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Remembering The Red Vic
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 14:32

SAN FRANCISCO --- In the random dept: If you've lived in SF for more than 2 years, you remember The Red Vic, and if you've lived here for 20 years, like us, then you really miss this passed SF staple. Everyone in the city had Red Vic's screening calendar taped up in apartment bathrooms and kitchens with anticipated showings of their favorite film classics.

I think my favorite moment was watching the great classic The Harder They Come with a special Q&A with the film's writer/ director/ producer Perry Henzell (SFGATE Article) for the film's 25th anniversary in 1997. The film was made on a shoestring budget, and it was exciting for this young film student at the time to hear about how they scraped together this beautiful film with an almost DIY attitude and ambitious renegade mentality... Would be great for a Bay Area theater to do a screening soon.

Hey, the oldest continuously operating movie theater in San Francisco, The Roxie, is still going strong. Check their calendar, and get out to support real filmmaking.

A true film classic: "The Harder They Come"

5 Yrs. of Ever Gold
Tuesday, 14 January 2014 10:11

SAN FRANCISCO --- Congrats to our friends at Ever Gold who celebrate their 5th anniversary this Thursday, the 15th, with a massive solid lineup. For comeplete details, get clicky here.

Congrats to Ever Gold and their fifth anniversary.

Why Is A Blogger Getting Sued Over Street Art?
Monday, 13 January 2014 10:36

BALTIMORE --- THE CREATOR OF A BLOG THAT CALLS OUT ABSENTEE LANDLORDS IS FACING LITIGATION OVER A MURAL PROJECT <-- Street art can be a powerful way to call attention to urban blight. From painting vacant houses orange in Detroit to turning an entire favela in Brazil into a canvas for bright colors, art and design interventions can offer a visible mark pointing to what's missing: a healthy, functioning cityscape. These projects can also garner a flurry of initial attention from the media, but what happens after the art goes up and the journalists go home?

In the case of "Wall Hunters," a project that brought attention to absentee landlords in Baltimore by painted murals on vacant and dilapidated housing in the city, the aftermath of the artistic endeavor has led to lawsuits. -continue reading

Since 2009, Carol Ott has run a blog called Baltimore Slumlord Watch that catalogs the locations and owners of the city's vacant properties.

For Fans of Photographer, a Window of Opportunity
Friday, 10 January 2014 11:34

NYC --- Want a Larry Clark print for only $100? Kids star Leo Fitzpatrick's Manhatten Gallery Home Alone 2 is selling them, and today is the final day. ~DETAILS - NYTimes

$100 for a Larry Clark Print in NYC

San Mateo residents cracking down on graffiti with help of new app
Friday, 10 January 2014 11:23

The city of San Mateo recently unveiled a mobile app designed to make it easier for community members to report graffiti vandalism and for city contractors to respond to such cases. The app, called mySanMateo, is available for Apple and Android devices, and it allows users to attach photos and precise GPS coordinates to their service requests. --CONTINUE READING

You Have the Right to Remain Out of Prision
Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:39

It's important to know your rights when you live in the good ol' USofA... Check this nicely designed info-graphic and/ or check here for a convenient printout.

"Figure Ground" @Eleanor Harwood, Jan 10th
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 11:52

SAN FRANCISCO --- After their fall hiatus Eleanor Harwood re-opens the gallery in 2014 with Figure Ground, a four-person exhibition featuring new work by Mathew Zefeldt, Samuel Hayes, Niv Bavarsky and Will Reed, curated by Gideon Chase. ~Friday, January 10th (5-8pm) - DETAILS

Lil' Trippe En Route
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 12:39

We're happy to announce that we have a little baby Trippe due this June! We find out whether it's a little boy or girl next week, but as of today, we know it's heartbeat is thumping away and that it's squirming and doing summersaults inside mommy's belly... with each day bringing more exciting movements for us to feel... Little buddy is growing a half an inch weekly!

The newest Trippe due this June

Mike Giant @FFDG, Feb 7th
Monday, 06 January 2014 12:16

We've done some schedule shifting as we open FFDG's 2014 program.

We kick off the new year with a solo show by Mike Giant opening Friday, Feb 7th. Details and more information coming shortly. In the meantime, enjoy this wall action Giant did in LA w/ his homie Jaber.

Photos from his '12 solo show "Confessions of a Dirty Old Skateboarder"

Mike Giant & Jaber recent wall in Los Angeles

Mike Giant working in his studio

Allison Schulnik - Upcoming
Friday, 03 January 2014 14:17

NEW YORK --- LA based painter Allison Schulnik ('09 iNTERVIEW) opens a solo show at NYC's ZieherSmith on January 9th and also one at Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, CT Feb 6th ~DETAILS

Work by Allison Schulnik

Thursday, 02 January 2014 11:44

We've been walking down memory lane as of late, and came across this gem by Anthony Skirvin of Ape Do Good done back in 2005 here in Fecal Face:


First thing, with screen printing, there is a bunch of different ways to achieve the same end result. What I am showing you here is only one way that I print posters, so this should be a considered an introduction, but know that there are plenty of different methods out there that will work just as well. ~continue reading

Into the Fecal Archives w/ Skirvin's HOW TO SCREEN PRINT A POSTER

SF's Wild Parrots
Tuesday, 31 December 2013 12:26

SAN FRANCISCO --- There are so many great things about this city, and the Wild SF Parrots are for sure one of them. What started out as a small population residing in Telegraph Hill has spread around the city and even beyond its borders. Our home near Cole Valley gets its fair share feasting on the Gum Trees and the occasional bird feeder like our neighbors. Ya, a bit noisy and could develop into a possible nuisance, but as of now, incredibly awesome.

Best places to view them is Sue Bierman park down by the Ferry Building --- and, no, don't feed them like we did.

SF's wild parrots grazing at a neighbor's feeder.

Don't feed the birds. We didn't know better at the time.

Why the Art World Is So Loathsome
Monday, 30 December 2013 11:39

Now that photographs of this year's Art Basel Miami are finally working their way out of everyone's Instagram feeds, it's worth revisiting Simon Doonan's takedown of the modern art world. First published in 2012, it explains why Doonan skipped Miami that year—and what's wrong with art today.

--- Freud said the goals of the artist are fame, money, and beautiful lovers. Based on my artist acquaintances, I would say this holds true today. What have changed, however, are the goals of the art itself. Do any exist?

How did the art world become such a vapid hell-hole of investment-crazed pretentiousness? How did it become, as Camille Paglia has recently described it, a place where "too many artists have lost touch with the general audience and have retreated to an airless echo chamber"? (More from her in a moment.) ~continue reading

Get to The de Young Museum for David Hockney before Jan 20th
Saturday, 28 December 2013 11:12

SAN FRANCISCO --- Be sure to get to this show before it ends on Jan 20th!

At 76, David Hockney is in one of his primes, and apparently he knows it. Not for nothing is his exuberant, immersive survey at the de Young Museum here cheekily titled "David Hockney: A Bigger Exhibition"

The David Hockney grand show at the de Young Museum ends January 20th

This sprawling romp through more than 300 works in several mediums and technologies fills 10 often large galleries and yet primarily covers work from the last decade of Mr. Hockney’s 60-year career. It is dominated by radiant landscapes — some the size of murals — of the fields and woods in different seasons of East Yorkshire in Britain, near where Mr. Hockney was born and grew up. ~continue reading

Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:13

As we continue down memory lane during the Holidays, let's just get to the meat and potatoes with the gem HOMEMADE TATTOOS which, should be noted, is also brought to us by Andreas Trolf, in 2006 with 432 comments (almost better than the article).

The funny thing is that most of us here at Fecal Face don't even have a single tattoo.

Andreas Trolf wrote many classics for Fecal Face

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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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