“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.

Team-Building Workshop with Uber!

It was fun to have Uber join us for a graffiti workshop last month. They learned about the history of graffiti and spent the afternoon creating a group mural on our 6th St. exterior wall. Check out their awesome mural!

To learn more about Team Building Workshops and Private Classes please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Team-Building with Sofi

Sofi joined us for an afternoon of graffiti and team-building at 1AMSF. Team-building workshops are an awesome way to let out your inner artist and have a fun time as a team.

To learn more about Team Building Workshops and Private Classes please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Opening Night Recap: “Get With the Program” by Pemex and Klops

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We’d like to send a huge thank you to all of our friends who came through last night for the opening of “Get with the Program” by Pemex and Klops. It was a crazy night of fun, laughter, and, of course, plenty of brand new art. Thank you for supporting your favorite artists and your favorite local art gallery! In case you couldn’t join us for the festivities, the show will be on display until April 15, 2017.

Congrats to Pemex and Klops on such a great opening night!

For inquiries or catalog requests contact artsales@1amgallery.com.

 

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Graffiti with Vevo

Vevo joined us at 1AM recently for their own graffiti workshop, where they painted a group mural on our 6th St. exterior wall. Graffiti workshops are a great team-building exercise where everyone can work together to create a collaborative masterpiece. Check out their amazing mural! To learn more about Team Building Workshops and Private Classes please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Gettin’ into it with Intuit

Intuit joined us at our San Francisco location for a private graffiti workshop, where they created their own canvas for their company space! Graffiti workshops are a great opportunity to have fun together while also creating a creative visual piece to hang in their office!

For team building workshops or private class inquiries please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Graffiti Workshop with Microsoft

It was awesome to have Microsoft come through for a Graffiti Workshop. Graffiti Workshops are a great team-building experience where everyone gets to participate in making their mural. Check out their final product! To learn more about Team Building Workshops and Private Classes please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

 

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Google Street Art Workshop

It’s always a fun time when Google joins us at our San Francisco location for a team-building workshop. Our Street Art Package is a great option for groups looking to do more individualized activities and gives each guest something to take home with them. Check out the awesome stencil based mural they created on a canvas to take back to their offices!

For team building workshops or private class inquiries please contact vanessa@1amsf.com

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Opening Night Recap: “Family First”

In case you missed it, “Family First,” our first show of the new year, opened last Thursday night. Everyone had a great night of music, friends, drinks, and art of course! It’s always great to see all of our friends, old and new, coming to support our 1AM artists. In case you missed all the fun, you can always come by the gallery to check out the show. Family First will be on display Wednesday through Friday, 12-6:30pm until February 19th, 2017.

Special shout-out to all of our artists, and thanks to everyone for helping us at 1AM put family first!

Check out this video recap of the show below!