Photos: Sixteen Sweet S.F. Garage Doors
San Francisco is full of graffiti, so when I received the assignment to photograph artsy garage doors around town, I didn't really bat an eye. But as I soon found out, it took a bit of searching (I won't lie, I actually had to zig-zag through several neighborhoods, combing the streets for graffiti), digging online and turning an attentive eye on my daily city travels. I also found there is an extensive little-seen community that keeps tabs on walls, alleys and buildings all around the city -- and they know exactly what's going on where in the street art world. This is a somewhat closed community that guards their privacy and don't like people asking questions. After dealing with an unwilling few, several talked.
Joseph Schell The first of many eye-catching garage doors on Lilac Alley.
For wall murals and alley art, S.F.'s Mission District really is the central hub of activity. One could put together a very interesting art walk centralized around the massive amount of color, expression and creativity found in the Mission alone.
Just a half block east of Mission on 24th, Lilac Alley is right behind McDonald's. Don't stop gazing where the first alley ends, the art continues for three blocks in this ongoing project. Much more of a smorgasbord of art and style, Lilac gives you a full range of Mission alley art: