Saturday 25 May 2019
Red Tigers Mural 2018, Artist: Andrew Schoultz, South Van Ness Avenue near 18th Street, San Francisco, California

Related stories: Floating Red Tiger With Birds Mural 2018

The mural was painted on a fence that bordered the back of a school. On street parking caused part of the mural to be obscured. However it would be easy to spot whether driving or walking. The other red tiger's tail formed a loop. Below it, one of the red organic swirls changed from a red line into a long red ribbon. The first red tiger was partly defaced by sketches and swirls of spray paint. Its face, with gnashing teeth, looked less fierce because of the defacing paint. Just past the leftmost end of the mural was a metal chain-link gate. The two red tigers mural itself ended with a patch of organic swirls. View all


Friday 24 May 2019
Downtown Berkeley Station, Of The BART System

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The plaza surrounding the Downtown Berkeley Station had also been improved. In addition to the new canopy, more bicycle parking has been added, and a coffee shack installed. The new Downtown Berkeley Station entrance to BART as seen from across the street. In February of 2019 the Downtown Berkeley BART station was undergoing image improvements. A new canopy was just installed over the main entry to the underground station. The Downtown Berkeley BART station is located underground as part of a three-stop below-ground section of the BART system. This is how the platform looked in 2010. View all


Thuraday 23 May 2019
Signs, In The 2019 (20th Annual) How Weird Street Faire,San Francisco, California

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A sign carried low read, "Future Wooks unite!" A wook is another word for a helpless intoxiated person. A "Get Weird" sign was painted on an octogon shape to resemble a stop sign. Needless to say, nobody stopped dancing despite the presence of that sign. A sign, carried by someone on the other side of the street, read, "Eating Animals Is Weird." Perhaps a suggestion that folks should only eat Vegan. Someone painted the words "Trump Here" on the top of a toilet lid in one of the portable toilets that lined a wall under the new bus overpass into the new Transbay Center. View all


Wednesday 22 May 2019
Still Beating 2015, A Hearts Of San Francisco Heart, Artist: Michael J. Kruzich, 222 2nd Street, San Francisco, California

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A closer view of the tiles around one lobe of the heart. Notice how they create concentric curves around that lobe, and how the tile colors appear to fade as they become further from the lobe. The heart called "Still Beating" by Michael J. Kruzich was on display in a window of 222 2nd Street, in San Francisco. The 2019 How Weird Street Fair was reflected in the glass. A closer view of the "Still Beating" heart so that one can examine the tile work. Notice that some tiles appear to be missing. It was not clear if this was intentional. View all


Tuesday 21 May 2019
La Princesa Xochitl Mural 2016, Artist: Mario Cid, 23rd Street at South Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California

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The Princesa Xochitl sat on a boulder with her arm around a leopard, with two parrots behind, and a large "Mission" sign next to her. A colorful cameleon crawled on the ground under roses just below Princesa Xochitl's feet. The artist's signature was painted in white paint and showed that this mural had been painted in 2016. The two parrots that were posed on a cut tree behind Princesa Xochitl. One had a red head, the other had a green head. In the bottom right of the mural, just below a window, a sign describing the mural had been painted. It read in part, "La Princesa Xochitl, (La Flor mas bella del campo)" View all


Monday 20 May 2019
Flower Mural, Artist: Unknown, 17th and J Streets, Sacramento, California

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A closer shot of the mural revealing that the leafs behind the rose were black, and the petals of the rose were gray. The mural as it looked by anyone peering just past a parked car. It was a striking image of a rose that would inject a bit of sweetness into anyone's day. A white with black lettered sign read, "Reserved Stall." That sign obscured part of the mural. Fortunately the mural was large enough to still be appreciated despite the presence of the sign. A large, black and white mural of a flower decorated the side of a building. The mural faced a parking lot and was visible to passing pedestrians, but not to passing cars. View all


Sunday 19 May 2019
Old Soul Co Mural, Artist: Unknown, An Advertising Mural, Rear Alley, 1716 L Street, Sacramento, California

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The sign was a mural painted on the side of 1716 L Street, Sacramento, California. It read, "OLD SOUL CO." and "Roasters • Bakers • Artisans" and "☜ In The Alley". A later floral mural was painted on that wall. It carefully incorporated the earlier commercial mural into itself. View all


Saturday 18 May 2019
Janitorial Tools, As Artificial People

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Twin mops with blue hair hung out on the porch railing of a High School in San Francisco, California. Both mops appeared angry as if upset by some high school affront recently felt. Three mops waited on the porch railing of a high school in San Francisco, California. They waited outside a door, as if in trouble for a classroom fight. Perhaps the two gray haired mops fought the blue haired mop, and now all three were in trouble. View all


Friday 17 May 2019
Whaio Mural, Artist: Amanda Lynn, On a wall of Alioto's Garage, 1835 Folsom Street, San Francisco, California

Related stories: Mission Bernal Mural 2016

An image of a woman, apparently bound, and reduced to a skeleton inside her clothes. The mural is narrow because it was painted on a narrow concrete pillar that formed part of the entrance to Alioto's Garage on Folsom Street. The artist's signature was at the base of the mural. It indicated that the mural was by, "A.Lynn," or Amanda Lynn. The word, "Whaio" was sketched in pink below the signature. It was either the title of the mural, or was added later as a bit of graffiti. We chose to interpret it as the title. There was no indication of when (in what year) the mural was painted. View all


Thursday 16 May 2019
Original Naval Flash Mural 2018, Artist: Unknown, In Honor Of Artist: Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, 19th Street and Folsom Street, San Francisco, California

Some related stories: Jon Krawczyk Beverly Pepper Andrew Carson Charles Ginnever Jorit Agoch Laura Kimpton Raymond D. Hunter Diane Herz Peter Helzer Jake Castro

Imagine this mural tattooed on the back or arm of a sailor during or after World War II. It included the phrase, "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep." A Naval Flash is a symbolic representation of an identifying naval mark. Here it indicates a reproduction of a famous tattoo by Norman "Sailor Jerry" Collins, tattoo artist. The upper right of the mural showed a mirror image flag, stars, birds, and fish. But the words on this side were different, instead reading, "Cradle of the Deep." The ship in the middle of the mural was an old, 3-masted sailing ship. Perhaps one of the original naval ships of the US Navy. View all


Wednesday 15 May 2019
Downtown Berkeley Bicycles Mural 2019. Artist: Unknown, Corner of Shattuck and University Avenues, Berkeley, California

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A fence was erected to keep pedestrians away from renewal construction. The mural of abstract bicycle riders was printed on fabric and applied to that fence. The building behind the fence was labeled Snoopy. The bicycle just entering the scene on the left carried a crystal ball instead of handle bars. The bicycle in the center had an owl on a perch and towed a fruit tree in a wagon. This mural was accented in red and featured a red bird on a red fruit tree being towed in a wagon behind a person wearing a red backpack with an owl on a perch. A person with a taco head sat cross legged on a platform and meditated while riding a three-wheeled bicycle. View all


Tuesday 14 May 2019
Jazz Alley Mural 2018, Artist: Jake Castro, Located along a wall of Jazz Alley, Sacramento, California

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A closer view of one of the designs painted on the bricks. This one was painted near to an old fire escape ladder. An emergency exit was part of the wall below the murals. The alley below had automobile parking, and at least one car was parked. Another design featured rectangles within rectangles, and curves within curves as part of its design elements. The right grouping of four designs faced rainbow strips on the facing wall. This right grouping appeared to be unique, yet each held similar designs and colors to their neighbors. View all


Monday 13 May 2019
Sacramento Drawings, Art From Public Objects, Artist: Tom Bob, An American Artist, Based in New York City

Some related stories: Joshua Martel Brian McEneny Jorit Agoch Norman Collins (1911-1073) Shaun Burner Richard Louis Perri Alexander MacLeitch Zhang Huan William Behrends Mark di Suvero

A metal bumper, intended to protect the corner of a concrete building, had been converted into a delightful image of a boy posed in a hand stand. Sadly he had posed so long that a plant grew over one hand, and dirt had given him the appearance of a tough beard. A girl on a pogo stick was created from an electric pipe emerging from the ground and terminating at a metal box. With just a bit of paint, the dull box was turned into a delightful girl on a pogo stick. View all


Sunday 12 May 2019
Pioneer Park, A Park, In Old Sacramento, Sacramento, California

Related stories: Old Sacramento State Park

The sign identifying this as "Pioneer Park" was attached to an arch over a stairway leading down into the park. Fallen steel columns lay on the ground and litter the area around the roots of a tree. An old plaque on a headstone was found in the park. It began, "RIP Tim & Sam, 1976 - 1996" The park was next to a brick building, the side of which was partly covered in plaster. The top of one of the columns revealed fancy details that had one time existed, before age and corrosion began to deface them. A metal column had fallen and rested on the ground next to the bottom of the staircase. View all


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