July Fourth Release for 40 Days of Summer Premium T-Shirt Collection

With a new design dropping everyday in the ’40 Days of Summer’ Collection, July 4th is a fitting time to release the Modern America Premium T-Shirt.

The Premium T-Shirts are made with 100% Pima Cotton and feature everything from experimental designs to unique camos and optical illusions. Follow our official Instagram @upperplayground and like us on Facebook to keep up with the daily release.

The Modern America Premium T-Shirt is available July 4th at Upper Playground. You can check out the rest of the current collection here.

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Upper Playground Releases New ‘Eyes Only’ Snapback Cap in Khaki

Building on a favorite collection, Upper Playground drops a new Eyes Only Snapback Hat in Khaki today. Already complete with a variety of classic T-Shirts, the Eyes Only Collection adds this 5-panel Snapback Cap made with Khaki and Black Cotton Twill.

The Eyes Only Snapback comes complete with Front felt secured with jump stitch, Back flat embroidery, Custom printed crown taping and Inner woven label. Check out the new hat and a few signature Eyes Only T-Shirts from the collection.

All available at upperplayground.com

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San Francisco Artist Sam Flores To Unveil New Mural in Hayes Valley

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San Francisco-based artist Sam Flores is on Linden Street working on a new mural for the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association. In collaboration with artist Ronnie Buders, Flores will reveal the wall tomorrow (Thursday, July 2nd) at a special unveiling party between 4:00-5:00pm. The mural and unveiling is on Linden Street (between Gough St. and Octavia St., across from Build Inc offices) and will be followed by drinks at Brass Tacks (488 Hayes St.) at 5:30pm.

The project was coordinated by William Buckley of the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association and supported by Fifty24SF Gallery in association with Upper Playground. Photos and time-lapse by Gareth Gooch Photography.

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Artist Collection: NYCHOS x Upper Playground

With NYCHOS in San Francisco for the Premiere of “The Deepest Depths of the Burrow” at Castro Theatre, we take a look at a few Crewnecks and T-Shirts from the artist’s collection at Upper Playground.

The collection features Nychos’ signature masterful dissection of his anatomically disassembled characters. Click on an image for details and check out the full collection at upperplayground.com.

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Opening Reception: Take It Acid Is by Mark McCloud at Fifty24SF Gallery

Mark McCloud’s exhibition “Take It Acid Is” opened Friday, June 26th at Fifty24SF Gallery in San Francisco. The large crowd viewed a collection of blotter art, with many in town take in take in “Fare Thee Well: Celebrating 50 Years of Grateful Dead” in Santa Clara just a day later. The perfectly timed show, featured actual blotter paper from “The Institute of Illegal Images”, the largest private collection of blotter art in the world.

Recognized worldwide as the preeminent collector of LSD art, McCould stated, “This show focuses on the blotter art that I obtained or created through my 50 years of love for The Grateful Dead .”

In addition to a large selection of forensic photographic prints provided by BlotterBarn.com, the Golden Road Gallery was in attendance with an extensive collection of Vanity Blotter for collectors to purchase.

Check out select shots from the opening below. “Take It Acid Is” is currently on view at Fifty24SF Gallery.

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MARS-1 To Release Limited Edition Print at Upper Playground

Renowned artist MARS-1 will release a limited edition print of his painting “Stratus Nimbus Cumulus” at Upper Playground. Featuring Mars-1’s signature style of surreal distortions and extraterrestrial looking landscapes, the prints will be signed and numbered by the artist. Available this Wednesday at Noon PST along side Mars-1 Sculptures and Silver Pendant at upperplayground.com.

“Stratus Nimbus Cumulus” print. (Based on the 2014 painting from the “Momentum” exhibition, Space Gallery in Denver, CO)
– Limited Edition of 100
– Signed and Numbered by the Artist
– Paper size: 35 inches wide x 35 inches high
– Image size: 32 inches wide x 32 inches high

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About The Artist
Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1) paints from a penetrating perspective of great depth. Viewers are drawn into his imaginative compositions, overflowing with colorful geometric and organic shapes, layered to form unique patterns and textures.

The artist signature style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking landscapes feature imagery of surreal distortions, contained within spherically convex transparent bubbles. Skillfully combining optical color blending with perspective line work, his painting techniques result in very three-dimensional forms, which echo the anatomy of architecture, and microcosmic structures of biology.

These 3-D qualities transcend into his sculptural work, as well. Mars-1’s distinctly individual aesthetic is not easily compared to the vision of his contemporaries or artists from past movements. His constantly evolving process continues to expand with each new series of work, seemingly beyond the reaches of even his own awareness.

Themes explored range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology.

Mini Sculptures by MARS-1 at Upper Playground

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Upper Playground in association with Fifty24SF Gallery will release this Wednesday a special collection of Metal Cold Casting Mini Sculptures by artist MARS-1.  The limited edition sculptures are based on works shown at MARS-1’s 2014 solo show “Toward A Distant Dawn” and is signed & numbered by the artist.

These are only available as a set with two color options (Black Series or Bronze Series), complete with four Metal Cold Casting Mini Sculptures, each with a certificate of authenticity. A limited number of these sculpture sets will be available at upperplayground.com starting NOON (12PM PST) this Wednesday, June 24th, 2015.

Metal Cold Casting Mini Sculptures
– Metal cold casting technique
– Limited edition of 24 sets each
– Each piece comes with certificate of authenticity
– Signed & numbered by the artist
– Measurement: 3-inches diameter

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About The Artist:
Mario Martinez (aka MARS-1) paints from a penetrating perspective of great depth. Viewers are drawn into his imaginative compositions, overflowing with colorful geometric and organic shapes, layered to form unique patterns and textures.

The artist signature style of vast, abstracted, quasi-extraterrestrial looking landscapes feature imagery of surreal distortions, contained within spherically convex transparent bubbles. Skillfully combining optical color blending with perspective line work, his painting techniques result in very three-dimensional forms, which echo the anatomy of architecture, and microcosmic structures of biology.

These 3-D qualities transcend into his sculptural work, as well. Mars-1’s distinctly individual aesthetic is not easily compared to the vision of his contemporaries or artists from past movements. His constantly evolving process continues to expand with each new series of work, seemingly beyond the reaches of even his own awareness.

Themes explored range from very scientific to more esoteric phenomena. From theoretical physics, metamorphosis and collective consciousness, to ufology and examining possibilities of otherworldly principles, the relative link between physical and life sciences are applied throughout. Transitional energies, natural multiplicity, helixes and spontaneous biological occurrences all come together, forming imagery with hypotheses beyond the scope of modern technology.

Upper Playground’s 40 Days of Summer

With Summer officially in full swing, Upper Playground will unveil a special collection of premium t-shirts made with 100% Pima Cotton. The ‘40 Days of Summer‘ collection will feature unique optical illusion camos to strange, experimental designs that will get you noticed at BBQs by day and pool parties by night.   With one new design revealed each day for the next 40 days, there will be plenty of options to keep you looking good for the whole summer.  Follow our official instagram @upperplayground and like us on Facebook to keep up with our latest releases.

Here’s a sneak peek of this week’s designs…

NIGHT VISION:

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PARTING THE SALT FLATS:

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SPRINKLE CAMO:

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TIME CAMO:

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The Deepest Depths of the Burrow: Tickets for Nychos Documentary at Upper Playground

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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Happy Accidents Sterling Silver Pendant by MARS-1

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Based on his 2009 painting, “Happy Accidents Series #3″, MARS-1 releases a Sterling Silver Pendant at Upper Playground this week. Each piece of limited edition jewelry is numbered and stamped on the the back by the artist and jeweler. The Happy Accidents Series #3 Silver Pendant will be available Wednesday, June 24th, starting Noon PST at upperplayground.com.

“Happy Accidents Series #3 Silver Pendant”
Sterling silver pendant; hand-sculpted and cast by jeweler Sean Smokovich.

– Based on the 2009 painting, “Happy Accidents Series # 3.”
– Limited edition of 100
– Each piece is numbered & stamped on the back by the artist & jeweler.
– Measurements: chain length/type: 30″ round box, 5.5cm x 3cm
– Weight: 46 grams

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