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Banksy hit several spots in SF last week to the delight of hundreds of photographers and street art aficionados:
banksy chinatown

notice
I wandered over to Chinatown after work to check out the new piece and saw the property owner put up this notice saying they would clean up the graffiti after the police investigation. I suspect the real reason he put it up was to protect it from getting buffed, as it was drawing a fair number of photographers already.
banksy valencia
The other two were in the Mission, on Valencia and Sycamore.
banksy sycamore

banksy sycamore
Banksy put up a few others around SF, but I haven’t had a chance to shoot them yet.

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graffiti battle

battle
Saturday was the 3rd Annual Estria Graffiti Battle over in Oakland, and I had the chance to get some good shots of the action.
blue
24 artists from around the country gathered at DeFremery Park to showcase their skills. The theme of the day was “grow,” with each artist free to interpret this theme through their piece.
tenfold
Tenfold, from SF.
katch
Let your mind grow…
doves
Piece by Doves, winner of the Harlem graffiti battle.
prime
Hawaiian artist Prime works on his canvas.
notebook
Unknown artist writing in his notebook.
refa
Nice burner from Refa.
grow
Muet.
vogue
The winning piece from Oakland’s own Vogue. More shots from the battle here.

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inner love

inner peace

inner harmony
As seen in Clarion Alley.

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cannery
The derelict Washington Packing Corporation tuna cannery near Islais Creek Channel is an absolute gem of an abandoned building. I first came here in 2006 and returned recently with my tripod to give it a thorough exploration. Getting inside proved to be difficult, but a little determination goes a long way.
interior

pipes
Closed since 1963 follwing a botulism scare, the cannery has surprisingly been left in a wonderful derelict state. Work crews are stripping the building of scrap metal, but some larger machines remain and it doesn’t appear to be in any immediate danger of demolition.
stop start

nuts
The cannery is home to some of the finest graffiti in San Francisco, a cathedral of pieces, burners, and tags. It’s known as the TIE building to local artists. Every accessible surface is plastered with graffiti.
phaze
Things got more interesting the deeper I explored.
pillars

drywall

camoe
Naturally, Girafa and Musk made appearances:
girafa

girafa

musk
Plantrees, too:
plantrees

plantrees

plantrees
Aerosol cans everywhere:
cans

cans

empty
What a beautiful place. Hope it sticks around for a while. Full set here.

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