So that Einstein throwing dice piece on Upper Haight from a few weeks ago might not have been a Banksy after all.

29 06 2010

I remember there was some debate at the time whether or not that Einstein throwing dice stencil on Upper Haight from a few weeks ago was really done by Banksy. It was a really beautifully executed piece that seemed to jive with Banksy’s wit and it materialized during a period when the British street artist was passing through town and did several other high profile pieces in San Francisco. However, it wasn’t featured on his site, which led to some speculation that the stencil might have been done by someone else.

I’m still receiving traffic on a daily basis from search engines looking for “Banksy Einstein Haight” so I don’t know if it’s in my best interest to clarify that debate, especially since that Einstein stencil lasted less than a week before being painted over and some of Banksy’s original pieces have sold for over half a million dollars so I feel like I captured something that’s unique and priceless.

But I just discovered that there’s a new stencil at that same location.

Not Banksy Thinker on Upper Haight

Auguste Rodin’s The Thinker on his porcelain throne? That’s a great mashup of highbrow and lowbrow culture.

Does anyone know who is the artist of this piece? If so, please let me know in the comments. I love his or her style and sense of humor.

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Einstein Throwing That Dice by Banksy. Upper Haight, San Francisco.

14 05 2010

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God does not play dice with The Universe, but I’ve been known to throw the bones here and there.

How much money you got on you, Son?

I saw this on the way to school yesterday and immediately jumped off the 71 to snag a picture.

At first I was a little upset that the late afternoon shadows were creeping in on my picture, but now that I crop it, I really like those shadows. Each one is unique.

And then less than a week later it was painted over.

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Oh, oh, and I almost forgot. Ahh, I’m also gonna need you to go ahead and come in on Sunday, too…

27 03 2010

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It took me a while to source it, but I believe this stencil is from the classic printer beat-down scene in Office Space. I really love how it plays off the colors in this mural.

As seen on the Seventh Letter Crew + Boost Mobile mural in SF.





No Time For Love, Dr. Jones!

12 03 2010

No time for love Dr. Jones

I was tooling around Chinatown a few weeks ago when I came across this van and liked the way it had positioned itself in Chinatown.

Then I was coming home from school the other day when I noticed these stencils on the side of the Noriega St. Safeway.

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It’s like if Batman were a tagger and drove the Batmobile all around town just leaving Batman stencils wherever he fought crime …or made a grocery delivery.





I am a man who will fight for your honor. I’ll be the hero you’re dreaming of. We’re gonna live forever, knowing together that we did it all for the glory of love.

16 11 2009

Explosion of Karate Kid stencils on the back of Amoeba

Explosion of Karate Kid stencils on the back of Amoeba in San Francisco.





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10 09 2009

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UPDATE # 1

Noticed that the artist has since added his signature tag.

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Harvey Milk

17 07 2009

Harvey Milk stencil

Harvey Milk stencil found next to the Noriega Street Safeway in The Outer Sunset.

The Times of Harvey Milk is an amazing Oscar winning documentary from 1984 that Gus Van Sant basically just reenacted in his Oscar winning movie, Milk. There’s about 10-15 scenes that he recreates or fleshes out and there’s another 10-15 scenes where he uses the EXACT same source material and news footage as the documentary, all in the same order. And I’m not knocking that. Talk about being True to your source material.

It’s a pretty amazing documentary about a very surreal story.

What’s amazing to me is how many people from this 25 year old documentary still dominate the local political landscape. Terence Hallinan later went on to become San Francisco’s district attorney and just this week is defending a meth head who killed his baby momma with a baseball bat on his kid’s first birthday. Tom Ammiano is now in the California State Assembly and even gave Willy Brown a run for his money as a write in candidate for Mayor of SF. And Dianne Feinstein is still a cunt. But my personal favorite is Dennis Richmond. He’s been like the black Clark Kent of Bay Area TV news reporting for the past 30+ years. You know that guy goes out and fights crime once he gets off from work. That’s why he finally retired from news casting – to focus on kicking ass fulltime.

Lots of great file footage of San Francisco is all of its goofy 1970s Boogie Nights glory. Dan White with his bowl haircut (Check it out! Same style as the busted Governor of Illinois. Creepy…) and Century 21 jacket. Check out the news guy that interviews Dan White on the streets. Yep. John Holmes had a job at 7 On Your Side for a while there. Not that many people know that.

It’s pretty amazing what Harvey Milk was able to accomplish without any cell phones, twitter, myspace, or blogs. He could put people in the streets. No matter where you live on planet earth or what language you speak, anyone who can mobilize people into the streets has power. Dude was a bad ass. He would go debate his opponents in enemy territory, red zip codes, Orange County. I think that’s a big reason why Prop 6 failed and why Prop 8 passed. We don’t have any Harvey Milks on our team anymore.

I was in Amoeba the other day and noticed that The Times of Harvey Milk is now out of print. It’s going for $60 on DVD but you can watch the entire thing online for free.

Priceless…