Congrats to Mrs & Mr. Fish as they tied the knot on Tuesday here in San Francisco. With Tommy Guerrero strumming the guitar and with Aesop Rock officiating, friends and family gathered in Washington Square Park to watch the ceremony and to then celebrate the big day with a dinner at Capos. a few pics
Marking the one-year anniversary of the Book and Job, people gathered in the gallery to see and buy Rip Zinger's photos, and spilled outside the door to catch a show by Tommy. Rip Zinger was selling his photos for super cheap, starting at $5, and displayed them in a way that made you feel like you couldn't help but buy a few and support the cause (it probably also helped that he seems like one hell of a salesman).
People were enjoying themselves in the casual atmosphere and I'm told that the cops who came because of the noise were even pretty cool about it and didn't kick anyone out. If this is only year one, the Book and Job Gallery has developed a growing community, and I can't wait for next year's anniversary party.
Words & Photos: Rachel Ralph -- rachel(at)fecalface(dot)com
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.
Thanks to PBR for dropping off beers for Friday's benefit @FFDG (6-9pm) to help our friend Andreas Trolf who was involved in a horrible motorcycle accident and is in need of some help to pay back his massive medical bills after countless recontructive surgies and weeks in the hospital. ~complete details
Besides the beer treats, we'll have donated works by Jeremy Fish, Jay Howell, Mel Kadel, Ferris Plock, and many others. We'll also have tattoo time with the great Henry Lewis which will be raffled off along with many other great surprises.
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
Good music. Good cause with all proceeds benefitting the SF Food Bank. Here's a taste. Admission: $10-$20 Sliding Scale. Tickets here.
Raised on the colorful and gritty streets of San Francisco and steeped in the dark brew formed by the perfect cultural storm where skateboarding, music and art smashed right into each other, Tommy Guerrero was destined for greatness of the soulful sort. Adapting to his hilly local environs with speed and style, TG was a bonafied pioneer of modern street skateboarding, turning pro and traveling the world while still just a teenager.
Thanks Yous Monday, 14 November 2011 /// Written by Trippe
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Thanks to everyone who came out to Mario Martinez' opening of Everything Under the Sun which opened last Friday at FFDG's temporary space at 248 Clement St. Also opening the same night was the group show 11.11.11.
Opening of FFDG's temp space on Clement on Nov 11th
Thanks to the BLKTOP Project featuring Tommy Guerrero, Ray Barbee, Chuck Treece and Matt Rodriguez for playing an amazing set until the cops showed up (ugh).
Also, special thanks to Blue Angel Vodka for providing wonderful drinks (bummer we mixed the great vodka with crappy OJ). Sorry to those who got there too late for the free food from El Tonayense. We went through $700 worth of food in an hour and a half. Damn those websites that list events with free food or drinks gobbling it up so fast.
Mario Martinez (Mars-1) at FFDG
We're now working on getting the images of the great works online as well as getting some pics from the evening too.
The Mattson 2 & Tommy Guerrero will be preforming tonight at San Francisco's surf shop Mollusk on August 23rd. This is one for the shows for our 'Feeling Hands" west coast tour, and we will be selling Feeling Hands Cd's, Vinyl's, and T-shirts . Hope to see a lot of you there.
Mollusk Surf Shop (500 Irving St)
The Mattson 2
7:00pm Doors/ 8:00pm Show
FREE ENTRY. All Ages Welcome
Tommy Guerrero playing during the closing of Fecal Face Dot Com's closing of their 10 Year Anniversary Show at The Luggage Store on Oct 8th, 2010 in San Francisco.
Mattson Two played T. Warrens art show on 12/13/08 at Shelter in Long Beach, CA.
Woke up yesterday morning totally fried from moving apartments all weekend (see below) and was pleased to hear our friend Tommy Guerrero being interviewed on KQED's Forum (listen online or download the MP3)... Covering his music, skateboarding, art, etc, it's an interesting 1 hour long interview and you're gonna wanna download it for later listening enjoyments... or listen to it right now.
The San Francisco Chronicle describes musician Tommy Guerrero's work as "a soul, jazz, psychedelic fusion that feels like a soundtrack for walking the streets of San Francisco." That's appropriate, since Guerrero first made a name for himself navigating the city's avenues and alleys as a pioneering pro skateboarder. We'll talk to Guerrero about his journey from high school dropout and teen skate god to entrepreneur and indie music icon. He joins us as part of our "First Person" series featuring the leaders, innovators and other individuals who make the Bay Area Unique.
Tommy Guerrero @ Fecal Face's 10 Year Show Closing at The Luggage Store - Oct 8, 2010
Oh man, that was a late night. Thanks to Tommy Guerrero who played an amazing set and to everyone who came out. We're taking the day off and riding bikes about the city and will be checking out the shows below... Oh, and load Fecal Face on your mobile phone now. Realized that the mobile redirect was off, but it's on now. The mobile version of Fecal Face loads fast with an IPhone on 3G now.
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.
It was a great 15 years, and most of that effort can still be found within the site. Click around. There's a lot of content to explore.
Hit me up if you have any ECommerce related questions. - trippe.io
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
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" 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.
"[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
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
NYC --- 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
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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