Art Stroll

Art Stroll: Murals in Jersey City Part 1

Lots of times my husband and I do a little bicycle tour in Jersey City, either through the neighborhood or Liberty State Park. Recently we set out on the hunt for some murals we haven’t seen yet.

I like this one by Sam Pullin aka Bed Bugs in Love. It shows the Golden Record aboard the Voyager. Sam is a JC local and I am always excited when I see work by him because I know him :)

Emilio Florentine created this mural called “Turnt Up” . On his website it says “His paintings are based on the belief that natural beauty is heightened during chaos. By using impressionist and surrealist techniques, he exploits, tortures, and then paints his subject – the flower – at its tipping point”

This mural was huge and impressive and also on a really amazing building. The Peach Tree War by Distort. While we were looking at the mural we met another couple also checking out the mural and we agreed that all those different murals in Jersey City are an amazing reason for a bike ride . It is so much fun to go on the hunt for them.

This cool lion is by Davel who is from Miami. Check out his cool prints!

Top and bottom are by Kaos & Klive

wow- the lettering and colors are so amazeballs!

Aqualand was created by Catherine Hart.

On the left by Jerkface and on the right by Zimer. Love those two together :)

It’s Your World by Chris Stain and Billy Mode. This is one of my favorites!

I hope you had fun on this Art Stroll to see some Murals in Jersey City. I hope to show you another part soon …but since my husband’s bike just got stolen, that will have to wait a little bit (sniff).

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Turnt Up is amazing and I could look at it for a long time!
    So sorry to hear about your hubby’s bike and I hope it somehow “finds” its way home.

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Inspired by… Valparaiso, Chile – Exploring Street Art & Colors

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Valparaiso was definitely my favorite while in Chile. Big seaport city, a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site, colorful and fun to explore. Did you hear: Colorful?!

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An amazing amount of street art and painted houses along the winded streets of the hills.

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The cables are kind of as crazy as in the U.S.  lol – – but I was smitten by the colorful stairs.

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There was just so much to see and take in

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Valparaiso was once called “Little San Francisco” and streets like these made me understand why :) As you stop every 2 seconds too look at something colorful and amazing you make your way way up there – good workout to walk off some of the delicious empanadas we had for lunch.

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How fun is this lady?

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and I so so so loved the colors and imagery and patterns here

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And some fun mark making patterns

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swoon

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More beautiful flowers set next to a beautiful blue house – BAM like color explosion

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I loved that the hydrants were yellow and not red.

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Look at this row of houses all in different colors

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and a door bell plate

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and the mixture of corrogated metal, wooden door and graphity – I love the texture, the colors and the feel

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Some interesting houses – loads of balconies

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Amazing!

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Inspiration EVERYWHERE

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and it was so green too

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but I did feel for the gas cartridge delivery guy – ouch!

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And so slowly we made our way down – had some seafood close to the harbor and went back to Santiago.

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This day in Valparaiso made me super happy – I am smiling writing the post and looking at those photos again. Hope you enjoyed the photos as much :)

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Inspired by Street Art in Melbourne, Australia

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Now if you know me…you know I am crazy about street art – and so Melbourne is a pretty amazing place to be for street art. There was street art EVERYWHERE , best know for it’s street art is Hosier Lane right across from the National Gallery.

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Nothing goes unpainted in this laneway :)

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This one made me laugh!

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Even the garbage cans are spayed and add to the picture

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I really loved this one for it’s stencil work and because it was only two colored- it stuck out in the bright color-spray-paint abundance

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Wonder what is in there? mh mh

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Lot’s of pasteups as well – which I really liked

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Here is AC/DC Lane …now I wonder why….

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Love the texture and the framed piece on the wall.

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Massive mural

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This is so cool too :

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and funny stuff

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Can you tell the three of us had a good time?  LOL- what a bunch of goofs we are ;)

This was a great first day after a 22 hour flight – since it was raining the color boost awakened us – we really needed that.

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Hope you enjoyed this colorful journey through Melbourne- there is more to come :)

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  • stephanie

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    totally cool!

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  • Seth

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    I remember that alley way. It is as amazing as ever!!

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  • Gayle

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    Phenomenal Exhibit! Thank you Nathalie. Makes me wonder if the motivation behind street art may be a response to disenchantment with the world around them. These artists’ way of proclaiming: ” If you can’t fix it, paint it!”

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      you should go Natalya – I can see loads of amazing art by you with photos taken there!

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Inspired by Street Art in Buenos Aires

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One of my most favorite things about Buenos Aires was the sheer amount of Street Art EVERYWHERE. It was heaven for a street art fan like me. Street Art in Buenos Aires is mostly tolerated and accepted by the public because of a long tradition of self expression. A lot of house owners give street artists permission to use their houses as canvases. Street art is seen and received as art for the community. We took a really good tour by Graffiti Mundo explaining a lot of the artwork and some meaning behind it and saw lot’s of great street art on the tour but also on our own.

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Teta y Salta is a mural created by the artist Franco Fasoli “Jaz” Franco , honoring two kids that were killed by the police in that neighborhood. Jaz studied scenography at the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires and works in blended mediums of latex paint, tar and gasoline, as well as in acrylic, aerosol and paper collage. Teta y Salta uses tar – which I thought to be amazing – it puts the street into street art ;) .

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I love the background on this one- it was huge.

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I love all the colors and patterns below- so much movement in it!

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This one is a collaboration between Georgina Ciotti and  Sordi. Love the illustrations.

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Unfortunately I forgot to jot down the names of the two artists here -one artist from Berlin depicting the Berlin Bear and some other iconic signs for Berlin

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and the other from Argentina doing the same.

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The next mural was just amazing – you start with looking at the details

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and then take in the whole picture- sooo cool!

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The one below is again by Jaz  and shows rivaling hooligans fighting each other- beast and mean.

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Below is a mural by Pum Pum – another female artist- yeah

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I do not know who did the background of this one below- which I sooo love- I want to do something similar in my art journal. But the cycling giraffes on top are by Stencil Land- a group of 6 artists.

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I love the really elaborate lettering style of Nerf. He paints this free hand – no masking tape or else- INSANE

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I liked this little dude!

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and a hidden gem

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And I recognized the one on the right right away as a piece by pixelpancho who also did a mural here in Jersey City (wah- I never posted it! – will do soon).

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I love the bear with all the different colors so much :) Another thing that I would love to practice in my art journal.

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this made me laugh

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as well as this:

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Did I mention street art everywhere?

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And last but not least this one by Fintan Magee who did a mural in Jersey City as well.

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Can you tell I loved it! There was so much more … ! I felt on an inspiration-high after walking through the streets. I hope you enjoyed these photos – you think that was all from Buenos Aires? Nope ..next I take you to the next beautiful cemetery I have ever been to (yes sounds morbid- but I promise it was beautiful!).

Have a gorgeous creative day

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  • William Charlebois

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    I love street art! I wish every city could be full of art. Where I live, you get arrested if you are caught painting on a building. Oh well. Your photos are wonderful!

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  • Joi@RR

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    Just can’t imagine seeing this in person because it is sooo incredibly wonderful to see right here online that it must be mind boggling there. Wow. Nat – sure hope you can take some of these ideas and put your own spin on them for some stamps/stencils!!! Some of these look totally your style. WHAT a trip you had! Soooo happy happy happy to see these incredible photos…. thank you so much. j.

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  • Sue Clarke

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    What a wonderful post Nat. I can only imagine what kind of ladders and such are needed to create those HUGE murals and drawings.
    Sadly, I will not be joining CJS 2016 as I never made it through all the videos for CJS 2015. I know that it will be another awesome January of inspiration! I continue to enjoy your posts with special interest in your neighborhood walks that you share. Happy Holidays!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Glad you liked it Sue! They do use those little crane waggons – I forgot what they are called in English – it is like a crane that has a basket and you can stand in it and control it yourself to get high up and paint. It is pretty amazing. No worries about CJS – I know your life is busy- but if you can still join during next year if you change your mind :) happy holidays to you too! Nat

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  • Linda on the Prairie

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    I think I need a trip to Buenos Aires if I can’t make it to your studio!

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Inspired by Brooklyn – Street Art

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A couple weeks ago I headed out to Brooklyn and strolled mostly around in Williamsburg. From my place it is a 45 min ride with public transportation- so not a biggie- and  what an inspirational stroll :

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Besides the warehouses ….did I tell you, I have a big heart for old ware houses- I want one- LOL – this is such a cool and funny one – and I love it on the rusty brown background too.

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These colors just popped and I love all the different details

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Tehehe- that one made me smile by Goodandshiddy – as well as this one

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I love how it is framed by the two houses and with the chimney in the background.

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Love this “good cop- bad cop” stencil play very cool!

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So many details- so much to look at – love the black background and the different surfaces giving texture – like the garage door and the brick wall…I also love the Mr Mushroom sign ;)

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LOVE  – obviously because it is a close hit to home regarding my work – and I do love the colors, brushstrokes and paper textures coming through

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Gotta love a cat on a mint green wall!

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very cool doodle work and love the color combination with the different black line sizes.

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So real and you get lost looking into this eye looking at the details – so much depth!

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I saved my favorite for last- just the texture behind it made me gasp – the whole vanishing piece of art- the different building materials and the all in all very muted but dramatic feel – Don’t you want to touch that one? Well, you can – but you better hurry up before it is totally vanished!

This stroll itself was pretty inspiring but I did continue on to the Brooklyn Museum -which will be a different blog post :) Which one of the images inspires you the most?

Have a gorgeous and creative day

 

 

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  • Peggy Oliver

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    Very inspiring walk you had! Great photos and amazing art!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    Just delightful Nat! Thanks for bringing us with you on your stroll.
    I so enjoy finding street art and take pics when I can.
    The eye really caught my eye (ha ha ha).
    Hope you have a colorful weekend.

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    I want to go on your jaunts with you!! Such incredible pieces of art- out there for everyone to admire!! Glad you found them and share them here with us Nat! Thanks! xo

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Inspired by San Francisco – Part II

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DISCLAIMER: This Blog Post contains quotes or art with political meaning. I might strongly agree with it or I  might not… – some might think of it as totally inappropriate to post. If you have a problem with this, you might be better off looking at something else . Don’t email me to complain, don’t visit my blog anymore because I might post things like this again and that might get you in a grumpy mood..

This is part II of my San Francisco trip full of inspirations- you can find part I here. This part is dedicated to the amazing murals and street art I found while walking around.

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I was just blown away by this one- the details and colors, shadows- awesome. This was on a side street of Height.

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The hair….so fluffy – you can almost touch it- seriously cool and I love the colors again. This was in the Mission – where I found the most during my trip.

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It is creepy cool and i love the collage feel to it.

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“Bending over Backwards” – amazing and beautiful painted wood piece mounted on this wood wall- but with so much more meaning, it is about political prisoners and gentrification – you can read a bit about it here. I think it is interesting to see something just as is and like it but then if you hear more of the intention you see the piece with different and new eyes.

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This was just gorgeous – around Castro – I loved the colors and the mosaic pieces and dimension…I just wish…it had a tree hair top coming from the background.

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loving this – just a little corner of the house – boom – makes you stop and smile and look at the environment a bit more.

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This is The Women’s Building – fascinating and strong!

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This little alley in the mission is a gem for finding street art. Clarion Alley, between Mission and Valencia Streets and 17th and 18th Streets. If you like street art and planning a visit to San Francisco, put it on your list. A bit smelly in the summer…like…you don’t wanna know smelly- but hey…

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you see a wooden shingle wall like this -gosh- I love this!

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cool …color combo

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love the statement, love the flowers, the colors and the font – pretty cool

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I love the quote- it is taken out of the context- but as it is – I love it. And I do love the lettering – so cool.

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This make me gasp…and want to go back to my studio – the color combination and the marks -AWESOME – I mean…swoon.

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I love this painted door and the figure- it reminds me of cubism – if I write cool again – I bet my friend J.K. will write me an email to learn more adjectives ;) …so how about …amazing ;)

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And last…FUN, a modern funky version of Catrina (it is Catrina, right?).

I hope these pictures inspired you as much as me – I had a great time and I hope I will be back in S.F. soon again.

Have a gorgeous day

 

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  • stephanie

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    i did not see any political statements, just some fab street art. Nice!

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  • Diana Trout

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    Amazing ! You did a great job of getting the street art vibe of San Fran. I love that city !

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  • Heidi

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    Love this post! Thank you for sharing this street art – very inspirational.

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  • Laura Strack

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    This Post makes me want to book a trip to San Fran right away! I would love getting a dose of inspiration every day, just by walking down the street! Glad I get a dose reading your Blog :) Thanks, Nat.

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  • Kathy P

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    AWESOME! Makes me want to go back to SF and look at it in a different light! Awesome street art—thanks for sharing it with us, Nat!

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  • Michelle

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    I am highly offended by that “believe” graffitti. How dare people be inspirational and positive in their street art? :) love these posts,

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  • Kimmie Hogan

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    When my hubby and I first got married, which almost seems like another lifetime, we lived in the San Fran area. I LOVED LOVED LOVED living there. We were there 3 yrs. There is always something to do that will please any of your 5 senses. And though you can’t beat the weather, the hills will definitely give you a work out. One of my favorite places to go and hang out was the piers. Great food, lots of great shops, and never a lack of something to do.Thanks for sharing the pics and for the trip back into the past. Hope you had a great weekend!! (((HUGS)))

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  • Sue Clarke

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    LOVE LOVE LOVE this post!
    The third pic from the bottom looks like it could have been created using some of your stencils.

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  • Carolyn S

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    That is some seriously cool art. The Women’s Building is stunning.

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  • Jackie P Neal

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    One of the Coolest posts I have seen in a long time- thanks for sharing Nat!!
    We are heading out to California late Aug to stay with my sons- hope to get to the Mission District to check out for myself! xo

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A Stroll Through the Hood

Wait and see ;)

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This one is so very detailed – amazing!

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The dove is one of my favorites

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This sculpture in front of the building makes me happy

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this is so simple and yet so effective

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best satellite dish design ever!

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lots of individual I’s

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does that necessary mean We?

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and I just want to have this on my studio wall

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Hope you had fun strolling around in my neighborhoods ;)

nat

 

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  • petyvic

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    Thinking that i will go around the city with camera on hand, ready!!!!!!!TFS, Nat

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  • Nurse Ratchet

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    Inspiration!! Will be taking my camera to work and taking pics….tx Nat!, I did notice worn Tibetan prayer flags in the detailed fantasy animal art!!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    The satellite dish is so very creative…I think they are so ugly when I see them around here…now decorating them is great.
    You have me appreciating street art much more than I used to. In Somerville, MA there are some nice ones to see. I enjoyed the walk thru your neighborhood Nat. Thanks!

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  • mjmarmo

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    So cool. Don’t think there is anything like that here.

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  • rains

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    These are in your neighborhood? So cool. I didn’t know it was ok to paint a satellite dish. I want to paint ours! And I love that sculpture in front of the building.

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  • M. Carmen - Cuchy

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    walaaaa. I love that I/we wall.

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Somerset Home and StreetArt

Schöne Post im Briefkasten – meine Ausgabe Somerset Home Vol. 3, 2008 in dem auch mein Willkommen-Canvas veröffentlicht wurde. So viele schöne Deko-Inspirationen- Wahnsinn.

I had some gorgeous mail in my mail box- the Somerset Home Vol. 3, 2008 edition. Love all the wonderful Home ideas inside and I’m really happy that my Welcome Canvas was published there too.

Wie Ihr wisst, stehe ich ja total auf Straßenkunst und habe mir vorgenommen auf dem Weg zur Arbeit jetzt häufiger mal meine Kamera mitzunehmen. Dieses Exemplar ist neu – und genial!

As you know I’m a total fan of street art and I decided to take my camera with me more often on my way to work. This piece is new and I so love it!

Hitzige Grüße – LOL – aus Hamburch.

Lovely greetings from super hot Hamburg :-)

  • heather

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    I have to see this. How fabulous.

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  • Debby

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    You’re everywhere. I love it. I’ll check out when I hit the bookstore up. Congrats!

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  • Cat

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    Congrats Nat…can’t wait to see you in print!! xox.

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  • Barbara

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    Congrast again Nat!!! I’ve never seen Somerset HOME!

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  • christiane

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    yeah, congrats again!! :D
    straasenkunst??? leider weniger hier an der ostsee zu finden!! :(

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  • tracy pratt

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    Awesome Nat!!!!!! Congrats:):)

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  • Daphne

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    Somerset / Stampington totally rules!!

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  • jana

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    sehr cool, dein canvas ist aber auch schön! ja, straßenkunst ist was feines, wenn es sich von der üblichen schmiererei abhebt…

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  • Karen Auld

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    Wow! Another great accomplishment to celebrate.

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