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Cuphead Halloween Costume

Usually I’m pretty lazy about Halloween, as I haven’t dressed up in years. But still being new to NYC I kinda wanted to go out this year and see everyone in costume. I had some friends going to the parade… … Continue reading

Distort Factory

DISTORT Warehouse

I peeped this building when trawling Google maps for NYC graffiti yards. It had the tell-tale signs of an abandonment from the graffiti visible in Satellite view. I eventually made my way out there a few weeks ago whilst graff hunting, … Continue reading

One Tooth

One Tooth

After moving to Brooklyn from California I immediately started tuning into the graffiti scene. I found that the slap-game was a lot stronger than in Cali. I also found that artists in the city tended to be bombers more than … Continue reading

Farmers Colony

NY Farmers Colony

The New York Farmers Colony has an interesting, sordid history. It began as a poor house, before social security systems were in place. People unable to care for themselves were sent there to do farm labor. The produce of the farm … Continue reading

Graffiti Canyon

Graffiti Canyon

After exploring under the freeway, I decided to check out a building that had some graffiti on it. It lead me to a path that went off into the woods. Eventually it turned into a tunnel which lead to a … Continue reading

Jersey Freeway Yard

Under The Jersey Freeway

I had never been to New Jersey before nor had my roommate so we decided to get lunch in Jersey City. We took the PATH train from the World Trade Center station. It was fun to see the Jersey subway … Continue reading

Spiral Clock

Spiral Clock

I was browsing Reddit the other day and someone drew a spiral clock: https://www.reddit.com/r/drawing/comments/44kfdd/quick_drawing_i_did_a_while_ago_i_like_time/ I liked the idea, so I decided to implement one in Javascript with an HTML5 canvas. Check out the demo here: http://gmiller.net/assets/spiral_clock/ I used GULP with … Continue reading

Power Plant

Power Plant

My last post was a power plant and I’m pretty sure this place is too, though I couldn’t find any history on it. This was a really cool, completely unplanned and unexpected explore. Last week I met someone named Bobby Hicks … Continue reading

Power Plant

Gates of Hell

My 101st Urban Ex post.. w00t! Time flies, I wonder what lies in my next hundred spots? 😀 This abandoned Power Plant was nick named the Gates of Hell by explorers before me. I don’t know why, it seemed lovely … Continue reading

Huawei Mate S

Huawei Mate S. (3D Touch)

Huawei Mate S: Apple’s 3D touch technology competitor? The Huawei Mate S is the world’s first non-iPhone to sport the 3D touch technology. While 3D touch is its selling point, it’s also the smartphone’s biggest flaw. Apple’s pressure-sensitive display is … Continue reading

3D Printed Key

3D Printed Keys

Recently I’ve been learning about lock picking, both from my coworkers as well as a friend I met here in the city. I purchased a clear lock to practice picking: Several years ago I read the average digital camera’s resolution … Continue reading

The Quad

The Quad

The days after a major NYC snow storm I found myself once again Urban Exploring a giant sprawling complex of abandoned buildings. This time, I went to the sub-section called “The Quad.” The area has 4 pairs of large wings, … Continue reading

DSO138

DSO138 Oscilloscope

I was browsing DX as usual when something interesting caught my eye: a DIY oscilloscope kit. Previously I considered buying a $140 digital oscilloscope, but decided to pass when I saw the device had poor reviews. I still wanted one, even if it was … Continue reading

Ricoh Thea M15

Theta M15 360 Camera

I LOVE This device! I originally got to try a Theta M15 camera at the 2015 San Mateo Maker Faire. We gathered around and took a group shot. It was cool, but it’s impressiveness hadn’t sunken in on me yet. Recently … Continue reading

CreoPop

CreoPop

I recently came up on a CreoPop 3D Pen. I’ve since had a chance to play with it, and here’s my critical review. I have to mention that, I am a huge fan of 3D printers – however, 3D Printer … Continue reading

Steam Tunnels and Roof Tops

Steam Tunnels and Roof Tops

Sometimes when you’ve done something for awhile, you start to think you’ve seen everything. I’ve been exploring abandoned things and drain tunnels for a few years now. But nothing could have prepared me for my most recent adventure: a giant … Continue reading

Psychiatric Center

Psychiatric Center

The other day I went out with another awesome explorer I met online. We drove an hour away from the city to this magical land of abandoned buildings. This sprawling complex was huge and full of old medical / psychiatric buildings. We … Continue reading

3D Printed Catapult

3D Printed Catapult

My coworkers gave me the challenge of 3d printing something Medieval related. I decided to make a Catapult with the added challenge of making it really fire. I designed the catapult as a series of pieces that could be printed separately and … Continue reading

Grain Silos

Grain Silo Terminal

Early on in my adventures I did some silos back in the Bay Area. When I moved to NYC I quickly learned of silos over on the east coast that were similar in age and style to the Bay Area’s … Continue reading

Screaming Cage

Screaming Cage

This was a gigantic warehouse – basically two in one. In was comprised of two separate buildings, joined with a large gate connecting them. In the middle was a creepy cage – see the thumbnail and pics below. While exploring … Continue reading

Brooklyn Warehouse

Brooklyn Warehouse

Not to far away from Smells house, I was able to find this mostly empty warehouse, but it was coated with wall to wall graffiti.

Smells House, 1886

Smells House, 1886

This warehouse was built in 1886 – that’s, like, 100 years before I was born. Interestingly, the construction was made primarily out of wood. In place of steel i-beams there were wooden support beams. It’s pretty creepy to think that this … Continue reading

Bus Lot

Bus Lot

While heading to another urban ex spot, I noticed this bus lot on the way. The walls seemed like legal walls, and the gate was wide open and inviting, so I spent a few moments flicking and grabbing panos of … Continue reading

Canvas Collection

My Canvas Collection

Over the years I’ve been introduced to and have met up with several bay area graffiti writers. When given then chance I always try to get a canvas. I’ve never really documented my collection anywhere before until now. Below are … Continue reading

Abandoned Subway Station

Subway Station

Last weekend I finally got into my first ‘real’ spot in NYC: an Abandoned subway station! It felt good to finally do some real exploring. The spot was tricky to get to – I had to climb a fence, and … Continue reading

Brooklyn Graff Walk 2

Brooklyn Walk 2

After settling in for a couple weeks I was feeling the itch to go out and flick some graffiti. Living in Brooklyn, there’s a whole new world of spots and yards to explore and I was eager to get started. … Continue reading

The Farm

The Farm

Every now and then fans of gmiller.net reach out to me. (Feel free to do so!) One fan hooked me up with this spot, and I’m thankful. I had never seen or heard of this spot prior – it’s completely … Continue reading

The Far Side

The Far Side

For lack of a better than, I’m calling this spot ‘The Far Side,’ due to the fact that it’s technically the far side of a spot we had done earlier. We had never gone far enough to find this place … Continue reading

Short SJ Walk

Short SJ Walk

Before moving to NYC, we decided to check off some San Jose spots. These were all separate spots, only related by walking proximity. The train bridge had a Girafa one-flow on it. I wonder what large giraffes lived down there … Continue reading

Cheifs Tunnel

Chiefs Tunnel

Like the HYSU Tunnel, this area seems to be named after the Chiefs. We did find some sweet Musks in here too!

Crawdad Creek

Crawdad Creek

Though I’ve seen crawdads swimming around while lurking creeks, this is the first time I’ve actually seen them walking around outside of the water. I pet one and he adorably put his claws up. I’m not sure it’s wise to … Continue reading

Swampy School

Swampy School

We had a lead on this spot previously and it turned out to be a different abandoned school in a semi-nearby area. Discouraged, we went home empty handed. It was good news when we found the actual location and hit … Continue reading

Tripple Tunnels

Tripple Tunnels

This spot snuck an extra tunnel up upon us. The side we entered from appeared to have two parallel tunnels. When we got to the otherside, we were surprised to find a third tunnel entrance. After knocking out the two … Continue reading

Bushwick Highline

Bushwick Highline

The name of this place is a play on the Manhattan Highline which is an abandoned strech of raised train tracks that the city turned into a park. This was never made into a park, but the local writers have … Continue reading

Brooklyn Walkabout

Brooklyn Walkabout

I took a vacation to New York for one week. After knocking down all the major tourist attractions, such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and etc. I set aside a day for exploring the local graffiti scene. … Continue reading

More DIY

More DIY

Over the past few weeks we hit up a couple DIY skate parks (and one professional). I grouped the shots from all three in this album.

Asterisk 2.0

Asterisk 2.0

Several years ago my exploring buddy and I got ourselves into one of the most memorable adventures: a giant Asterisk shaped building with over 400 rooms. Well, there was actually two of them, and at the time the second one was … Continue reading

Maintenance Doors

Maintenance Doors

I actually did a very similar spot to these years ago, so I kinda knew what to expect. An Instagrammer I followed alluded to the benefits of checking if maintenance doors are open. We figured out where the spot probably … Continue reading

YouVisit Hat

YouVisit Hat

I recently started a new job, so I decided it was time for a new hat themed for my work. I wrote about the last time I made a propeller hat, but instead of using dyes and paints this time I … Continue reading

BTR School

BTR School

This school, I believe, is over 100 years old. It left a beautiful building behind filled with graffiti. With four floors and a basement level, it took over three hours to explore completely. Keep an eye out for the giant ballroom … Continue reading

Classetta

Classetta

Check www.classetta.com for a quick demo. Part of being a programmer is knowing and working in many different languages. While most languages follow the same basic principals, their verbiage can vary. For example, to find the first instance of a sub-string … Continue reading

New Hat

New Propeller Hat

When I started working at Google I came on board as a contractor – not as a Noogler (A New Googler). Unfortunately that meant I wasn’t entitled to certain Googler / Noogler perks. For instance, all Nooglers are given a … Continue reading

More Cranes!

More Cranes!

Much much earlier in my adventures I had visited and climbed some cranes. That was one of my most cherished exploring memories so I was ecstatic to find some more easily accessible, easily climbable cranes! Well, truth be-told I only … Continue reading

CCTV Urinal Warehouse

CCTV Urinal

I’m not sure if this warehouse is actually abandoned. It’s really neat and clean inside. I decided to poke my head in through a hole and saw a sweet CCTV door and a urinal with a CCTV face draw on. … Continue reading

Mini Cathedral

Mini Cathedral

The architecture and the environment this spot is located at reminded me of the Tag Cathedral. There was a small shed next to it with some machines and a basic CCTV handstyle on the roof. Outside there were some rather … Continue reading

Maybe a Bank

Maybe a Bank?

Not sure what the original purpose of this building was, but it does have a large walk-in safe on the first floor. It does look like it was fancy inside for it’s time, and being three stories would have lots … Continue reading

Gym

Gym

This large gym has been abandoned for some time. In addition to large, open, sporting area, there’s also three stories to explore. Interestingly, the stories go downward instead of upward. Although you enter the building on the first floor (maybe … Continue reading

Container Yard

Container Yard

This bit of undeveloped land under a freeway is closed off with a layer of graffiti-covered shipping containers. Of all the spots I’ve visited, this place probably had the highest density of used hypodermic needles yet. Disgusting. It was also … Continue reading

Green Beams

Green Beams

Not much at this spot, but I liked the atmosphere under this creek bridge.

Baer Bonanza

Baer Bonanza

Went looking for this spot specifically for the Pac-Man inspired “Rack-Man” piece by Baer. To our delight, there was two more baer piece here, including an epic collab with Gyer.

East Bay Creeks

East Bay Tunnels

While on the hunt for a specific spot we had a giant list of unchecked east bay creeks to work through. Here are some highlights of mixed creeks.  

Musks Tomb

Musks Tomb

Named this spot after the self-titled Musk piece here. Unfortunately I was late to the game on this one and the bottom half of musk was lost…

Beach Pipes

Beach Pipes

I’ve known about this spots location and have been wanting to check it out for awhile. The outside is easy to check out, and probably familiar to people who walk their dogs on the beach. But what’s inside is whats … Continue reading

Persistance

Persistence

As I’ve written about before: persistence pays off. We originally just wanted to scope out what was under the road, but after seeing what looked promising we headed back to the car to pick up boots so we could walk … Continue reading

Fallen Giant

Fallen Giant

This tunnel at one time was an epic underground art gallery, but I was late to the game on this one and missed it. The city came through and buffed the whole thing – apparently this creek is extremely dangerous … Continue reading

HYSU Tunnel

HYSU Tunnel + Neighbor Tunnel

The word on the street is the HYSU crew (Have You Seen Us?) claimed a creek tunnel to themselves as their personal showcase for HYSU graff. They’ll even paint over anyone else who dares bomb the tunnel – Girafa learned … Continue reading

South Bay Creeks

More South Bay Creeks

While in the area, decided to check some south bay creeks off the bottomless list. Turns out, one of the stops we checked @bayareawanderer had already been to – and was home to a girafa I had yet to capture … Continue reading

180+ Girafas

180+ Girafas (and counting!)

On Jan 01 2015 I started a campaign on Instagram to post the 150 girafa peices @bayareawanderer and I had found over the course of our adventures. For the next six months I updated Instagram daily under the #150girafas tag. … Continue reading

Snort Render

Snort Render

I originally sculpted the Snort character in Zbrush for a 3D print I’ve previously written about. I decided I would like to start rendering out some of the characters I make for 3D prints, and started with Snort. I used … Continue reading

Brookstone Virtual Keyboard Green

Virtual Laser Keyboard

I was kinda shocked when I saw this sitting on the shelf. I have seen pictures of a device like this on the Internet for years. I never thought it was actually made for consumers, it seemed more like a … Continue reading

iBlazr

iBlazr Flash

At my previous job we had an internal mailing list where people would post stuff for sale, like a mini craigslist. In a huge corporation you can sort through hundreds of posts a day. Being a thrifty-geek I ended up … Continue reading

Poseidon Z Mechanical Gaming Keyboard

Poseidon Z

One of my hobbies is finding the perfect keyboard. In my mind, that’s an open-ended goal. Nothing is perfect, so there will always be something better. As such, I find myself changing out keyboards every few months when something exciting … Continue reading

Antique Lock Render

Antique Lock Render

A few months ago I picked up this antique lock for a few bucks from my favorite flea market. I didn’t actually need a lock, but I loved it’s charm. After having it sit on my desk for a few … Continue reading

Lytro Camera Render

Lytro Camera

I’ve written about the Lytro Light-field camera I was given for Christmas previously, but this time I’m rendering it instead of reviewing it. Although the geometry for the camera and it’s box are pretty simple, I decided to render this … Continue reading

Mago 3D Print

Mago

Last time I posted about 3d modeling and printing Pig Pen and mentioned that Mago would be coming up next. As a reminder, here’s the painting of Pig Pen and Mago: About half the modeling was done in Blender, and … Continue reading

Pig Pen 3D Print

Pig Pen

Pig Pen is an artist holding down the graffiti scene for the South Bay. I first started noticing him all over when I did some dedicated creek-lurking, and train-track wandering days in San Jose. Pig Pen often posts artwork on … Continue reading

Maska 3D Print

Maska

Yup, another bay area graffiti 3D print. I’ll be hammering these out over the next few weeks, so get used to them! Maska paints a mask around town, sometimes a roller piece: Sometimes a trippy one: And one of my … Continue reading

Plantrees 3D Print

Plantrees

Continuing with my series of graffiti 3D prints, next up is Plantrees. For those that don’t know, he paints a tree! Of varying styles of course, sometimes it’s really complicated: Sometimes it’s really simple: And sometimes it’s juuuusst right (for … Continue reading

No Soul

No Soul

Sometimes when I’m tired or feeling down I find it hard to be creative or motivated to do anything. I typically call this apathetic feeling, “no soul.” I was feeling this way shortly after I had purchased my Intuous Pro. … Continue reading

Freeway Strech

Freeway Strech

This was a short stretch of graffiti along a freeway. It had an older Phaze from 2011 so it had to be done. It was also nice to see some EAO including Payntr and Depht.

Houses on the Hill

Houses on the Hill

These aren’t really “houses,” but for lack of a better term these two houses were sitting on top of a small hill. After a short ascent we flicked some Oracles and others.

Ring of Walls

Ring of Walls

This spot consisted of a giant circle of trapezoid walls, some of which had doors. The circle was maybe 1 or 2 miles in diameter. We walked the circle flicking the graff as it came, including a few Oracles, Doner, … Continue reading

Bridge Pit Stop

Bridge Pit Stop

On the way to our next location we made a quick pit stop at this hobo-camp bridge. Parking was scarce to the driver didn’t even get out of the car as we ran down to snap some quick pics. Unfortunately, … Continue reading

More Northbay Tanks

More Northbay Tanks

We decided to do a tank-hunting day, and we checked out a handful of tanks in tucked away in the north bay hills. For this album, I combined the best shots of the day from our cameras.

Wii U Render

Wii U

I recently picked up and reviewed a Wii U. Of course, I had to render it was well, continuing with the theme of the 3DS XL and the Nintendo 64! As usual, the model was made and rendered in Blender … Continue reading

Box Cutter Render

Box Cutter

I was looking at the interesting topology of the knife sitting on my table. I decided to see how well I could model it… Of course I used Blender and rendered in Cycles! For reference, here’s how the actual knife … Continue reading

Bay Area Wandering

Bay Area Wandering

My exploring buddy goes by the handle @bayareawanderer on Instagram. Over the past year he’s been compiling footage of the urban exploration and graffiti yards we’ve visited. He finally made a video, and it came out wonderful. Check it out!

Apple - iPhone 6

iPhone 6

The Apple iPhone 4S was actually my first review in the technology review section. It’s not surprising – I have had that phone forever. I was very impressed with the longevity of the 4S. It lasted me slightly over 3 … Continue reading

Wacom Intuous Pro

Wacom Intuous Pro

This is my third Wacom product review. A while back I reviewed the Graphire drawing tablet, then the Wacom CintiQ 21UX. If you remember my Graphire review – it wasn’t exactly glowing. It was the first drawing tablet I ever … Continue reading

Wii U

Wii U

A couple years ago I picked up a Nintendo 3DS XL. It was the first Nintendo console I had owned since the N64, and it made me fall in love with video games again. Review Here. I’ve wanted a Wii … Continue reading

Vibe 2.1 Speakers

VIBE 2.1 Mini Speakers

As I’ve written about before, I enjoy gambling on cheap technology. Most of the time I’m pleasantly surprised with the quality, and at a minimum I would say I at least break even. But nothing can excuse this product. No … Continue reading

Portable Sega Genesis Player

Portable Sega Genesis Player

About 5 or 6 years ago I saw one of these in a blister pack hanging on the shelves at Fry’s Electronics. Instead of blue trim it was orange, and instead of $40 I think it was $70. At the … Continue reading

Swampy

Swampy!

Swampy is an interesting character – both the art and the artist himself. Legend has it that he hops freight trains and paints his Swamp-Donkey character all around north and South America. In this interview he stated that he he … Continue reading

The Office

The Office

When we found out about this place we were expecting a warehouse. But what we got was totally better: a slick ex-office building from a Silicon Valley company. The inside wasn’t just a big empty square, it was a maze … Continue reading

Slaughter House

The Slaughter House

The locals call it the Slaughter House, but I call it the S-laughter House. Either way it is neither a slaughter house or a place to find comedy. It most likely was some kind of grain processing facility based on … Continue reading

Bat Tunnel

Bat Tunnel

Not the bat cave, but close enough. My friend told me he saw bats here last time and we made it over half way through and I was getting skeptical. Finally I noticed a dark, awkwardly flying, creature soaring low … Continue reading

Mini Projector

Mini Projector

Sometimes I’m in the mood to gamble on some cheap technology. I don’t necessarily care about the cutting edge tech – sometimes it fun to see what you can get for a few bucks. Enter a $36 projector from amazon.com. … Continue reading

Snort

Snort 3D Print!

I’m really enjoying making my favorite bay area graffiti characters in 3d  and printing them out, so here’s the next in the series: snort! When I posted this one on instagram I tagged the original artist, snortydeegs, with the picture. … Continue reading

Digital Graffito

Digital Graffito

Though I don’t paint graffiti myself, I’ve been known to doodle pieces in in my art books and school notebooks. While I enjoy working with physical mediums, my skills are definitely sharper in the digital realm. The other day I … Continue reading

CCTV Action Figure

CCTV Action Figure

While I was working on the Oracle figurine I got inspired to make one for CCTV – another local graffiti artist. CCTV is an interesting artist, because his work has a very unique style for the graffiti world. He paints … Continue reading

Oracle Figurine

Oracle Figurine

Recently I got a 3D printer, and one of my first test prints was an Oracle Head:   If you’re unfamiliar with Oracle, he is a prolific graffiti writer from the Bay Area. He draws variations of his iconic character: … Continue reading

Nintendo 64

Nintendo 64

I’ve been craving Nintendo a lot recently, playing a bunch of NES and Super NES on emulators (of course, using their real controllers). So after I modeled my 3DS XL, I thought I’d model my N64 which I had lying … Continue reading

Nintendo 3DS XL

Nintendo 3DS XL

My Nintendo 3DS is one of my favorite consoles. I decided to do some more hard surface modeling and make a Nintendo 3DS XL. The pictures below represent the default Blue 3DS XL, but I made textures for many of … Continue reading

Lytro - Light Feild Camera

Lytro Light Field Camera

I made a passing comment about how cool light field cameras are to a friend. To my shock and surprise, I was gifted one for Christmas! If you’re unfamiliar with Light Field cameras, here’s the basic jist: instead of focusing … Continue reading

Oculus Rift Development Kit 2 (DK2)

Oculus Rift DK2

I previous reviewed the first consumer Oculus rift, and alluded to making a demo for it. Well, I did in fact make the Jerry’s Place demo for my first Oculus. Not too long after, the DK2 was released. After trying … Continue reading

Portable NES

Portable NES

I really want to live this thing. I really do. But… but…. As I mentioned previously, I’m a sucker for nostalgia. When I heard there was a consumer available portable NES, I had to own one. Here’s what you get with … Continue reading

Classic Controller USB Adaptors

Classic Controller Adapters

I’m very strongly affected by nostalgia. I find it hard to throw away things from my past, no matter how insignificant – as long as there’s a memory attached, it’s hard to part with. Of course, I’m not quite a … Continue reading

The Last Yard on the Tracks?

Last Yard on the Tracks?

I have ridden the train by this yard many times in the past. It’s always looked pretty decent, and after shooting it at less than 50MPH, I can say that it was decent. While exploring this area my buddy and … Continue reading

CCTV In Hell

CCTV In Hell

This is a special kind of graffiti yard – one that only feature’s a single artist. I guess in that case, it’s not much of a graffiti yard in the traditional sense. But I feel like it can hold it’s … Continue reading

Beats Antique

Beats Antique

Recently I went to the Sea of Dreams new years concert to see Pretty Lights. I had a choice of going on the 30th, or the 31st. On the 30th, tickets were cheaper, and Glitch Mobb opened – bad ass. … Continue reading

Pretty Lights - Sea of Dreams

Sea of Dreams 12/30/2014

Once again I visited Pretty Lights, this time at the Sea of Dreams new years show. Though, it was a two day festival I went the day before new years eve, as tickets were cheaper, plus Glitch Mob opened! Speaking … Continue reading

Flooded Car

My car got flooded

Thumbnail slightly related! About 10 days ago everyone was talking about the Rainpocalypse – a storm the meteorologists had predicted to be particularly nasty. While it didn’t exactly have the death toll everyone was expecting, it did rain hard and … Continue reading

TI-89 Blender Render

TI-89 Classic

When I first got my Texas Instruments TI-89 I fell in love with the device. Of course, this was years ago before smartphones or tablets. Sure, PalmOS existed back then, but there was something special about the TI graphing calculators. … Continue reading

Diehard Flashlight Render

DieHard 41-6003 Render

Sometimes when I look around the room I noticed hard surface objects that I think would be fun to model and render, or quick to model and render. Seeing this flashlight on my desk I decided it would be both … Continue reading

150 Girafas

150 Girafas Found!

I recently when though my entire archive of graffiti photos, and separated out one of each Girafa I have visited. I’m three away from having visited 150 still-running Girafa peices! While this blog post might be a bit early, I … Continue reading

Ultimaker

Ultimaker Original

I’ve wanted a 3D printer for years… almost four years if I recall correctly. The day has finally come. My coworker gave me a heads-up that her friend was selling her Ultimaker original. I made an offer and took home … Continue reading

G-Board 24

G-Board 24

I’ve always loved music, and being a creator I’ve always tried to create music. While I tend to be good at art and engineering, I’ve never felt confident in my ability to make music. A few years back I decided … Continue reading

Node Bucket

Node Bucket (Beta)

A long time a go I wrote a paint-bucket style painting application. Just for fun I decided to make a special mode where the paint bucket would randomly change colors at various times, or change color every time I pushed … Continue reading

Girafa - Unmasked!

Girafa Unmasked

I’m posting this a little late after the fact, but a few weeks ago Girafa held a show at the Seeing Things Gallery in San Jose. As far as I’m aware, this was the first time he did a public … Continue reading

Covered Bunkers - Uncovered

Covered Bunkers – Uncovered!

A while back I posted about some mystery covered bunkers, that had been covered with a heavy thick netting by the city for some reason. Well, word on the street had it that the netting was removed. We had to … Continue reading

Found Galdo!

Found Galdo!

A few months ago, Girafa tempted his followers with an Instagram post, asking WHERE’S GALDO?   Girafa hid a “Galdo,” character in some creek, using his new style of combining classic toons with his iconic Giraffe. In this case, Where’s … Continue reading

MIDI Theremin

MIDI Theremin

Even though I’m not the best musician, I’ve always enjoyed experimenting with music. Since I’ve been learning electronics recently I got excited when I realized that it would now be easy to build MIDI capable hardware! I bought a MIDI … Continue reading

Draw Bot Simulator

Draw Bot Simulator

TL;DR: I made a plotter that uses rotations to draw, and it’s hypnotic to watch. So recently I imagined an interesting way for a robot to draw images. Typically drawing robots (sometimes called “plotters”) use two axes, one for horizontal … Continue reading

Super Helping Hands

Super Helping Hands

If you’ve ever used these things, you know how evil they are: So I was browsing sparkfun.com and found that they had a new style of helping hands, that seemed… much helpier. In case you didn’t check the link, they … Continue reading

Dash LED Hack

Dash Light Cluster Hack

A little while ago my cars key broke off in it’s ignition. You might have seen the video I posted about hot wiring my car. Well, all was going good until I had to drive at night. With my car … Continue reading

91 Corolla Hot Wire Rig

91 Toyota Corolla Hotwire Rig

Recently the tip of my key broke off in my 91 Toyota Corolla’s ignition cylinder. After finding out it would be $400 to repair, I decided to have a go at it myself. If I broke the ignition, that would … Continue reading

Ice Rink

Ice Rink

We actually found this spot when we stopped by to flick the GATs / Attica mural outside. When I realized where we were, we had to peep the inside. Unfortunately we were late to the party on this one. Prior … Continue reading

Hooker Alley

Hooker Alley

This alley is reminiscent of some of the San Francisco Mission alleys. The most notable feature besides the graffiti, though, is the number of prostitutes we saw strolling around, ducking behind cars when cops came through. Besides the ladies, this … Continue reading

Sneaky Sidewalk

Sneaky Sidewalk

This was a graffiti coated underpass with unusual sidewalks. Though the sidewalks were built neatly, complete with arched tunnels, neither end of the sidewalks go anywhere. It’s actually somewhat difficult to access them. They can’t even be used by chance, … Continue reading

1BR to 2BR Conversion Room Build

1BR-to-2BR House Hack

I recently moved into my friends one bedroom apartment. For the first month we shared the master bedroom, but you know, privacy is nice and all. A few years ago I had done a simpler project where I put up … Continue reading

74LS595 Shift Out Register Tutorial

74LS595 Shift Register Tutorial

Since I’m new to electronics I thought I would document some of my successful experiments. Both so others can learn from my progress and so I can have a reference to revisit in the future in case I run into … Continue reading

Arduino Text Editor

Arduino Text Editor

Recently I decided to level up at electronics engineering. When I went to the 2014 San Mateo Maker’s Fair I picked up an Arduino UNO, not really knowing what to expect. After doing some of the basic tutorials I decided … Continue reading

GATS Motel

GATS Motel

We were driving along the freeway when I spotted a large GATS on a building facing the road. We got off at the next exit and hunted it down. This appears to be an abandoned motel consisting of two different … Continue reading

Music Kiosk Hack

Music Kiosk Hack

The Story I love going to the flea market – over the years I’ve found many items money can’t buy. On a recent trip my friend and I discovered a music kiosk store display for only $10. I was intrigued, … Continue reading

Techa Nina

Techa Nina

When I made this beat, I felt like it would be something that Tech N9ne from Strange Music would rap on / produce. I like it, it’s catchy.

Pirate Beat

Pirate Beat [Loop Only]

This was a beat I made with an experiment music program I’m writing. I need to finish up this one and extrapolate it into a more complex song, so for now it’s just a loop that I’m proud of.  

Me on the cover of the East Bay Express

I’m on the cover of the EBX!

A little while back my exploring buddy was interviewed for an article about urban exploration and graffiti hunting. The reporter chose a picture of me for the front page of the East Bay Express! I’m also mentioned a few times … Continue reading

Breifcase PC

Briefcase PC

I waited a while to post this article because I was trying to find the build-in-progress pictures. I finally found them, but unfortunately they don’t show as much as I’d like. Anyway,I built this briefcase PC a few years ago. … Continue reading

Wacom CintiQ 21UX

Wacom CintiQ 21UX

If you already peeped my Wacom Graphire article, you’d know that my main problem with graphics tablets was trying to coordinate my hand to draw while looking at a screen instead of the drawing surface. The other problem was the … Continue reading

Wacom Graphire

Wacom Graphire Tablet

I don’t expect too many people to find this post by searching for Graphire reviews, I know the hardware is pretty outdated these days. But I just got a Wacom CintiQ (review coming next!) so I wanted to write a … Continue reading

Mac Book Pro 15"

Mac Book Pro 15″

My current job gave me the choice between a Mac or a PC, but strongly encouraged Macs. I didn’t care though, I was super excited to try out Macs. I love my iPhone, and I’ve always been a fan of … Continue reading

Rain Boots

Rainboots

This TotT article will focus on rain boots. While flashlights are indispensable for tunnels, respirators are indispensable for abandoned buildings, creeks are insufferable without rain boots. It’s funny, because I’ve heard from more than one person that we’re “lucky” to … Continue reading

Abandoned Sky Scraper

Abandoned Sky Scraper

I happened upon this building during a near-by adventure and noticed it was abandoned. Later, when driving by I noticed hand-styles in the windows. IT HAD TO BE DONE. Unfortunately it was locked super-tight when we arrived to check it … Continue reading

Yet Another Creek (Worth it)

Yet Another Creek (Worth it)

By the time we reached this creek, it had already been a long day and our feet were killing us. But one more to go, and a few hours of day light left. Time to kill it. Luckily it payed … Continue reading

The Drop Down

The Drop Down

We almost walked the length of this creek twice – from surface streets – before we actually entered. This urban-canal is far from being a nature stroll, it’s concrete for it’s entire length, and well fenced off. Eventually we gave … Continue reading

North-South Creek

North South Creek

We found a group of interconnected creeks, with the main line running north-south, while a few creeks split off to the east. This is the first creek, with many stops along the way, of the creek system.

GATS Show

GATS Show

After a full day of exploring, our final stop was a GATS show in SF. Though the goodies for sale were waaay too expensive, the art was great. My favorite by far, though, were the 3D GATS masks. It’s always … Continue reading

Funston Checks In

Funston Checks In

This beach spot is popular with locals, but there’s not too much graff to see. Still worth a peep.

Mummies on the Mountain

Mummies on the Mountain

This was a revisit to Mountaintop Fun, because we had heard that Musk visited since our last trip. We had to come back and capture the new mummies.

Paint, Trains and Automobiles

Paint, Trains, and Automobiles

This train bridge passes over a very busy bay area freeway. I had driven under it a million times, occasionally wondering what was up there. Surprised it took me so long..

Orgy Tunnel

Orgy Tunnel (of love)

I had no idea of this tunnels existence with the exception of one sexy piece by Beavis – the letters are made of people in an orgy. After having visited, this tunnel is one of my favorites, just for it’s … Continue reading

Lions Den

The Lions Den

I finally met up with one of the other epic photographers from Flickr and Instagram. The first spot we hit up that day was the Lions Den. I had seen pictures, but finally I had a location too.

Hike AT8

Hike AT8

This is a pretty common hiking trail that is getting rather popular these days. Along the way there’s multiple bunkers to check out, and the treat on top is a large complex of amazing graffiti from the likes of GATS, … Continue reading

Temple of Doom

Temple of Doom

The Temple of doom has been a target in my sights for along time. It started with a picture I found on the internet of a very distinct Girafa roller – I had to find it. I eventually found a … Continue reading

Tracks by Home

Tracks by Home

There’s a short stretch of train tracks that run past my house. When I drive over them, they never looked particularly interesting, but they had to be done. I was shocked at what I found lurking near by – I … Continue reading

Stay Vaped

Stay Vaped Girafa Mural

Girafa recently painted a mural at a local San Jose vape shop, Stay Vaped. Besides the mural, there were also some stickers available for purchase. I think it’s amusing that the stickers say Stay Vaped. People who are unfamiliar with … Continue reading

Creek and Wall

Creek and Wall

We started this spot by following a long freeway wall, which eventually merged into a creek with a handful of underpasses. Though each underpass could be considered a spot in it’s own right, I combined them into one creek for … Continue reading

Serpent CCTV

Serpent CCTV

Sometimes it’s really difficult to track down a certain graffiti piece. I had only seen one or two shots of this CCTV on the Internet. But it’s not surprising why. When I arrived at the location, I was shocked about … Continue reading

Tongue Twister Creek

Rainbow Walls

This creek has a Spanish name that may throw you off the first time you try to read it, so I call it tongue twister creek. We decided to pick a creek this day and walk as much of it … Continue reading

Behind the Office

Titanium Walls

The easiest way to get to this creek bridge is by ducking through an office buildings parking lot, climbing a fence, and dropping down into the creek. Of course, keep an eye for the cop or the security that likes … Continue reading

The Legend of Musk

The Legend of Musk

When I met up with Musk to purchase a piece from him, he had this comic book to show me. I didn’t get to keep a copy, but he let me snap some photos. Now I present to the world: … Continue reading

rhinoshauling.com

[2014] rhinoshauling.com

This has actually been one of my longest clients. I just recently re-built his site from scratch last year. But I think it’s the forth total make-over it’s had since the beginning. This site has definitely grown with me. Someday … Continue reading

ocelotent.com

[2014] ocelotent.com

My friend and I want to kick start of my ideas. Ocelotent.com is our site, just a quick wordpress theme. http://ocelotent.com/

leavingmilpitas.com

[2011] leavingmilpitas.com

Sandy Stec, who I’ve written about a couple times before asked me to make her a separate site for her comedy tour, Leaving Milpitas. If you’re unaware, Milipitas is a really boring suburb in the bay area. It also smells … Continue reading

citytechsf.com

[2011] citytechsf.com

A friend of a friend needed a new website for his autobody shop in SF. Check out citytechsf.com

sandystec.com

[2010] sandystec.com

Sandy  Stec is a radio personality and stand up comedian. You should definitely check her out. Anyway, my friend noticed I was getting better at making websites and offered her my services when she mentioned wanted a new website. After … Continue reading

goldenstategunslingers.com

[2010] goldenstategun slingers.com

My ex-coworker for Cisco was an active member in a wild-west style quick-draw gun club. They have a cool set up in Los Banos, CA, where you can pack a revolver with wax slugs and fire at quick-draw targets. In … Continue reading

jumblebag.com

[2010] jumblebag.com

This is a fun story you’ll wanna read… woot.com is known for it’s “bag of crap,” which was a mystery-surprise bag. woot.com usually sells cool stuff, but occasionally they end up with junk they cant sell – either because it’s left … Continue reading

lawndoctorbliss.com

[2009] lawndoctorbliss.com

I had a roommate who was a lawn-care expert. Besides just cutting the lawn, he knew everything about planting, weeding, watering, and generally caring for lawns. He asked me to make him a website, so I threw this together. Nothing … Continue reading

carstocash.com

[2009] carstocash.com

I needed a car, but I didn’t exactly have a lot of fluid cash to spend. I came up with a plan. I noticed that a local used-car dealership didn’t have a website. Without asking I whipped up a demo … Continue reading

lolfiction.com

[2008] lolfiction.com

Check out http://lolfiction.com/ This was a major fun project. I had just finished my first full stack web project, and for the first time in my life I wrote PHP, MySQL, CSS, AJAX in addition to HTML. I was new to … Continue reading

swirlsfroyo.com

[2007] swirsfroyo.com

Please excuse the obnoxious green background. Although I was young both in my design ability and my web-dev ability when I made this site, I did not chose the background color! But I’ll get to that in a moment. This … Continue reading

Jerrys Place VR

Jerry’s Place VR

As I wrote about earlier, I recently got an Oculus Rift. Because the current version isn’t consumer-ready, it’s marketed as a developer prototype. As such, Oculus currently includes a 6 month free trial of the Unity game engine so developers can … Continue reading

Lolo Web GL Game

Web GL Lolo

During my childhood, The Adventures of Lolo was one of my favorite Nintendo (NES) games. It was a basic top-down puzzle game that had a really good balance of puzzle elements and cute graphics. At times it was also very difficult, … Continue reading

Lotto Printer

Lotto Printer

Click here to check out the project! A couple years ago I had a housemate named Rachad. He was a big fan of the California State Lotto, and he asked me to help him buy lotto tickets. I threw together … Continue reading

Garfield Comic Generator

Garfield Comic Generator

Important: All the comic artwork below is not my property and is copyright by Paws, Inc. and Jim Davis. I do not claim any copyright what-so-ever, and only wrote the code to randomly assemble the art. Please visit http://garfield.com/ and support the … Continue reading

captchagame.com

Captcha Game

Click here to check out the project! Recaptcha used to be really cool. Not only was it the de facto standard for human verification on the web, but it also had a noble goal. Google, who was always thirsty for … Continue reading

Werd 87

Werd 87

My friend recently reminded me of this Troll project, so I decided to upload it. Back in high school I made a prequel-satire of Microsoft word, including a Clippy parody. Warning: if you run this, you will need to end … Continue reading

Fast Food Render

Fast Food!

For this Render I decided to try an additional challenge. None of the textures in this scene are from image files! All the textures and bump maps (normal maps) are procedurally generated inside Blender! I had to come up with … Continue reading

Sir Rheele Render

Sir Rheele Render

On the popular social media site Reddit, the /r/blender subreddit has a themed contest every month. This is the first month I entered, as I liked it’s theme: surrealism. About 7 or 8 years ago I originally created this doodle … Continue reading

Brain Candy Mix 1

Brain Candy Mix 1

I love to share music. I’ve always thought about make a radio-DJ style mix of some of my favorite tracks. When I recently met someone who was looking for music, I decided to put something together. Overall it came out … Continue reading

I can has Whiteboard Art?

Whiteboard Art

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, I used to work at Swirls, a frozen yogurt, smoothie and sandwich shop. Some days we had a lot of time to kill, so I spent a good hour making this sign: (Click … Continue reading

Leaving Milpitas Poster

Sandy Stec Improv Poster

The Star 101.3 Radio DJ and stand up comedian, Sandy Stec contacted me about making her website among other things. One of those side projects was this poster for the stand up comedy show, “Leaving Milpitas.” After circumstances hit her … Continue reading

Pattern Painting

Crazy Patterns!

For a college art class, we were given the assignment to play with tiling and repeating patterns. Pretty much everyone did the assignment without giving it much thought: they made sure the left edge would match the right edge, and … Continue reading

Alien Sunset

Alien Sunset

This was another old piece of work I recently rediscovered. Like the Box in the Jack, I originally doodled bits of this project on paper and colorized them in Photoshop. It all started with this guy: (Click for full size) … Continue reading

Box in the Jack

Box in the Jack

This was an old, old, old project that I just found on my computer and decided to upload. Being an introvert myself, I often feel like the odd one out, like the opposite of everyone. I was doodling and came … Continue reading

Sure Strike - Laser Training Bullet Commercial

Sure Strike Commercial

I was commissioned to make a short intro film / commercial for a product that Fast Draw Supply was selling. It’s a pretty cool product. It’s a laser in the form factor of a bullet. It can be loaded into … Continue reading

Invisible Everything - Skateboard Parody Film

Invisible Everything

Many years ago I briefly went through a skateboarding phase. It didn’t last long, but something stuck with me for several years after: an innovative seen from “Girl: Yeah Right!,” where the skaters painted their boards green, and then used … Continue reading

Fireball Gun

Fireball Gun

If you want to be more like Mario or Luigi, you don’t need a Fire Flower, because this project is for you. My friends and I were working on fixing up a FIAT x19 I had picked up for $100 … Continue reading

Garbage Pail Kids - Junkfood John - 3D Model & Render

Garbage Pail Kids: Junkfood John

Ashens is one of my favorite YouTube channels. The other day I was watching his review of Garbage Pail Kids, something I had seen around on the Internet and wanted to learn more about. He mentioned that there was a … Continue reading

Seinfelds Apartment

Seinfeld’s Apartment in 3D

As I wrote about earlier, I recently got an Oculus Rift. Because the current version isn’t consumer-ready, it’s marketed as a developer prototype. As such, Oculus currently includes a 6 month free trial of the Unity game engine so developers … Continue reading

Girafa Model

Girafa Model

Someday I would like to 3D model all of my favorite Graffiti characters that I’ve discovered around the Bay Area. Of course, I had to start with my favorite, and the one that brought me closer to the Graffiti game … Continue reading

Lego Submarine Render

Lego Submarine “Pig Boat”

I decided I’d like to brush up on my 3D modeling skills so I found a fun project for that: recreating a Lego Set. This is actually a rip-off of Lego, called “Enlighten,” but all the pieces that came with … Continue reading

Pretty Lights Live

Pretty Lights live at Bill Graham Civic Center (11/30/13)

I’m the type of person who can listen to the same song a million times and never get tired of it. Maybe that’s because I have shit memory, or just a high tolerance for the tedious built up from years … Continue reading

Bonobo Live

Bonobo Live at the Warfield (10/26/13)

After many years enjoying Bonobo’s music, I finally got the privilege to see him live. My favorite album from Bonobo by far is Black Sands, though he does have a newer album out now: The Northern Borders. I was worried … Continue reading

Nabi Jr.

Nabi Jr

I modeled this Nabi Jr Android Tablet for my work. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in some materials for the renders below. Check this … Continue reading

Samsung Smart Camera WB250F

Samsung Smart Camera WB250F

When I first started modeling for Google I was in awe of the cameras my coworkers were able to model. Before long I found myself assigned to model this Samsung Smart Camera WB250F. I was intimidated, but it was nowhere … Continue reading

Toshiba Encore Tablet

Toshiba Encore Tablet

I modeled this Toshiba Encore Tablet for my work at Google. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in some materials for the renders below.

Samsung Gusto 2

Samsung Gusto 2

I modeled this Samsung Gusto 2 for my work at Google. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in some materials for the renders below. Check … Continue reading

Nikon S33 Blue

Blue Nikon S33

I modeled this Blue Nikon S33 camera for my work. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in some materials for the renders below. Check a … Continue reading

Vizio m471a2

Vizio m471a2 Monitor

Another monitor I modeled for my work at Google. This time a Vizio m471a2. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in some materials for the … Continue reading

Nikon Cool Pix 3700 Silver

Silver Nikon Coolpix 3700

Another camera I modeled for my work at Google. This time a Nikon CoolPix 3700. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in some materials for … Continue reading

Asus 215

Asus 215

Another monitor I modeled for my work at Google. This time an Asus 215. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in some materials for the … Continue reading

Another Benq Render

Another BenQ Render

I was asked to render another BenQ Monitor for my work at Google. This time a BenQ xl2411z. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in some … Continue reading

Benq Backlit LCD

BenQ RL2455HM

I was asked to render another Benq Monitor for my work at Google. This time a Benq RL2455HM. This model was originally intended to be displayed in an OpenGL live viewer. However, I took some time to throw-on and dial-in … Continue reading

Iconia Tab 8

Acer Iconia Tab 8

I was asked to render an Acer Iconia Tab 8 for my work at Google. It was a fairly simple model, and I think it came out pretty well. True to life. This model was originally intended to be displayed … Continue reading

Pretty Lights

Pretty Lights

I am currently obsessed with Pretty Lights… I play them almost daily. The good thing is that PL has a wide discography to pick from, that goes through a handful of different styles while remaining soulful and fresh. Via Wikipedia: Derek … Continue reading

Gramatik

Gramatik

Gramatik is a musician my friend and I discovered through the Pretty Lights label. Pretty Lights, is also another of one favorite musicians. His style is typically hip-hop instrumentals, but more recently he’s gotten into dub-step. Via Facebook: Hi. I’m … Continue reading

Blockhead

Blockhead

I discovered Blockhead when his music video for “The Music Scene,” went viral a couple years ago. The music video (see below), is a MUST WATCH in full screen high-def. After grooving to the video, I decided to check out what … Continue reading

Thunderball

Thunderball

Ever since I was a child, I was a fan of the Sitar. Originally the song “Thunderball vs. Liftoff – Welcome Back Cooper” introduced me to Thunderball, and like many other artists I found that through the Buddha Bar series. … Continue reading

mo'horizons

mo’horizons

Like the Wikipedia description says, I too discovered them through the Buddha Bar compilation series. Via Wikipedia: Mo’ Horizons is a duo of DJs from Hannover, Germany. Their music can be described as a mixture of downtempo, acid-jazz, nu jazz, … Continue reading

Xploding Plastix

Xploding Plastix

A friend of my from UCSC introduced me to this group. The particular song was “Dizzy Blonde” (see below). I joked it sounded like a Nintendo Entertainment System (8-bit NES), that had a uncannily good guitar synth. Not all their … Continue reading

St Germain

St. Germain

St. Germain has a real soulful groove, that can be hard to shake. Via. Wikipedia: St. Germain is the stage name of Ludovic Navarre, a French musician. His style has been described as being a combination of house and nu … Continue reading

The Herbaliser

The Herbaliser

The Herbaliser originally hooked me with their instrumental beats I heard jammin’ on monkeyradio.org. Via Wikipedia: The Herbaliser is a jazz rap band formed by Jake Wherry and Ollie Teeba (Born Oliver Lawrence Trattles) in London, England during the early … Continue reading

Karsh Kale

Karsh Kale

Karsh Kale was introduced to me many years ago by some of my High School friends. Been a fan ever since. Via Wikipedia: Karsh Kale (pronounced Kursh Kah-lay) is an Indian American musician, producer and composer, and is considered one … Continue reading

Quantic

Quantic

I discovered Quantic 4 or 5 years ago, when my musical taste first started shifting into down-tempo / trip-hop / lounge / esoteric electronica / whatever you want to call it. One of my all-time favorite musicians, Bonobo has been … Continue reading

Oculus Rift

Oculus Rift

Back Story If you read my Nintendo 3DS XL article, you’d know I’m a fan of 3D things. In fact, when I got my first paycheck from my old job at Cisco, I immediately splurged on a bunch of hardware … Continue reading

Android Mini PC

Android Mini PC

I had a large credit on Deal Extreme so I decided to spend it on this Mini Android PC that came packed with the Mini Wireless Keyboard. Basically it’s a Android device that plugs into HDMI and is powered by … Continue reading

Mini Keyboard

Mini Wireless Keyboard

I picked this guy up from Deal Extreme as part of package deal with the Android Mini PC, although it is sold separately. At first I was skeptical because I don’t like rechargeable things. I would much rather have one … Continue reading

Nintendo 3DS + XL

Nintendo 3DS (XL)

I remember the first time I saw a 3DS; a few years ago I was wandering around Frys, and came across one on demo. I was blown away – how could I have not known this marvelous device existed? I’ve … Continue reading

NOOK HD Plus

NOOK HD Plus

For the past three years my old tablet was an iPad 1. Suddenly I find tablets appearing out of thin air all around me. I already reviewed the Asus MeMO, and the Asus Nexus 7. Next up comes the Barnes … Continue reading

ASUS Nexus 7

ASUS Nexus 7

You may have read my recent ASUS MeMO Pad review. Well I’m no longer in possession of that device, and thankfully replaced it with an ASUS Nexus 7. My friend found a deal on the 2013 Nexus that involved trading … Continue reading

ASUS MeMO Pad

ASUS MeMO Pad

Recently I came across a good deal on an ASUS MeMO pad, so I took it. Now, I wasn’t in the market for a tablet as I already had an iPad 1 that fell out of use. At this point … Continue reading

iPhone 4S

iPhone 4S

You might think it’s weird to review a 2 year old phone – 2 years after it was released. Especially since 2 generations of the phone have been released afterward. But I think it’s a fair and interesting idea to … Continue reading

Flashlight

Flashlights

My next TotT article will focus on flashlights. Small-to-Medium LED Flashlights During our first few outings, we inevitably found ourselves needing flashlights. We headed to the local hardware store and picked up a couple cheap LED based flashlights, and they … Continue reading

The Holy Grail Drain

The Holy Grail Drain

This spot has been on the top of the to-do list for quite some time. It took us embarrassingly long to actually find it, however. In fact, we found many other creek spots during our exhaustive hunt. Besides the obvious … Continue reading

At the Beach

At the Beach

We had some time to kill, so we went for a lovely stroll on the beach.

Lock Company

Lock Company

Word has it that this used to be a famous lock company. Now the building is home to art and the occasional squatter. The building is absolutely beautiful inside, I wish I could buy it.

Beach Tube

Beach Tube

This tubular tunnel exists straight out to a beach. Oracle was there to lead the way.

Mountaintop Fun

Mountaintop Fun

Believe it or not, these buildings involved hiking to the top of a mountain. I’m surprised at the quality selection up here. Great art and great views!

Misc Creeks

Misc Creeks

None of these creeks were really special enough to warrant a post of their own, but they are very close geographically.

Abandoned Train

Abandoned Train

Though only one car was enterable, this was a neat little train. It seems to have been parked here for along time… and the track it’s on just disintegrates into nothing.

Treasure in the Cuts

Treasure in the Cuts

This yard was hard to get to – no easy parking, and the only ways to get to it are pretty treacherous. I’m surprised at how well painted this place is, since it’s somewhat remote and difficult to get to. … Continue reading

Four Monsters

Four Monsters

This was a set of four total, voluminous, long tunnels set in two parallel pairs. The first two were surprisingly empty, but then again they were annoying to get to – the mud was like super glue. The latter two … Continue reading

Time Tunnel(s)

Time Tunnel(s)

We got a tip to check out the “Time Tunnel,” but when we got there we actually found two tunnels. Not too much to see inside these ones, but thought I’d post it for the sake of the legend of … Continue reading

Bonus Yard

Bonus Yard

Persistence prevails yet again. After finishing up a spot, we decided to walk the creek to it’s end, just to see what’s there. After a long walk we came across this bonus yard we didn’t know existed. It’s pretty small, … Continue reading

Mini Rail Corridor

Mini Rail Corridor

One thing I preach is persistence. Though we had already found what we were looking for in the area, I suggested we walk the extra 500 feet to see if there was anything around the corner. Sure enough we stumbled … Continue reading

Dusty Yard

Dusty Yard

Like many graffiti yards, this spot has found a home under a major freeway. Strangely, though, all the artwork is covered with a thick layer of dust. To make things more confusing, the nearby spots don’t seem to be affected. … Continue reading

Boy Scouts Camp

Boy Scouts Camp

I really enjoyed this spot. It’s a nice setting change from your typical urban ex, tucked away in the forest. Of course, it’s down sides were pretty gross. We heard rats(?) running in the ceiling above us, and some places … Continue reading

IMPY Runoff

IMPY Dam

This was another lake runoff, but for a lake that still exists! The artist IMP seemed to cover this spot well, so I called it the IMPY Dam.

SMB3 Dam

SMB3 Dam

This was once a damn and a run off spillway for a lake which no longer exists. Since the lake has been filled in, this defunct infrastructure has now become home to some graffiti. When I found out about this … Continue reading

PVT Tunnel

PVT Tunnel

This tunnel was actually attached to a creek we covered earlier but we didn’t go far enough to find it. It’s got a great line up, so luckily we found it later.

The Wall

The Wall

I’m not sure if this yard has proper name, but considering it’s essentially a giant wall, I entitled it as such. There’s a handful of burners out here.

Lush Warehouse

Lush Warehouse

Not to be confused with the writer named Lush, this warehouse is literally Lush with overgrowth and art. It’s uncommon to see a warehouse with a dirt floor, so this makes an interesting subject.

336 Rooms

336 Rooms

With four floors, 6 halls, 14 rooms per hall, this building had over 336 rooms. It’s shaped like a giant Asterisk, and is one hell of an urban exploration. The icing on the cake is the huge amount of classic, … Continue reading

Tripple 'Rafa

Tripple ‘Rafa

For lack of a better name, I clearly titled this one after the piece that sticks out to me most. A rare, classic, Girafa. But that’s not all that’s there, you’ll also find a couple Musks, a couple Oracles, a … Continue reading

Interrogation Hotel pt 2

Interrogation Hotel pt. 2

While we were in the area, we stopped by for a quick revisit of the Interrogation Hotel. Not too much had changed, but there was a nice crispy new Oracle there, as well as a Galaxe among others.

Three Tunnels

Three Tunnels

Out in the middle of nowhere, a train crosses three tunnels. Of course this makes for fertile painting ground…

The Pits

The Pits

Apparently this land was once owned by a gravel company. The company excavated several giant craters in the middle of nowhere, before shutting down their operation. The locals have named this one “The Pits.” It’s now become an oasis of … Continue reading

Family Fun Center

Family Fun Center

This was a recently closed Family Fun Center, that featured MiniGolf, Go Karts, an Arcade among other attractions. I actually grew up in the area and was a patron many times, so this was a rather odd urban exploration.

Burning Man Warehouse

Burning Man’s Storage

Apparently this graffiti yard is where Burning man stores it’s sculptures the rest of the year. You can’t go in this warehouse, but that’s alright because the best work is all outside. While we were there, we also visited a … Continue reading

Jurne's House

Jurne’s House.

Named after the Bay Area writer, Jurne, this warehouse was a spectacular showcase of his work. Apparently he discovered the place and kept it on the DL, continuously updating it with some of his best work. Though I had been … Continue reading

East Bay Creek

East Bay Creek

Got up bright and early, and hit this creek up literally at the break of dawn. Though it was mostly whack, there were some nice gems to be found.

Uter's House

Uter’s House

This warehouse was mostly bare, unlike the Liquidators Jungle. However, it had a small office complex with a large Uter featured out front. I find it hard to believe this place isn’t completely coated.

Liquidators Jungle

Liquidators Jungle

What happens when a large furniture retailer goes belly up? You end up with a gigantic warehouse still completely stocked. This place was a jungle inside, with a maze of furniture, broken glass, and of course, black mold. Good thing … Continue reading

West Oakland Sign

West Oakland Sign

This mini yard has become somewhat infamous due to it’s West Oakland sign painted by the popular artist GATS. Thought there’s not much to see, I had to make the pilgrimage and capture this mini yard.

Chandelier Tunnel

Chandelier Tunnel

To distinguish this arched tunnel, I call it the “Chandelier Tunnel.” About half way through this looonng tunnel, is a Chandelier someone has mounted on the ceiling. There was a lot of well done graffiti here, but without a proper … Continue reading

Parallel Creeks

Parallel Creeks

This is a set of various tunnels and bridges along an east bay creek. It features a set of two parallel tunnels that were rather long. Unfortunately it was too dark to properly photograph and many of our shots came … Continue reading

Roar Arch

Roar Arch

My exploring buddy and I refer to this beautifully arched tunnel as the “Roar Arch,” for obvious reasons. Though it’s not super long, this tunnel is a nice adventure.

Sound Wall

Sound Wall

We pinpointed a tunnel that goes under a major freeway and decided to check it out. Little did we know, upon arrival we would discover a huge freeway sound wall completely painted.

iPhone Tripod Mount

iPhone Tripod Mount

The other day my friend and I were filming. We were using two cameras, a proper point-and-shoot camera that also had the ability to record in 720P, as well as an iPhone 5S. Mounting the regular camera on a tripod … Continue reading

Girafa Bone Tracks

Girafa Bone Tracks

We discovered this stretch of tracks as we were following a lead to a classic Girafa Neck-bone piece.

Covered Bunker

Covered Bunker

This was a similar bunker to those from the hills we visited earlier, but this one was miles away and strangely covered in some kind of woven spread. Perhaps the city wanted to hide these, so they covered them with … Continue reading

Magma Mansion

Magma Mansion

Discovered this place by accident when crawling Google Satellite looking for The Cranes. The story goes, the owner purchased the property and began building a mansion using lava rock imported from Hawaii. Supposedly the stones were cursed and caused the … Continue reading

Two Tanks

Two Tanks

This place was on my to-visit list for waaay too long. I had seen pictures of these tanks online, but no matter how many hours I pour into scouring google satellite, I just couldn’t find them. Luckily my friend came … Continue reading

Bunkers in the Hills

Bunkers in the Hills

This was an exciting day, hitting up nearly every WW2 era bunker in a cluster up in the San Francisco Bay’s hills. Some of them have been buffed, and some of them remained home to some of our favorite graffiti … Continue reading

Rural Musk & CCTV

Rural Musk & CCTV

This was a quick little yard I found. It features a handful of Musks, a large CCTV piece, among others.

Alemany Dream Tribute

Alemany Dream Tribute

Earlier in the year, I had visited the Oakland Halls of Fame, which was a tribute to the late Bay Area graffiti writer, Dream. This is another of such tribute on Alemany in San Francisco. I first discovered this spot … Continue reading

The Silos

The Silos

The Silos was one of my all time favorite adventures, perhaps because of it’s grand scale. The building is a set of two towers, approximately 10-12 stories tall. The first floor of the main tower is a dark maze of … Continue reading

The Tag Cathedral

Tag Cathedral

This abandoned Bay Area warehouse has been dubbed the “Tag Cathedral,” by locals. It features wall-to-wall graffiti that spans several years, making this quite a reputable yard. We had been wanting to find this place for a awhile so it … Continue reading

Oil Pastel Fruit

Oil Pastel Fruit

I was visiting a local Japanese dollar store (technically a $1.50 store) and some Oil Pastels caught my eye. When I was a child, I once saw Oil Pastels as a sort of forbidden-crayon, since my parents would not let … Continue reading

Projector LED Hack

LCD Projector LED Bulb Hack

Several years ago I purchased an LCD projector from Craigslist. Those were good times. Then the bulb started dying, and my friend wanted to trade the projector for a broken PSP and a stun-gun tazer. I don’t regret the trade … Continue reading

RIP Kickit

RIP Kickit

Rest in Peace, Kickit. Kickit is one of the artists featured at this set of geographically close tunnels and underpasses.

Jamba Juice Prize Wheel

Jamba Juice Prize Wheel

Many years ago I worked at Jamba Juice. I was getting bored with the day to day grind and managed to convince my stores General Manager and the District Manager to let my build a a prize-wheel. The idea was … Continue reading

Musk Tunnel

Bonus Musk Tunnel

We weren’t planing on finding this place, but it was a nice bonus surprise to stumble on.

DIY Skatepark Revisit

DIY Skatepark Revisit

Last time we visited this homemade skatepark, it was winter and the park was flooded. We revisited this summer after learning that Girafa had put up some new work there.

Two Tunnels

Two Tunnels

One tunnel seems to be a naturally formed cave, which is followed by a gap of open skies and a second, man made concrete tunnel. The latter tunnel is coated with decent graffiti, though the piece that we were looking … Continue reading

Spongebob Girafa

Spongebob Girafa

Not to be confused with the Spongebob Yard, this is an entirely different location also tucked away in the coastal hills. It’s prominent piece features a new-style Girafa that merges into a Spongebob.

Hidden Ruins

Hidden Ruins

This spot is tucked away deep in the California coastal mountains. It features an abandoned train bridge, train tunnel and even a swimming pool dated August 1915.

Fremont Train Yard

Fremont Train Yard

Trains come and go, and train yards aren’t exactly secrete spots, so I used the real name for this place. Chances are if you show up, all the art will be somewhere else on earth.

East Bay Tunnel

East Bay Tunnel

We found the point-of-entry for this dark damp tunnel on a previous adventure and decided we needed to do it one day. After psyching ourselves up for what doom may lay in this underground tunnel, we proceeded in. This was … Continue reading

Spongebob Yard Revisit

Spongebob Yard Redo

We had to pass through this area to get to another spot, so we snapped the things that had changed since last time, including a few interesting pieces we missed. We had been looking exhaustively for this brick Girafa, and … Continue reading

Cookie Yard

Cookie Yard

They say if you visit this graffiti yard at the right time of day, it smells like oven fresh cookies from one of the nearby buildings. It didn’t smell that good when we visited, but it did have a delicious … Continue reading

Long Creek is Long

Long Creek is Long

This drain water creek spans about 3 to 4 miles. Since it requires rain boots, it’s a tedious walk round trip, but worth it for some of the amazing graffiti down there including Charles crew and Maska.

Dust Tanks

Dust Tanks

These rusting, graffiti coated tanks are now sitting empty on a hill side. Well, not completely empty – they do have a lot of dusty, rusty air inside. Though we snapped some shots of the inside from the exterior piping, … Continue reading

Gats Warehouse Revisit

GATS Warehouse Redo

The first time we found this location, it was boarded up too tightly. We were able to snap some pics of the inside from a hole in the exterior, but that’s not good enough! This trip was from a revisit, … Continue reading

Adventure Time

Adventure Time!

This is one of my favorite graffiti creeks of all time. There are some really nice pieces and the atmosphere was pleasant. But the Adventure Time piece sticks out to me, as I am a fan of the show.

The Waterway

The Waterway

The Waterway is a huge concrete water channel tucked away in the hills. Though it was completely dry, I’d love to see it in action, perhaps a revisit during the winter is in order. I can’t imagine why this big … Continue reading

Maska Train Tunnel

Maska Train Tunnel

For lack of a better name, I called this graffiti yard the Maska Train Tunnel after one of my favorite artists featured there.

East Bay Mini Creek

East Bay Mini Creek

We spotted this graffiti coated concrete creek from satellite view, and decided to check it out.

Stairs Bridge

Stairs Bridge

Whether intentional or not, this train had some sort of stair case which gave the place a very cozy, picturesque feeling. If I lived in the area, I’d spend more time down there. While we were there, a couple fish … Continue reading

Yup; an SJ Bridge

Yup; An SJ Bridge

I actually liked this SJ bridge. The bridge had just a mild creek under it, with stepping stones set up by homeless across it. It was very zen like, the air was cool, and the homeless had a fire going … Continue reading

Yet Another SJ Bridge

Yet Another SJ Bridge

Tired of San Jose bridges yet? Here’s another.

SJ Skatepark

SJ Skatepark

We weren’t planning on this spot, but happened to walk by it. This is a graffiti covered skatepark located somewhere in SJ.

Too Many Poles

Too Many Poles

I wonder why the engineers of this bridge chose such an unusual design. The bridge didn’t seem too much bigger than anything I’ve seen before, but the poles were just too many! Not too much graffiti to see here…

Urban Ex Mini - House

Urban Ex Mini – House

This was a house, probably once associated with the near by train tracks. Perhaps an old station. We didn’t have our masks with us today, and the inside smelled musty. Better safe that sorry, we didn’t enter this one, but … Continue reading

Southern Tracks

Southern Tracks

We walked along a stretch of southern bay area commuter tracks.

Another Freeway Bridge

Another Freeway Bridge

Once again we find ourselves under a major freeway, though this San Jose bridge was much less impressive.

Southern Train Bridges

Southern Train Bridges

These were two bridges right in a row, so close they could almost be the same bridge. Mostly whack stuff, but it is what it is.

Car Carrier Yard

Car Carrier Yard

This train yard seemed to specialize in car carrying cargo trains. We explored the yard itself and the nearby surrounding tracks. We found a couple of Girafas, including one we didn’t even know existed!

SJ Randoms

SJ Randoms

Random shots from around San Jose that don’t fit anywhere else.

Freeway Bridge

Freeway Bridge

This was a large bridge accommodating a rather busy multilane freeway in the bay area. There was a large homeless camp set up here as well.

Musk SJ Bridge

Musk SJ Bridge

This SJ Bridge surprised us with a Musk!

Random SJ Bridge

Random SJ Bridge

Nothing too notable about this random bridge in SJ.

Spacious Bridge

Spacious Bridge

This bridge in the SJ set of bridges was very open and spacious underneath.

Bonus Train Bridge

Bonus Train Bridge

We were taking a shortcut through an open field with tall grass, when we discovered this train bridge we had no idea existed. It doesn’t really go over an active creek, but maybe it once did. This was a delightful … Continue reading

Lowes Bridge

Lowes Bridge

Just a bridge near a Lowes.

Toon House

Toon House Bridge

A cartoon house painted under this SJ bridge really stood out to me.

Mini Lightrail Bridge

Mini Lightrail Bridge

Not much to see under this bridge under the lightrail.

Compartment Bridge

Compartment Bridge

Another SJ bridge, this one was divided into compartments underneath that individuals seemed to have set up as their homes. There was some kinda chill-out party going on down there when we arrived, but they didn’t mind us photographing the … Continue reading

Southbay Tunnel

Southbay Tunnel

This is the first in a series of San Jose tunnels and bridges. This dark tunnel was actually one of a pair of parallel tunnels. Unfortunately, the other side was full of water and we were unable to explore it. … Continue reading

Fences Fences Fences

Fences Fences Fences

Though you would typically find backyard fences painted along side train tracks, these fences were in a proper community suburb. Some outstanding work here, a must see album!

Mission Alley #2 Redo

Mission Alley #3 Redo

Due to the diminishing light during our first trip to this epic alleyway, we had planned on visiting again to take more thorough photos. This was the second trip since we were in the area.

Mission Alley #4

Mission Alley #4

This alley in the mission had a nice Plantrees set.

Mission Alley #3

Mission Alley #3

Yet another astonishing alley coated in graffiti in the Mission.

Free Space

Free Space

Freespace is/was an experimental community project in San Francisco. The idea was to rent a previously industrial / commercial building in SF and turn it into “free space” for the community to come and relax, create, study, cook, or generally … Continue reading

Spooked Bridge

Spooked Bridge

We spooked a couple of graffiti writers as we approached this destination. Sorry guys. They must have been keeping an eye on us from a distance, because after we left we saw them return to their craft.

Industrial Waterfront

Industrial Waterfront

This forgotten industrial area shores up against a beautiful waterfront view. Even the graffiti want’s to swimming!

Freeway Cliff

Freeway Cliff

This was an interesting yard. It as a multistory section of retaining walls holding up a cliff next to a major Bay Area freeway. Each story was made of several concave divisions that became shelters to homeless as well as … Continue reading

Under the Royal Road

Under the Royal Road

This was a cozy little yard under a major Bay Area road, featuring CCTV, Jist, among others.

CCTV under the Freeway

CCTV under the Freeway

After months of searching, we finally nailed down this location on the map. We had seen pics of the awesome Girafa, Musk, CCTV, and Phase rollers down here. This spot seems to remain elusive for many writers, as the quality … Continue reading

Caltrain Walk

Caltrain Walk

We decided to walk a several mile stretch of Caltrain tracks, in the hunt for Girafa. Many bay area folks became Girafa fans from riding Caltain, even if they previously weren’t into graffiti. This set has our journey down this … Continue reading

Walls of Fame

Walls of Fame

Someone told me the name of this place is called the Walls of Fame. I’d hardly call them walls, but whatever works. We discovered this place by accident when we were checking out the near by area. It was a … Continue reading

Bombin' Graff

Bombin’ Graff

My most recent song. This one came out of nowhere. I was opening old unfinished projects, and found this one I had completely forgotten about. I tweaked it and polished it a little, and it was done. Since I had … Continue reading

Push Thru

Push Thru

This beat has a pretty dark, gloomy, malevolent feeling to it. Hopefully it can inspire one to push-thru.

Enthum

Enthum

Enthum.. anthem… idk.

Ridin In Glory

Ridin’ In Glory

For lack of a better name, this upbeat song sounds good for riding down the street in glory.

Turn Cold

Turn Cold

This has a very gangsta-pad in the background, so I called it turn-cold after “Warren G’s about to make some bodies turn cold.”

Sideways One

Sideways One

One of my friends wanted to start up a clothing brand, called Sideways 1. With the idea that is for anyone who ride’s sideways, such as Skateboards, Surfers, Snowboarders, Wakeb-oarders and Mountain Boarders – all the things you ride sideways. … Continue reading

Da Fuq

Da Fuq

This was an experimental beat that I think came out well enough to be worth a listen. For lack of a better name and to reference the fact that I was just messing around, it’s named Da Fuq.

Digital Cereal

Digital Cereal

This has a very warm-n-cozy electronic feeling.

Rockish

“Rockish”

Never came up with a good name for this one. This is a favorite of many, as it has a pretty catchy hook.

Intl' Hustla

International Hustla

I made this beat many years ago. I wish it was mixed and mastered better to sound a little less “cartoony.” I still have the original files, maybe I’ll update it someday. My friend gave it a name, when he … Continue reading

Dream

Dream

I woke up from a particularly visual dream, with this song in my head. Having nothing better to do, I decided to recreate something similar to what I head in my dream. It’s hard, because dreams fade quickly, but at … Continue reading

Face Punch

Face Punch

This beat packs a punch. Kickin-ass with a southern rap twist.

Creepin' in the Garden

Creepin’ in the Garden

This is a pretty old beat of mine, so it’s not as polished as I’d like it to be. Never the less, the bassline on this one makes me thinking of the cliche creeping music, thus the name.

A Few bits shy of a Byte

A Few bits shy of a Byte

A Few bits shy of a Byte was named after electronic 8-bitish style synth lead, and the fact that I wish I could take the song to the next level.

Global Entropy

Global Entropy

I named this song after my friends old website. It’s a good beat for ‘entropy.’

Half Dolla

Half Dolla

Someone told me the horns in this song make them think it’s a 50 Cent beat. Thus, I named it Half Dolla.

Bonobo

Bonobo

I can’t say enough good things about Bonobo. Like many, many, many of my favorite musicians I first heard him through monkeyradio.org. Though the stuff on monkey radio, at the time, was his older stuff. At that time his newest … Continue reading

Zero 7

Zero 7

Zero 7 has some amazing sounds… give them a listen! Via Wikipedia: Zero 7 is a British musical duo consisting of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker. The group members began their musical careers as studio engineers and in 1997 formed … Continue reading

Thievery Corporation

Thievory Corporation

I discovered the Thievery Corporation many years ago, and they definitely left an impact.  There was a time when they were all I played. Each of their albums has it’s own style, all in the down-tempo, chill out, dub and … Continue reading

Sounds from the Ground

Sounds from the Ground

Another chill artist found at monkeyradio.org. Via Wikipedia: Sounds From The Ground (SFTG) is an English electronic music duo formed in 1995. Both members Nick Woolfson and Elliot Jones met through their involvement with the underground music scene in London. … Continue reading

Ronald Jenkees

Ronald Jenkees

Ronald Jenkees became a YouTube sensation about 5 years ago. He has a quirky yet lovable & humble personality, which shines through his videos. He claims to be a self-taught musician, which isn’t to surprising if you watch him play. … Continue reading

Ratatat

Ratatat

It’s hard to pick just a few favorite songs from Ratatat. I was introduced to them from a friend, and been listening since. Via Wikipedia: Ratatat (pronounced rat-ə-tat) is a New York City experimental electronic rock duo consisting of Mike … Continue reading

gROUSe

Grouse

Grouse is a very ambient, down tempo chillout artists I also discovered through monkeyradio.org. We Want To Be Loved  

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow

DJ Shadow has been a favorite local musician of mine since I first heard his work many years ago. He’s from San Francisco, and proud of it. He once scored a film called Dary Days, which told the story of … Continue reading

DJ Krush

DJ Krush

I discovered DJ Krush on monkeyradio.org, which is where I discovered a bunch of my favorite artists. Via Wikipedia: Hideaki Ishi (石 英明 Ishi Hideaki?, born 1962 in Tokyo, Japan), better known by his stage nameDJ Krush, is an alternative hip hop producer andDJ. He is … Continue reading

Boards of Canada

Boards of Canada

BOC has been around for quite a while, yet their music still sounds fresh. If you’ve never heard them before, perhaps you’ll recognize some of their sounds from Salad Fingers? Via Wikipedia: Boards of Canada (commonly abbreviated BoC) are a Scottishelectronic music duo consisting … Continue reading

Bluetech

Bluetech

Bluetech is an amazing electronic artist. Typically when I think of “ambient” I think of some lame, slow, airy music. Bluetech’s music is often ambient, but still retains a crispy edge, you just got to love. Via Wikipedia: Bluetech is Evan … Continue reading

Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin

Amon Tobin is one of those artists that’s hit-or-miss for me. However, when it’s a ‘hit’ it’s pretty dope, so I have him as one of my favorite artists. Via Wikipedia: Amon Adonai Santos de Araújo Tobin (born February 7, 1972), … Continue reading

Mission Alley 2

Mission Alley #2

We found this alley towards the end of our day. Light was low, so many photos came out grainy and we couldn’t fully finish shooting. We will cover this area fully, later on.

Storage Yard

Storage Yard

The back of this public storage center has unofficial become a place to paint. One of the best Girafa’s out there is hidden, fading, in this yard.

Dogpatch Mini

Dog Patch Mini

Girafa peaks over the roof tops, in this mini yard in the dog patch.

Caltrain Yard

Caltrain Yard

This yard is visible from the Caltrain tracks, lurking in the shade from the streets passing above.

Bayshore Tunnel

1928 Tunnel

This underpass tunnel built in 1928 has become a decent yard.

Roundhouse

Roundhouse

This dilapidated structure was once a busy round house for Bay Area trains. It now has become an art gallery of sorts.

Bayshore Misc

Bayshore Misc

Random graffiti in an open space in the Bayshore area.

Stinky Tunnel

Stinky Tunnel

Being next to a waste processing facility meant this tunnel had bad breath. Never the less, we held our noses and snapped the work out here.

Cliff Yard

Cliff Yard

For lack of a better name, I named this yard based of the fact that it runs a long a cliff. It made getting good shots of the work difficult, because there wasn’t a lot of room to move backwards. … Continue reading

Oakland Hall of Fame

Oakland Hall of Fame (Dream Tribute)

This public storage company commissioned the Bay Area’s finest to grace their walls with the “Oakland Hall of Fame.” The overall theme was a tribute to the legendary Bay Area writer, Dream, who passed away. RIP. Some stunning work here.

East Bay Tracks 2

East Bay Tracks #2

Another stretch of train tracks tucked away in the East Bay.

Spongebob Yard

Spongebob Yard

For lack of a better name, I called this amazing yard after an epic Spongebog Squarepants parody mural located there. Truly an in-person must-see.

SF Randoms

San Francisco Randoms

This gallery isn’t from any particular day or yard, but rather a collection of random photos that don’t really fit elsewhere.

Off Market

Off Market

On our way home, we spotted this nice wall off Market st. It was dark, but we had to snap a few pics.

Storefront

Random Storefront

This storefront had some colorful artwork on it!

Mission Parking Lot

Mission Parking Lot

All parking lots should look like this one we found in the Mission. The artwork is from some of the most prominent writers in the area, and executed with style and grace.

Mission Alley 1

Mission Alley #1

This was the first of several alleys in the Mission we visited. This alley was mostly commissioned work.

Epic Alley

Epic Alley + Nearby

Epic is the only word to describe the magnitude of this graffiti alley. This set also includes some smaller walls in the nearby area.

Valencia Alley + Nearby

Valencia Alley + Nearby

Running parallel to Valencia St in San Francisco is an alley of well done graffiti. This set also includes a couple near by perpendicular walls.

Burger Yard

Burger Yard

For lack of a better name, I called this yard and near-by alley the Burger Yard, after the multi-story burger painted here. Lots of delicious graff here.

Pizza Zone

Pizza Zone

This local business embraced the graffiti community, by commissioning some interesting artwork for their storefront and side wall. They’re called Pizza Zone, but do they sell Pizzones?

Haight Graffiti

Haight Graffiti

This collection covers many spots along Haight st, from the Fillmore to Ashbury there were some nice pieces all along the way.

Misc Mural

Misc Mural

This is a mural with various artists in SF.

Tenderloins Finest

Tenderloins Finest

Though commissioned, these pieces in the heart of the Tenderloin are breathtaking.

Plantrees Alley

Plantrees Alley

For lack of a better name, I named this graffiti alley after one of it’s featured artists: Plantrees.

1AM Building

Defenestration Building

If the furniture is trying to escape this building… I’d hate to see what’s going on inside. The furniture was part of an art installation in 1997, via 1am: This multi-disciplinary sculptural mural involves seemingly animated furniture; tables, chairs, lamps, … Continue reading

Vaughn Bode Tribute

Vaughn Bode Tribute

The late comic artist, Vaughn Bode has had a tremendous impact on the graffiti scene for several years. Many graffiti artists mimic his characters in their street art. I’m sure this wall will be a familiar site for many San … Continue reading

Sports Wall

Sports Wall

Bay Area Sports was the theme for this commissioned wall. Unfortunately we weren’t able to document it too well, as the business owners shoo’d us away quickly. I wonder if that Plantrees was part of the commission, or if Plantrees … Continue reading

Apex Alley

Apex Alley

For lack of a better name, I call this San Francisco alley,  Apex Alley after one of the featured artists there.

Whack Mini Yard

Whack Mini Yard

I shouldn’t even bother to upload this one… but I did. This mini yard is under a busy street in the East Bay. It’s pretty much all whack down there though.

East Bay Tracks 1

East Bay Tracks #1

This stretch of East Bay train tracks started out pretty whack. Luckily towards the end, the graffiti ramped up and included several epic pieces, including 3 separate pieces from one of my favorite writers: Maska.

Mini Drain Yard

Mini Drain Yard

I spotted a Girafa from a freeway exit near my work. Later, we planned a trip down to this drainage ditch that has become a mini graffiti yard. Not too much to see, but go sharks!

Interrogation Hotel

Interrogation Hotel

During WW2, this luxury resort hotel was purchased by the government and turned into a secret spying operation. The building was wired and used to interrogate Japanese Americans. Now it sits rotting in the sun, along with a couple vehicles.

Classic Train Bridge

Classic Train Bridge

This classic style train bridge was homed to a Swampy, a Gats, a Musk, a few Girafa Sigs as well as many other interesting writers.

Creepy Building

Creepy Building

The door to this creepy building was propped open, so we were expecting that someone might be inside. At first things were chill, but as we proceeded into a darker area, we heard some crashing banging noises. We ran out, … Continue reading

Amazing Geocaches

Amazing Geocaches

The other day I finally got around to upgrading my Geocaching account to premium. I wasn’t really planning on doing so, but my caching buddy had recently, and I wanted to be on the same page as him once we … Continue reading

P100 Respirators

P100 Respirators

For my first TotT Urban Ex article, I’m going to discuss the importance of P100 respirator masks. Going in abandoned buildings, drainage tunnels, and other places where air quality is questionable, poses several hazards. First, there’s the lead paint. Many abandoned … Continue reading

Hospital

Hospital

This was a wonderful urban ex adventure – an abandoned, mostly intact hospital! Hospitals are creepy enough when they are still in operation, so combing the still air, urban decay and casual graffiti makes exploring an abandoned hospital exhilarating.

Under the Freeway

Under the Freeway

Another unusual location for urban ex was this freeway overpass / on ramp. It was build with a hollow enclosure underneath it, with a door leading in. Perhaps the city planned on using this for storage at some point? The … Continue reading

Train Station

Train Station

The San Francisco Bay Area is such an amazingly fertile location for Urban Exploration. This decaying train station is a unique type of exploration, departing from abandoned buildings, warehouses and tunnels. It was once grand station, and still maintains much … Continue reading

Officers Club

Officers Club

The Navy once occupied this classical Californian building, using it as their Officers Club. Judging by the amount of hypodermic needles we found, it’s now the heroin club. As we tip-toed through disease traps, we found a rather epic piece … Continue reading

Cafeteria

Cafeteria

Twinkie the Kid was our main clue that this building once stood as a Cafeteria, or a large dining commons. Today the building bares little resemblance to a cafeteria and looks more like an abandoned recycling center. We found boxes … Continue reading

School Complex

School Complex

Here we have a series of 6-8 rather large, college style school buildings. These buildings all share basically the same architectural floor plan, though half of them were mirrored. Despite being about 6 separate buildings we entered, all the interiors … Continue reading

Kitchen Temple

The Kitchen Temple

This place is known as the Kitchen Temple, named after it’s eccentric builder, one of the Kitchen brothers. You can find out more of it’s history with this thorough article. We weren’t able to get inside, because it was boarded … Continue reading

Southern Drain

Southern Drain

This was a gigantic drainage pipe, more than big enough to comfortably walk in – if you don’t forget your boots. We thought it would be try, so we had to awkwardly walk along the steep banked edges of the … Continue reading

Southern Tunnel

Southern Tunnel

This tunnel is located south of the Bay Area so it has a different set of artists than I’m familiar with.

DIY Skatepark

DIY Skatepark

This skatepark was built and painted by locals. It features a piece by my favorite Graffiti artist – Girafa, as well as some pieces from other well known locals such as Kick-It (R.I.P.). We visited this park at the wrong … Continue reading

Misc Industrial

Misc Industrial

Near the Cranes, there was a bunch of miscellaneous industrial buildings. Obviously we had to check it out. We actually found a surprising piece by one of our favorite artists – GATS – hidden out there on a rusty old … Continue reading

Cranes

Cranes!

This was one of my favorite adventures – getting to play on some gigantic abandoned cranes! It’s not often you get to climb up into these beasts, so I seized the opportunity when we drove past them on the freeway. … Continue reading

Random House

Random House

This random house we found whilst hiking back from The Ruins. It was pretty small inside, so not a lot to shoot, but it was a fun little side stop. I just wish one of us had taken a picture … Continue reading

The Ruins

The Ruins

The Ruins are the remains of a century old factory in the bay area. Due to it’s classic construction style, the ruins feel unlike any other urban ex in the Bay Area. You could almost convince yourself that you’ve left … Continue reading

Graffiti Train Yard

Graffiti Train Yard

We saw these decorated trains off in the distance, whilst on another adventure. We decided to check it out, and it was worth it.

The Swamp

The Swamp

The Swamp is yet another storm drain canal, that get’s it’s name from the swampy like conditions you walk through. It has become a great graffiti yard for all the locals, but has to be the place I’ve seen the … Continue reading

East Bay Bridge

East Bay Bridge

This was a quick stop on the way home from some other adventure. It was a bridge tucked away in an east bay nature trail. It had some of my favorite graffiti artists, such as Plantrees and Snort.

Gats Warehouse

Gats Warehouse

I heard about a warehouse with a well known graffiti artist on the outside, named GATS. We were in the area, so we swung by. We weren’t able to get inside this trip, (although we did in a latter trip), … Continue reading

Epic Canal

Epic Canal

For my second canal trip, I went to this amazing drain system that had some of the best graffiti I’ve seen in the entire Bay Area. Much respect to these artists, both for their work, and for respecting each others … Continue reading

Three Canals

Three Canals

This is a weird little storm drain oddity. A local storm drain was split into three separate channels, that the Bay Area’s best graffiti artists decided to turn into a rather epic street-art gallery.

Combat City

Combat City

Combat City is an abandoned training center located in the middle of a forest, in an abandoned army post! What makes combat city so creepy, is that it’s an entire town built in the middle of the woods, that was … Continue reading

Tank In The Hills

Tank in the Hills

On our way to another adventure we discovered this disproportionately tall tank in the hills. It seems to be out of use, as you can actually climb inside it. It was covered in graffiti so it made for some interesting … Continue reading

Brick Yards

Brick Yards

The brick yards are the remains of a demolished brick factory … that was made of bricks! Not much is left, but this used to house a piece by my favorite graffiti artist – Girafa. Luckily, there is still a … Continue reading

Secret Sidewalk

Secret Sidewalk

The Secret Sidewalk is no secret to the locals, but I’ll be keeping it’s location secret. It is a defunct water aqueduct, that had a closed top. Due to it’s unique closed-top style, you could walk on this aqueduct as if … Continue reading

Another Church!

Another Church!

We revisited the church we found earlier, and set out to find a second church nearby. The second church is built in the same style, though interestingly it’s floor plan was mirrored.

Pool Revisit

Pool Revisit

The first time we visited this location, there was a band filming a music video there, so we didn’t want to spent too much time disturbing them. Worse, the camera I had been using decided that instead of telling me … Continue reading

Abandoned Prison

Prison

(Not Alcatraz!) The title says it all – this was one of the most wonderful, frightening, out-of-this-world explorations we had done to-date. To make things more intense, there was slight rain going on this day – and dripping water echoing … Continue reading

Remain Inside Shop Until Whor(n)e Blows

Workshops Revisit

Due to a technical malfunction, and limited light during our first visit to the Workshops, we planed a second visit so we could document them better. This time we got a much better selection of pictures, and we also went … Continue reading

The Factory

The Factory

For some reason, when we saw this building at a distance we dubbed it “The Factory,” though it really is more of a warehouse. At any rate, the building has a wonderful industrial design / feeling, and a handful of … Continue reading

Gas Station

Gas Station

SUPER CREEPY, is the only way to describe this mini-adventure. Inside the no-name brand gas station was very dark. The air felt still, luckily we couldn’t smell it through our respirators. We were hoping the convenience store part would be … Continue reading

Crawl In Warehouse

Crawl-In Warehouse

This warehouse was vast, but mostly empty inside. We had to toss our back pack in and crawl under a narrow gap to get inside, but it wasn’t too difficult. Inside there wasn’t much graffiti, but the peices that were … Continue reading

Satellite Building

Satellite Building

This epic building had a giant satellite dish on the roof, hence the nickname. Inside was an amazing gallery of the Bay Area’s best graffiti artists, including Girafa, Plantrees, Musk, Swampy, 7SEAS, RODI and many more! Entering this one was … Continue reading

Travel Agency

Travel Agency

This once was a place people used to plan our their vacation destinations. Now it has become a vacation destination for urban-exers. Inside we found a Molotov cocktail, as well as some amusing graffiti written on several of the buildings … Continue reading

Workshops

Workshops

This was a little cluster of abandoned workshops. Some of them still had project cars left sitting to rot, while others had all kinds of power tools, slowly rusting away. There was also some break rooms, and one room we … Continue reading

Communal Apartments

Communal Apartments

The dining commons were our first stop, but shortly after we entered this huge complex of creepy communal dorm-style apartments. They were full of interesting artifacts left over from the 90s, and still mostly furnished. We found a colorful room … Continue reading

Dining Commons

Dining Commons

Near a large apartment complex we found the communities dining commons. We hadn’t entered the apartments (yet), but this was an interesting location. It was very dark inside, and the main room was covered in inches of pidgeon crap – … Continue reading

Olympic Sized Swimming Pool Abandoned

Olympic Pool

Whilst exploring we saw some local musicians pull up and duck behind some plywood boards covering a large building. We asked if they would mind us following them in. Once we were given the go-ahead we found an epic Olympic … Continue reading

Church

Church!

This is a rather uncommon urban exploration local – a church! This church has definitely seen better days … better say your prayers for it. Another church very similar to this one was near by in the area, but we … Continue reading

Bunker Madness

Barrack Madness

This is a huge sprawling complex of abandoned barracks. We painstakingly entered dozens of them. It seems as if a local group of air-soft teams has been using this complex for their war simulation. There were tons of plastic BBs … Continue reading

Apartments

Abandoned Apartments

Though this apartment complex was officially abandoned, a few of the rooms had intact windows and locked doors. We even saw someone sneak up the steps and disappear into one of the rooms. Not so abandoned after all. There was … Continue reading

School

School House

This giant, college sized school building was a fascinating exploration, full of all kinds of interesting art. Although we found an entry point at the ground level, we circled the building and ended up finding a staircase to the roof. … Continue reading

Burned Bunkers

Burned Barracks

This was a complex of fire-damaged barracks. The buildings were super unstable, so we had to be careful while placing every footstep. In one of the first areas we entered, the top story was completely sinking into the first story … Continue reading

Department Store

Department Stores

This is a super creepy abandoned department store. It has several street facing shops, a cafeteria, a giant warehouse (backroom), and a large open-space department store. We didn’t realized until after we reviewed the photos later on, that the doors … Continue reading

Mercury Mining Town

Mercury Ghost Town

I had known there was at least two standing Ghost Towns in the bay area, and the Mecury Mining Town was the other after Drawbridge, CA. We decided to make this our next trip. This town once served as the … Continue reading

Creepy Bunkers Clown

Creepy Barracks

These abandoned, decaying barracks have been rotting away in the East bay for years. We decided to check them out on the way home from The Bulb. I happened upon these several years ago, when I was alone on a solo … Continue reading

The Bulb

The Bulb

While researching Drawbridge I caught word of an epic homeless community that lived on a peninsula called “The Bulb.” The wheels were in motion and soon I found myself on this sociological oddity of a land mass. Continue reading

Girafa at Drawbridge

Drawbridge Revisit

This was my third trip to Drawbridge, CA. Between my first outing and this one, I visited it once more.I didn’t document it very well that trip, so I omitted that adventure on this blog. Although we didn’t get a … Continue reading

Abandoned Treatment Plant

Treatment Plant

I planned this trip shortly after I discovered the location through social media. There were doubts whether or not it would be worth the effort, but over all it payed off and was a very fun early adventure. A handful … Continue reading

Drawbridge; First Trip

Drawbridge Ghost Town

Back in June 2010, I made my first trip out to the famous Drawbridge, CA; a ghost town sinking into the marshlands of the South Bay. Continue reading

Gotan Project

Gotan Project

At some point in my adventures though “World Music,” and “Chillout Lounge,” music I discovered the Gotan Project. They have a great tango atmosphere. Via Wikipedia: Gotan Project is a musical group based in Paris, consisting of musicians Eduardo Makaroff … Continue reading

Jon Kennedy

Jon Kennedy

Not to be confused with the President John Kennedy, Jon Kennedy drops the H and also dope beats. He’s style is sometimes similar to classic Bonobo and he has even remixed/collabed with Bonobo before. Via Wikipedia: Jon Kennedy is a … Continue reading

swirls

Swirls Arcade

I made this game for the same business I made the Swirls Website for. Although this wasn’t part of the job, I made it for fun to get back into programming.

The idea was to make a touch-screen compatible game for customers to pass time with, while waiting in line or for their order to be prepared.
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Space Shoot Out TI-89

Space Shoot Out

Space Shoot Out was my first major game for the TI-89 Graphing Calculator. Written in C++.

This is a generic overhead shoot-em-up, which was a very popular genre on calculators for the time. Continue reading

Super Mario 68K TI-89

Super Mario 68k

There was an advanced Mario game for the TI-89 calculator, but the name was changed to “Space Monkey Quest.” It featured Mario graphics, except coins became bananas.

This bothered me, so I set out to clone the entire first Super Mario Bros. for TI-89. Continue reading

Worms 89 TI-89

Worms 89

On ticalc.org I found a Worms clone for TI-89. My friends and I spent a huge amount of time playing it to/from school those days. It was limited in its terrain, weapon set, and physics in general. I decided to clone all of Worms World Party for the calculator. Continue reading

GTMT MiniGolf

MiniGolf

This was my first major windows C++ program as well as my first full-on dive into OpenGL graphics. I made this during the end of high school, to compete with the jippii.co.uk 2d minigolf game.
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Physics

Physics

Originally I wanted to make a 2d game engine, with really detailed physics, and a game that involved solving physics related puzzles. Ultimately I started working on other projects, but this remains as a fun toy. Continue reading

Cool Effect Screen

Cool Effect

I went totally creative on naming this one =P. I was inspired by a screen saver that slowly disintegrates your desktop into a random mess. I decided to recreate this effect, but LIVE. You can actually still use the computer while it disintegrates. Continue reading

Multitouch Art

Multitouch Art

This time I built a simple multitouch system using some wiimote hacking techniques. The idea was to make a future new-media art piece that would allow any number of viewers to change it as they desire. The artist creates a world, instead of a static piece. This ended up being the final in my ART 12 class. Continue reading

Suicide Box

Suicide Box

The Suicide Box was a final project in my Art 13 (3d concepts) class. Although the class had nothing to do with Stereoscopics I decided to test my engineering ability on this one. This was a fun one to build and definitely a fun one to play with. Continue reading

Wireframe N64 Controller

Wire N64 Controller

Another one for my Art 13 class. This is like a 3d poly mesh of a n64 controller… except in real life. Made from modeling wire and lots and lots of painful twisting. This was interesting piece to make. Continue reading

40oz Graffiti

40 Ounce Graffiti

For this project I recreated an interesting tag from the graffiti artist “Cope 2.”

This was for my Color class so I chose a vibrant and detailed tag. I hand painted it on the side of a 40 ounce malt-liquor bottle. (Mickeys I believe!) Continue reading

Monster Mash-Up

Monster Mash-Up

For my ART-74 class, the goal was to mash-up one or more things that normally don’t go together.

I chose to mash up some random animals of various scales. The Popular Science cover was just for fun. Continue reading

Oil

Oil

Again for ART-74, this project was assigned as a photoshop triptych displaying a common theme and hidden message. I chose to do the past, present and possible future of our planet based on it’s Oil driven economy. Continue reading

ALF1 (Autonomous Light Follower One)

ALF-1

To learn the fundamentals of electricity, circuit design and micro computing we were given a robot kit in my Art-74 class. When calibrated properly the robot shall automatically seek light.

I named him (it’s a he) ALF-1, or, Autonomous Light Follower One. Continue reading

Sheet Metal Sculpture

Sheet Metal Sculpture

This was a simple project that involved cutting and bending a square piece of sheet metal into an abstract sculpture. We got to chose the cut, the bend and the colors. Continue reading

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