Tag: graffiti

NYPD told to carry spray paint to cover graffiti
    Wednesday, 21 May 2014 /// Written by Trippe

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


Art or Vandalism? See the World’s First Graffiti Drone
    Saturday, 12 April 2014 /// Written by Trippe

I attached a cradle with a spray paint can and other hardware to the drone. I created a series of paintings that are larger, about maybe 3 feet by 3 feet all the way up to 25 feet by 15 feet … And basically, I achieved the perfect air pressure, the perfect weight of the paint and the perfect materials so that the drone didn’t freak out when I attached these mechanisms to it, Katsu said. --continue reading

Think how high those throw ups can be now.


Graffiti taggers could face a much bigger price tag
    Monday, 24 March 2014 /// Written by Trippe

SAN FRANCISCO --- the city is beginning a new system for collecting multiple examples of taggers and graffiti artists' work and showing them to a judge in hopes of collecting large sums of restitution money following the lead of cities like San Diego.

"The beauty of the system is we don't get the guy with one tag for $250," said Victor Barr, San Diego County deputy district attorney when I talked to him last fall. "We are able to build these cases up to $5,000 and up. When you can show 50 tags or 100 tags, suddenly the judge and the public defender take it a lot more seriously." ~continue reading

Property owner Laurance Mathews walks past graffiti defacing his building on Erie Alley and South Van Ness Avenue. "It cost me $15,000 to clean up my building last year", he said.


San Mateo residents cracking down on graffiti with help of new app
    Friday, 10 January 2014 /// Written by Trippe

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


Mike Giant @FFDG, Feb 7th
    Monday, 06 January 2014 /// Written by Trippe

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



    Tuesday, 03 December 2013 /// Written by Trippe

MEXICO --- The Broken Fingaz crew spent quite a bit of time in an abandoned factory in Mexico to create this stop motion short as part of the CutOut Animation Festival.


Nychos (The Weird Crew), DXTR, and Gevaer in Copenhagen
    Thursday, 29 August 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Here's eight shots of a new funtimegraff piece by Nychos (The Weird Crew), DXTR (The Weird Crew) and Gevaer (Heavy Artillery) on a Copenhagen trackside in the outskirtis of the town. -Henrik Haven



    Thursday, 08 August 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Hey, San Diego folks, you may want to check this out on Friday. Looks like a film worth seeing. ---> The film will be showing at YBCA here in San Francisco this September.

Amid the intense social struggles of 1980s Washington D.C., a symbol of hope and resilience emerged on the walls of Chocolate City in the form of a simple yet impactful tag: Cool “Disco” Dan. The true story of Dan Hogg is chronicled in a film by Roger Gastman and Joseph Pattisall that contextualizes the infamous graffiti writer's actions amid the larger cultural backdrop of go-go dance halls, street crews, punk rock, and the politics of Marion Barry. - details


Friends who witnessed Tasering of Beach teen offer disturbing details
    Thursday, 08 August 2013 /// Written by Trippe

MIAMI --- 17 year old graffiti artist/ skateboarder "Reefa" (Israel Hernandez-Llach), whom we're not familiar with but thought the story was interesting, was killed by a police's tazer after being spotted spray-painting a shuttered McDonald's early Tuesday morning and after a short chase. According to friend and "lookout", who was there during the ordeal, cops laughed and "high-5'd" each other after the tazzing which knocked Israel to the ground and later killed him.

We're not sure if the act of tazzing was neccessary, but it does sound like something went wrong as tasers are considered a nonlethal weapon. ~continue reading


Ken Sortais & Horfee in Denmark
    Tuesday, 25 June 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Last week we posted some photos of the Paris based graffiti duo, Ken Sortais & Horfee, participating in the Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival. Here is the rest of the coverage that Henrik emailed over of the two doing some work in a school yard there in Viborg, Denmark.

A load more images HERE



Ken Sortais & Horfee in Denmark
    Wednesday, 19 June 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Paris based graffiti fellas, Ken Sortais & Horfee, were in Denmark participating in the Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival. Roving reporter, Henrik Haven, emailed over these images.



Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival
    Thursday, 13 June 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Henrik Haven, who keeps us up to date in all that's Copenhagen and Denmark, emailed over some photos from the Viborg International Billboard Painting Festival that's running throughout June. In this short installment he introduces us to the work of urban/graffiti artist and illustrator NYCHOS.



Deutsche Bahn plans to use drones to catch graffiti artists
    Tuesday, 04 June 2013 /// Written by Van Edwards

Germany's national railway is testing the use of mini-drones to curb damage to its trains from graffiti. Experts call the move pointless and excessive, saying that varnish for trains could solve the problem instead.
~continue reading


In The Streets of Copenhagen (Part 3)
    Wednesday, 08 May 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Henrik Haven keeps us up to date on the art happenings from his native Copenhagen and sent us a three part series on some of his city's street art and graffiti. This part 3 concludes (for now) his city wide graffiti tour - Part 1 - Part 2.



Kenny Scharf Arrested For Graffiti In Bushwick, Finds Cops Are Fans
    Monday, 22 April 2013 /// Written by Administrator

VIA GOTHEMIST - Famous graffiti artist Kenny Scharf was arrested early Saturday morning in Bushwick for plying his trade. According to an NYPD spokesman, officers found Scharf in front of 209 Morgan Avenue at 1:03 a.m. in possession of "two spraycans which he used to paint a snake on the wall of the establishment." ArtSucks reports that Scharf wrote on his Facebook page that his arresting officers weren't total Philistines: "Cops who arrested me were fans and wanted to talk about exit through the gift shop and even liked the tag." ~continue reading


In The Streets of Copenhagen (Part 2)
    Friday, 19 April 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Our buddy Henrik Haven, who brings us some goodies from his native Copenhagen, has been shooting some of his city's graffiti and street art. Last week we brought you part one of his camera's explorations. Today is Part 2, and in the near future will be Part 3.



    Tuesday, 16 April 2013 /// Written by Van Edwards

Barry McGee reigns as one of the most legitimate artists of his genre and his time. While some of his "graffiti" peers have spent 20 years cashing in at every corner possible, he has quietly created an amazing body of work. He's an absurdly talented artist that assembles work and exhibitions that don’t just appeal to the eye; they’re a sensory overload. Entering a show by Barry is an immersive event that leaves you with a feeling of excitement and wonder. ~continue reading


Mike Giant's New Book, Eternal
    Tuesday, 16 April 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Mike Giant swung through FFDG to show off his new huge book Giant: Eternal out now through Ginkgo Books. We're happy to report that Mike Giant will be returning to FFDG for another solo show Feb 2014. Check photos & video from his last show.

International icon of black ink, artist Michael (GIANT) LeSage incorporates a broad swathe of influences and skills in the creation of a singular, unmistakable aesthetic. Mike's central practice, drawing, is informed by his training in architectural drafting, his illustrious career as a tattooist and worldwide exploits writing on walls. ~$27 at Amazon

Mike Giant with his new book, Eternal at FFDG



In The Streets of Copenhagen
    Wednesday, 10 April 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Our buddy Henrik Haven, who brings us some goodies from his native Copenhagen, has been shooting some of his city's graffiti and street art. Much to offer, we've broken the posts into 3 and will be posting more in the coming days.



REMIO and Tim Diet @Guerrero Gallery
    Tuesday, 12 February 2013 /// Written by Trippe

Some installation photos of Guerrero Gallery's current two solo shows featuring graffiti writers REMIO and Tim Diet.

Vancouver based REMIO started VTS crew (Vandal Team Supreme, Vandal Travel System, Vandalize Till Sunrise, Very Top Secret) in 2002 and is a current member of two other legendary collectives, Twists’ DFW/THR and Os Gemeos’ VLOK.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tim Diet began painting in the 80s, sneaking out of his parents’ house at night to “tag” alongside his older brother. The graffiti lifestyle immediately drew him in and influenced not only his craft, but his persona and idea factory as well. Diet has traveled across the US, Europe and Japan, just to paint. His recognizable work can be found on streets across the globe, in numerous books & publications, and now in galleries as his unique style continues to develop. This is Me will be the first exhibition of Tim Diet’s full body of work.

The shows run through Feb 25, 2013.



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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.

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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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