so recall my little cousin was here over the summer for an internship. she was working with community groups in Berkeley and Oakland. well, one activity they participated in was painting a mural in the Fruitvale District in Oakland.
it was designed by a local artist, and community members came out to help put it up. then they had a block party to celebrate :-)
found this summer in West Oakland while wandering with my cousin..
some local heroes remembered.
one of my cousins was in the Bay Area this summer. she was here thanks to an internship that had her living in Berkeley and working in Oakland. of course i was excited to show her around! i took her to some of my favorite corners and eating holes. and because the community work she was doing was in Oakland, i did my best not to just swoop her over to the usual tourist traps in San Francisco. we spent most of our time together seeing/tasting/exploring Oakland and Berkeley in the East Bay. she even obliged my love for finding the freshest paint :-)
(mural in Berkeley, corner store on University Ave)
ahh yes, some much needed East Bay love!
small distraction last week (WARRIORS!!! :-D ), but i still have one last gem from my short weekend in NY to share. a mural in Harlem that was close to the apartment we stayed in. while i didn’t see a lot of spontaneous graffiti, i did spot a few murals like this one.
but so far that i noticed, they were only visible after the bodegas closed and pulled their metal doors down. next time i’ll have to take more after-dinner strolls to see if i can spot more :-)
as i mentioned, i didn’t see much street art. and while i chalked it up to only being there a few days, many friends commented that the city has really made efforts to clean up graffiti over the past few years. i can’t say this is a bad thing (who hates a clean city?), but a part of me was hoping to find some fresh designs. i found a few, and saw some familiar lines..
i had some thoughts about that one. could it be..?
you’ll always live again.
~* (found in FiDi)
phone booth queen, found in Outer Richmond.
all sides were painted. even the top.. ~*
found in the Financial District? *_* it was late..
it begins! i’m calling Arizona, Duke, Kentucky and Louisville in the final 4. you..?