Monthly Archives: February 2012

Loteria Cards Get “Mission-ized” At MCC


Drank coffee, then scavenged through my dresser drawers  yesterday, finding one white t-shirt with no image on it. Great! As soon as I heard that the Mission Cultural Center was hosting a free screen printing workshop, I headed over to the Mission.

To celebrate their 35th anniversary, the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts (MCCLA) commissioned an artist to put a mission-like twist on 4 of the iconic pictograms used on “loteria” cards. The cards are a traditional children’s game in Mexico. You could bring in a piece of cloth, a tee, or a sheet of paper and pick a design. Like an image of a pigeon (‘el pigeon’) and shoes hanging from the wires.

“The artist designed the cards to reflect things that symbolize the Mission,” Marsha Shaw told me, as she hung my newly imaged t-shirt to dry on a clothesline. Shaw is coordinator of Mission Grafica.  There’s also ‘el jornalero’ (day laborers), ‘el homie’ (low riders), ‘la poeta’ (a spoken-word siren with a mic and poem in hand). The siren?  Big crowd favorite.

Photo: Angela Frucci


Mark Bode Takes His Graffiti Art Down Under

Mark Bode (left) with Buttercup painting and Tad Arbogast

I’m standing in Mark Bode’s living room. He points his finger to the floor: “It’s there, down under.” He’s talking about his first-ever tour to Australia, a two-week journey that will take him from Sydney to Melbourne on February 11th. Along the way he’ll be painting giant murals with Australian artists, exhibiting a new collection of original work, and performing cartoon concerts in both cities.

Bode lives in Daly City, California, and is the son of Vaughn Bode, the maverick cartoonist and graffiti guru, who died in ’75. He’s kept his father’s dynasty steaming along for two generations. Their legacy of oversexed lizards, mutants and Bode Broads has had an indelible effect on graffiti and street artists all over the globe.

Australia has the biggest graffiti community anywhere in the world outside the U.S. and Bode gets tons of fan mail from Aussie nation. The trip has been a dream, years in the making. Bode is traveling with Tad Arbogast; a friendship that goes back 30 years. Abrogast will do a lot of the fill-in and background work on Bode’s giant murals, which look to be some of his most ambitious ever.

“I’m most excited about painting the murals I’m about to paint because they’re two of the most difficult pieces in the arsenal,” Bode explains. One piece is “Whores of a Different Color,” from his “Lizard of Oz” comic book. The other is “Buttercup,” a sultry butterfly woman with a lizard in her lap. “Buttercup” is a piece that Vaughn Bode did in 1968, and the younger Bode re-painted in 2001.

“People are fighting to get a spot by me,” said Bode. He’ll paint 10 ft.x 10 ft. centerpieces flanked by the work of other artists. Bode’s shows will take place at China Heights, in Sydney, and House of Bricks, in Melbourne.

Australian spray can company Ironlak has donated 200 cans to the Bode tour. (And with ‘da Bode on tour, that’ll keep the Krylon fumes out of my hood for a couple of weeks.)

Photo: Angela Frucci

Pebble Beach: Vijay and Egret Strike The Pose

Pebble Beach: Vijay Singh looking utterly smooth as he strolls along the fairway towards the 18th hole.

Pebble Beach: Egret looking utterly smooth as it stalks along the greens towards the 16th hole.

Photos: Angela Frucci

Pebble Beach National Pro-Am: True Cart Stories

Don’t get caught in your cart without a power source for your iPhone.

From Wednesday’s last round of practice at Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, we bring you this unidentified man (he works for “Menu to Venue”) and his portable iPhone charging system.

“It’s really easy and I can keep going,” he said. “I can charge two iPhones at one time, with a car battery charger.”

His rechargeable power source of choice is the Century Jumper 1000, which is designed to jump start cars. (Century’s website says the Jumper is no longer available.) But it also has a standard “cigarette lighter” type power outlet at the top of the unit. Our subject simply runs a USB cable out of his iPhone and into the port of the USB car charger cigarette lighter adapter.

Photo: Angela Frucci

Truck Takes Down 300 ft. Of Trolley Wire

(Feb 2) San Francisco, California (AF) —

A Muni inspector watching the restringing of the massive spiderweb of trolley wires on Van Ness and Market summed it all up: “Big bucks, big ticket.”

On February 2nd, an out-of-state truck driver (with Minnesota plates) somehow failed to remember that the hydraulic top of the double trailer he was pulling, was open — or raised in the air at a 90-degree angle. He came through the intersection, entangling truck in web.

Think of it like this; Pac-Man is sitting on the top of the trucker’s trailer with his mouth open. Pac-Man gobbles down everything in his path. That “everything” just happens to be 300 ft. (a football field) of wire that keep the trolley cars  running up and down Market Street. With the hydraulic top raised in the open position, the trucks’ height was 16.5 ft., but the trolley wires top out at 15.5 ft.

Needless to say, trolley cars were stopped up for hours, and downtown quickly turned into a traffic apocalypse. Muni had to close part of Market St. while repair work was being done, and there was a ripple effect throughout the entire Muni system, leaving hundreds of people stranded in the vintage trolley cars.

The trucking company will have to carry the costs of repairing the damage, no estimate yet. “I feel sorry for him,” the inspector said, “he was from out of town and carrying a load of cars in the trailers.”

Photo: Angela Frucci