“Tourist” by Ratur and Sckaro – Opening Night Recap

Thursday’s opening for “Tourist,” by French brothers Ratur and Sckaro was a huge hit! We’d like to thank everyone, both the friends and family of 1AM and those we got the pleasure of meeting, who came out to help us kick off the start of a really awesome show paying homage to our personal home, the Bay Area. In case you weren’t able to come take a look at the splintered planes of color and intense detail, “Tourist” will be on display until November 10th. Be sure to come take a look!

Huge shoutout to Ratur and Sckaro for creating such a great show!

You can view the full “Remnants” collection here. For inquiries: artsales@1amgallery.com


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Sneak Peek at “Tourist,” Opening Tomorrow!

With the opening of Ratur and Sckaro’s “Tourist” tomorrow night, we’ve been busy here at 1AMSF. But even with all of the set-up going on, we wanted to make sure you all got a sneak peek at what’s in store for you all! Here are a behind-the-scenes photos to hold you over until you can get your fill at the opening on the 20th, from 6:30pm – 9:30pm. Ratur and Sckaro dedicated the theme of this awesome show to the city of San Francisco, and each piece is a unique view of the city’s key characteristics, which to us have become so familiar that we cannot appreciate them, through the fresh perspective of the tourist. Enjoy!

For catalogue inquires, email: artsales@1amgallery.com


An Interview with Zekwer

In honor of his show here 1AM, we thought it would be a great idea to interview Zekwer and get to know more about him, his Alphabetism series, and the street art scene as a French artist.

What was your inspiration for the Alphabetism series?

For this series, my source of inspiration was simply the thousands of letters that I have seen throughout my life. But I work a lot on spontaneity, try to always maintain this side of freestyle that gives you some freedom but also doesn’t give you room for error. I scraped a lot of pieces after I started this medium, so after a while you try to combine multiple styles and then it becomes natural.

Pour cette série, ma source d’inspiration est tout simplement les milliers de lettrages que j’ai put voir tout au long de ma vie. Mais je travaille beaucoup sur la spontanéité, essayer de toujours garder ce côté freestyle qui te donne une part de liberté mais qui ne te donne pas droit à l’ erreur aussi. J’ai gratté des milliers de feuilles depuis que je suis rentré dans ce milieu, donc au bout d’un moment tu essayes de combiner plusieurs styles et le tracé devient naturel.

Do you have a favorite letter/piece in the series?

Yes, definitely and at the time I noticed that letters that I would have hated in my own work, became friends and no longer vulgar, useless shapes. But my preferred ones are W X K Y C G R.

Oui bien-sûr et au fil du temps je me suis aperçus que des lettres que j’aurai détesté avoir dans mon lettrage sont devenus des amies et non plus de vulgaire formes inutiles. Mais, mes préférées sont le W X K Y C G R


What’s the graffiti scene like over in France compared to here in the US?

What stuck out to me was the lack of open, friendly space where everyone can paint. Here you have to find your own small patch/space on a wall belonging to some store and each artist, has their own playground/territory.

In France, you can go to different cities and you will always find enormous areas that have been closed down and find artists to make connections with or dare each other with large pieces. The level of artistry on the streets is really impressive but I’ll always have a preference for the European scene when it comes to murals.

La chose qui m’as le plus marqué est le manque de gros terrain convivial ou tt le monde peut peindre, ici tu dois trouver ton petit carré de mur chez le commerçant et chaque tracteurs à son propre terrain de jeux. 

En France , tu peux aller dans différentes villes et tu trouveras toujours un énorme spot désaffecté et rencontrer des artistes pour créer des connexions ou se défier via de grosses productions.Le le niveau dans la rue est vraiment impressionnant mais j’ai toujours une préférence pour la scène européenne en ce qui concernent les fresques.
How did you and RPES become friends?

We come from a small town where everyone knows each other, so it makes sense to run into each other at the only spot in the city where we could paint. When you practice this type of art in a small town, the connections form a lot faster. And after all, he is a good guy.

Nous sommes originaire d’une petite ville où tt le monde se connait dc c’ était logique de se rencontrer dans l unique spot de la ville.Quand tu pratique cet art dans une petite ville les connections se font plus vite. De plus, c’un bon gars.

What would you say has been your biggest challenge as an artist?

To have people understand that graffiti is an artistic movement and not visual pollution.

Faire comprendre aux gens que le graffiti est un mouvement artistique et non pas de la pollution visuelle.

How do you want people to respond to your work?

Preferably in a positive manner if it’s other artists, but if it’s not to each their own. Everyone is allowed to think what they want about my art. What matters is that I seek to please, paint, design, and evolve.

De préférence de manière positive sin ça vient d’autres artistes mais sinon je laisse libre à chacun de penser ce qu’il veut de mon art, le principal c’est que je trouve du plaisir a peindre,dessiner et évoluer.

Aside from your art, what other things are you passionate about?

Travelling!!! Meeting new people in new places. But otherwise, I’m a sports addict.

Voyager!!!! Rencontrer de nouvelles personnes, de nouveaux lieux. Mais sinon je suis un accroc de sport.

What’s coming up next for your career?

 Actually, I just finished moving to the island of Reunion, so I’m taking advantage of spending time with my family and the views of paradise, maybe putting together an exposition or two. But painting from all four corners of the world is still my ultimate goal.
Actuellement je viens de m’installer sur l’île de la réunion,dc je profites avec ma famille et je profites de cadre paradisiaque et réaliser une  expo ou deux.
Mais peindre ds les quatre coin du monde reste mon kiff ultime.
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BrightRoll swings by for a fun team building mural workshop!

The BrightRoll team visited us for a full Silver Package, learning about the art of the tag, the roots of graffiti history and finishing up with the crisp mural on our outside wall, great job!
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Opening night recap: 123Klan’s “Style Is The Message”

Thank you for coming to celebrate the opening of 123Klan’s new solo show, “Style Is The Message”! The gallery has taken on a life of it’s own… the duo hooked up the entire space with murals, Band1tism gear, and even some 123Klan furniture. We had so much fun meeting all you Band1tism fans, and seeing our 1AM friends & family. If you weren’t able to make it, swing by the gallery before June 2nd to see what all the talk is about! The team is here Tuesday through Saturday, from noon until 6:30pm. Contact artsales@1amgallery.com for a catalog.

Have you spotted our latest 1AM mural? We love our city!

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Our latest 1AM mural is a shoutout to where it all started, good ol’ San Francisco! Have you spotted it yet? Clue: Check it out next time you’re on your way to the SoMA skatepark or headed to grab a drink at Zeitgeist… Prints of “When the Lights Go Down” will also be available for this week’s upcoming Second Saturday, celebrate the release with us at our Oakland location from 6-9PM. (1523 B Webster St. @ 15th)


Opening Night Recap: “The End Is Near”

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Thank you 1AM friends & family for coming out last Saturday! We all had a fun time celebrating the opening of “The End Is Near” with Robert Bowen, Vyal One, and Lango Oliveira. The gallery was enchanting and otherworldly, with each artist’s post-apocalypse vision coming together beautifully. If you weren’t able to make it, make sure to stop by! “The End Is Near” will be on view until April 14th, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12 – 6:30PM.

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Opening night recap: Mark Bode’s “I Am What I Am at 1AM”


Thank you everyone who came out to celebrate the opening of Mark Bode’s “I Am What I Am at 1AM”! The gallery was bursting with color from Mark & his father’s original work, new limited edition prints, and historical memorabilia. The collection also featured a never-before-seen Vaughn Bode comic, only available for viewing through this weekend! Weren’t able to stop by? Don’t worry, the rest of Mark’s legendary show will be at 1AM for one month, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 12 – 6:30PM.


For art inquiries and catalog requests, contact adriana@1amgallery.com.

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Behind the scenes: ‘I Am What I Am’ Opening tomorrow


Sneak peek… Mark Bode’s busy at work finishing our interior & exterior murals for his Cheech Wizard Tribute, “I Am What I Am” at 1AM. Don’t miss the opening tomorrow, Thursday Feb. 4th from 6:30-9:30PM. There is an original Vaughn Bode comic only available for viewing at the opening!

Other highlights of the show feature:
– Never before seen work by Vaughn Bode
– A variety of new limited edition prints from Mark Bode
– Custom working Pinball Machine: the “Molly Snatch Machine”
– 2 original drawings from Vaughn Bode
– Licensing Sheet used by Puma and other product companies

Make sure to RSVP! For catalog requests:  adriana@1amgallery.com

See you there!

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Opening night recap: “Keep Our Eyes Open”


Last night’s opening of the Precita Eyes Urban Youth Arts Benefit, “Keep Our Eyes Open” was a huge success! We were thrilled with how many people came out to support the cause—and how many artists came out of the woodwork to donate pieces. Originally expecting to have about 30 pieces donated to the show, by the opening night, we had over 90 pieces of artwork on the gallery walls!





It’s not too late to contribute! “Keep Our Eyes Open” will be up until January 22nd, the gallery is open Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00PM-6:30PM. All proceeds from the show benefit Precita Eyes’ Urban Youth Arts program, in effort to help MEDA buy the 340 Precita Ave building and keep the program in it’s original location of almost 40 years. Empower this foundational public arts institution, and show how the Bay Area art community can still come together throughout our city’s changes! If you’re unable to come by the gallery, there are other ways to donate:

1. Contribute money through their crowd-sourcing campaign:

2. Make a tax-deductible donation through Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA): medasf.org/get-involved/donate/make-a-donation/

Please designate : 344-348 Precita in the last box that says: “This donation should go to which program”

3. Invest $10,000 or more in a 12 month loan for which you will be paid back with 5% interest. For more information on how to make a $10,000+ loan, please contact: Karoleen Feng, kfeng@medasf.org and be sure to include Susan Cervantes – susan@precitaeyes.org in your email.