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Yo Everyone,

The street artist “Eddie” is having an Art Showcase next Thursday, July 30th. Complimentary wine and cocktails.

Eddie Colla is one of those artists for whom the simple act of categorization quickly becomes a task of Herculean measure. I’m hesitant to call him a street artist though his art was recently featured in Steve Rotman’s San Francisco Street Art book and I’m reluctant to call him a gallery artist though his fine art was displayed earlier this year in MoveOn.org’s Manifest Hope exhibit. Eddie will probably never admit to being a photojournalist, though the New York Times would disagree, and he’s averse to labeling himself a commercial photographer though Rasco, Casual, Dan the Automator, Dj Keoki and the Heiroglyphics crew all have album and magazine covers that say otherwise. I’ve seen Spike Lee wearing his shirts on television (Eddie also owns a successful clothing company) and I pass by his stickers, stencils and wheatpastes anytime I’m in San Francisco. He is, in the end, one of those artists for whom regardless of which aspects of his work you may be familiar with, his raw talent translates on a universal level, whether it’s on the street you live on, in a gallery you’re perusing, on an album cover you once bought, in a newspaper you’ve read or on the t-shirt that you’re wearing.

-Ken Harman
ArrestedMotion.com

www.eddiecolla.wordpress.com

440 Branan front For web

440 Brannan back for web

 
This design was inspired by our recent trip to Hong Kong some months ago.

Bike Girl Women's Tee in White

Bike Girl Women's Tee in White

Making the design itself and the eventual photo shoot with our models wearing the design turned out great, but the process for finding that blasted bike in the design took fcking forever.

The kicker was, after all the searching for this specific bicycle, just for one design, we later found out our neighbor had the exact bicycle in her storage unit. Next door. The entire time.

 

Bike Girl Men's Tee in White Burnout

Bike Girl Men's Tee in White Burnout

We’re testing out this design on several different makes and models of shirts. Any suggestions/comments send em over. Cheers.

Today I stumbled upon http://oakland.crimespotting.org. A website dedicated to mapping criminal activity in Oakland, which at times is much like mapping blades of grass on a lawn. Really I regret looking at it. I was doing a search on Oakland crime because some dude got shot outside the building the other night. Check the map below. No, that’s not a bowl of skittles, each one of those little bite sized candies is some criminal incident. The cherry ones are violent crime, the blueberry ones are vice and the mint ones theft and vandalism. Under it all, if you look hard, is a map of my neighborhood.Oaklnad crime spottingThis map is for the most recent 2 week period. That’s a lot of shit for a 14 day period. People often warn me that this part of Oakland is going to become gentrified at some point soon. Ya ok, good luck runnin your vegan take-out/candle shop over here.

We were graciously invited by Nate Mezmer to participate in the 3rd annual “freedom of style” t shirt party this past friday @ Harlot. We had  a great time and were in good company with Lady Noir and Sanfranpsycho. Nate always throws great parties and Manny Black and Sam Isaac were doin their thing. There were lots of awesome designs and beautiful people, what more could you ask for.

We love this guy

We love this guy

LO was HELLA excited to be there

LO was HELLA excited to be there

Andy from Sanfranpsycho

Andy from Sanfranpsycho

Brooke and Sharon from Lady Noir

Brooke and Sharon from Lady Noir

LO and The "Sexpert"

LO and The "Sexpert"

Our new friend Trevor from Alameda

Our new friend Trevor from Alameda

Our new Friend Dan from Oakland

Our new Friend Dan from Oakland

Dan and I get tired of people always gettin in our faces with their cameras

Dan and I get tired of people always gettin in our faces with their cameras

LO and Narisa

LO and Narisa

Feel the Freedom

Feel the Freedom

So, I did another shoot with Sinclair Swan a couple weeks ago. We had a bunch of new work to get shot and Sinclair is a great guy to work with. The worst thing about shooting Sinclair is that he’s such an interesting and funny guy you spend half the day chatting with him instead of shooting. Everything went cool as planned and it’s always good hangin out with him.Jia-MT-Burnout 5IMG_8866Sinclair 1RNR-mt-Asphalt 5