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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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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..

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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

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

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