The Deepest Depths of the Burrow: Film Premiere and Q & A with NYCHOS

San Francisco’s Castro Theatre hosted the final US Premiere of ‘The Deepest Depths of the Burrow’ on Wednesday. The film, which follows the experiences of internationally known artist Nychos and his crew Rabbit Eye Movement, was followed by a Q & A portion with the artist and director Christian Fischer.

The Castro Theatre premiere was the final stop on the US Tour of the documentary. Presented by 1XRun, the film previously screened in Atlanta and Los Angeles before coming to San Francisco. “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” is a first-hand look inside the the lifestyle of a contemporary street artist and features interviews from Shepard Fairey, Smithe, Ron English and a list of established and up-and-coming urban artists.

Nychos and Christian Fischer (Director) answer questions from the crowd, following “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” Premiere at Castro Theatre.


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With the San Francisco Premiere of  “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” this Wednesday, July 1st at Castro Theatre, this is your last chance to pick up tickets in store at Upper Playground. The documentary by Christian Fischer follows internationally known artist NYCHOS and members of RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT, giving viewers a first-hand view inside the lifestyle of a contemporary street artist. Presented by 1xRUN, the film is on US Tour, premiering in Los Angeles and Atlanta before Wednesday’s Castro Theatre Premiere.

Tickets are $12.00 in store at Upper Playground, 220 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.

“The Deepest Depths of the Burrow”
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
July 1, 2015 8:00pm


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With “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” premiering at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on July 1st, Upper Playground is now offering advanced tickets for sale at the Fillmore store. A documentary about art, lifestyle and subculture, the film follows the experiences of internationally known artist NYCHOS and other members of RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT for several years. ‘The Deepest Depths of the Burrow’ is currently on US Tour, premiering in Atlanta and Los Angeles before making it’s way to San Francisco’s Castro Theatre.

Tickets are $12.00 in store at Upper Playground, located at 220 Fillmore Street, San Francisco.



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RABBIT EYE MOVEMENT and world-renowned graffiti artist Nychos will bring the highly anticipated documentary “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” to San Francisco’s Castro Theatre on July 1st, 2015. Following a successful world premiere in Vienna, Austria, Nychos and director Christian Fischer begin a tour of the United States. The film, presented by 1xRUN, will show in Atlanta, Los Angeles and San Francisco this summer.

“The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” gives the viewer a first-hand look inside the lifestyle of a contemporary street artist, following Nychos through the experiences that come with traveling the world painting walls, exhibiting in galleries and gaining international acclaim as an artist. Featuring interviews from Shepard Fairey, Smithe, Ron English and a host of other established and up-and-coming urban artists, the documentary is an authentic perspective on the street art phenomenon.

Check out information on the San Francisco premiere and see the trailer for “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” below.

“The Deepest Depths of the Burrow”
Castro Theatre, San Francisco
July 1, 2015 8:00pm
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Upper Playground celebrates 15th year with a series of Creative Contests

This year marks Upper Playground‘s 15th year anniversary and we will continue our celebration by giving away signed ‘The Walrus’ Prints by NYCHOS to our most talented fans!

Starting in June, we will hold a contest each month to give away one 18x24inches signed, ‘The Walrus’ Giclée Print to the most creative and original Walrus interpretation shared with us via Instagram and Facebook.

To participate:

1. Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook!
2. Upload your original work of a UP walrus on your Instagram and tag #UPwalrus15 + @upperplayground. Or send us your UP walrus on our Facebook page and tag us Upper Playground + #UPwalrus15
3. Don’t forget to share with friends!

At the end of each month, we will choose a winner and send out our gift. Good luck to all participants!


‘Street Anatomy’ by NYCHOS at Fifty24SF Gallery runs until June 15th

Last month, NYCHOS opened his first solo show on the west coast: STREET ANATOMY at Fifty24SF Gallery.  The San Francisco show garnered an enthusiastic crowd of supporters and fans who are amped by the Rabbit Eye Movement and the Lords Crew.  If you missed the opening, the show goes on until June 15th. Visit for more information and make an appointment to check out new works by the world renown master muralist.

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UP EXCLUSIVE: INTERVIEW with NYCHOS on “The Easter Rabbit” of Oakland

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World traveling, wall crunching, metal-head, graffiti painter and founder of the Rabbit Eye Movement, NYCHOS just finished an impossibly gigantic Rabbit mural in Oakland this Sunday.  Fresh off the cherry picker, the long and rough hours of heavy breathing through the painter’s mask didn’t seem to phase the artist one bit.  He offered UP an exclusive interview about the process:

J: I wanted to ask you about your process.  Which, to a lot of people, is pretty mysterious.

N: Yeah. Some people told me that people think I do it all on the computer first. (chuckle) It just makes me laugh when I hear sh*t like that.

J: Why do you think people think that?

N: I don’t know. I guess it’s because it looks too complex maybe. I don’t know.


J: How do you prepare for a mural? Are there clear stages in your mind in terms of what happens when you’re thinking about doing a giant mural?

N: First of all, most of the time I have to see the spot. And then I know what I’m going to do.  I did not know what to do a week ago, because we didn’t really have a wall. I had loads of paint and I know roughly what I need for doing the anatomy stuff– just 3 colors for the bones and certain colors for the organs or whatever. We went there to that wall and first i was like maybe a horse skeleton or something.. but then the shape of the wall wasn’t very good to do a horse skeleton.


J: And why wasn’t it good?

N: It didn’t fit there for me. I didn’t see it there anymore.

J: How did you know it could have been a horse in the first place?

N: Hmn I was thinking in my head… I haven’t done a proper horse skeleton in a while…and I’ve never dissected a horse… and the horse is a very complex… very hard… It’s hard to draw it already to make it nice and the body structure and bone structure is so crazy.  And I was thinking that when you paint something, it’s like painting graffiti at night time. You have to work out: Can you actually do this in this time?– This is also a point.  I don’t think I could have done a horse skeleton of this scale in that time. So even while painting the rabbit I was like: Can I do this? Do I actually have time?  I knew how far I wanted to go with it so I’m happy… but I could have added more stuff… more veins or veins outside the rabbit or an eyeball floating or something like that. But I didn’t do that cuz you’re also thinking, let’s just finish it. I was happy with the way it was so I didn’t do the eyeball and all that… Sometimes there’s those little things you add and it’s just not cool any more. And you might actually not like it and then you would have to get rid of it and it would have taken another hour.


J: The way you tend to these murals, it looks like you’re sketching right onto the walls, whatever the scale, so a lot of the mystery is: How does he get the scale right? Do you just adjust and improvise as you’re going along?

N: No I think I’m sketching like a cartoonist.  I build up proportions in very 3-dimensional thinking way but it’s all really basic shapes. So sometimes my stuff really looks very planned out with the proportions because you can feel those shapes.  It’s not like this rabbit looks like a real rabbit but it’s this comic rabbit because it has those real 3D qualities to it.


J: There’s definitely a sculptural quality to a lot of your murals even though it’s in a 2D space, in the way you construct things. There’s a flattening first, then you hollow things out and then you fill it in…


N: Yeah so when i started to sketch I was like: okay this is the back, this is the belly out here…  I know the back leg muscle is really fat because he needs to run and this is a front and it’s bit smaller so a smaller shape and then the ear and head is pretty clear. So the first sketch is a basic cartoon drawing… those simple shapes of how you make a cartoon actually. So very geometric. And when I’m sketching those shapes I’m already thinking, you’ll see it more from down… in this case we see it more from down because it makes sense to me when you have this really small person…


J: You mean you’re thinking about a vantage point, an ideal position to look at the mural.

N: Yeah actually this mural has two.  Because there’s two points where the mural really has to work.  So when you drive by, and you see the rabbit kind of jumping out? The shadow goes toward the front. Cuz I might have put the shadow the other way but the shadow needed to be on this side because when you drive past it this huge shadow just pops the rabbit off the wall.  So this is a very important spot for when you walk by or drive by and look inside the parking lot. And then of course the other one is straight-on. A straight view but because you cannot go that far away and you have to look up, I think it’s impressive when you look up from the rabbit’s belly perspective. So actually I kind of had to draw it flipping over and you don’t really see so much from the back in this case.  I had to draw it down the corpus ribs and then there’s this brown and made them really big and then I had the rest of the ribs going this way. So I measure it all out before I fill it up with stuff.


J: And when you say sketch, do you always start it on paper first?

N: For this one I did a rough idea on paper.  I know that I don’t want to really plan it too well because it’s not going to be like that anyway. And when you’re too stuck to your sketch you lose… there’s you, your sketch and the wall… and sometimes when your sketch is too important for you, you get stuck to your sketch and you get really annoyed with what you’ve sketched out and so it’s like… ah F*ck the sketch, here’s the wall, this is the actual painting. You have to work it out on the wall.  The sketch is up there. I just draw it up there and work it out and extend things and shape it and reshape it with the roller paint after the real sketch.


N: And then the thinking process about the colors just happens: How do I do the rabbit. So is it brownish? or greyish? I can have a beige color as base and darker beige as a shadow part? Is the shadow and fur part with ivory or almost white? At first you have a light brown rabbit but with the fur it happens to become a white rabbit.

J: How important is movement in your paintings and murals?

N: I think about it from the start.  It’s important because much like a cartoon I try to keep it animated. And it starts from the beginning because I have to consider the position and composition of the animal from the start. I could just draw an animal as stationary but I prefer it in action.

J: How many times do you think you’ve painted or sketched a rabbit in your life time?

N: I have no idea. At least a 1000 times.


J: How many times do you have to sketch or study something before you start to have a natural hand at it for a mural?

When I first started to think about doing graffiti and murals, there was like a 5 or 6 year period of my life where all I did was come home after school and just sketch for hours and hours.  I have tons of sketch books somewhere from that period and I plan to revisit it sometime. I know that sometimes I think that I have a new idea but then I remember that I’ve already worked it out before in one of those sketch books.

J: What other subjects besides animals are you interested in?

N: It’s funny because most people think I only draw animals and tell me that I remind them of ROA. But for me it’s not really about drawing animals, I am just interested in how things are constructed and how they work. I am not interested in painting just animals.

J: What other subjects besides animals are you interested in painting then?

I think about R2D2.  I really want to do a Darth Vader one. And a helicopter would be nice. It will all depend on what kind of helicopter etc.  I thought about doing one of an ak-47 or a rifle which shouldn’t take me too long to figure out.

SONY DSCThe Easter Rabbit mural was made possible with the support of Lequivive Gallery, Montana Cans, Upper Playground for Fifty24SF Gallery.  Special thanks go out to Lauren YS.  All photographs herein are by Jy-Ah Min for Upper Playground.

The Easter Rabbit by Nychos the Weird

Founder of the Rabbit Eye Movement, NYCHOS spent Easter Sunday finishing his largest mural to date: The Easter Rabbit.  The massive rabbit finished today stands tall and wide in downtown Oakland, on Webster St. across from the Lequivive Gallery.  The wall was made possible with the support of Lequivive Gallery, Montana Cans and Upper Playground for Fifty24sf Gallery. Photos by Jy-Ah for Upper Playground.

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Nychos – Massive Rabbit in Oakland still in progress…

Rabbit Eye Movement‘s Nychos takes a second stab at his Oakland Rabbit expected to be finished just in time for Easter Sunday. After his successful opening of STREET ANATOMY at Fifty24SF Gallery, he jumped right back into action, trying to complete his largest mural to date.  Organized by Fifty24SF Gallery, this mural was made possible with the support of Montana Cans x Lequivive Gallery and Upper Playground.  Here are some updates from yesterday’s session:

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Nychos still at it at dusk:

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All Photos by Jy-Ah Min for Upper Playground