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Nature meet City by 1AM muralists

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Camping has always been a great escape from urban living and when Campsyte tasked us with bringing the redwoods to downtown San Francisco, we were compelled to appease mother nature.

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As part of San Francisco’s first outdoor co-working and event space Outcamp, we created a mural as a background encompassing the space to evoke the feeling of nature and being one with the elements.  Campsyte’s vision of a shared backyard leans on the studies that environments in nature reduce stress.

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For more info, contact murals@1amsf.com

 

“Hope for the Future Gives Power to the Present” 1AM Mural

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While our mural artists often come from community input and careful thought with a predetermined wall, this particular mural’s message was in hand prior to having a wall to paint it.  When the opportunity arose to be part of the mural festival, SprayView (located in the SF Bayview district),  I knew I had found the right home.  So where did this mural’s message come from?

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For those of you that attended Lick Wilmerding High School, Coach Elliot Smith should be no stranger to you and was a major influence on me.  I’ll just share one example I’ll never forget of his positivity and wisdom.   Right after going through jv basketball team tryouts and getting cut, I was upset and went to Coach Smith to explain (aka angrily vent) that I felt I deserved to be on the team and was upset that Coach Mack (jv basketball coach) didn’t see my best performance.  Coach Smith’s advice was to go to the first day of practice and tell Coach Mack how I felt and prove to him that I deserved to be on the team.  I wanted to be on the team so badly that the hunger overcame my incredible fear of embarrassment of coming to the first day of practice after being cut and asking for another shot.  Coach Mack did end of giving me a shot to prove myself and I’ll never forget his words “You’ve shown tremendous heart, courage, and hustle in coming back that you deserve to be on the team”.

When I reconnected with Coach Smith last year, he remarkably remembered me and I asked him if he could say anything to the world, what would it be?  Thanks Coach for giving me hope to take action in the present.

For more info, contact murals@1amsf.com

Oakland Athletics and Illuminaries Community Mural


One day, I received a text from Krupt of Illuminaries with a picture of this 100′ x 100′ foot brick wall with small writing that said “our next mural”.   My first reaction was, “Top to bottom!?!?” I should have known that’s exactly what he meant. The Illuminaries have been blessing Oakland with ginormous murals for the last few years, busting back on the scene with the Steph Curry/Mac Dre Dubs piece, the giant Steph Curry mural off 880 South Bound, to the Oakland Marriott homage to “All Things Oakland”. I’ve known Krupt since 1996 when he was already coming up as a graffiti artist and entrepreneur. He was of the generation after my mine in the Berkeley graffiti scene. We lost contact for many years and next thing I know, Krupt and his fam Namm became the super crew Illuminaries and put it down in a major way! We connected through a Steph Curry activation and started building our relationship around me becoming a part of the team and lending my letters and brand management skills to Illuminaries. This time around, he reached out to me to do a commissioned piece for the Oakland A’s in the heart of downtown Oakland.

We at 1am had revamped our Oakland space and were looking for ways to engage with the Oakland arts community scene.  Once I saw this wall I told my partner, Dan,”We gotta be involved in this! It’s 3 blocks away from our spot!” Dan agreed and we supplied a great chunk of paint and had our videographer Keith Halterman capture and put together an edit of the “Rise and Grind ” piece coming to life.
Namm of Illuminaries said the focus of the “Rise and Grind” piece, the elephant, was a continuation of a much smaller scale piece they had done previously at Broadway and 22nd in Oakland.  When they connected with the Oakland A’s to do a piece commissioned by the A’s, it felt right for them to bring back the “Rise and Grind” concept in larger than life form.  The elephant of both pieces symbolizes power, longevity, loyalty and its cooperative spirit as well as the A’s mascot.  Representative of Oakland’s power, resilience, and cooperative spirit, this mural quickly has become a rallying point for Oakland Athletics’ fans as well as Oakland residents new and old.  We at 1am are proud to have been able to contribute and stay tuned for future 1AM x Illuminaries collaborations to come! The Mural can be found on 19th and Webster.

“Sketching the Surface” Challenge

We’re excited to team up with Dranks and Draws for an extra special sketch night at 1AM Oakland Generator… participants have the chance to design and paint a public mural! We believe that art and creative expression in public spaces has immense impact for provoking inspiration, conversations, and community engagement. Freedom of speech is what 1AM stands for so with this event, we are scratching and sketching the surface of what our amazing art community can create. Each Sketching the Surface event will feature a new central theme disclosed at the start of the event along with the description and location of the mural wall.

Format:

The first Sketching the Surface event will occur this March 11th from 4-7pm at the 1AM Generator, 1523 B Webster, Oakland.  Entrants can drop in anytime during the event time window and will be required to provide their email address, phone number, and credit line for entry. Entrants will receive one 11” x 17” sheet of paper to submit their sketch. Aside from the provided sheet of paper, entrants will be responsible for all of their own other sketching material(s) needed to complete the sketch submission.

Ground Rules:

You must be 16+ years of age to enter and provide email address, phone number, and credit line for entry.

One submission is allowed per artist and cannot have any direct signature or symbols identifying the artist’s name.

Submissions are to be started and submitted at the event venue.

Sketches are to be black, white, and grey only. No color.

Group sketch submissions are not allowed.

*Not following any of these ground rules will disqualify your entry

Voting:

Voting will start with 1AM’s staff and collaborative partners choosing the top 5 Sketching the Surface event submissions.   These 5 submissions will be presented anonymously via 1AMsf’s social media to decide the winner.

Winning Sketch to Mural:

The artist with the winning submission will get to spray paint (with a lesson to start if needed), their winning sketch in color on one of 1AM’s public walls. At the discretion of 1AM, a select 1AM artist and past 1AM class alumni will assist/lead the winning sketch artist with the painting process. The mural will be produced as best as possible to capture the essence and details of the winning submission sketch, but is not expected to be an exact replica.

Upcoming Panel Talk at our Downtown Oakland Warehouse

First Amendment Gallery is excited to host “Art To Empire”, a diverse panel talk exploring how to survive as an artist in the Bay Area–defining the art hustle. The panel is made up of some of our local artistic influencers, touching on topics such as gallery insight, personal branding, and industry do’s & don’ts. Bring questions, the floor will be opened for a Q&A after the discussion for creative industry tips! As 1AM has just reached its 8th year in San Francisco, we want to continue sharing our tools and resources to all you creative entrepreneurs that are out here killing it! Join us this Saturday, November 12th, from 5-7pm at 430 15th Street in Oakland. Free all-ages event, but seats are limited so reserve yours now here.


Panel Speakers:

Dan Pan | Founder of 1AM Gallery

1AM, short for First Amendment, represents the freedom of speech through our urban art exhibitions, public murals, and experiences. Our mission is to progress the graffiti and street art culture by creating a cultural space and community of artists, fans, and like minded organizations. Located in downtown San Francisco and Oakland, we are passionate about exhibiting, teaching, painting, and archiving the street art movement while inspiring the public to use their voice with this artistic form of the freedom of speech.

Tion Torrence | Founder of FME Culture

Tion Torrence, aka Bukue One, has been a graffiti artist since 1991. He was surrounded by music courtesy of his father, who was a backup singer for Marvin Gaye’s touring band. Living in the East Bay instilled a political consciousness in him from a young age; his parents were both active members of the Black Panther party. By the time Tion was entering his late teenage years, he was socially conscious, a talented skater, and a renowned graffiti artist. His entry to the hip-hop game came in the form of a live event production company, whose goal was to merge his love of skating and hip-hop. Bukue saw that he could combine his business skill, hustle, and passions to make a solid career. A philosophy that has come to be lifestyle that he practices to this day.

Eddie Colla | Artist

Eddie attended the School of Visual Arts in New York and graduated from the California College of Arts with a BFA in photography/interdisciplinary fine arts in 1991. He began his artistic career as a photographer, working first for the New York Times and later countless magazines, record labels and ad agencies. 15 years later he has morphed into one who counters the all­ pervasive nature of commercialism in public spaces. His work has also been featured in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, the Huffington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and many others.

Cameron Moberg | Artist & Winner Of Street Art Showdown

Cameron “Camer1” Moberg is a self-taught artist who paints to bring hope. He fell in love with the trade as a child when his brother introduced him to the art form. Residing in San Francisco with his wife and two sons, Cameron paints murals, canvases, and teaches workshops on the history of graffiti as well as the fundamentals such as can control.

Kufue Tns | Artist

Learn to draw letter styles for your birthday this year!

Previous 1AM student William chose 1AM to host his birthday party this year and brought all of his friends for a quick history lesson and drawing session with our teacher Ethan. The kids got to do some spray practice, create a birthday tag wall and celebrate with pizza and cupcakes! Graffiti Class Birthday Party! Graffiti Class Birthday Party! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup a birthday party today!

5 Reasons why developed cities can’t escape mother nature…

The concrete jungle is common amongst many of the larger cities.  Often sheltered from wildlife, we found these 5 great street art pieces that seem to inject the notion that the we aren’t alone and the wild is not to be forgotten.  Check out the 1AM Mobile App for other great finds, or start your own urban expedition with the app as a guide.

Photo by shimmyyy in San Francisco

Photo by shimmyyy in San Francisco

Photo by StreetartUK in London

Photo by StreetartUK in London

Photo by Alpha in San Francisco

Photo by Alpha in San Francisco

Photo by dgrader in Melbourne

Photo by dgrader in Melbourne

Photo by transfert in Montreal

Photo by transfert in Montreal

Marine Layer’s custom mural by 1AM!

When Marine Layer in San Francisco asked us to get down on their wall, we got down with a 1AM twist.  If you haven’t tried Marine Layer clothes, the softness is next level.  Stay tuned as we are heading down south for the next Marine Layer chapter…..Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 10.58.32 AM Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 10.59.38 AM Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 10.59.08 AM Screen Shot 2015-06-12 at 10.59.54 AM

Oakland’s WARRIORS and art scene have arrived!

Over the years, I’ve watched the Warriors Basketball team and street art scene both evolve and grow into new heights of distinction and prominence.  This week’s clips are just a taste of what Oakland is from the 1AM Mobile App.  Don’t sleep on Oakland, or you’ll get burned and then splash brothered!

Photo by Lea-Bruno

Photo by Lea-Bruno

Photo by kNOwHOPE

Photo by kNOwHOPE

Photo by Bam

Photo by Bam

Photo by tigerbeat

Photo by tigerbeat

Photo by BAM

Photo by BAM

Photo by Sputnik77

Photo by Sputnik77

C.R.E.A.M. rises to the occasion with 1AM’s custom mural for Ribbitcap

Wu Tang’s epic phrase, Cash Rules Everything Around Me, stands the test of time.  Revived by RibbitCapital’s desire for a custom mural by 1AM, we took Wu Tang’s inspirational words and added a modern twist.  Can you tell what the latest currency in the mural is?  If you need a mural to bring your vision to life, email murals@1amsf.com.Ribbitcap2 Ribbitcap1 Ribbitcap3 Ribbitcap