This is the story of the Silly Pink Bunny. Before this drawing, the bunny was actually a huge sculpture made by local artisan Jeremy Fish which rested on the corner of Haight & Laguna.
As change has been the reoccurring theme here in San Francisco, developers had plans on bulldozing the lot to make way for future rental units. Word spread throughout the city and a local resident took it upon himself to rescue the bunny from its demise even though Jeremy Fish had already convinced the contractors in not destroying it.
After a little recovery mission with the help of the neighborhood and social media, the bunny was later returned to its home where it sported a new eye patch and gold front tooth.
The lot has since been torn down along with the original bunny but a bronzed replica will be made and placed back in the same location once construction is complete. It will act as the gateway to the Lower Haight District and hopefully become a relic for the new generation of residences in San Francisco.
This is just one of the many stories that lie within Jeremy Fish’s artwork. This past Friday, he displayed over a 100 pieces of black and white drawings at his new solo show Yesterdays and Tomorrows that span back 10 years that all hold their own personal message and adventure.
And a gem of my own as a moderate collector of Mr. Fish’s more affordable work. This is the super limited FTC X Jeremy Fish laser etched skateboard deck that was released a couple of weeks back and sold out in minutes. Be sure to check out his show running till September 13th at FFDG.
Benny Gold has slowly become the new face of streetwear that is San Francisco born and raised. We lost some greats to our So Cal neighbors from HUF and Rebel 8 but gained transplants as well with The Hundreds, Undefeated and now the new Diamond Store that opened on Haight St. As respect is well established for Benny Gold, he managed to compile some of the most famous artist in the world to participate in his glider series art show. The list is prestigious with contributors from Usugrow, Haroshi, Jeff Staple, BJ Betts, Mark Gonzalez, Morning Breath, Grotesk, locals from Lango and Henry Lewis from Skull and Sword, Orly from Cukui, and many more.
Benny’s graphics takes cues from the local scene whether it be skating, art, design or his own personal life. His glider has not only become an icon for his own brand but is even synonymous to San Francisco as a landmark and a city.
Make sure to check it out for yourself before it’s too late.
3169 16th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
I turned 33 last month and asked for sex on the morning of my birthday. It wasn’t a total Sunday nooner but the timing was definitely off (and no we aren’t religious). My girlfriend than just kind of turns over wall side throwing the bed covers over her body and I just figure that’s the universal sign for “go fuck yourself!”. Without missing a beat though, she then points her dainty finger westward towards the kitchen and I surprisingly see this box with a purplish bow with the inscriptions Fongstarr. She slurs some words “Huby Burfdaay” with the pillow half stuffed in her mouth as I open my gift to see a new Canon 50mm f/1.2 lens. I guess the key to a man’s heart isn’t always with blow jobs. Not surprisingly men actually like expensive stuff too. With eager eyes, I began to look for my camera bag and for the next hour, it’s literally just shutter clicks and light snores. One of the better birthdays I’ve had as of late.
Rakim was on the west coast leg of his tour and I can’t think of any other way to test out my new lens than on The God MC.
Ra’s set was like a physical #throwbackthursdays except now gumby fades and flattops were traded in for thinning hair receding hairlines. He fired off classics from I Know You Got Soul to Microphone Fiend and created a mood that resonated close to old fashion block party. I am sure in all our minds, we had our Kangol hats and dookie rope chains on.
I read somewhere where Rakim headlined Rock The Bells and they cut off his mic 20 minutes into his set because the venue they were in had a specific time to shut down. It was rumored he spent almost the entire rest of the night shaking people’s hands and taking pictures with the fans as a consolation. That’s some real stand up shit right there.
Let’s geek out on some photography stuff. To my fellow concert shooters, Rakim is photogenic as bloody hell. Definitely sweet on the eyes as far as capturing shots you know will be clear from no motion blur since he tends to strut rather than slam dance when pacing from left to right on stage. In some instances though, crazy stage dynamics is a good thing but with the ambient light in this venue, it’d wreak havoc on the overall quality of the photos. As far as the lens, the 50mm held up better than the plastic version I once had. Colors come out vivid, blacks hold to their true dark emissions and the focus seemed to lock on in its proper place even though it wasn’t as speedy as I’d like it to be. Look out for a full breakdown of how to get a C+ in concert photography by me and smarter advice from fellow blogging colleagues in the near future on The Hundreds site.