Posts Tagged ‘laughing squid’

Explaining Why the “Haight Street Rat” Isn’t “as close as you can get to the intention that Banksy had”

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Here it is, back in 2010. That greenish building that used to be a bank housed Villains Vault at the time:

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Detail, camera left:

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A thin red line connects these two elements, one assumes.

Here’s the update:

Banksy’s ‘Haight Street Rat’ graffiti holes up in an S.F. gallery by Rachel Howard

Now let’s say that Banksy caught Villains Vault displaying and selling unlicensed Banksy reprints as well as stuff from other street artists, you know, flagrantly, back in 2010. So then Banksy was all enough is enough, so he was all THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE.

And then he drew the line.

So really, the line is the piece, instead of the rat, right?

So if you just have the rat, you’re missing part of the story, right?

So it’s not just The Rat In The Hat Comes Back, right? I’m not saying that Banksy is all that deep but he’s deeper than a simple put-a-beret-on-it.

Now I understand why that KRON guy just went for the rat, but to do this job “as close as you could get to the intention Banksy had,” you’d have gotten the rest of the piece.

Just saying.

Or, IOW:

“The original Haight Street Rat stencil is a beret-wearing rat clutching a marker and a red line that extends from the rat to the neighboring building on the corner of Haight Street and Belvedere Street. On the adjacent building, the rat has seemingly written the text “THIS IS WHERE I DRAW THE LINE” in red which can be seen from the street above a clothing store that allegedly took street artists’ works and printed them on T-shirts and other apparel for sale without giving the artists any credit or revenue.”


“Named the Haight Street Rat for its placement atop a Victorian building on Haight Street, the stenciled rat clutching a red marker is now neatly framed and displayed in a location entirely unlike the one in which it was created: the lobby of the U.S. Bank Tower in downtown L.A., the city’s tallest tower and perhaps its most conspicuous symbol of capitalism. It’s a baffling venue for a piece of site-specific street art that initially wrapped across two buildings…

Getting a Little Worried About Frank Chu, Just Saying

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Didn’t have a chance to talk with him the other day.

Heading for Micky D’s

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Haven’t seen him around as much lately.

Let’s hope he’s around as long as the Brown Twins..

Congratulations to Scott Beale of Laughing Squid Web Hosting: 10,000 Posts and Still Going Strong

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

[UPDATE: Oh, here it is: #10,000.]

Or rather, just 9,999 posts as of right now for Scott Beale of Laughing Squid, but #10,000 is just around the corner.


“There are 9999 blog posts on Laughing Squid written by .

Subscribe via RSSEmailTwitterGoogle+Facebook & Tumblr.”


Bon Courage, Scott Beale.

Famous Frank Chu at OpBART 5, Market Street, USA:

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A New Delight From Banksy: Two-Building Rat Graffito in Haight Ashbury

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Or, I don’t know, maybe it’s another example of a Bunksy around town these days. (Doesn’t really matter that much unless the buildings’ owners want to cut it out and auction it off. Regardless, it’s effective viral marketing* from Cinetic Media / Abramorama / Paranoid Pictures LLC for Exit Through the Gift Shop: A Banksy Film in’nt?) Moving on…

Via  SFist and the Uptown Almanac** comes news of fresh tag in the Upper Haight.

The mise-en-scene today at the foot of Belvedere:

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Detail, camera left:

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A thin red line connects these two elements.

You can see all the new ads on somebody’s SF Banksy Tour, Sunday, April 24th. (Don’t rely on these addresses, WharholianPics has better descriptions of the various locations, apparently)

“Ok this might be a tad cheesy but I’m excited to tour the city Sunday and check out the new works of Banksy.

Dolores Park (exact location unknown)
Mission (Valencia between 19th & 20th above Little Otsu)
SOMA (9th and Howard)
Financial District (Sacramento and Davis)
Chinatown (Grant and Commercial)
Haight St (above Villains Vault)”

Anyway, the movie is playing at the One Embarcadero these days.

87 Mins :: R
12:30 | 2:45 | 5:00 | 7:20 | 9:40


* Here’s a good question:

“…do we really need significant P&A [Print & Advertising] when so much of what Banksy does is viral?”

No sir, no you do not. But check this bon mot, from 2008:

“The easiest way to not go viral is to try going viral.”

Appears as if they’re trying pretty damn hard in 2010.

**Is Scott Beale of Laughing Squid really a “fool” and/or a “lazy fuck?” Decidedly not. So it’s difficult trying to make sense of the following:

“… Laughing Squid needs me to do some research so that lazy fuck can just rip off this blog without credit.  Again.  Even anonymous dumbasses on are better at giving us hat tips than that fool.”

Must be an inside joke or something.

The Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM Asks Who of the Following Do You Think is a Journalist?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Get up to speed here and then see what Lois Beckett and Leanne Maxwell  have to say about last night’s event.  

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Your Choice for Wednesday: Meet Your Mar or Meet the New Face of San Francisco Media

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

What are you plans for the night of Wednesday, March 24th, 2010?

Option One is Meet Your Mar featuring District One San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar:

“The League of Young Voters presents…MEET YOUR MAR from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM at Park Life (220 Clement @ 3rd) on Wednesday March 24th. FREE! There will be art, snacks, drinks, tunes, a bunch of fresh kids chillin…plus Eric Mar, chattin and getting schooled about his constituents (ie, you). Come play human bingo (to win Park Life gear!), ask Mar questions, and tell him what he should really be working on in your hood. It’s his job to listen.”

A recent Critical Mar bike rally on Clement the Richmond District:

That’s Option One.

Option Two will occur at about the same time. It’s an Inforum event at the Commonwealth Club: If Not the Chronicle, Then What?” / “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?

First up at 6:30 PM is a panel called “If Not the Chronicle*, Then What?”

Jeff Hunt, Editor, Muni Diaries
Brock Keeling, Editor,
Michael Maness, VP of Innovation and Design, Gannett Co. Inc.; Director, The Bold Italic
Robin Sloan, Media Partnerships, Twitter – Moderator

Then, after that, it’s “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?”

“Sites like and the Muni Diaries are doing more than just keeping San Franciscans in the know about the latest bar openings or bus brawls. They represent the shift to a new media model based on the interest and participation of the many; gatekeepers no longer decide what the masses want to see or hear, or who gets to give it to them. With heavy-hitting new media companies like Twitter, Yelp, Digg, Wikipedia and Flickr headquartered in the city, it’s no wonder that San Francisco is widely regarded as the home of new media. Get an insider’s perspective from the new leaders of media in SF.
“Where do you go for your daily local news jolt? Whose writing is so fresh, witty, hilarious or gutsy that you savor each piece like it’s the last of the cake? After the panel, we are hosting up-and-coming media personalities of San Francisco, invitation provided by you. Tell us who just HAS to be there, then vote for who should be crowned king or queen of SF new media. Come to the party to meet, mingle andgush your fandom in person!
What is INFORUM?
The idea of INFORUM began with the basic tenet that young people not only deserve but desire unbiased, trustworthy information from a full range of stances, and that they want their sources qualified. The Commonwealth Club has a 103 year tradition of civic debate, and INFORUM honors and continues this tradition by providing a forum for young people to access the best informed, most involved, and brightest minds – be they politicians, business gurus, policy workers, thought leaders, trendsetters or culture-jammers.

The voting’s all over on this one, but feel free to cheer loudly when they whip out a tiara for the crowning ceremony.

Deets below. See you there, who knows maybe at both places.

*I know what you’re thinking – petitio principii, right? Like, what if the San Francisco Chronicle is the new San Francisco Chronicle?  

Anyway, the royal court of San Francisco new media:

Cecilia Vega (Bio)

Brock Keeling

Melissa Griffin (Blog)
Blogger/SF Examiner

Jaimal Yogis (Bio)
San Francisco Magazine

Markos Moulitsas Zתniga

Michael Bauer
SF Chronicle


Mark Frauenfedler
Boing Boing

Lea Troeh (Blog)
The Week Intro

Mac McClelland (Bio)
Mother Jones

Andy Wright (Articles)
SF Weekly

Vanessa Carr
Mission Local

Tana Ganeva (Blog)

Laughing Squid

Curbed SF

Eater SF

Dyanna Pure and JT Paradox
The SF Style

Alexia Tsotsis
SF Weekly

Joe Eskenazi
SF Weekly

Lois Beckett
SF Weekly

Broke-ass Stuart

Jeff Hunt 

Location: SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, The Blue Room
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)

The Datsun Squid Pickup Pays a Visit to Twin Peaks in San Francisco

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

At first, I thought this aging Datsun* pick-em-up was affiliated with San Francisco’s famous Laughing Squid enterprise but, upon further review, these squid don’t look particularly jocular.

This vehicle shall remain a mystery.

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*It’s what we used to call Nissans, kids – it means the “son” the DAT car from Mssrs. Den, Aoyama, and Takeuchi)

San Francisco’s Great Pie Fight of 2009 – Standout Photos

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Well it was advertised on the Laughing Squid and the San Francisco Bay Area Art, Culture & Technology Events Squid List (something like craigslist but with less pandering), so it had to be good. Herbie Hatman from the Yelp-rated SFØ (or SFZero, or SF0, or SFZed, or whatever) promoted the spectacle that was yesterday’s Pie Fight at the Powell Street cable car turnaround near Market. 

Take a look below and then compare with 2007’s Barbersol-fueled action.

The mise-en-scene during the melee. Click to expand:

via Steve Rhodes

Here’s the pre-game…

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..and the aftermath:

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See you next year!

via John Curley