Snowman Monkey BBQ Book Signing with David Choe at Upper Playground SF – Sunday Oct. 26th!

Just announced: David Choe will be at the Upper Playground SF shop this Sunday at 3PM for an in store book signing.

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“This Sunday October 26th I will be signing@upperplayground in San Francisco, 3pm till it’s over – the first gallery to ever give me an art show and has supported my art for Almost 2 decades. The books are almost all gone and I’ve never reprinted any of my books. I self published a book #snowmanMonkeyBBQ I will do only 2 or 3 signings.This Sunday in SF, will be my first one- if you already bought it , bring it over and I’ll sign it. Because i got in trouble with my girl last time , I won’t be signing #titties or any human flesh anymore – haha jk I haven’t been in a relationship in 10 years” – D. Choe

JUSTKIDS x Bicicleta Sem Freio “JustKids Euro Tour” in UK, GERMANY and ITALY

Following up on the Brazilian collective Bicicleta Sem Freio’s recent month long tour in Europe organized by JustKids. Dubbed the “JustKids Euro Tour”, Bicicleta Sem Freio stopped by six different cities such as London, Berlin, Pinerolo, Gaeta, Terracina and Turin. The Trio completed a total of 5 murals, see work in progress and finished mural photos below. Photos courtesy of JustKidsCollective.

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About JustKids

Justkids is a dynamic interface that curates and creates international art events, connect top-tier urban artists with leading global brand and designs conceptual spaces for stores, hotel and other high-profile clients. Curator and creator of Rise Above/Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas, and Miami JustKids is dedicated to serving artists, delivering amazing murals and public installation and creating new consumer experiences with some of the world’s most engaging visual artists. Since 2014, JustKids has supported a diverse team of inspirational pros and upcoming amateurs who continue to meet the demands of a constantly evolving art scene.

After 48 Years, The San Francisco Bay Guardian is forced to shut down this week: Final issue cover by Jeremy Fish

The San Francisco Bay Guardian which served as a weekly, leading progressive voice in the city of San Francisco since 1966, is closing after its final issue which was released this past Wednesday.  Jeremy Fish, who was asked to work on the cover art for its last ever issue said:

” With a broken heart, I proudly present the last issue ever of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.  I was unaware this would be the final issue when I drew it, but the day of the dead theme they requested seems so appropriate now as an SF institution dies a tragic death today.  RIP SFBG and thanks for everything over the years.  I will miss you.” – Jeremy Fish via Instagram

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The Bay Guardian originally founded  by Bruce Brugmann and his wife, Jean Dibble, 48 years ago, will now be missed by the SF community.

 

New Style by Aryz in Spain and Morocco: Sketching BIG

Some New walls recently completed by Spanish artist ARYZ while visiting Basque Country, Spain in Bilbao and in Casablanca, Morocco.  Check out his latest mural style focused on representing his recent sketches in large scale.

Bilbao, Spain: ”El fin justificado”

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“I always thought that the most difficult thing of painting in big formats was too keep the line gesture and the proportions like in the sketches. My sketches have a lot of mistakes and random lines, and somehow I wanted to reproduce that on a wall. The more effects and colors you use on your work, the more you can hide the mistakes and catch the viewer’s attention… when you use the line and not much more, the mistakes can be easily seen…” -Aryz

Casablanca, Morocco:

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Other related articles:

ARYZ INTERVIEW with FINNERATS MAG

ARYZ in Vilnius, Lithuania finishes Kaip Nežmogus

Revisiting recent works by spanish muralist ARYZ

Mural by Aryz, David Choe, Retna 

Clues to the Final Phase of Critter Fleming’s Cross Country $100000 Cash Giveaway

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Just announced via David Choe’s @davidchoe and DVDASA.COM, the clues to the  final phase of the $100,000 Cash Giveaway was just released :

“PHASE 3 the FINAL PHASE the LAST 5 clues in the $100,000 cash scavenger contest giveaway. IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO ENTER AND WIN ! WINNER TAKE FUCKING ALL ! I assume because of my JK JK nature most people didn’t take this contest serious , many people did not play, many clues are still up for grabs . It’s still anyone’s game , you could win this mother fucking money. Pull the 2 dicks out of your ass and pay attention, as I release these 5 final clues, If you hunker down and hit the ground running, try harder and work harder , by getting even 3 of the 5 final clues YOU COULD WIN THIS F%CKING SH%T- CRITTER IS LITERALLY GONNA HAND YOU 2 HUGE BRICKS OF CASH in a pillowcase and you can walk away with it , or drive , or fly. Pay attention , follow the rules, do not bitch, do not complain,or you will be immediately disqualified- Critter’s Cross country Cash Contest #CCCCC ends on Halloween -winner will be announced NOVEMBER 2ND HERE WE GO- THIS IS IT- GODSPEED”

CLUE #6

The clue is the first actual art gallery that would ever show David Choe’s art. In the documentary DIRTY HANDS http://dirtyhandsmovie.com/ you can see a man try to smash the art gallery window about 5 minutes in. The only commercial that’s ever been allowed on DVDASA presented by bobby Trivia edited together by Taco Songhttp://imgur.com/VyzRNus send pic to CCclue6@gmail.com

CLUE #7

The clue is this city http://davechoe.blogspot.com/2012/01/red-backpack.html with mile high comics ,La Boheme, steubens,and domo and http://hbowatch.com/vice-season-two-episode-6-review/ and in that city find my buddy Critter http://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/21dsmq/my_buddy_just_sent_me_this_with_no_context/and http://www.reddit.com/r/dvdasa/comments/2erwa8/a_wild_critter_appears_during_simpsons_marathon/ send pic to CCclue7@gmail.com

CLUE #

The clue is http://mangchi.com/ ”I SAW YOU KISS MY MOTHER, THE OTHER DAY . YOU WANT TO DATE MY MOTHER, WELL THAT’S OK. YOU CAN TAKE MY MOTHER, TO … ….” http://youtu.be/XyyjCeg3Mb8 combined with the location of the Wall, David Choe paints about 35 minutes into the documentary DIRTY HANDShttp://dirtyhandsmovie.com/ send pic to CCclue8@gmail.com

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CLUE #9

The clue is David Choe’s favorite place to eat in the whole world. Yet he is banned from many establishments in this sinful city – another clue: in this order -if you haven’t figured it out yet is ORANGE JUICE, the SIMPSONS , and Room 1203 send pic to CCclue9@gmail.com

CLUE #10

The final clue is http://ep.yimg.com/ay/yhst-75848739727244/catalina-wine-mixer-6.gif and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6dE0DckMHY combined with https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nMhgO0bbOc and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIs7uK8Nx7Q send pic to CCclue10@gmail.com

New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco

Japanese illustrator and calligraphist, Usugrow who opened his solo show ‘INKFLOW’ at Fifty24SF Gallery this past weekend just completed a second wall at Upper Playground, San Francisco.  Titled ‘ Talking with Moon’ the wide mural with sloped repeat patterns of the letter ‘I” has the meaning of the  ”Eye” and the self ‘I” spreading out from the corner ‘Moon’.  usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 01sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 02sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 03sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 04sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 05sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 06sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 07sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 08sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 09sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 10sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 12sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 13sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY usugrow upperplayground Moon Eye inkflow 14sm New Mural by Usugrow at Upper Playground San Francisco Usugrow upper playground Talking with Moon street art San Francisco Mural moon japan inkflow illustration FIFTY24SF Gallery eye CALLIGRAPHY

New Shinganist T-shirt Designs by Usugrow

Upper Playground and Usugrow is proud to release two new designs for the UP Shinganist collection.  The two designs which showcase Usugrow’s signature calligraphic style will be available in Black, White and in Grey.  Released just in time for the artist’s opening of his solo show, ‘INKFLOW’ at Fifty24SF Gallery, these shirts will sell out fast so grab them while you can.

‘BURIAL’:

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‘On the Road’:

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New Upper Playground Backpacks Released This Week

Upper Playground is proud to release new backpacks with some of our all time favorite artists and popular designs:

Munk One’s UP VS SF:

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Sam Flores:

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And our Classic Cassettes:

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All backpacks measures 9.25″ W x 6.7 ” x 19.5″ with 1,200 cubic inches. Built with 600 denier polyester construction, Ergonomic comfort straps and Padded back for structure and comfort.  The interior has plenty of pockets and a laptop insert pocket:

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Find these backpacks in store and online at www.upperplayground.com

Upper Playground Exclusive: Interview with Japanese artist, USUGROW

Upper Playground’s long time friend and contributing artist, USUGROW, made his way from Tokyo to San Francisco this month for his solo exhibit, “INKFLOW” at Fifty24SF Gallery.

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The artist hit the ground running with a Book Signing and Print Release at Upper Playground SF last weekend.  The renown artist recognized around the world for his signature black and white illustrations, lettering and ink works is currently installing his highly anticipated show opening this Saturday, October 4th at 7PM.  We caught up with USUGROW for an exclusive interview with the artist.  Interview by Jy-ah Min:

Tell us about the theme of your show “INKFLOW”. Will it have any connections to your last show at Fifty24SF Gallery in 2007?

U: There is no special meaning to “INKFLOW”. I just like the words and feel that they are very fitting for my style at this time, because of their simplicity.

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The ‘Skulls’ in your work have a unique style to them. How did you get started in incorporating them into your work, and has it evolved over time?

U: I used to like the way that a person’s mad or scary face looked on their head and realized I was actually seeing their skull behind it. I started to see skulls and skeletons in another dimension and appreciated their beauty and simplicity. Now I focus on the positive side of skeletons instead of the negative.

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You explained in the past that your signature use of Black and White was born from economy and restriction. What led you to work primarily in Black and White?

U: I started out working on flyers for the hardcore and underground punk scene, where we used to photocopy flyers in B/W and make screen prints for  t-shirts. Black and white is always cheaper than full color which is how I got started. So it started for economic reasons and for simplicity’s sake and I have stayed with it ever since.

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You seem to draw many references from other languages than your own.  Any significant influences in your calligraphic work?

U: I’ve always had an open mind and strongly dislike being categorized. I use what I want and try not to compartmentalize myself.

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What is the conceptual preparation required for your hand inked artworks?  Do you go through several drafts in the process?

U: Yes sometimes, when there is a request from the client for commissioned work. For my personal work, I’m making up a story from my imagination and creating from my minds eye. I enjoy working in both ways.

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Many people identify your style as having strong references to chicano tattoo cultures born from Southern California.  Do you find this to be true?

U: Yes, that is one of my inspirations but just a part.

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Your latest print release with Upper Playground is a third edition of the KOKUTEN series titled ‘Shijima’. Could you explain a bit more about your subject matter, Kokuten, the messenger of sun and moon in this series?

U: Kokuten is the messenger from the sun. The sun and the moon are just like yin and yang except in front and behind instead of side by side but still all in one. Kokuten is simply a portrait. There is technology all over the place in our human world, we all need to make time to communicate to the sun and the moon. Kokuten literally means “sun spot” in Japanese, in Japan the icon for the sun spot is the black crow, the messenger of the sun.

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And finally, What music is playing in the background while you work in your studio in Tokyo?

U: I play every different kind of music in the background: hardcore, metal, electro, hip-hop and lately I’ve been playing a lot of indigenous/ world music from around the globe all the time. I don’t believe in written down/ textbook history. I learn real history from the indigenous/ world music that has been handed down directly from generation to generation.

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