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Art Good, Hitler Bad.

Art Good, Hitler Bad.
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War Is Not Fair, But It Does Have Class
2012-02-18 20:53:00
Here’s an original Mission Yuppie Eradication Project poster from San Francisco’s Mission District in the late 1990s. According to Wikipedia: “During the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, the gentrification of San Francisco’s predominantly working class Mission District led some long-term neighborhood residents to create what they called the “Mission Yuppie Eradication Project.” This group ...
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Home Coming
2011-06-17 06:57:00
“it?s hard to know where to start…” I came home late one evening to find a blog comment waiting for approval. Comments of any kind, praise or scorn, make me happy. Sometimes I?m just glad that someone found our long-neglected site and was compelled to write. To my immediate surprise and joy, a line cut ...
More About: Home
2011-04-30 21:53:00
Sorry for not updating this blog very often. I suck. My hope is that soon I’ll actually do what I say and keep this neat little corner of the web alive. Note to self: Water every two weeks and give it plenty of sun.
More About: Asides
Lonse Star Swan
2011-04-30 21:37:00
A fascinating, yet heartbreaking portrait of SF icon, Lone Star Swan .
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Kiss Me Quick
2010-11-10 05:42:00
Here’s a rad little photo I found and now carry around in my wallet. It shows both humor and restraint common in the duality of young women maturing in the dawn of the suffrage movement. This picture makes me smile.
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Rebirthed, Digitally
2010-08-02 15:05:00
Sorry for the lack of posts. A few of my recent favorites from the 22nd Street writer.
Coffee and Robots
2010-04-24 18:44:00
I’ve seen this guy in the neighborhood for years. He never seems to talk to anyone, just draws at the cafe on the corner. I’ve always wondered what he works on with his multi-color retractable pen. Evidently the answer is robots. And who doesn’t love robots? (click on the pic to get a closer view) ...
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Rebel at Naptime
2010-03-08 05:11:00
The prolific “Shorty” has been busy offering nuggets of wisdom and recounting his early years. Below are the fragmented experiences of his childhood. As I was documenting this story, I was fortunate enough to catch my first glimpse of Shorty. Who seemingly writes upside down. For those interested in exploring more, there is a treasure ...
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They Call Me the Weatherman
2010-02-18 06:40:00
When we started this blog it seemed as though there was a surplus of compelling new characters to discover with engaging narratives and a bevy of largely undiscovered artistic output to document and highlight. Each week brought the promise of another clue in the ever evolving portrait of who these artists were and what made ...
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Solemn Faces
2010-02-14 23:32:00
Today I stumbled on a collection of paintings and sketches from a woman named Julia Colton. As flea-market folklore has it, she was originally from the Soviet Union, and had a showing in Paris at some point in her life. Her work dates from the mid 1940s through the mid 1950s and depicts portraits of ...
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Chinese Scientology
2008-06-10 04:43:00
This is a poster I have seen numerous times over the years posted on telephone poles along San Francisco’s Clement Street and the surrounding neighborhoods. I never really spent the time to decipher it’s message and based on the Mumia Abul Jamal look-alike, always assumed it was some badly executed attempt to promote some sad ...
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Jack of All Trades
2008-05-30 05:12:00
Will’s back at it rehashing old themes and testing a few new. Not one to make an understatement, Will seems to be taking cues from Phil Spector and his infamous “wall of sound,” plastering entire blocks of street signs and lamp posts with multiple posters butted snug against one another. While his mini “best of” pet ...
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Melvin Frank Marshall Live at Civic Center
2008-05-21 05:29:00
Compared to the satisfaction of posting wholly original finds, re-purposing and re-broadcasting youtube footage feels a little like cheating and lot like laziness, but to hell with it: Melvin Frank Marshall is a man who needs to be heard! A San Francisco violinist responsible for “over three hundred songs” and “one million chords,” Melvin scorches a ...
More About: Whatever , Live , Center , Civic
Is Murder Ever Funy?
2008-05-19 22:18:00
It’s been a minute since I’ve found video compelling enough to post, but thanks to it looks like that streak may finally be over. Not since the days of Wondershowzen (the short-lived, but brilliant show on MTV2) have I seen such a provocative and funny appropriation of hand puppets. Based on the story of ...
More About: Murder , Asides
Honey Tree Evil Eye
2008-05-03 00:24:00
I love stories told in brief compelling episodes, each one a new clue to the titillating climax that lies ahead. However, instead of soap operas or the political circus surrounding a presidential candidate’s every misstatement, I favor the narrative of the offbeat, expressed in rants, ramblings and bizarre imagery. The continuing saga of Natalie/Carolina’s Pet ...
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Gang of Four
2008-04-27 19:47:00
Today I learned that Ramona is small unincorporated community outside San Diego, which holds the unfortunate distinction of being the starting point of the largest fire in California history. I happened upon this unfortunate historical fact researching a group of four young toughs, referring to themselves as The 4 Ramona Rats. Sometime in the early ...
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Treasure Island Naval History Mural
2008-04-24 04:04:00
Too bad one of the strangest murals in the area sits in a limited access building on an island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, but here’s hoping a quick snap shot sparks a bit of interest. The painting stretches the length of the east wall in Treasure Island ’s Administration Building, a grand ...
More About: History , Naval , Mural
2008-04-22 16:57:00
UPDATE: New Pet Portrait Posters have been spotted on the southeast side of town! Eagerly awaiting the bounty. Share This
More About: Asides
2008-04-21 02:11:00
Saw this little pencil drawing at the flea market. While the image on the left seemed like nothing more than a crude depiction of a stoic peasant tirelessly working the land, the accompanying image on the right was what grabbed my attention. Upon closer inspection, I realized that the rough sketch was actually a tearful ...
2008-04-03 00:49:00
Doesn’t calling yourself an outsider artist imply a self-awareness that automatically precludes you from that label? If the idea of a vast network of flashing, seizure-inducing, self-promotional web-sites devoted to the ramblings and artwork of one man sounds like your cup of tea, you may have found your nirvana. Share This
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Learn German
2008-03-31 01:07:00
Ever had one of those days when you’re trapped inside you own head? Today was one of those days. I had just paid a visit to my elderly father, where in his rapidly deteriorating state he’s allowed his house and his personal affairs to unravel into a typhoon of dirty dishes, unopened bills, and various ...
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Fun Facts
2008-03-28 18:48:00
Obviously the audacity of using the name Hitler in your domain ensures the “super computer” known as Google will misread the sarcasm. Not surprisingly, most searches that bring visitors to our site contain a mention of a certain German villain in one way or another. “Pretty pictures of hitler?!” Wow. Does such a thing even ...
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AGHB 2.0
2008-03-27 21:46:00
After months of toying with the idea of reworking the layout of our site, we finally bit the proverbial bullet and updated the look and feel to reflect our growth. Rather than just a blog with posts in chronological order, we wanted to utilize more of an online magazine feel with featured articles and even ...
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Head In The Clouds
2008-03-14 20:54:00
Last weekend I stumbled on a briefcase filled with what appears to be a collection of contest entries from the International Child Art Center, where Roman children had depicted various aviation scenes. In many of the works were the mention of Alitalia, the Italian airline operating out of Leonardo Da Vinci International Airport, Rome. While ...
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Gold Dust
2008-02-29 20:35:00
Yet more unearthed creations from the mind of Albert Beauparlant. In the artist’s typical fashion, this newly discovered work builds on previously witnessed themes. However, while most of his work was done in standard pencil, the majority of these pieces incorporate hastily applied strokes of color that oddly detract from the stark, yet intricate beauty ...
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Down the Rabbit Hole
2008-02-17 07:57:00
Living in a neighborhood that?s rapidly transitioning from blue-collar, single-family households to prime fix-it-and flip-it opportunities, estate sales have become a semi-regular source of entertainment in these parts. Which isn?t necessarily a bad thing. Sure they?re a heart-breaking public attempt to remedy lifelong accumulations of debt, familial strife and general clutter in the space of ...
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The Pemp of All
2008-02-10 03:01:00
At times, we’ve been accused of featuring artwork that resembles “middle school art” (shout out to our #1 fan, Joe). In the interests of further perpetuating that opinion, we’ve pulled together a collection of pieces that in fact is exactly that. However, what separates the following work is the context and setting in which it ...
Forcing the Hand, pt. 1
2008-02-01 04:42:00
Will?s not much of a people person. I?ve come to this conclusion after the latest in a series of menacing phone messages in which Will has implicated me as a key figure in a city-wide conspiracy to bury his burgeoning dog walking business by collaborating with the Department of Public Works and rival walking services ...
More About: Signs and Wonders , Hand
Forcing the Hand, pt. 2
2008-02-01 04:40:00
The following Sunday, Charles (who?s always game for crazy) and I show up to Gordon?s pet store with photos of our cats jammed in a manila envelope. As promised, Gordon, the last hippie in the Haight, mans the register in loose tie-dye, his thin ponytail crawling over one shoulder like something expecting to be fed. ...
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Forcing the Hand, pt. 3
2008-02-01 04:36:00
Several days later another voice mail from Will is waiting on my machine. Clearly unhinged by my bout of self-sabotaging phone calls, he is making it clear that I?ve pressed too hard. ?Listen man,? he cautions, ?tell your lady friend to stop tearing down my signs all over the place, because that shit?s not cool!? ...
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