Fab Five Freddy, Revolt, Sam Flores, Zephyr
March 11th, 2010

Sam Flores
March 11th, 2010

Sam Flores
March 11th, 2010

Upper Playground releases 10yr Anniversary book.
October 10th, 2009

We are taking a short break from our “Move #19 up close tour”  to bring you news about Upper Playground’s ten year anniversary book.  Simply put: it’s bad ass.

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10 years of the best.

Weighing in at 3 pounds and 10″ thick with 612 pages of graphics and artist commentary, this is a better investment than most college text books. Seriously.  A straight up catalog that tracks the evolution of both the company and the work of the artists involved.

Here are some between the sheets shots.

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grey Upper Playground releases 10yr Anniversary book. upper playground books t shirts Sam Flores munk one Mike Giant graphics graffiti David Choe books artists art alex pardee

grey Upper Playground releases 10yr Anniversary book. upper playground books t shirts Sam Flores munk one Mike Giant graphics graffiti David Choe books artists art alex pardee

grey Upper Playground releases 10yr Anniversary book. upper playground books t shirts Sam Flores munk one Mike Giant graphics graffiti David Choe books artists art alex pardee

grey Upper Playground releases 10yr Anniversary book. upper playground books t shirts Sam Flores munk one Mike Giant graphics graffiti David Choe books artists art alex pardee

Available at UpperPlayground.com  and for only $40. Congratulations and thanks to Upper playground for bringing us over ten years of  the best artists and graphic tees on the planet.

Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park
September 15th, 2009

Awoken by some seriously, ominous sounding thunder claps at 5am on Saturday morning,  a single thought was shared by most  ( if not all) participants for this years Power to The Peaceful event in Golden Gate park; what  happened to the sunshine?!

Well, we all forged ahead, braved the rain and lightening to bring the Sam Flores live painting experience to the people.

And for those of you who stayed in your beds on that rainy,  gloomy Saturday you missed out. But as always, we won’t leave you hanging…

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grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

After, rocking out on canvas, Sam sat down for a few to sign autographs and doodle in some black books. He was probably approached over a hundred times for an autograph while painting and being the gracious guy he is, he greeted each person and was happy to indulge.

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grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

grey Sam Flores, recap: live painting in Golden Gate Park upper playground Sam Flores power to the peaceful paint live painting graffiti fifty24sf gallery art

Thanks to everyone who came out. and An enormous thanks to Sam who, like a rock star, braved the rain to paint for us.

Sam Flores, up to some new tricks…
May 15th, 2009

I recently braved the 6 hour drive down to LA to check out Sam’s new show “Ego, Addiction, & Other Bedtime Stories” at Subliminal Projects.  The show was phenomenal.

It’s always heartening to see  artists that are constantly striving to expand on his or her already well developed skill set, and Sam is no exception. Apparently, he spent the past year developing  a new style and has very clearly been able to add an immense level of depth to his new body of work. I was impressed to see such dark imagery mixed seamlessly with the familiar characters and vibrant color palette that we know and love from Sam. Some of my favorite works from him are the deeper, more emotionally charged ones. And in the past i have only seen a handful of  pieces that reflect what his new work openly celebrates. 

   

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“Lonely”

Graphite on Bristol Board, 8″ x 10″ 2008

 

 

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Beauty in Trouble (Reign of the Rainbow Goblins) 200972" x 48" Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas

 

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Self Destruction 1, 16" x 20" Acrylic and Spray Paint on Canvas, 2009

 

 

Hats off to you Mr. Flores,  “Ego, Addiction & Other Bedtime Stories” is a very thoughtful and well executed show.  Weren’t able to make it to LA?… Click here to get a more extensive look.