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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I Heart Street Art: I 'Heart' the Valencia Street Art Wall

Posted By on Tue, Apr 21, 2009 at 8:22 AM

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This week we're taking a look at the Valencia Street Art Wall, a Mission District institution since forever. It's a rare spot in the city where street art is sanctioned, and even encouraged. It tends to be poster art rather than graffiti. I almost never see tags here.

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But it's not boring, family-friendly stuff either. You'll see stuff as edgy as Dick Tater and Time'll Tell, and yet the most controversial piece in recent memory was the Lou Reed Supreme ad still partially visible beneath the heart above. Speaking of the heart, get a load of the detail in those ventricles.

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This next work we first saw on Burrito Justice, and decided to go in for a closer look. "Viva Hate"? Wasn't that Morrissey's first solo album?

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And who is this Florian character anyway? If I were a real reporter, perhaps I'd look into it. In any case, it's rare that we see street art with a copyright.

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Here's the thing in its entirety. Ghastly, right?

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This is my favorite. A crusader with a big, green, thumbs-upping fist for a head? Somebody put this on a skateboard deck right now and I will take up skateboarding again.

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What a tough customer!

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Lastly, everything at once. Come see the ever-changing spectacle for yourself sometime, down on the west side of Valencia between 23rd and 24th. On any given day, you're sure to find a Forlorn Candy Corn or a hand-painted invite to some sort of community event.

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