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Cool Graffiti at Clarion Alley, San Francisco

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Cool Graffiti at Clarion Alley, San Francisco

Cool Graffiti at Clarion Alley, San Francisco

I love seeing street art and visiting areas in a city that capture some wonderful urban graffiti. Usually these are found in the up and coming areas of town, where rent is cheaper and there is more freedom of expression to be found everywhere.

In the Mission District of San Francisco just off  Valencia and 18th Street is a colorful graffiti alley called  ‘Camp’ for Clarion Mural Alley Project. With an ever-changing palate of design, art and graffiti on every garage door, fence, and portal, the block is plastered with the tacky mixed in with fantastic street art that is constantly in flux. There is no overall theme except for ‘inclusiveness and aesthetic variety’ per the organizers. It is quite diverse in interpretation and artistic expression and there are collaborative efforts to tie in with community partners all around the local neighborhood which helps in keeping unwanted graffiti throughout the rest of the neighborhood by designating open graffiti to this one area.

 

 

Sometimes matchy is cool at Clarion Alley

Sometimes matchy is cool at Clarion Alley

 

Here are some photo tour and highlights of the Clarion Alley in the Mission District:

 

 

 

Amazing graffiti work at Clarion Alley in the Mission

Amazing graffiti work at Clarion Alley in the Mission

 

 

 

 

Beautiful artwork with detailed imagery at Clarion Alley

Beautiful artwork with detailed imagery at Clarion Alley

 

 

 

 

Who wants a ride on an elephant?

Who wants a ride on an elephant?

 

 

 

Looking for Alien Love at Clarion Alley

Looking for Alien Love at Clarion Alley

 

 

 

 

Graffiti statement at Clarion Alley

Graffiti statement at Clarion Alley

 

This is just a small sampling of a large alley filled with so many images to look at. The revolving graffiti gets a face lift every so often so even the favorite pieces get replaced eventually with raw and powerful images like below.

 

A famous photograph turned into graffiti

A famous photograph turned into graffiti

 

 

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39 Responses to Cool Graffiti at Clarion Alley, San Francisco

  1. Shikha (whywasteannualleave) July 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm #

    I’ve recently seen some great street art in London (home) and in Buenos Aires but I had no idea that San Francisco had so much of a street art scene – wish I had realised it when I visited there a few years back! The colours are so striking and there seems to be so much talent on display!

  2. Anna | slightly astray June 19, 2014 at 12:31 pm #

    I’m becoming more and more of a street art fan. In many ways, I think street/graffiti artists are some of the most talented individuals, and these pieces are done by seriously talented artists! My favorite one is that technicolor mosaic face!

  3. Susan June 19, 2014 at 6:07 am #

    Graffiti is ever so much more evocative of a time and place somehow.

  4. Nancy Thompson June 17, 2014 at 1:28 pm #

    Your photos are always gorgeous, but these of the most colorful graffiti were breathtaking – and powerful. I am a beginner in photography with a tiny point & shoot camera but I still learn so much about seeing with a photographer’s eye when I study photos like yours. Thank you!

  5. Jempi June 17, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Cool pictures (like always) Noel! this is a good proof of how graffiti can cheer up a neighborhood in a colorful way. Thx for the post!

  6. Rachel@safari254 June 17, 2014 at 4:12 am #

    Cool, colorful, vibrant and intricate art 🙂

  7. muzachan June 16, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    So cool 🙂

  8. Kathryn June 16, 2014 at 10:21 am #

    I’d love to wander down this alley myself one day, such a varied collection of different styles. I think that was what I enjoyed most about my recent exploration of street art in Athens. When it’s done well, street art can transform an ordinary alley into somewhere quite magical!

    • Noel June 16, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      I totally agree with you on that and the local neighborhood appreciates it more so as something unique from the area

  9. Chris Boothman June 16, 2014 at 9:58 am #

    The Graffiti statement at Clarion Alley is so true! Whenever an artist creates something so unique and beautiful in a major metropolis, it is unfortunate when it doesn’t take long for someone else to ruin the work that has gone into this project. I probably don’t have an appreciation for art as much as I should do, but I can certainly say that these are all amazing pieces of work and it’s great to recognize something like this in a city especially when the stereotype is generally so negative when it comes to this.

  10. Bente Vold Klausen June 16, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I just loved the grafitti elephant! Great photos and thanks for the linking up possibility.

  11. Brooke June 16, 2014 at 9:39 am #

    I love graffiti walls and these are just fantastic, great colors! I love the size and quality of your blog pictures, I’ve got to figure out how to get mine bigger. The quality seems to lessen when I upload them to blogger.

  12. Anna Parker June 16, 2014 at 9:33 am #

    Such variation, really interesting to see the different styles here. It must be hard for an artist to spend so much time knowing that it will be painted over by another project a few weeks later…

  13. Anda @ Travel Notes & Beyond June 16, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    Lovely photos, Noel! I’d like to go there sometimes.

  14. Michele Peterson June 16, 2014 at 7:59 am #

    You’ve captured some beautiful art work in this collection. I can take a few tips from your shots as well – get close-up so all the fabulous detail is visible. It’s definitely worth looking for these in the Mission District if I go.

  15. Heather June 16, 2014 at 7:51 am #

    I’ve been to SF half a dozen times and had no idea this street art project existed. There are some beautiful pieces here! I especially love the elephant!!

  16. Marysia June 16, 2014 at 4:21 am #

    Love the elephant!

  17. Carole Terwilliger Meyers June 16, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    Well, Noel, you managed to find an entire block in my birth city that I have yet to see! Clarion Alley is now on my to-do list. Thanks for the tip!

  18. Jackie June 16, 2014 at 3:38 am #

    /absolutely stunning, esp. the elephant!

  19. travelnwrite June 16, 2014 at 3:34 am #

    Great art and great shots. What a full-of-life post, Noel!

  20. Anita @ No Particular Place To Go June 16, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    I love street art and graffiti with a few caveats: respect for personal property, no defacing monuments and show us more than your limited vocabulary! That said, street art has so much energy and creativity, color and emotion. I especially love your photo of the tree lady and the wind.

  21. Paul (@luxury__travel) June 16, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    Some really vibrant examples there, Noel… amazing! I do enjoy seeing graffiti if it’s well done, but not so much if it’s just a mess… thankfully, it looks like you stumbled upon some good examples.

  22. jesh StG June 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    My favorite is the left side in the first capture! The others are undoubtedly as talented as well:) Thanks for sharing!

  23. Neva @ Retire for the Fun of it June 15, 2014 at 8:11 pm #

    You wear graffiti well and love your matching outfit. I guess being in every picture would have been overkill, but you hamming it up with the elephant would’ve been a hoot. We have some Banksy graffiti in our area that’s also amazing to see.

  24. Michelle June 15, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Well, I was preparing to write my “uneducated” comment saying that NO graffiti is OK ever because it’s vandalism. Then I saw these really attractive works of art that require more than a little talent. I love the elephant photo!

  25. Patti June 15, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

    These are great! Love the vibrant colors and you’ve shown me something I’ve never seen before in all of my visits to San Francisco.

  26. Marilyn Armstrong June 15, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    I think calling this graffiti misses the point 🙂

  27. Briona June 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm #

    Lovely shots. The colours are amazing! The matching jacket was a good call too. 🙂

  28. Dennis Kopp June 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm #

    Noel, I actually love seeing street art and graffiti as well! As it seems, you found some really interesting art in San Francisco and I personally really enjoy the second photo. Not only does the graffiti look great, but you are actually perfectly blending into the whole scene… 🙂

    • Noel June 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

      Yeah scary I love colorful clothes even when it gets too matchy with the background, thanks for noticing 🙂

  29. Debbie at Travel with intent June 15, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    That certainly is cool. I especially like the elephant.

  30. Mary{The World Is A Book} June 15, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    These are some very cool street art! Love exploring cities looking for street art. I didn’t know this was in the Mission District and will have to search for it on our next trip to SF. I’m glad it’s sort of a revolving exhibit. Pretty neat!

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