San Francisco based artist Mike Giant has been a fixture in the graffiti, skateboarding, tattoo and illustration scene for years. This past Friday, July 20th, he had his first solo show at the FFDG Gallery entitled “Confessions of an Old Dirty Skateboarder.” The show featured a wide assemblage of recent drawings and a rare opportunity to view the personal collection of skateboards he’s illustrated over the years. Black ink is his specialty, and his signature style inspired by Mexican folk art and Japanese illustration is unmistakeable. When you’ve seen a Mike Giant piece for the first time, you’ll be able to spot his artwork from across a crowded room. [Read more...]
Have your dreams ever been influenced by a movie you were watching, or a book you were reading before you went to bed? Maybe you were watching Mad Men or Leave It To Beaver and flipped to the Sci-fi channel until your eyes became so heavy you never realized you dozed off… until you awoke with the most vivid dreams still intact in your memory. Perhaps you unintentionally combined the two stories creating something like a wild west alien invasion or a trip to the moon with June and Ward Cleaver. This example might be a little off the wall to some but that isn’t the case with San Franciscan artist Alec Huxley. [Read more...]
Baseball season has started folks. For the next half of the year, all 30 teams will compete to be in the World Series for a final showdown of two stellar MLB teams. Two years ago, famous pitcher Brian Wilson helped lead his team, the San Francisco Giants, to a World Championship. Some say it was his concentration that won the World Series, some say it was his strong arm, and some say it was his Beard. [Read more...]
Using our dreams as a source of inspiration can sometimes be an amazing tool for creating a masterpiece. The artwork by painter DeLa Cruz takes you on an astral voyage through his unique universe and the colorful aspects of a surreal world. The artist explains his nightly visions as being one where the paint explodes out of the soul and onto the canvas. [Read more...]
This new 3D time-lapse video has me so pumped! A tribute to the lovely city of San Francisco, it features scenes from in and around the bay including a cameo by typewriter remix artist Jeremy Mayer in the beginning seconds.
What get’s me really going though, is the way this 3D technology is being made available to the masses. Shot with a two Canon 5D’s, the short uses Youtube’s new 3D feature, allowing viewers to select between a number of different viewing methods. You can select from various anaglyph (colored glasses) and stereo modes, so if you have a pair of red and blue 3D glasses laying around, you can view the video that way. If you’re looking for a more realistic 3D view, and for those familiar with the old Magic Eye books, there’s a “cross eyed” method that works perfectly: simply cross your eyes until the white dots at the top of the video match up. Captivating! [Read more...]
I was in San Francisco just yesterday, so when I returned home and saw this great ‘Bikes of San Francisco’ poster by Tor, I couldn’t help cracking up at how spot-on it was. A fixie for the Mission and a unicycle for the Haight? It’s an everyday occurrence. To see a full sized version, pedal by Flickr… just remember to watch out for those Muni tracks. [Read more...]