Category Archives: graffiti

Hope

Today I am feeling hopeful.  More hopeful.  Perhaps it’s because my car’s driver-side door lock miraculously fixed itself after a few annoyingly troublesome weeks.  Perhaps it’s because the Supreme Court handed down some good decisions this week.  Perhaps it’s because I have a three day weekend ahead of me and summer is here and it’s Friday afternoon and I have a cool beer waiting in my fridge for me. Or maybe it’s just my own conscious decision to embrace optimism.

Whatever the case, I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile.  It’s a sweet little installation.  Wish I had posted it before it got tagged…

Have a great weekend y’all!

oakland mural, hope mural, 14th avenue mural
bird mural, hope mural, 14th avenue oakland

Sweater Weather

yarnbomb, streetcolor, yarnbomb install at OMCA

streetcolor, OMCA, yarnbomb, yarnbombing, oakland museum yarnbomb

I’ve been meaning to post these images for a bit now… ever since the weather turned cold, the sandals and summer shirts got sequestered to the back of my closet, and the warm, soft, comforting sweaters I love donning so much each fall were brought forth to their rightful place, front & center.

The pictures above and below are by the same artist, Streetcolor. I shot her a few weeks ago for Oakland Magazine while she was installing her yarn bomb pieces in various locations throughout the grounds of the Oakland Museum of California.  Oakland Magazine will be featuring her in their January/February issue so keep your eyes out for that… In the meantime, you can read all about Streetcolor and her installation, both on OMCA’s blog (Yarn Bombing OMCA) and Streetcolor’s personal blog:

You can also go visit the installation in person, which of course is the best way to experience these incredibly tactile pieces. The installations will be up until December 15th.

The photo below is of an earlier piece she installed at Lake Merritt. There’s a third one just out of frame to the right, but I love this shot so much with its shadows and perspective, that you’ll  have to head to the lake if you want to see the full set…

streetcolor, yarnbomb, yarnbomb bikeracks, yarnbomb oakland

Obey in Oakland.

obey giant, sheppard fairy, downtown oakland obey giant, 14th street obey giant

So above is one of the first photos I snapped after putting my blog on hold. I took it in August. I was on my way to a work meeting and was running late, so I just snapped this one first pic, which was unfortunate because by the time I went back to take a few more shots (a couple weeks later, see below) the large wheatpaste installation by Shepard Fairey had already been tagged.

sheppard fairey installation oakland, downtown oakland obey giant

sheppard fairy installation, wheat paste obey giant

wheatpaste mural 15th street, obey giant mural oakland

Ultimately, some local folks involved in a street beautification project painted over the damaged lower portions and it now looks like this… I shot this last one on the day of the initial raid of the Occupy Oakland  encampment.  Needless to say, I wasn’t feeling the Oaktown love that day…

love oakland, modified obey giant mural, downtown oakland street beautification

the writing’s on the wall…

oakland graffiti, oakland graffiti writing

When I started this blog in 2009 my idea was to post a picture every day.  It soon became something else, but that was the start. And I’ve decided, at least for a bit, to try to get back to the start. Because frankly, I’m having a bit of a hard time re-starting where I left off, and I think what’s hanging me up is the writing.  So what the hell… Who needs words when pictures are worth thousands of ’em?

Though I haven’t had the bandwidth for writing anything good or interesting, I have been taking pics here and there. So I think I’ll just start posting a few without saying so much, although I do want to say I think this is a pretty cool shot.

You can make art anywhere…

Hey all, I’ve been a bit remiss in my blogging duties… last week got away from me as I working hard in advance of the long weekend (my birthday weekend no less), which was glorious.  Hope you all had festive fourths as well!

I will likely be sporadic and pithy over the next week or so as I am still catching up, digging out, and generally working too much (the price paid for a sweet sweet vacation).

Spotted this sidewalk chalk art in the cemetery a while back…

chalk art in the road, mountain view cemetery

Isn’t this girl lovely?

art in the road, sidewalk chalk art in cemetery

It reminds me that we can make art almost anywhere!