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Teton Gravity Research Aerial Reel - The Bay Area in 4K
    Tuesday, 02 April 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Might be best to watch this in full screen. Some serious resolution.

From the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz to the Bay Lights at night, see the Bay Area's most iconic locations like you've never seen them before. Shot in 4K/"Ultra-HD," Teton Gravity Research presents the first footage from their new RED Epic-equipped gyrostabilized camera platform: The GSS C520. The GSS C520 is a portable 5-axis system that houses a range of leading digital cinema cameras, like the Epic and Sony F55, while also capable of integrating future advancements in camera technology.


Tony Marsh @Hedge Gallery
    Monday, 05 November 2012 /// Written by Rachel Ralph

Tony Marsh shared twelve new works with a very sophisticated financial district crowd last Thursday night @Hedge Gallery. Guests were immediately greeted with wine and hors d'oeuvres (which were very good, by the way) into the brightly lit space that seemed to be glowing from the street. The space is large, so there was room for guests, and there were quite a few who seemed to be enjoying themselves, including a little ballerina.
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Tony Marsh @Hedge Gallery in San Francisco



SF Giants Win!
    Thursday, 11 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

All we got to say is... WOW. What a game. What a series. Way to come back from 0-2 to win the series!


Morning, San Francisco
    Wednesday, 10 October 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Blurry eyed with a thermos of coffee as the sky brightens and that huge warm orange dot lifts above the horizon. When was the last time you caught a sunrise?

This morning at Corona Heights Park in San Francisco



Martin McMurray @Gallery 16
    Thursday, 27 September 2012 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO -- Detroit native Martin McMurray opens a show of new paintings at Gallery 16 on October 5th. Love the works. ~check a preview.

Martin McMurray @Gallery 16 Oct 5th



Adobe Books on KALW
    Friday, 10 August 2012 /// Written by Trippe

We reported months back that the beloved Adobe Books was setting to close. Well, it seems like the end of September is the date they leave us for good.

KALW 91.7 did a report and interview with owner Andrew McKinley that aired this morning and is worthy of a listen (MP3).

Adobe Books set to close the end of Sept.

Adobe Books and its backroom gallery have been a long time staple in the SF art scene and will be sorely missed. 22 years they've been hosting art shows, live music events and other forms of art and art discussion. They've consistently hosted quality/ interesting art shows and are of another time in San Francisco that seems to be disappearing quite quickly. Cities change, we sigh.


San Francisco History
    Thursday, 02 August 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Work break for you San Franciscans. A little short video on the history of the Sutro Baths... Did you know that the zoo's parking lot used to be the Fleishhacker Pool, a pool was so large that lifeguards required kayaks to patrol it. Huge.

Ok, back to wrapping the Giant prints


Preview of Jeremy Fish's Show Opening Sat
    Tuesday, 10 July 2012 /// Written by Trippe

Last night we swung through Ffity24SF in the Lower Haight for a preview of Jeremy Fish's show "Where Hearts Get Left" which opens this Saturday, July 14th (5-9pm) here in San Francisco, Ca.

The show is Fish's ode to all that that makes San Francisco... San Francisco. He illustrates his favorite lores and legends like how the Native Americans believed that the Earth and subsquently San Francisco was created by a silver-fox and coyote as they danced in the Bay Area's constant dense fog... or how a pair of giant grumpy battling turtles under the Earth's crust cause our earthquakes.

Approx 50 14" x 17" drawings take you on a tour of the special San Francisco-centric things that make the city so special to Fish. From the Mission's best burrito spots to SF's first notable quirky self proclaimed Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, Fish illustrates not the obvious tourist highlights, but those little things that take a decade of discovery to find and appreciate.

My favorites include the collage of the best under the radar, not your fancy burger jams including my all time favorite, Hamburger Haven on Clement. Let's not forget the group of Native American activists who occupied Alcatraz for 19 months in the late 60s... or that like the city itself is always in a constant state of change (sometimes for the worse), but that, like the Vapor Room R.I.P. (for now), even good things come to an end and out of the ashes, the phoenix will rise.

Jeremy Fish in his own heart.

Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I sculpted from south east Asia wood.

This handmade limited to 100 copies book featuring the drawings in the show will soon be on sale complete with a cover made out of wood.

Check the full preview complete with some video interviews with Fish.



    Monday, 09 July 2012 /// Written by Trippe

This video will most likely be the best thing you see today. Epic video of turning SF streets into a giant hot wheels track.

Shot on the actual streets of San Francisco, California, GYM5 features a focus on fast, raw and precise driving action. Filmed over four days, director Ben Conrad and his team are back to work on their second Gymkhana production and delivered the entire city of San Francisco as Ken Block’s personal gymkhana playground. DC Shoes also provided fellow DC athlete and longtime Ken Block friend, Travis Pastrana, to make a cameo appearance on his dirtbike, and S.F. resident Jake Phelps of Thrasher Magazine fame also makes a cameo as Block hoons S.F. in his most incredible Gymkhana yet.


Historic San Francisco
    Wednesday, 21 March 2012 /// Written by Trippe

SF history buffs may want to know about noehill.com, a site which features historic points of interest that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or that are designated as landmarks by the State of California or the City and County of San Francisco or that simply strike our fancy.

Just spent the last 20 minutes checking out all the old firehouses around the city including this one built in 1908 which houses the Killowatt and our friends at Juice Design on 16th St. The location is where SF's very first fire house was built in 1854.

Lots of interesting to be found like San Francisco Landmark #32 which is considered the oldest residence in the city built in 1850. The Phelps House on Oak was actually orginally built in New Orleans and then sailed to SF in sections around Cape Horn. Nutty.

The Kilowatt Bar on 16th was a firehouse built in 1908


Secrets of San Francisco
    Friday, 02 March 2012 /// Written by Trippe

As part of building contracts with most large cities, contractors must include some public space into the design and construction of the building. The problem is that, most of the time, this public space is hidden from the public by the building administrators who would prefer that the general public stay out of their buildings --> This space is yours to enjoy as is any city park.

Wonderful rooftop gardens in downtown San Francisco are yours to lunch in. Peaceful fountains are yours to read a book next to --> Print out this map and discover the spaces you pay taxes on.

Bring a packed lunch, meet a friend and enjoy your private public spaces in San Francisco.


Your SF Photos
    Monday, 12 December 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Last week we did our first themed Photo of the Day asking you to email in your quintessential San Francisco photos. We got so many great entries and couldn't squeeze them all in. So, here's a bit of overflow from the images emailed in.



Why Is Everybody Here?!
    Thursday, 29 September 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Before we dive into all the fire fun that we've been through for the last couple days (more on that later)... Just got online (thanks to Hotel Biron and Jess Imports) and was shown this awesome video below... Seriously ponders the question we've been asking ourselves for the last couple years... Doesn't anyone in this town have a job? Hit Trader Joes at 3pm on a Wednesday. Packed. Try a favorite food spot at 1pm on a Monday. Packed. Guess there are a lot of people with a free weekeday schedule or something. The short below from the folks at Killing My Lobster tackle the subject... Great video, guys.


Historic San Francisco
    Wednesday, 07 September 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Cynthia emailed over this great website foundsf.org featuring loads of San Francisco history and photos. Warning: addictive.

Read about Emperor Norton, Woodward's Gardens, Chinatown Vice, Mission Yuppie Eradication Project, and much much more.

Team photo of early ancestor of the San Francisco Seals c. 1875.

Twist at work many years back.

Streetcar climbing Liberty Hill on Guerrero near 21st, c. 1930


Watch Out for SFMTA's Boot
    Friday, 22 July 2011 /// Written by Trippe

SFMTA wrongfully booted our truck this morning and totally blew our morning and afternoon as we walked around town, tracking down info, and where to handle this mess (11 South Van Ness BTW). Good news, they figured out their mistake and took the boot off without cost. No apology from them though which we don't/ didn't expect.

Basically, we paid our parking tickets (4) recently (July 1st) when registering our truck, BUT it takes a total of 90 DAYS (3 MONTHS) for the DMV to get that info to SFMTA. The nutty thing is that we weren't even parked in an illegal spot. We didn't get a parking ticket but got the boot due to the tickets they THOUGHT we owed. It was at 11PM last night. Guess the DPT have digital scanners they drive around with to scan license plates looking for cars/ trucks to boot. Nutty arse crazy car parking future steez.

The lesson learned is that if you paid your tickets when registering your car/ truck/ motorcycle/ scooter/ skateboard/ whatever, know that it takes 3 months (efficient) for that info to get to SFMTA. It only takes 5 unpaid tickets to get the boot. You may be parking completely legal, like we were last night (11pm), and whammo - IT'S boot thirty.


Scott Weaver's Rolling through the Bay
    Thursday, 02 June 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Scott Weaver's amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on "tours" of different parts of the city. It will be on display in the Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium until June 19th!

Thanks for the heads up, Brice. Gotta see this in person... That dude has some serious patience.


Tsunami & San Francisco
    Tuesday, 15 March 2011 /// Written by Trippe

Mapping Risk: Bay Area Tsunami Plans <-- See maps of at-risk tsunami zones in the Bay Area, and learn what local emergency responders are doing to prepare.


New Art Fair Comes to San Francisco
    Tuesday, 15 February 2011 /// Written by Trippe

ART PAD SF <-- a brand new art fair for SF at The Phoenix set for May 19th - same weekend as the current SF Fine Art Fair at Fort Mason.

ArtPad isn't the only new fair coming to town that weekend. ArtMRKT also premieres at the Concourse Exhibition Center in downtown San Francisco. <-- SF and its growing art scene. Oh, how we've seen it grow over the last 10 years.

Welcome to the premiere edition of ArtPadSF, a dynamic and daring new art fair, inaugurating May 19th to May 22nd, 2011 at the landmark Phoenix Hotel known for its rock and roll history. Every city worth its salt can be said to offer something for everyone. San Francisco astonishingly achieves this within a very small area; seven miles long by seven miles wide. Well-known for its liberal politics, Victorian architecture, cultural diversity, creative and entrepreneurial boldness, its contemporary and emerging art scene is rising in national prominence. ~Read On


Ferris Plock is at The Dump - Part III
    Tuesday, 18 January 2011 /// Written by Ferris Plock

San Francisco is a great city for many reasons, and one of them is that our city dump has an artist residency program. That's right, they invite a couple artists at a time to rummage through our trash and make art from it. In fact, artists are only allowed to use materials they find at the dump to create the show, and they have 3 months to do so (photos from last reception).

Our buddy Ferris Plock has just began his art dump residency and will be blogging as he creates his show opening January 21st. This is his third blogging installment. (Part I - Part II)



Alan Bamberger Video Interview
    Saturday, 15 January 2011 /// Written by Trippe

We were about to jump in a cab last night to leave an art opening to make another. Alan Bamberger offered us a ride so... we took the opportunity to ask him a few questions.

Alan, through his website artbusiness.com, attends almost every art opening that goes down in San Francisco. Like 10 in one night, he's zipping across town to cover everything that's opening. From the greatest shows to the shittest, he's there snapping away. He's not human. We have no idea he does it. How does he stomach it all? We asked.


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Gone Fishin'
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 11:39

I don't think at this point it needs to be written since the last update to Fecal Face was a long time ago, but...

I, John Trippe, have put this baby Fecal Face to bed. I'm now focusing my efforts on running ECommerce at DLX which I'm very excited about... I guess you can't take skateboarding out of a skateboarder.

It was a great 15 years, and most of that effort can still be found within the site. Click around. There's a lot of content to explore.

Hit me up if you have any ECommerce related questions. - www.johntrippe.com


SF Giants' World Series Trophy & DLX
Wednesday, 04 March 2015 17:21

I'm not sure how many people are lucky enough to have The San Francisco Giants 3 World Series trophies put on display at their work for the company's employees to enjoy during their lunch break, but that's what happened the other day at Deluxe. So great.


SF skateboarding icons Jake Phelps, Mickey Reyes, and Tommy Guerrero with the 3 SF Giants World Series Trophies


Alexis Anne Mackenzie - 2/28
Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:21

SAN FRANCISCO --- Alexis Anne Mackenzie opens Multiverse at Eleanor Harwood in the Mission on Saturday, Feb 28th. -details



The Death of the Artist—and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 10:34

When works of art become commodities and nothing else, when every endeavor becomes “creative” and everybody “a creative,” then art sinks back to craft and artists back to artisans—a word that, in its adjectival form, at least, is newly popular again. Artisanal pickles, artisanal poems: what’s the difference, after all? So “art” itself may disappear: art as Art, that old high thing. Which—unless, like me, you think we need a vessel for our inner life—is nothing much to mourn.


Hard-working artisan, solitary genius, credentialed professional—the image of the artist has changed radically over the centuries. What if the latest model to emerge means the end of art as we have known it? --continue reading


"Six Degrees" @FFDG
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:30

"Six Degrees" opens tonight, Friday Jan 16th (7-10pm) at FFDG in San Francisco. ~Group show featuring: Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold III, Mario Ayala, Mariel Bayona, Ryan Beavers, Jud Bergeron, Chris Burch, Ryan De La Hoz, Martin Machado, Jess Mudgett, Meryl Pataky, Lucien Shapiro, Mike Shine, Minka Sicklinger, Nicomi Nix Turner, and Alex Ziv.


Work by Meryl Pataky


In Wake of Attack, Comix Legend Says Satire Must Stay Offensive
Friday, 09 January 2015 09:59


Ron Turner of Last Gasp

"[Satire] is important because it brings out the flaws we all have and throws them up on the screen of another person," said Turner. “How they react sort of shows how important that really is.” Later, he added, "Charlie took a hit for everybody." -read on


Thursday, 08 January 2015 09:36



SF Bay Area: What Might Have Been
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 09:36


The San Francisco Bay Area is renowned for its tens of thousands of acres of beautiful parks and public open spaces.

What many people don't know is that these lands were almost lost to large-scale development. link


1/5/14 - Going Back
Monday, 05 January 2015 10:49

As we work on our changes, we're leaving Squarespace and coming back to the old server. Updates are en route.

The content that was on the site between May '14 and today is history... Whatever, wasn't interesting anyway. All the good stuff from the last 10 years is here anyway.


Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter @Park Life (5/23)
Friday, 23 May 2014 09:22

Opening tonight, Friday May 23rd (7-10pm) at Park Life in the Inner Richmond (220 Clement St) is Again Home Again featuring works from the duo Jacob Mcgraw-Mikelson & Rachell Sumpter who split time living in Sacramento and a tiny island at the top of Pudget Sound with their children.

Jacob Magraw will be showing embroidery pieces on cloth along with painted, gouache works on paper --- Rachell Sumpter paints scenes of colored splendor dropped into scenes of desolate wilderness. ~show details



NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 10:37

nyc_graffitiNYC --- A new graffiti abatement program put forth by the police commissioner has beat cops carrying cans of spray paint to fill in and cover graffiti artists work in an effort to clean up the city --> Many cops are thinking it's a waste of resources, but we're waiting to see someone make a project of it. Maybe instructions for the cops on where to fill-in?

The NYPD is arming its cops with cans of spray paint and giving them art-class-style lessons to tackle the scourge of urban graffiti, The Post has learned.

Shootings are on the rise across the city, but the directive from Police Headquarters is to hunt down street art and cover it with black, red and white spray paint, sources said... READ ON


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Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

Los Angeles based Alison Blickle who showed here in San Francisco at Eleanor Harwood last year (PHOTOS) recently showed new paintings in New York at Kravets Wehby Gallery. Lovely works.

Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

We haven't been featuring many interviews as of late. Let's change that up as we check in with a few local San Francisco artists like Kevin Earl Taylor here whom we studio visited back in 2009 (PHOTOS & VIDEO). It's been awhile, Kevin...

Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

If you like guns and boobs, head on over to the Shooting Gallery; just don't expect the work to be all cheap ploys and hot chicks. With Make Stuff by Peter Gronquist (Portland) in the main space and Morgan Slade's Snake in the Eagle's Shadow in the project space, there is plenty spectacle to be had, but if you look just beyond it, you might actually get something out of the shows.

Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

Berlin based Jay Bo recently held a solo show at Hamburg's Circle Culture featuring some of his most recent paintings. We lvoe his work.


Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.

Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?

Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net

ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.

AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.

Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.

Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.

John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.

FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners

Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.

Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.

Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.

NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.

Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding

"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle

Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.

Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.

Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.

The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.

The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.

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