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SF Taco » 2010 » July

The KKK(atie) Took My Spraycan Away

If you live in The City, chances are you’ve come across one of the tags belonging to KKKatie. Vandalizing walls with swatikas, anarchy symbols and has successfully defaced a legal mural, the McKinley statue and the War Memorial Opera House, this little lady was caught during Bay To Breakers and has recently been sent to a SF psych ward.

Usually, when most graffiti and street artists scribble over public property and statues with a satirical or political message, it provokes thought, humor and at times, gives the writer fame within the community. However, in KKKatie’s case, she has successfully shunned herself from the rest of the graffiti/street art movement.

She’s an outsider in a community of outsiders…Its a multi racial, multi ethnic, diverse community of people who do not tolerate racial hate in any shape or form  -Steve Rotman, Bay Area graffiti photographer

What are your thoughts and opinions on KKKatie? Let SFTACO know by leaving a comment!
For more information on this case, read the SF Guardian article here


Market St. seems to be overflowing with Reyes pieces, especially since his work is currently showing at the E6 Gallery. If you’ve got a Reyes pictures, shoot us an email at dara.katrina@yahoo.com!

Where theres an alley…

 …There is probably graffiti gold! While the exact streets have been forgotten, this alley is only a block up from the 1AM Gallery on 6th and Howard. From the Great White Shark to the CAT bulldozer, this little cut is a gem within the SOMA district.

Have any alley treasures caught in a photograph and feel nice enough to share? Send em to dara.katrina@yahoo.com to add onto the website!

News stands aren’t for newspapers anymore

It’s early in the morning and when most people use this time to grab a copy of the SF Chronicle, SF Weekly or The Guardian, news stands provide another type of reading material in the form of metallic letters, characters and of course, stickers.

Send in your pictures of overly vandalized news stands at dara.katrina@yahoo.com

SFAQ Symposium

Please join us on Saturday July 10th for the second release Symposium for the San Francisco Arts Quarterly.

The second issue came out July 1st and features the SOMA district as well as full bay are art listings July-September

The FREE release Symposium includes:

Panel Discussion:

Moderator: JD Beltran

Eli Ridgway
Jay Howell
Heather Villyard
Julie Lazar
Justin Hoover

Live Music: 7:30-10pm
Adam Stephens (Two Gallants)
Young Prisms
Rumspringa (LA)

Blue Angle Vodka
Mejor Tequila
Trumner Pilnser
Artesa Wines

George’s Restaurant

The mission of the San Francisco Arts Quarterly is to provide the growing arts community of San Francisco with a free publication aimed at enabling galleries, artists, collectors, and the general public to connect and network, facilitating the expansion and flourishing of San Francisco’s art driven economy. SFAQ is a newspaper and calendar that presents the public with a quarterly update on art community events and offer insight into the current and future state of a variety of arts throughout the city.

The SFAQ calendar is a user friendly guide that contains a pullout San Francisco MUNI map and a compilation of the various venues and spaces within San Francisco. The calendar will include a listing of openings, public events, performances, festivals, screenings and releases featured at various educational facilities, museums, established galleries, non-profit organizations, theaters, music halls, and more with an emphasis on alternative venues and up and coming spaces/galleries. SFAQ’s calendar will expand individuals’ artistic perspective in San Francisco and facilitate their connection to the various events that are happening throughout the city. We wish to provide every artist with the opportunity to make their exhibition, project, or performance more readily available to the public. This helps inspire and support the citizens of San Francisco to continue practicing their various artistic endeavors, further enveloping San Francisco with the gift of creativity.

The San Francisco Arts Quarterly will direct a dialogue with a highlighted neighborhood in San Francisco, rotating to different areas of the city with every issue. Each edition will consist of interviews with individuals and collectives who are showing an interest in the advancement of the San Francisco arts community and thus helping to further stimulate the city’s progressive nature, opening a conversation between the district of focus and the rest of San Francisco. This will provide individuals with an in-depth look into the various districts of San Francisco’s multi-faceted arts community. The publication is designed to inspire people to discover and explore areas of San Francisco that they do not typically experience, with the intention of unifying the varied areas of San Francisco into one comprehensive artistic whole extending throughout the city.

Click here to view the FACEBOOK group (yes, really.)

Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.

Art, in Reynaldo Cayetano Jr.’s perspective, is self expression that provokes an analytical thought within a piece. This attitude towards art implies that anyone is capable of obtaining the title as “artist” because everyone has a story, opinion or message to share. However, growing up in the SOMA, Cayetano noticed the absence of an art community within his own neighborhood and believed that Points of Unity, a name that was birthed out of spontaneity for an art reception met to highlight an artist’s driving force to create, would help establish a stronger, more intimate society of artists, writers, photographers and individuals.

As curator for Points of Unity, Cayetano received support from the art collective he actively participates in known as Inks of Truth. With the encouragement from his peers to pursue this event, Cayetano dubbed Points of Unity to be the second brainchild to the collective’s first event, Artistic Integrity. While the first art reception proved to be a series of trial and error, in comparison, P.O.U. was outlined with more structure and organization that provided every member, from planner to artist, a role in the receptions flawless execution.

The reception, which was held at the Bayanihan Center, strived to empower the audience in realizing that artistic success is possible as long as an story or message can be communicated to an audience. When sharing his experiences at other art receptions throughout San Francisco, Cayetano expressed that the art world doesn’t always seem to inspire or encourage artistic endeavors and ones success seems to solely be based on skill level, however, art is not purely based on logistics. As Cayetano believes, art is a method of self expression that provokes thought and allows a dialogue to be created between the piece and the viewer. Allowing the audience to foster a relationship with a piece, whether it is spoken word or a mail box sculpture, only strengthens the meaning and development of an artists’ creation.

The event maxed out at an outstanding 200 attendees and with such an eclectic group of artists; people were left to feel inspired to create as well as to push the quality of their craft. A photographer himself, Cayetano participated with the reception not just as its curator, but also as an artist. Originally, the Nikkomat FT2 he has strapped onto his shoulders at all times was a gift for a close friend, but unfortunately, she passed away. With a new camera in his possession, Cayetano found comfort in capturing daily life and took the initiative to learn more about his craft, but also paralleled his artistic growth to what he believes his friends’ would have been. Though reluctant to label himself as a photographer, his pictures depict a genuine sincerity, honesty and an optimistic reflection of the human spirit. From locals in the SOMA district to villagers in the Philippines, his photos capture stories of struggle, perseverance and ultimately, compassion towards the human race.

Although Cayetano made it clear that he doesn’t want to be the poster boy for Inks of Truth, it is incredibly hard to deny the energy and passion he radiates. With every word spoken about his perspective on art and with every hand gesture that accompanies his opinion, it becomes apparent that there will be more gallery events to come. As long as there are artists creating, Inks of Truth will provide the stage for them to be showcased because, as Cayetano once said, “Art isn’t art unless it’s shared with someone.”

To learn more about Inks of Truth and to view more photos, click here!
Photos were provided byJoy Ng who is a photographer, poet and all around badass.

So how do you spell it?

An Alphabet by Victor Reyes
July 7 – August 14, 2010
Opening Reception: July 7, 6-9pm
E6 Gallery, San Francisco


Robert Berman / E6 Gallery is pleased to present MISSPELLED, an alphabet by Victor Reyes, handmade in California. An ambitious public art installation turned gallery exhibition explores the artists’ unique approach to graffiti, by dissecting individual letters and exploring the anatomy and architecture found in the symbols we use to communicate. Inspired by the cities streets, surfaces, and visual vibrancy, Reyes reinterprets the letters and presents them to us in a brilliant array of color and movement. Alphabets, recontextualized on various abandoned surfaces in San Francisco, are not intended to provide answers, but to raise questions about how we interpret public space, and the symbols commonly found within.

Opinion that is solely my own:

Avoid missing this event as much as possible. Graffiti, by definition, is the ability to manipulate the letter’s shape to a point where it is ultimately illegible and Reyes has achieved this skill to perfection. To not see Reyes’ latest body of work is to be an idiot…especially if you call yourself a writer.