I have no idea why I was reading the WIKI page about Skateboarding, but was fascinated and weirdo out to learn that the US Marines used skateboards in the late 1990s in a program called Urban Warrior '99.
The United States Marine Corps tested the usefulness of commercial off-the-shelf skateboards during urban combat military exercises in the late 1990s in a program called Urban Warrior '99. Their special purpose was "for maneuvering inside buildings in order to detect tripwires and sniper fire.
Rachel Ralph headed down to the Tenderloin just before Christmas to check out the Donate Your Skate benefit show at The Book & Job Gallery here in San Francisco. This one night show/ benefit was thrown to collect donated skateboard equipment from the city's skate scene to help Bay Area kids in need for the Holidays.
Hey San Francisco/ Bay Area skaters who have old skateboard equipment lying around, Book and Job Gallery in the Tenderloin is hosting a party Friday night where you can drop off and donate old/new skate gear for Bay Area kids in who are less fortunate this holiday season. There will be art on the walls, some records spinning, cold beers and good people just hanging out and supporting a good cause. #dosomethingnice ~details
We're keeping these boards (nice shapes), but we do have 3 boards here at FFDG which we're giving away FREE to the first 3 people who come in and ask for them (limit 1). Stop in sometime 1-6pm, check out our current Winter Group Show and grab a board.
Hey SF skateboarders, long time Fecal-Ness, Isaac Randozzi, will be showing some photos tonight at the premiere of a skate video for Magenta Skateboards down in the Terderloin at The Book & Job (6-10pm) -- VX footage, super 8, b+w photos and lots of hill footage.
Last night we Bart'd over to Oakland for the sold out Bay Area premiere of Stacy Peralta's newest documentary Bones Brigade - the story of the Bones Brigade skate team of the 80s launching the careers of Tony Hawk, Rodney Mullen, Steve Caballero, Lance Mountain, Tommy Guerrero and Mike McGill. The film gives the viewer an insiders look into the legendary skateboarding team that reveolutionized modern skateboarding. In attendance last night were Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Mike McGill, Tommy Guerrero, and George Powell.
Tommy Guerrero (eyes closed, sorry), George Powell, Mike McGill, and Tony Hawk post screening
We grew up watching The Search for Animal Chin, and the film takes you back almost 10 years before Chin when the team was first formed, when Tony Hawk & Steve Caballero were somewhere around 12 years old and just starting their professional careers... The film is a trip down memory lane but also helps to remind us how great skateboarding is and how great a lot of the personalities in skateboarding are... Some sections could be edited down a bit (think it's still a work in progess). In any case, do see it, and check out some photos we got of some of the classic crew.
A short video from the Andreas Trolf benefit that we hosted last Friday. Thanks again to the artists, the sponsors and to everyone who came out to purchase raffle tickets and original artworks. Amazing to see so many people support a good dude whose medical bills are WAY up there.
Andreas Trolf was involved in a horrible motorcycle which left him with many broken bones and reconstructive surgeries. 13 specialists worked on him, not only save his life, but to help him get back on his feet, literally. After multiple weeks in the hospital, he finds himself with medical expenses well into the high hundreds of thousands of dollars. The kicker was that the accident (a lady pulled out in front of him) was that it happened just days before he was to sign a insurance plan with his new employer.
If you would like to help, there's a Paypal account set up to go directly towards my medical bills. If you sign into paypal.com, just send the funds to firstname.lastname@example.org, but make sure that you send the money as a gift and not as a payment. Any help would be much appreciated.
These photos were taken over a five day period in which we skated the streets of Venice, rolled on the round wall of the legendary Gonzales pool, sessioned with Jay Adams at Arto Saari's backyard pool, hung art, met extraordinarily talented people, and slept where the munchkins rested their heads. In my short life it was one of the most truly epic adventures I participated in. Thank you Yong-Ki, Jef and Bob.
In a unique and diverse Detroit neighborhood a transition is taking place. People are moving out, but people are also starting to move back. There is a devotion to this neighborhood, a unique challange to create a place that is rich in diversity, exciting and fun to live in, beautiful and clean to play in. Ride-it Sculpture Park come this summer, with your help, will become the first sculpture park where you can officially ride the art. Not to mention a place where bored neighborhood teenagers and adults can meet, play, create, build and ride on.
Ride it Sculpture Park consists of four vacant commercial lots along East Davison Freeway in Detroit and an adjacent vacant house as the main site for the project. The house will serve as a mini indoor park, transforming parts of the house to be skateable and livable at the same time for visiting skateboarders and artists. The park will extend into the neighborhood revamping neglected alleys, garages and other vacant lots, creating a new and positive use for the forgotten and dismissed landscapes of this great city.
OUR TEAM: Artists and skateboard industry professionals from the neighborhood and across the country:
Project Partners: Emerica, Independent
Media Partners: Thrasher, Slap, Juxtapoz
Joe Brook, Photographer for Thrasher Mag. THE MAN who got this going.
Haroshi is a Japanese sculptor known for his work made from compressed skateboards. It was held at Huf's Headquarters in downtown L.A. and featured the music of Tommy Guerrero's band. The house was packed, tacos were eaten, and tricks were landed over the art. A successful night all around." -Douglas Neill
Our friends at Juice release the newest Adidas trip to Montreal from back in September. Besides the great skating (looking at you, Busenitz *3min), check the amazing subway stations that were designed for Expo '67 and the 1976 Summer Olympics. Nice work, fellas.
Japanese based Haroshi makes sculptures out of recycled skate decks, and they're pretty darn snazzy.
HUF x Haroshi x DLX Collaboration - HUF partners up with Tokyo-based artist Haroshi and Bay Area skateboard distributor DLX on a limited edition collaboration. Shot at artist Haroshi's studio in Tokyo by Shinto God, cut by Martin Reigel. Available January 2012.
We've been hearing about the SOMA West skatepark and how the city is going to start construction for years now. Well, The Tony Hawk Foundation has dropped $10,000 on it to help the city get started, and they're beginning construction this spring with the park completed by fall 2012. From the images we've seen, it looks super sick.
If you're a skater in the city and want another park at Waller & Stanyan/ Golden Gate Park, be respectful of the neighborhood as the park is in a trial phase. The city is tracking the amount of trash, graffiti, vandalism, sound, crime, as well as how many youth use the space, its positivity on the neighborhood, its success. If all goes well, San Francisco will have another skatepark right there at the end of Waller.
SF's SOMA West Skatepark coming fall 2012
Man, when we were skating all the time, all we had was Hunter's Point Dish and then crappy Crocker. Nice to see San Francisco build some facilities for the sports kids wanna play.
SAN FRANCSCO --- Tonight 111 Minna hosts their monthly Sketch Tuesday tonight featuring artists David Marc Grant, Katia Goa, Lee Harvey Roswell, Daryll Peirce, Ryan De La Hoz, Wednesday Kirwan, Ryan Gannon, Yalda Zakeri & more... w/ special guest artists from our current exhibition featuring new work by D Young V, Eddie Colla & Hugh Leeman
Artists draw, you watch and get the chance to purchase their works at inexpensive prices. Always a good night out - FREE.
work by D Young V, Eddie Colla & Hugh Leeman now on display at 111 Minna
SAN FRANCISCO --- This morning's KQED Forum focused a portion of its show on the subject of artists in the city:
Soaring rents have hit art galleries in downtown San Francisco hard. Last month, several long-established Geary Street galleries were evicted to make way for a software firm. Meanwhile, individual artists are also struggling. As part of our Priced Out series on the high cost of living in the Bay Area, we look at how the local art world is coping.
As of this AM, it's not online yet, but soon you should be able to listen HERE.
The Rena Bransten Gallery is packing up their 77 Geary space to make way for tech company MuleSoft
Art is always a struggle, but this is getting ridiculous. Sure there are a lot of art schools here, but graduating students leave the city faster than you can say student loan. This drying up of young talented artists is dampening SF's dynamic art scene.
But hey, it's a city, and we know that cities are always in a state of flux... Guess the problem many are facing is, this is happening so fast and so violent. We can hear the "fabric" of the city tearing, and for the sake of San Francisco and it's future, better hope the tech industry isn't as speculative as the first DOT COM and any conceivable economic downslide not as painful... but no worries, the artists will come back and help rebuild any potential mess like they always do.
The L.I.S.A. Project NYC invites Pose MSK to paint a mural in Little Italy on the eve of his show at the VOLTA art fair.
This week Pose MSK, who is visiting New York City from Chicago to take part in the VOLTA art fair with Jonathan Levine Gallery, painted a mural in Little Italy with The L.I.S.A. Project NYC. Pose's work combines elements of signpainting, advertising, comic books and graffiti into collage-like pop-art compositions. The mural is located at 188 Lafayette, at the corner of Lafayette and Broome, and is the only mural Pose has running right now in Manhattan, although many New Yorkers may already be familiar with Pose's work since he painted at Houston and Bowery alongside Revok last year. -CONTINUE READING
Maybe none of your friends have been forced out of their apartments, maybe your favorite bookstore is still standing (for now), maybe you can afford $13 drinks. But there will come a time when you reach your own priced-out moment, something that pushes you from "there's nothing we can do" to "we must do something!" For me, it's this:
Esta Noche to be replaced by a "New York style lounge featuring the best local House music DJ's in a... sexy den of wood, leather, red velvet, and glowing candles." Not to mention a "very competitive bottle service program." --continue reading
It's streaming on Netflix, it's been nominated for an Academy Award, so you've probably already seen this nice documentary, but if not, enjoy it sometime soon-
A look into the lives of struggling NYC based married artists Noriko and Ushio Shinohara. Heartfelt story which may give any young artist second thoughts when contemplating the life of a working artist. TRAILER
Noriko and Ushio Shinohara star in the Oscar nominated documentary "Cutie and the Boxer".
French based Nicolas "Odo" Le Borgne emailed over some incredible new pop-surreal illustrations. We showed a piece of his in the group show The Diamond Sea back in 2012 --- Nicolas aka Odo usually works with watercolor, pen & ink or acrylic.
FFDG's spring show "Salt the Skies" is set to open on Friday, March 21st (6-9pm) -- Featuring works by Brett Amory, John Felix Arnold, Mario Ayala, Jud Bergeron, Curiot (Favio Martinez), Christopher Burch, Lola Dupre, Michelle Fleck, Matt Gonzalez, Hiro Kurata, Marty Machado, Mark Mulroney, and Nicomi Nix Turner
San Francisco based Brian Barneclo was commissioned in 2006 to paint a HUGE mural on the side of Foods Co on Shotwell at 14th Streets. After some time on its own, it got pretty taxed by misc graffiti and pigeon shit.
Shawn Whisenant is a born and raised San Francisco Bay Area artist whose art can be found lurking in the streets or galleries and museums across the USA, Australia, and Europe. He has been working on the streets of the Bay Area since the mid 1990's, where his images continue to endure on walls, mailboxes, and other surfaces around the city. He enjoys making books and stickers, taking photos, painting signs, and moving about in the cityís shadows. In the streets and galleries, his work has seen many different forms. From rare-hand crafted books, to skateboard films and a signature pair of Osiris shoes, his creating doesnít end with painting. RIP Shawn Whisenant.
In the year or so that I've known Felix, almost every one of his shows has had a live musical element and it seems perfect that he would be included in a show called Art Into Music. He commandeered the corner of the gallery to create an installation that houses not only his drawing, but also an entire drum kit, amps and a dude playing a guitar. The warm wood paneling stands out in contrast to the matte grey boom-box tower and the muted wall of album covers and looks like a beacon calling to the crowd saying "this is what you shoud be looking at." However, it's not in a "look at me" attention-starved desperation, more like a welcoming invitation into his world.
Our friend Max Rippon (aka RIPO) is currently showing these wonderful wood and canvas works focused on his love of type through the lens of the fundamental transience of modern life that we're all setting goals for upgrades.
FFDG will open a group show on March 21st featuring works by Mark Mulroney amoung others (details shortly). Mulroney will be featured in this weekend's NYC Volta art fair running 3/6- 3/9 through Mixed Greens Gallery.
We're sad to have learned this morning that local artist Shawn Whisenant passed away this past weekend from, what it sounds like, a long term illness. Shawn has contributed to Photo of the Day over the years and was actually randomly featured for this past Saturday's Photo of the Day.
Inspired by the world known Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa and its sentence "We are avatars of past stupidity", "Estupidos - Porque todas as pessoas o sao!" ("Stupids - Because all people are!") is an art project by the artist "Panda do Transe". It consists in a circuit of installations that is invading Lisbon streets, squares and other city public spaces. Until the end of January, Panda do Transe planned to install a total of 10 sculptures, which will show up at unpredictable places, as if they were a friendly but also ironic alien invasion.
111 Minna is currently featuring the works of San Francisco based Eddie Colla, D Young V and Hugh Leeman. The 3 person show opened last Feb 7th. If you find yourself downtown, be sure to swing through and view it in person. The show will be on view through March 29th.
Wonderful piece by Lola Dupre who works out of Alpujarra de la Sierra, Andalucia, Spain... We've featured her collages many times over the years and are happy to say that she will be showing the brilliant piece below in our next group show @FFDG opening Friday, March 21st - details soon.
We're putting together a group show opening March 21st here at FFDG which Mexico City based Curiot will be participating in. The colored pencil piece below which is 15" x 20" will be included in the show.
Once long-time curator for 111 Minna, Gabe Scott emailed over some images from the show Everyone's Time Is Their Own that he curated for Alter Space which runs through... well, tomorrow, Feb 22nd is the last day... But the show lives online through PHOTOS.
Oakland based John Felix Arnold (showing at FFDG in Oct '14) emailed over some work from his friend and artist Christopher Burch whose show The Missed Adventures of Br'er Rabbit and Br'er Death in the Land of Shadows: Stepping Razors, Chapter 22-Dem Bloodletting Blues (PHOTOS) just ran at Hoffman Lachance Contemporary in St. Louis last month.
French Industrial designer Jose Cabrita has created a sleek and interesting way to display artwork/ prints in your home with being able to quickly and easily switch out what you'd want to display. CONTEXTE uses magnets with a cork interior to not damage whatever it is you're hanging.
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