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Oakland Love from TDK

Chevrons and Stripes

I spent the early afternoon yesterday with photographer and blogger Noah Emrich and a couple of friends eating tacos and shooting pictures around the Fruitvale train tracks. Noah’s documenting his roadtrip for Soludos’ Endless Summer campaign, and after spending a week in San Francisco he stopped in Oakland once more before heading down the coast.   

The Fruitvale tracks is a pretty well-known Bay Area graffiti spot which was run by TDK when I was a kid. It’s probably been about 20 years since I’ve been, but it was good to see some of the old-school writers still at it like Vogue and Estria. 

Though I didn’t shoot any pics at the tracks, here’s a few Oakland, CA burners from my files…and a more recent piece from Berkeley FSC KTD kings Gigs and Nac to round out the show.

FRIDAY L@TE NIGHT at the BAM/PFA (Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive)

I stopped in to the BAM/PFA last night to hear Peggy Honeywell perform some soothing acoustic numbers. Honeywell is the alter-ego of contemporary artist Clare Rojas, who also happens to be married to Barry McGee, aka TwistOne, whose mid-career survey is currently on exhibition at the BAM/PFA through Dec. 9. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly encourage you to check it out.

While McGee is a famous contemporary artist, he first came to my attention when I was a teenager working on my graffiti styles back in the early 1990s. I met him once at a “writers” meeting decades ago, but we got to chat for a little bit last night. He knew I was a (former) graffiti artist, and asked me to sign the book above. Though I was without a chisel-tipped pen I managed to eke out something respectable, and even got some nice compliments on my “E.” Not the one in this  tumblr’s masthead, but a different less legible, and more flourish-ey one. Fortunately I copyrighted it on the spot, and so any future use of this “E” ought to properly attributed. ;-) In any case, we reminisced a bit about Berkeley/Bay Area graffiti in the 90s (a high point for the form internationally I might say…), and he signed my book for me (I’ve lost the one he signed for me back circa 1992)—and someone else even showed up with a huge blue chisel-tipped paint pen.

Truck. E. 12th St, Oakland, CA. Photo taken post-torta.

I’m gonna switch up my masthead later today. Not sure which one to go with yet…any suggestions? 

I’m gonna switch up my masthead later today. Not sure which one to go with yet…any suggestions? 

i also love fountain pens, writing, and graffiti…
#brokeandbespoke

i also love fountain pens, writing, and graffiti…

#brokeandbespoke