Mike and I both live in the Mission district, which is an area known for its murals. When we first moved to San Francisco, we were blown away by the quality and quantity of the random art in random places. I was most impressed by the scale of most of the pieces-- this isn't tagging or throwing down your sign; this is huge, vibrant and original public painting, and it's everywhere. Just walking past a section of sidewalk covered in plywood for a construction site (a site like this is where many of these shots were taken), you'll see individual and collaborative efforts covering every inch of available space and addressing different styles, subjects and purposes. Again, all of these photos were actually taken in a pretty small area, and this is just the tip of the iceberg; there are some amazing displays not captured here.
See Slide Show of San Fran - Mission District Grafitti
A lot of the displays are also protest pieces, community pride pieces, etc., so they're very much a part of the neighborhood and its inhabitants. For example, some of them are actually part of the outdoor decor of a church-- this form is used in every possible way. As you can imagine, it's a great place to be.
As for the two of us-- we're 20-somethings paying crazy rent in a beautiful city and trying to make the whole thing work. Neither of us has any (or much) skill in this area, so you could say that our graffiti wanderings are as motivated by jealousy as anything else.
Hope that works! Alia Fabbro
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San Francisco - Mission District