Last night’s opening of the TEASE(D) show at Somewhere Else at 1212 San Pablo in Berkeley was a huge success. The show featured “Big Hair” Themed art pieces curated by the Bay Area artist Elrod at the new gallery that she opened with Mayra “Hellabreezy”.
Here’s some video from the event posted to the Stiff Little Fingers Twitter feed (@RigidDigits): SLF performed last night to a sea of welcoming fans as one of the first bands to play that city after the November 13th terror attacks. It’s tough to find the words to express how inspiring it is to see a band persevere and refuse to change their plans out of fear. SLF is no stranger to tragedy, and posted this moving statement to their Facebook page announcing their plans for this event: Our sincere condolences go out to everyone affected by the Parisian tragedies. The music business is often sheltered from the harsh realities of life and this weekend they have come home with a dreadful finality. As you may know, Stiff Little Fingers are scheduled to play in Paris tomorrow evening (Tuesday) and there is a lot of confusion around this date as shows are being cancelled or re-scheduled and so on. When we were growing up in Belfast, I was always saddened by the fact that groups would never come and play there because of the political situation. I was deprived of another “normal” part of life. With this in mind, and with the wonderful co-operation of our Parisian promoter, the S.L.F. show at Backstage at the Mill, WILL GO AHEAD AS ADVERTISED tomorrow (Tuesday) night. https://www.facebook.com/StiffLittleFingers/posts/10153081725267096 I’m not going spend much time to attempt to wax intellectual on the nature of…
April 30th, 2014 was an unseasonably hot day in San Francisco, the kind of day where the warm sea air fills you nose and sticks to your skin as soon as you cross over the bridge. The city was brimming with the wild, restless energy of impending change that was all too palpable on every street corner and back alley. We arrived at Henry Goldfield’s Tattoo Studio at 404 Broadway in the late afternoon, and already the street corner and small North Beach shop was packed wall to wall with friends, patrons, and well-wishers. People from all walks of life, from seasoned veterans and legends of the tattoo scene to curious onlookers had gathered upon this place to pay it one last visit and give their best to San Francisco’s oldest continuously running tattoo shop. Change was indeed in the air; after 35 years Goldfield’s was closing it’s doors for the last time.
Ten years. It’s been ten years since my first Billetproof. Ten years ago I was just a kid, eager to be able to hop out of the booth long enough to take enough shots with my old Pentax to fill my proof sheet. Now I walk through the show between customers to try and take a few pics on my iPhone to have something to put on the blog. Time, what a strange thing.
I decided to make the trip down to Salinas to support our friends from Deadend Magazine and checkout this art show at this neat Art Gallery in Downtown Salinas, Ca. I’ve never really spent much time in Salinas, and I really had no idea what to expect. I’m also not much for art shows, I never really know what to do, so it was all going to be a surprise. I picked up my friends Stoney and Brooke on the way down, and we headed out through some of the most ridiculous traffic I’ve ever dealt with on the way there. When we pulled on to Main St, we instantly knew that we were in the right place, the street was packed with hot rods, customs, and lowriders with a turnout and quality that should make any event planner proud. I’m not sure if all of the cars there were from Salinas (in fact I know they weren’t, John Parker and Art Rivas made the drive all the way up from around Ventura!), but I do know that people from Salinas build a car with a ton of heart and passion, and it shows. It was a really impressive thing to see, and that was just outside the Somos Gallery! Inside the gallery was a clean and glowing art gallery packed with incredible photography, great paintings, and cool sculpture. The gallery itself was pretty rad, it had a ton of…
1. An EXCELLENT article and great photos on Coby of Church Magazine’s amazing Econoline, Van Go. 2. Wonderful coverage of the Sacramento Autorama by BOMB CITY, AKA my wife and I! It’s a tremendous honor to have our work in such a huge publication. A huge thanks to Zombie and the crew at TRK. Check it out, it’s a damn good issue. Like it? Let them know! – Posted from the road