Ocean Beach, San Francisco graffiti hunting adventure

Posted: March 21, 2011 in Uncategorized
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In the midst of a tornado warning in the Bay Area this week, my friends and I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather and hit up Ocean Beach for the day in search of some local graffiti. Although there was no camo in site, I was equipped with a camera and ready to shoot.

Before we got there, I never realized exactly how much graffiti actually covers the sea wall. Much of work is painted over and over several times, but that hasn’t stopped street artists from consistently taking advantage of the mile-long stretch of wall.

Thank God.

Because of that, I had the opportunity to see pretty much every form of graffiti that day. The most common was lettering, but there was also a fair share of characters and even some stenciling.

And to think street artists ventured off into this far-off land to plaster their alias or their iconic character on a wall for a few to gawk and others to despise.

I mean it tends to be easy to forget that although someone like me enjoys seeing the influences of the street art world throughout the city of San Francisco and especially in places like Ocean Beach, others don’t share the same enthusiasm as me. Crazy, isn’t it?

The Department of Public Works hosts a Community Clean Team that helps paint out graffiti throughout the city, with much of their efforts focused specifically on Ocean Beach. This citywide volunteer program considers street art to be a form of vandalism, a belief that is common throughout big cities.

While their main mission is to beautify San Francisco by covering up the street art that so many of us admire, they can’t stop the persistence that so many of these artists have. These sea walls represent just that, persistence.


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