Interested? Contact maya@1AMSF.com.
Interested? Contact maya@1AMSF.com.
The ever elusive Legolize It Man, a 35-year-old concept artist in the Game industry who lives and works in Stockholm, Sweden, is also a musician! In fact, he played in two different bands, Coyote and Twopointeight. He discovered his love for Lego’s when his “dad came by with [his] old Lego’s, asking if the kids wanted it to play with them,” which apparently was a stupid question as they ended up playing on the floor for about three months in a row. He says, “Eventually [my daughter] left for other stuff while I was stuck on the floor for ever.”
Designing Outside The Lines will be exhibiting from April 26th through May 25th. For more information, email email@example.com.
Here in the bay, daily life revolves around the day-to-day hustle and bustle of screeching car tires and passing train cars. In “How We Do”, opening May 31st, from 6:30-9:30pm,Vogue’s work will give us snapshots from the perspective of graffiti writers weaving in and out of our urban world. As a long-time Bay Area native, his pieces are representations of the West Coast daily lifestyle. Expect to see intricate representations of street life iconography such as train tracks, cityscapes, car culture, and graffiti artists in the midst of urban landscapes.
For inquiries or to be part of the preview, email maya@1AMSF.com.
CrestOne‘s bold and hilariously vivacious contribution to our current LEGO-inspired show, Designing Outside The Lines, brings new meaning to the phrase “sex toy.” With the use of the LEGO platform, he crafts what he views to be a visual mainstay of BDSM culture combining classic sexual iconography with a standard children’s toy. Needless to say, CrestOne’s risqué new toy pushes more than just one boundary and changes the way we view the LEGO and how we interact with the classic toy platform.
Come see it in person! Designing Outside The Lines will be running from April 26th until May 25th. For more information, email maya@1AMSF.com.
We are so excited for BASK (a.k.a. Ales Hostomsky) who just had his work featured in Iron Man 3! HOLLA! Just about the coolest commission evah! He got an email from a friend saying that she needed some street art for a back drop for one of the films she was working on… which just happened to be Iron Man 3! And if that wasn’t rad enough, Robert Downing, Jr. himself said he wanted BASK’s work, specifically, in the film. “I started tripping over myself to get to the phone,” Bask says. He was asked to do a recreation of his 2004 painting, When It Rains, It Pours for Tony Stark’s laboratory as well as 13 other paintings to adorn the Mandarin’s lair, Stark’s media-manipulating nemesis played by none other than Ben Kingsley.
1AM Gallery will be hosting a BASK solo show called “Übermensch” which depicts children painted as superheroes using a street and urban art aesthetic. Growing up, the concept of GOD as a form of salvation seemed foreign, however, like many of us, the thought of obtaining a super power and becoming a super-man or ““Übermensch” as termed by Friedrich Nietzsche, was something he could relate to. BASK’s paintings of children’s costumes juxtaposed with the iconic comic book images of his youth remind us of the fantastical imaginings of being super heroes that we used as an escape from the trial and tribulations of our childhood. This concept and fresh street aesthetic is what landed him Robert Downing, Jr’s endorsement for Iron Man 3. Check out BASK’s original artwork for the film here.
VehicleSF is a local, design-centric company that works with image-driven businesses, corporations and cultural organizations keep their brands “fresh, relevant, and alive”. Their eclectic client base stretches from Nike, SFMoMa, NBA, and Disney to small local businesses such as 1AM. Thanks to Dennis Crowe, Stefan Grigg, and Jenny Imrich, we got to experience the stellar services of VehicleSF as they vamped up our debut 1AM Mobile App. We are happy to thank and support VehicleSF for the clean design of our street art app! Check out the awesome mural they painted today for our launch party happening tonight from 6-9pm, it’s free for the public!
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In Saturday’s SF Chronicle, C.W. Nevius, an opinion writer, released an article titled “Graffiti supplies at retail” which included 1AM. He only focused on a small part of what we do. So, we wanted to give Nevius and his readers the opportunity to learn more about who we are by sharing our mission statement and making them aware of all the services and products we offer that was strategically missing from his article.
1AM, short for First Amendment, is a company that stands for the freedom of speech. We strive to showcase, teach, and inspire the public on street and urban art through our exhibitions, murals and classes. In our art gallery, we exhibit world-renowned and local artists that specialize in graffiti, urban, and vinyl toy art. Outside our gallery walls, our mural production team has been striving to beautify the city of San Francisco with large-scale murals that have positive messages like “Make Moves” and “Knowledge is Golden”. Also, we provide a safe and creative environment for individuals and groups to learn more about the culture and art form. We offer classes and team-building workshops and have hosted corporate off-sites with companies like Facebook, Genentech, Yahoo! and more. We have also worked with local youth organizations, YMCA, Galileo High School, and First Graduates to name a few, to empower and educate our kids. Most recently, we launched 1AM Mobile App, a free photography app that puts the entire street art world at your fingertips. The app allows you to capture and share images and locations of your street art discoveries and follow other members and their findings worldwide. Lastly, 1AM has a retail store that sells original clothing by our creative staff, street art books and art supplies, which is the main topic of Nevius’ article. Similar to art supply stores like Blick, Utrecht, Arch and Flax as well as hardware stores like Ace and Home Depot (who carry a lower cost option), we indeed do sell spray paint and markers.
1AM was established in 2008 and is located at Howard and 6th Street in SOMA.
To all you steampunk enthusiasts, you should check out DeeTen’s custom toys. He’s an up-and-coming LA-based artist who’s been customizing for a few years and making quite a splash in the designer toy scene because of his skill and imagination. He is influenced most by steampunk, art deco, antiques, machinery, movie replicas and drag queens. 1AM Gallery is currently featuring one of his pieces, Cursed Idol, in our current LEGO-inspired show, Designing Outside the Lines. Check out his website to see some of his crazy custom toys.
We redecorated the boutique side with some of our favorite back art catalog pieces by artists such as MadC, 123Klan, Monty Guy, Hydro74, Poesia, and Sam Rodriguez. Come down and see for yourself!
Photo Credit: Francis Ramos
Click here to see photos of art for sale in our Art Catalog.
For inquiries, email maya@1AMSF.com.