Pen Pop: Because it’s not real! Just a fence for some autobody shop! Going from home to work to home, I feel like I’m always walking a Mission-SOMA corridor in 94103. I take different streets and alleys to avoid tedium and stalkers. But lately I’ve been noticing these strange vans parked everywhere. At least they’re marked.
Pen Pop: Tried to get out of the Mission, didn’t make it past SOMA. Awesome Punk isn’t the usual flat square and looks to be made for a fire hydrant. Cheating Death is Nothing New on the former New School building on Valencia. Arabesque on Folsom. Green-drips tooth also on the former New School, a building that keeps looking good. Like this 3-way view from Hugh Leeman on 16th.
Pen Pop: How could one deny that darling eye? A love-lorn shark pops the question at the terminus of the N-Judah. And at once hearts pop up around the city. A red one atop a hydrant, a pierced one on a mailbox, a yellow yarn one woven into a hurricane fence, and another red one between two windows.
Mixing street art and household chores? This mural on Caledonia Street does both! Dresses hang on the line with appliances and even a piano. Wild West saloon-style keyboards and a dress form decorate this narrow street.
These two stencils above a garage on Caledonia bring something of our nation’s history to the urban environment. This owl reminds me there’s a whole natural world out there beyond the city. Stencils can be found on Caledonia Street.
PEN POP: The City may be grimy and offensive…but where else would such treasures be found? (Cigarette) butts in the Tenderloin; Messy Vomit pasted on Market; Mocos sticker dripping in Potrero; dank Dark Farts under the freeway; and Girl Krew doo in the Mission. Look out for the diamonds in the rough!
It’s hard not to be impressed by the sheer scale of this mural on the side of a Victorian in the Mission. Memories of beloved children’s books come to mind when gazing at these buildings that topple over each other in a topsy turvy world. Sheer creative fantasy from the minds of Andrew Schoultz and Aaron Noble.
Along the streets of San Francisco, pouncing from garage doors and walls around the city, kitty cats are everywhere! These images come from a Haight Street garage door, a wall in Clarion Alley, and a garage door on Caledonia Street, respectively.