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.
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!
PENPOP: A fly bird swaggers on the retaining wall at Ocean Beach; a black and white skull-cat lurks on a pot-club wall in SOMA; a six-eyed face stares from two stickers on a garage near Civic Center; and ‘east bay’ represents on an N-Judah railing in the Sunset.
PENPOP: Colors bounce off the wet sidewalk on rainy days. Two paint dripped RODIs near Civic Center hold water in the counters of the R, O and D creating a contrast with the drying sidewalk. In SOMA a third piece’s paint speckled background is deepened and complemented by yesterday’s showers.
PENPOP: Many interesting pieces fly under the radar for years because of their size. Which is lucky for us – there’s a sense of discovery in sighting these small drawings on rusted grates, locks, and pipes: PsyFi at Ocean Beach; Oddfellow in the Mission; Plant Trees on Market Street; and Flesh in Civic Center.
This mural by Chor Boogie is well worth a walk down Market Street! The mural is massive, covering about half a block of prime Market real estate. It’s a great addition to the neighborhood. If you missed his piece in the Indoor Mural Project show at 941GEARY, this is a great place to take a look at his work.
Down a small alley off of Valencia Street, the casual wanderer can find some artistic surprises hiding around every corner. This small collection of murals brings out one’s inner child with their whimsical and cartoon-like subjects. Take a walk down San Francisco side alleys for a diversion into art!