You’ll get plenty of good vibrations at this museum of antique vibrators

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Talk about having good vibrations. That’s how you’ll feel if you’re into antique vibrators at the Good Vibrations antique vibrator museum in San Francisco. You’ll learn that the first of such devices was made in 1869, difficult to move and marketed for use by spas and physicians for the treatment of ‘hysteria,’ which they viewed as the most common health complaint among women of the day.

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Arresting street snapshots of San Franciscans

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Wednesday 30 July 2014

On his website, Troy Holden describes himself as ‘Snapshot photographer from San Francisco, California’: brief, to the point, and exacting in what he does well. He documents mostly the people of the city in candid, yet elegant shots, in stark black and white. According to a post about his work on Konbini, he’ll literally walk […]

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Pole dancers at home by photographer Tom Sanders

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Saturday 12 April 2014

By looking at these pictures, you may just think photographer Tom Sanders has the best job in the world. After all, his project Pole Dancing at Home tracks down 20 women in San Francisco that love a good pole dance. Sanders says, ‘I stereotyped them at first because I thought they were strippers. So I […]

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The quirky characters of San Francisco illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Illustration on Thursday 27 March 2014

Been to San Francisco? Wendy MacNaughton’s quirky illustrations show just how colorful the personalities are that live in this beautiful city. In her book Meanwhile in San Francisco, MacNaughton identifies ‘Mission Hipsters’, MUNI bus drivers, SF Giants supporters, artists of all kinds, and of course, those enormous bison of Golden Gate Park. If these watercolor […]

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Illuminate SF is the latest city-wide installation project in San Francisco

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Friday 24 January 2014

San Francisco is an artsy mecca, full of brilliant outdoor murals, quirky galleries and installations. And Illuminate SF is one of these great installation projects around the city that sees light and art combine into out-of-this-world experiences and eye candy. From Ned Kahn’s 12-storey sculpture at Civic Center to Brian Goggin & Dorka Keehn’s Language […]

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The eerie tunnels of San Francisco

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 13 December 2013

We’ve all heard of the Paris Catacombs, but what about San Francisco’s underground world? Sierra Hartman takes us on an extraordinary journey into the heart and soul of San Fran, where street art and forgotten mementos lie side by side. ‘The boom and bust mentality of this city has been an ongoing trend since the […]

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Guess what, Ai Weiwei is coming to Alcatraz

Rebekah Rhoden Contributor

By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Thursday 12 December 2013

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei is coming to San Francisco’s Alcatraz island as part of a ‘site-specific sculpture, sound and multimedia’ work throughout the island. Announced by the FOR-SITE Foundation this year, the exhibition won’t take place until September 2014, but ideas are already in the works and a few snippets of info are already out […]

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The remarkable underground tunnels of San Francisco

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Wednesday 4 December 2013

Beneath the ground exists a world that no one would dare wonder into. It’s a place of darkness, abandon, and isolation. San Francisco’s Bold Italic visited the underground caverns of their city and here are the photos. Some are viaducts and others are service tunnels. It also serves as a reminder that dim places like […]

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Photographer documents murder shrines in Oakland

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 22 November 2013

Heartbreaking yet heartfelt, these pictures from Brandon Tauszik are part of his series called White Wax. The Oakland photographer says the aim of this collection if to ‘serve as a medium for self-examination’ as America undergoes a ‘collective re-examination of its criminal justice policy, gun culture and post-racial credo’. Each photo captures the place where […]

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It’s Not About the Nail: new video from Jason Headley

Nini Baseema Contributor

By Nini Baseema in Video on Friday 31 May 2013

Dear men, please have a look, listen and learn. I bet most of you have been in a situation like this before. Jason Headley from San Francisco teaches a valuable lesson on male and female communication and behaviour patterns.

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San Francisco architecture spinning in music video and more

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in Video on Saturday 1 December 2012

We’ve gone potty over Kevin Parry’s works before, but it now looks like he’s outdone himself with his HYPNOSF video, which delves into the visual excitement of San Francisco to the tune of Kalle Mattson’s Water Falls. Watch out for the dazzling sequence of the city’s Pyramid Building and co doing 360° spins from 2:53 […]

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Stunning replica of San Francisco constructed from Jello

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Art on Friday 26 October 2012

I don’t know how San Francisco artist Liz Hickok constructs her dramatic cityscapes entirely out of jelly without at least nibbling a bite out of one of the imposing facades. Of her San Francisco series, she says: ‘Lit from below, the molded shapes of the city blur into a jewel-like mosaic of luminous color and volume. The gelatinous material also evokes uncanny parallels with the geological uncertainties of San Francisco’s landscape. While the translucent beauty of the compositions first seduces the viewer, their fragility quickly becomes a metaphor for the transitory nature of human artifacts’.

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Mashups of San Francisco with 1906 post-quake pics

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Friday 7 September 2012

For his 1906 + Today Mashup series, photographer Shawn Clover thoughtfully mashed images of both past and present San Francisco by matching the new shots closely with the archived images. Nicely done, too. 

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The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project in San Francisco

Hemisha Bhardwa Reader Find

By Hemisha Bhardwa in New Art on Thursday 2 August 2012

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project has been a neighborhood effort to create a beautiful mosaic running up the risers of the 163 steps located at 16th and Moraga in San Francisco. Sponsored by the San Francisco Parks Trust, artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher started working on the project in January 2003. The mosaic staircase was completed on August 18, 2004 with the help of over 300 neighbours and over 220 neighbors, who sponsored handmade animal, bird and fish name tiles.

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Vitality: a flavored oxygen bar in San Francisco

Mark Schreiber Reader Find

By Mark Schreiber in New Trends on Saturday 14 July 2012

Vitality offers a flavored oxygen bar and futuristic water massage capsules that don’t get you wet. They also sell various electro-massage devices and benign cold packs and scented eye masks. Before I knew it, the Serbian saleslady was reaching under my shirt to attach an electro-stimulator to my shoulder. No fair! Two Locations: Beach Street, and Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco.

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