Super Hero Street Fair. San Francisco. 2009.

27 07 2009

I was really surprised when I heard about this block party. San Francisco’s Death of Fun campaign has been pretty successful so far this year. Congratulations, gentlemen. You have already claimed the life of the future BYOBW block party. That was really brave of you. You almost killed the How Weird block party and don’t think we’ve forgotten about you DNA Lounge. Fuck you and the taxes you pay every year.

So when I heard that there was going to be a new block party under this hostile regime change I knew I had to check it out.

And this is what the Super Hero Block Party looked like at 2:30 PM.

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What’s funny is that if this was Sunday Streets the permit would have official expired over half an hour ago.

If this was the Haight Street Fair it would have been packed.

If it was the How Weird Street Fair it would have been in what House DJ Architects refer to as the Barn Building stage of the party.

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That’s another Burning Man thing that I had forgotten about. People drag thousands of dollars worth of steel and soundsystems out to this god-forsaken place, juice it up with enough decibels to kill a Godzilla, and there’s like 4 people dancing. Look at that, it’s right behind a MUNI graveyard. This is where old cable cars swim upstream, against traffic, to be gutted, rusted, and then die alone on the outskirts of beautiful Hunter’s Point.

And this was the crowded dancefloor. Let’s go back and check in the BrassTax camp.

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Funny thing. I’ve been living in this city for 15 years and I’ve noticed that there’s this one demographic that seems to be permanently stuck on Hawaiian Time. It’s physically impossible for them to get out of the house before 4PM. They’re like the Twilight vampires of the San Francisco scene. I always seem to be out of step with those guys and find myself going to these amazing empty parties in weird locations and then spend half my time taking pictures of the urban decay around me. I know, life of the party…

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Vanilla Ice actually lives here. He moved in 2 weeks ago when his next VH1 show fell through and his old lady kicked him to the curb. He was suppose to be performing on the Sunset stage but that fell through as well for reasons unknown to me.

And check out that boardwalk.

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I actually had a hell of time taking in my cocktail and beats as the skaters and fog flew past me. I don’t know if it was intentional or not, but I thought it was ironic that the first annual San Francisco Street Fair was on the same day as the San Diego Comic Con. I used to go to that back when I was in junior high and it’s amazing to see how what used to be a corny convention of hard-core nerds exploded into one of the major multi-media events of the year. It’s on Goggle’s front page. It’s on youtube’s front page. When I grew up, being into comic books was like being into pedophilia; it wasn’t a very cool hobby and if you wanted to survive you were very careful whom you shared that vice with. Now it’s Hollywood. That’s what’s amazing to me. Anyone can do that. Anyone can take a corny thing and turn that into the next Burning Man, turn that into the Star Trek franchise, turn that into the next major multi-media event of the year.

Seize the day.

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UPDATE # 1

Excellent video from Lux Vibes

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Wolverine, John Stewart, Iron Man, Wonder Woman, Hulk, Spiderman, and Batman vs Joker, Catwoman, Lex Luther, Doctor Doom, Bizarro, and Mysterio.

30 06 2009

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New Marvel vs DC mural over at 19th and Mission

Thank you to WHAT I’M SEEING DOT COM for the head’s up.





The Spectre Mobile

23 06 2009

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The Spectre is a somewhat obscure reference, especially if you’re not familiar with DC comics, so this piece scores a few fanboy points for that fact alone.

If I was thinking of doing a “GO GREEN” theme from an aesthetic standpoint I probably would have gone with the Green Lantern Corps.

If I was thinking of doing a “GO GREEN” piece from an environmental perspective I definitely would have gone with Swamp Thing.

But putting a vengeance god in your piece changes the whole tone of “GO GREEN”

That’s not so much a suggestion anymore as it is a threat. When the Spirit of Vengeance, the deity that works as The Supreme Being’s hitman, the guy that guards the gates to Hell, has battles with archangels in Heaven, and just murdered Shazam is saying “GO GREEN” then you probably want to obey that command.





The Legion of Lucha Libre Super Heroes

21 05 2009

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I had the weirdest dream about some Lucha Libre masks I photographed in The Mission last week.

If I had to pitch my dream in 30 seconds it would be LOST meets Caligula. There’s a cast of 20-30 men and women that live all across the world that all share common connections that they are unaware of, but that the viewer can pick up on if they are paying attention. Every week 4-5 of those people are teleported away and into their Lucha Libre masks where they now have super powers and fight zombies and vampires as part of a massive never-ending secret crisis war.

That lasts about 5 minutes and then they spend the rest of the episode having kinky sex and playing BDSM games with each other. All while in character, with the masks on and with superpowers. I must have dreamt through an entire season last night.

I think if I toned this down I could pitch it to Fox as a mid season replacement. It’s got a legion of kinky Lucha Libre super heroes, that just writes itself.

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UPDATE # 1

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Faith No More rocking the lucha libre masks for the Nov 11 2009 show at Arena Monterrey in Monterrey Mexico. They did all of Reunited with the masks on. Love how Mike Patton has incorporated his hat into the look.

Photo courtesy of Roddy Bottom’s twitter

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