“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

5 Reasons why BIGGER is better in Street Art

Size matters…. and so does location and complexity, but some really know how to excel in all three.  For all of us who’ve painted large walls, or seen the process in action, this weeks highlights pays homage to those that go big.  Not all these still exist to see in real life, but you can find current and past pieces like this on the 1AM Mobile App.

Photo by tigerbeat in New York

Photo by tigerbeat in New York

Photo by Shine in San Francisco

Photo by Shine in San Francisco

Photo by dgrader in Miami

Photo by dgrader in Miami

Photo by Oeyra in Oslo

Photo by Oeyra in Oslo

Photo by Oeyra in Oslo

Photo by Oeyra in Oslo

SF Skyline Custom Mural by 1AM

We’ve all seen our San Francisco skyline from different angles and colors.  Here’s our 1AM mural team’s version of how they see our beautiful city done for Negev.  For more info on getting a custom mural done, email murals@1amsf.com

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Limited Colors, Limitless Possibilities!

PEMEX is a hard name to overlook when it comes to consistent work in the realm of graffiti. He’s raised through the ranks over the years to become one of the most renowned graffiti artists putting up work throughout California and abroad. Born and raised in Los Angeles, PEMEX has been surrounded by street art and graffiti most of his life, opening up a gateway of inspiration for his own work. His pieces can be distinguished from the rest, with his fierce and unrelenting style which possesses aspects of humor, politics and history, making it all unique to him.

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Check out works by RPES, PEMEX and AMUSE126 in our upcoming show “CMYK”. Please email ANU@1amsf.com for inquiries or art catalog.