1AM Travels to Lake Tahoe for an offsite event!

Last month the 1AM crew went to Lake Tahoe for an annual event hosted by TubeMogul to spray paint custom t-shirts for over 400 guests! The 1AM team created custom laser cut stencils with 3 different beer related slogans to then let guests spray paint onto t-shirts to take home with them. Check out some pictures from the event below:

To get a quote for Graffiti & Street Art activities for your next event contact vanessa@1amsf.com

PlanGrid Team Building Workshop

PlanGrid came by 1AMSF for an exciting team building workshop that brought out everyones creativity! Check out their awesome mural they created as a group on our outside wall!

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

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Street Art and Social Change: Steven Grounds Reclaims a Native American Boarding School


Artist, Steven Grounds, has been working hard the last couple years, filling the interior and exterior walls of an abandoned Native American boarding school in Concho, Oklahoma. The boarding school, during its years of operation from 1909-1983, had members from the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes among other Native American students. Grounds is Navajo and Euchee himself, and he obtained permission to paint the buildings from the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe two years ago. He has been painting portraits of  his heroes and even of students who once walked the same halls ever since.

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Native American boarding schools have a dreadful history in the United States. They were built during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to provide education and to give opportunity for children with no formal schools in their vicinity. In reality, Native American boarding schools were seen as the means for the government to achieve assimilation of Native Americans. Children were usually immersed in European-American culture through appearance changes with haircuts, were forbidden to speak their native languages, and traditional names were replaced by new European-American names. The experience of the schools was often harsh, especially for the younger children who were separated from their families. In numerous ways, they were encouraged or forced to abandon their Native American identities and cultures.


Abandoned Native American boarding school in Concho, Oklahoma


Photograph from the Cheyenne and Arapaho Agency’s Catholic School (1920-33) (via Bureau of Indian Affairs. Concho Agency/National Archives and Records Administration)

Grounds’ work is connecting history, culture, and time to place. The abandoned school was left for ruin but he has done what street artists are good at – activating spaces. “When you walk in here you can feel that energy, that there is a history here,” says Grounds. And about his portraits he adds, “I take them as a way to show reverence. So what I paint in here comes from a place of respect.”


Opening night recaps: Lords Anniversary & “First Edition”

We’ve been busy over here at 1AM! With openings at each of our locations this month, we can’t thank the Bay Area art community enough for your support.

“Legendary: Celebrating 30 Years of Lords Crew” is on display at our San Francisco gallery until July 14th, make sure to swing by and see a truly masterful collection of work from 12 domestic and international legends! Check out all of the opening night photos on our Facebook page. For catalog inquiries: artsales@1amgallery.com

“First Edition”, 1AM Prism’s very first juried show, is on display at our Oakland gallery until June 24th… cast your vote for the winner at 1AM Oakland any time during regular business hours.


Zendesk brings their team for an activity-filled afternoon!

Zendesk brought their small corporate team to 1AM to learn about the art of the tag and try their hand at spray-painting. They were great sports, creating a colorful “Zendesk” mural on our plastic wall even through the rain! Zendesk Workshop! Zendesk Workshop! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup an event today!

The Blood Centers team says “Save Lives.. Donate Blood”!

We had an awesome visit from the Blood Centers team as they learned more about graffiti culture, practiced their hand at spray painting and made a mural with an important statement:
Blood Centers Workshop! Blood Centers Workshop! To schedule an event for your team, email privateevents@1AMSF.com.

Cathay Pacific can take you from SF to Hong Kong!

Cathay Pacific got clever with their mural phrase during their team building workshop and chose to paint an awesome mural with the SF skyline in the background. They learned about the history of graffiti and immersed themselves in street art for their offsite! Cathay Pacific Workshop! Cathay Pacific Workshop! Interested in hosting a team event? Email privateevents@1AMSF.com for a free quote!

Our first group of parents came for a fun graffiti mixer!

Parents from Presidio Knolls visited us to learn more about the art of graffiti and enjoyed an activity-filled afternoon with some refreshments. They created an awesome mural to support their kids’ school! Presidio Knolls Presidio Knolls

The TellApart team mastered some can control during their team offsite!

TellApart visited for our graffiti workshop and got an intensive session of spray practice. They said “We really enjoyed the session learning about tagging, street art in general, and of course spending time outside with the spray cans!” TellApart Workshop! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup a session for your team

AT&T Foundry brings their team for a graffiti workshop!

The AT&T Foundry had an awesome time learning more about graffiti culture and getting a taste of spray painting and letter styles drawing. For their mural, they painted “Where Ideas Are Made”! AT&T Foundry Workshop! AT&T Foundry Workshop! Email privateevents@1AMSF.com to setup a workshop for your team!