Sunday Streets in the Mission. FREE.

21 07 2009

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Sunday was one of those classic sunny San Francisco summer days where there were a dozen different things going on. Some 25,000 people were in the AIDS walk in Golden Gate Park, the San Francisco Symphony was doing a free show in Dolores Park, and the Sunday Streets project shut down a few block in the Mission for an early block party.

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This guy was playing guitar from his room but it was that hand made drawing that caught my eye and was probably the most random sight of the day.

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It’s former KTVU reporter Dennis Richmond!

People were yelling his name as they walked by like it was Metallica.

I just wrote about this guy the other day and how everyone from the 25 year old Harvey Milk documentary are still ubiquitous today.

How random is that…

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Valencia Cyclery had a free renegade style barbeque once the Sunday Streets officially ended at 2PM. Deep and the Trikeasaurus provided the beets and people were playing frisbee in the streets. It was like a Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff song.

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And the next two Sunday Streets are going to be in The Outer Sunset. It’s amazing what different worlds they are. You can get a tan in the Mission, ride the bike back to the Outer Sunset and catch a cold. It’ll be interesting to see if as many of the locals come out when we take over The Great Highway for a few hours.

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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.





Balmy Alley

1 06 2009

The genesis behind this week long field trip and open love letter to The Mission was Balmy Alley.

Balmy Alley is one of the more famous collections of murals in San Francisco, almost to the point of being a busy tourist destination.

On the one hand I felt very much like a tourist taking pictures here. On the other hand, it’s kind of neat that after living in San Francisco for 15 years there are still some parts of the city that are completely new to me. There are some parts of this town that I know like the back of my hand, but then travel just a few miles away and I’m a stranger in a strange land.

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I like this contribution that was taped to the wall a lot. It’s very democratic.

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The time of day that you take pictures out here makes all the difference in the world.

Unfortunately one of my favorite pieces, The Victorion, was cut off because of the mid afternoon shadows.

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Wires, Murals, and The People Caught In-Between.

29 05 2009

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I love how this mural has incorporated all of the wires that were already attached to this building into its theme, even though I’m not quite sure how to read that.

Are they like razor sharp piano wire that is slicing that person into different pieces?

Or are they more like electrical organic wires that are creating that Pink Floyd assembly line creature below?

And what the Hell is going on down there?

It’s like one of Neil Gaiman’s nightmares that someone decided to put up on the side of their house.

I don’t know. Don’t ask me.

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This mural really compliments this building. The building itself is pretty haggard; it could stand to use a new paint job, yet that works with the mural that has a beautiful yet haggard feel to it. I think this is a great example of how a building doesn’t’ have to maintain a pristine paint job to work with its mural.

It’s a really interesting piece.





Harrison Street

27 05 2009

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Ape Do Good Printing

26 05 2009

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Check out how the artist snuck in a real coat hanger into his mural.

Nice touch.





1780 Folsom

26 05 2009

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