design of a US penny, but the one that caught my eye is a very subtle — is Lincoln smiling? One has to wonder what’s making him so happy; perhaps he just likes honey bears.

Graffiti just a list of Linux distributions

October 23rd, 2015

Linux graffiti

You know you’re in San Francisco when the graffiti is just a list of Linux distos.

For touchier Linux users this list of distributions will no doubt invoke very negative responses. On one side you’ll have a bunch of whiners upset that their favorite one isn’t on this list. In some other corner there will be a bunch of weirdos yelling at you for not calling it “GNU slash Linux.”

Linux users can be like that.


May 10th, 2015


Grump Cat wearing a bicycle helmet? I have no idea. Perhaps it’s a statement about bicycle helmet laws, or maybe I’m reading too much into it. Either way.

Spotted this wheatpaste during the Cinco de Mayo festival on Valencia.

Bartfeld Sales Co.

November 13th, 2013

Bartfeld Sales Co.

Next time you’re driving out of Foods Co. with a truckload of cheap beer, be sure to stop and look across the street. The reclaimed wood exterior of 14th Street’s Bartfeld Sales Co. received a colorful makeover in recent months thanks to local artists.

Blurry Simpsons

August 13th, 2013

Blurry Simpsons

Finally, a street art mural of the Simpsons that’s as blurry as my memories of a time when the show was still funny.

UPDATE: The Simpsons have now come into focus.

(Spotted in Clarion Alley.)

Lisbon street art

August 9th, 2012

Outdoor stairwell in Alfama Street art Street art Perception reception Street art Street art Street art Street art Dream amplyfyier Go Shopping Mickey Mouse Adults with imaginary friends are stupid Street art Outdoor stairwell in Alfama

Lisbon is one of those rare places that looks just like the postcards. Even the street art is beautiful. Above are the best of what I happened to see.

Stay tuned for a subsequent post on Lisbon’s obsession with Mario, which will include some street art that deserves an Official Nintendo Seal.

Valencia chalkboard

February 24th, 2012


The boarded-up former Bombay Creamery space is now hosting a chalkboard where passers-by can scribble a proclamation of love, a poem, or maybe some expletives.

No word on whether the chalkboard was an official installation, or if it was the work of an underground street artist. Either way, leave a note on there soon because the construction behind the plywood looks to be progressing quickly.

Zoltron loves you, wants to measure your height

January 26th, 2012

Zoltron at Bombay Creamery

Zoltron at Bombay Creamery Zoltron at Bombay Creamery

Local street/concert artist has put up a new piece with a height measuring stick at the old Bombay Creamery space on Valencia. “How high are you?” asks the mural, as though that were a question that could be answered quantitatively.

Be sure to stand in front of this and measure yourself before someone paints over this and you’re forced to go back to robbing 7-Eleven and getting your height measurement from the wanted poster.

Berlin street art

August 18th, 2011

The only people who know how cool I am are the secret police!

Evil monster Guy with gun Pringles? IMG_2917 Street art Hung & shot animal Pink girl The $heepe$t Street Urban Street Art Shoes Pointer Woman Poor Hannah Darth Vader Sleep is commercial The finger Painter

All the photos of street art above come from Mitte, the central borough of Berlin. It’s the “capital” of Berlin, if you will. Around the backstreets of Mitte you find abandoned buildings filled covered in illegal art.

There’s some real creativity there, it’s refreshing compared to what we see here in San Francisco. Lots of paste, text, airbrushing, even mixed media. There’s a tinge of geekery to many pieces that you rarely see in the local scene.

But what impressed me the most was how well the artists integrated their pieces into the surroundings. For example, I didn’t even notice the mouse pointer until the forth or fifth time I walked past it. Or the “secret police” in the first image above, which was in and of itself quite secret as it was only visible from one spot.

The best art is the art that belongs where it is in some intangible, indescribable way. Which is to say my photos don’t just suck because I’m a shitty photographer — they suck because it’s not as good as seeing the art in person. And that’s the excuse I’m sticking with.

Does BoingBoing coverage confirm San Francisco street art no longer hip?

July 22nd, 2011

Mural at 19th and Mission

There was a time when BoingBoing was an underground zine, and being covered in its pages meant you were an up-and-coming phenomenon. Now that BoingBoing is the 11th most popular blog on the internet, your grandmother is probably reading it. Nothing diminishes the cool factor more quickly than when uncool people know about it.

With this in mind, has street art in San Francisco finally jumped the shark into non-hip status with recent coverage of the superhero mural at 19th and Mission?

Or will local street art survive such deserved (but unnecessary) praise and maintain its local cred?