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NightOwlCoHolic: Mexicant
Written by Rick Marr   
Tuesday, 21 July 2009 09:46
Putting the marr back into marrgarita. The fellas head down to Mexico City. hi ya'll. im back with another blahhhhgg. hold on to your sombreros... it's a long one.

i went to mexico city with jeremy fish and our lady friends. he had a show and did a mural at the new upper playground there. i hadn't been to mexico since a one night stint in tijuana about 10 years ago, and yes, my ass still hurts. having not kept up with the goings on down there and what-have-you, i wasn't sure what to expect. tijuana was a whole lot of dead dogs and diarrhea... so that's all i could picture.

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it ended up being a bit more fucked up then i remembered...

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the hipsters there were a lot more agro then the sf ones, and instead of fixed gears, they had the newest, hippest, most expensive fixed penises a peso could buy. you should see them try to stop with those things... it's hilarious! all skidding back and forth while somehow trying to get laid at the same time... it hurts to watch.

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the chicks were hotter than the usual sf crop though.

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and they like bacon too.

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turns out we were in the wrong neighborhood and we finally found the place. dude.

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this here is arturo. he and his lady friend own upper playground and the gallery.

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lady friend. her name is lili.

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they like to go out and make a party, and lili likes to wear these 'shoes'.

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get to work, jerk.

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after the first night i had been up for about 28 hours since my flight. marryle haggard.

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we went to a flea market the next day. occasionally, some 'illegal immigrants' (as we call them here in the states), will bum rush your car and start washing your windows if you're not paying attention.

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then we stopped to see some art.

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word jumble. new upper playground sign.

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oliver! he flew to mexico city on a hunt for the best al pastor taco.

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michelada (spicy goodness in yer beer)

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a shitty photo of a couple of al pastor tacos. it's the pineapple that really ties the taco together.

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marrinated al pastor with the pineapple on top.

check out this short clip of the al pastor ninja. so smooth.

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dude. that's gnarly.. we didn't try it but it does remind me of this onion clip.

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mural time.

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fish in 6 years (50 years ago).

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it wasn't all that fun painting on a 12 foot high scaffolding until 6am.

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mmmm... nothing like ending your night with a 50 cent 7-11 hotdog for breakfast at 6:45am.

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the three creepiest dudes in mexico city headed to the zoo!

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the hand painted signs on the food carts were badass.

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we saw a baboon giving birth to his own ass.

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and some balls.

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the signs were very informative. this one even had the name and shape of a moose vagina. huella, yo.

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the rarely seen house cat.

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the commonly seen stray dog.

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and a panda bear skinning hard! way to help a dude out, ollie.

right before we left, i got some video of this bear fucking a wall, then tossing some fresh bear skeet at a bunch of kids. it's sick!

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way to represent sf, dude.

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stopped for some more tacos.

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then some shots at a mescal bar.

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then more tacos! our regular (and best) taco joint was kaliman right in our neighborhood (condesa). there's a mexican food chain version on both side that even has a sign that claims they make the original al pastor or some shit. i can't remember the name but it's something like 'el gofuckyourself'.

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i got some cactus.

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before i left for mexico city everyone told me 'they don't have burritos in mexico' but i was on the hunt anyway. i thought this guy was one for a second but he's a dog.

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apparently, mexicans are more willing to buy shit if there's a horse in the ad.

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so much press. damn, that must be exhausting.

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chadxican.

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a lot of the cabs there are old Volkswagen bugs. there's even a fan zine dedicated to them.

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mexican delivery truck.

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fuck. how are there dunkin' donuts in mexico city but not in california?

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it's a good idea to try generic fast food in different countries so we went to mcdonalds.

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yup.. sucks here too. the menu wasn't much different from ours but i remember the one in japan being pretty cool. check out this website of different mcdonalds menu's from around the world. lobster in canada?

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hey! burritos in mexico! go fuck yourself everybody who said they don't have them. i forget where this was but it was a street cart. they were pretty good.

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i like playing 'can you spot oliver' 'cause it's a real easy game and i like winning.

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there he is again in his new poncho.

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there's a lot of hummingbirds in mexico city. i love those little guys.

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lady friends arrive! putting the fuck back into fuck yeah.

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more press before the opening.

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double fist-ing?

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damn. check out the ears on that broad.

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what! sweet tattoo.

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sushi time. sounds weird right? i've heard people say that the sushi in mexico city is second best only to japan and i'm not gonna doubt it. shit was tasty.

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we did some sake bombs. my shot glass shattered when we banged on the table and i got soaked. rad.

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the next day we checked out some old shit in the centre.

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there's a bunch of old mayan ruins there cause the spanish that settled there thought it'd be an extra kick in the nuts to build all their shit on top of the former mayan city.

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the torture museum. here's an iron maiden.

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nice mexi-cop-butt.

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oh lime salt how i love you so. i recommend twang.

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argentinian steak.

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somehow we had all ordered different mexican beers. i recommend victoria.

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one thing i hadn't expected to see in mexico was a shitload of chads. a chad is basically the ultimate douchebag. add some hair gel to your faux-hawk, put on a slightly too small 'affliction' v-neck tee shirt, some shorts, sandels, and high-five the fuck out of your bros when yer not getting banged in the ass by them. chad. they call them fresas in mexico city, which translates to strawaberry. this table had 3 ulti-chads and one gnarly couger with more collagen than charo. i naively thought that this pack of fucks was america's claim to suck. i guess they're everywhere. chadxicans.

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fish asked arturo if he could take us to a traditional cantena so we came to this joint. my guess is that it was full of locals and we were definitely the only gringo's in there. this was fairly obvious, because when we walked in, i saw a table of three chadxicans yell 'pinche gringo's!' and, naturally, high-five each other.

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after an intimidating, and quite sketchy, 15 minutes, most people seemed to be aight with having us there.

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everyone was endlessly signing along with the marriachi band. shit was fugin awesome!

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yusssss! oscar is also fugin awesome.

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there are lots of people selling shit in the streets. it's really annoying to have random people interrupt you about once every 3 minutes while you're eating. but it's also funny to see this guy walking around selling faggots.

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pool party.

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skinning with a carrot. nice work with that.

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shots!

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this guys frontbutt was bigger than this girls back butt. nylon magazine made this video while we were there. i felt like we were at an mtv pool party the whole time. frontbutt dude gives an interview about 35 seconds into the video. if you listen close enough, you can hear him say 'burrito, taco, taco, burrito, i like them' at one point.

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putting the marr back into marrgarita.

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not to be outdone by the guy selling faggots, this faggot was selling an assload of balloons.

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these hyper-aggressive marriachi dudes run at your car and will jump in and serenade you before you get a chance to say 'i'm not gay' in spanish. don't slow down.

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more flea market. turtle shell backpacks.

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fuck yeah we own that deer hoof bottle opener now.

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ahhh, luche libre. we saw it, but you can't bring any camera shit in with you. such a bummer. please go see it if you get the chance. you will probably fail at less stuff in life if you do.

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whiskey!...

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... leads to fun.

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and mexico city leads to mocos locos (crazy boogers).

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time to shave dude.

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time to do a lot of stuff. i would start with sleep.

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jeremy was on the hunt for some sick huaraches (traditional handmade mexican sandals) and somehow we found our way to el colibri in zocalo (the centre).

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it's a proper huarache store.

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for the gaes.

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we made our way to frida kahlo's neighborhood of coyoacan where we found the actual trolley car that crashed into the bus that nearly killed that broad. i swear there was still a whiff of vagina and gold in the air.

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a pair of the aforementioned huaraches.

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rooftop beers on a warm day is one of my favorite things ever.

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'fresa' on board. yeah chad!

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sickest 'tag' ever.

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sickest torture device ever.

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yeah, it's pronounced titty-walk-on. it's where the mayan pyramids are. we climbed them.

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there were two main pyramids. i think this is the 'moon' one. i'll just assume we were on the 'sun' one cause it was hot as fuck.

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i had half a rabbit for lunch. fuck yeah.

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i didn't eat the eyeball.

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on our way back.

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the next night we finally had some bad mexican food. that cheese near the top of the pik (on what turned out to be beans) is fackin rad though. it's called cotija.

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the next night we went to tepoztlan and slept in some tee-pees for fish's birthday.

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salute!

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it's really hard to look tough in a hammock, even if yer flipping off the camera.

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more humming birds.

we were woken up by this really loud, fucked up noise. turns out, it was mexican cicadas... probably thousands of them. i guess their deal is that every year they surface from the underground to warn of the coming rains, but they're nice enough to do this everyday for about 2 and a half months.

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i forget dudes names but he lives here and told us about the cicadas. i don't know how he does it, i would've moved out the first day i heard them. their name in spanish translates to 'alarm'.

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birthday brunch.

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birthday business.

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ok.

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invisible dandelion.

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oh, this is el kaliman... the sweet taco spot i mentioned earlier. it's at the corner of ensenada and campeche. go there now, flights are cheap.

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more press.

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speaking of press check this guys website for mexico related art and music shit.

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on my last night there i meet this dude on the right. he used to do the voice overs for the mexican nelson from the simpsons. that's badass.

he busted out some nelson for us. give a listen.

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my walk home... drunk.

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one last authentic mexican meal before my flight.

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aight den. thanks fro reading. that was a long one. check out mr. dragonette's new blog. he's going to laos someday soon to do a photo documentary on cluster bombs we dropped there 30 years ago. for now, it's just a regular old blog... but he'll keep you updated on his project when he gets there. oh... and we're still cool too.

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Fifty24SF opened Street Anatomy, a new solo show by Austrian artist Nychos a week ago last Friday night. He's been steadily filling our city with murals over the last year, with one downtown on Geary St. last summer, and new ones both in the Haight and in Oakland within the last few weeks, but it was really great to see his work up close and in such detail.


Gator Skater +video

Nate Milton emailed over this great short Gator Skater which is a follow-up to his Dog Skateboard he emailed to us back in 2011... Any relation to this Gator Skater?


Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net


ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

Congrats on our buddies at Needles and Pens on being open and rad for 11 years now. Mission Local did this little short video featuring Breezy giving a little heads up on what Needles and Pens is all about.


BANDES DE PUB / STRIP BOX

In a filmmaker's thinking, we wish more videos were done in this style. Too much editing and music with a lacking in actual content. Just because you can doesn't mean you should.


AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

Matt Wagner recently emailed over some photos from The Hellion Gallery in Tokyo, who recently put together a show with AJ Fosik (Portland) called Beast From a Foreign Land. The gallery gave twelve of Fosik's sculptures to twelve Japanese artists (including Hiro Kurata who is currently showing in our group show Salt the Skies) to paint, burn, or build upon.


Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

FFDG is pleased to announce an exclusive online show with San Francisco based Ferris Plock opening on Friday, April 25th (12pm Pacific Time) featuring 5 new medium sized acrylic paintings on wood.


GOLD BLOOD, MAGIC WEIRDOS

Backwoods Gallery in Melbourne played host to a huge group exhibition a couple of weeks back, with "Gold Blood, Magic Weirdos" Curated by Melbourne artist Sean Morris. Gold Blood brought together 25 talented painters, illustrators and comic artists from Australia, the US, Singapore, England, France and Spain - and marked the end of the Magic Weirdos trilogy, following shows in Perth in 2012 and London in 2013.


Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

San Francisco based Fecal Pal Jeremy Fish opened his latest solo show Hunting Trophies at LA's Mark Moore Gallery last week to massive crowds and cabin walls lined with imagery pertaining to modern conquest and obsession.


John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

Well, John Felix Arnold III is at it again. This time, he and Carolyn LeBourgios packed an entire show into the back of a Prius and drove across the country to install it at Superchief Gallery in NYC. I met with him last week as he told me about the trip over delicious burritos at Taqueria Cancun (which is right across the street from FFDG and serves what I think is the best burrito in the city) as the self proclaimed "Only overweight artist in the game" spilled all the details.


FRENCH in Melbourne

London based illustrator FRENCH recently held a show of new works at the Melbourne based Mild Manners


Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

Ever Gold opened a new solo show by NYC based Henry Gunderson a couple Saturday nights ago and it was literally packed. So packed I couldn't actually see most of the art - but a big crowd doesn't seem like a problem. I got a good laugh at what I would call the 'cock climbing wall' as it was one of the few pieces I could see over the crowd. I haven't gotten a chance to go back and check it all out again, but I'm definitely going to as the paintings that I could get a peek at were really high quality and intruiguing. You should do the same.


Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

Mario Wagner (Berkeley) opened his new solo show A Glow that Transfers Creativity last Saturday night at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.


Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.


NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

NYCHOS completed this great new mural on the corner of Haight and Ashbury in San Francisco on Tuesday. Looks Amazing.


Sun Milk in Vienna

With rising rent in SF and knowing mostly other young artists without capitol, I desired a way to live rent free, have a space to do my craft, and get to see more of the world. Inspired by the many historical artists who have longed similar longings I discovered the beauty of artist residencies. Lilo runs Adhoc Collective in Vienna which not only has a fully equipped artists creative studio, but an indoor halfpipe, and private artist quarters. It was like a modern day castle or skate cathedral. It exists in almost a utopic state, totally free to those that apply and come with a real passion for both art and skateboarding


"How To Lose Yourself Completely" by Bryan Schnelle

I just wanted to share with you a piece I recently finished which took me 4 years to complete. Titled "How To Lose Yourself Completely (The September Issue)", it consists of a copy of the September 2007 issue of Vogue magazine (the issue they made the documentary about) with all faces masked with a sharpie, and everything else entirely whited out. 840 pages of fun. -Bryan Schnelle


Tyler Bewley ~ Recent Works

Some great work from San Francisco based Tyler Bewley.


Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

While walking our way across San Francisco on Saturday we swung through the opening receptions for Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery in the Mission.


Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

Jeremy Fish opens Hunting Trophies tonight, Saturday April 5th, at the Los Angeles based Mark Moore Gallery. The show features new work from Fish inside the "hunting lodge" where viewers climb inside the head of the hunter and explore the history of all the animals he's killed.


The Albatross and the Shipping Container

Beautiful piece entitled "The Albatross and the Shipping Container", Ink on Paper, Mounted to Panel, 47" Diameter, by San Francisco based Martin Machado now on display at FFDG. Stop in Saturday (1-6pm) to view the group show "Salt the Skies" now running through April 19th. 2277 Mission St. at 19th.


The Marsh Barge - Traveling the Mississippi River from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico

For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to quit my job, move out of my house, leave everything and travel again. So on August 21, 2013 I pushed a canoe packed full of gear into the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Lake Itasca, Minnesota, along with four of my best friends. Exactly 100 days later, I arrived at a marina near the Gulf of Mexico in a sailboat.


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