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  • someone: my zodiac -
  • me: the zodiac killer was a serial killer who operated in northern california in the late 1960s and early 1970s. the killer's identity remains unknown. the zodiac murdered victims in benicia, vallejo, lake berryessa, and san francisco between december 1968 and october 1969. four men and three women between the ages of 16 and 29 were targeted. the killer originated the name "zodiac" in a series of taunting letters sent to the local bay area press. these letters included four cryptograms (or ciphers). of the four cryptograms sent, only one has been definitively solved.


Dookie, Green Day’s first major label record, was released on February 1, 1994. To give you an idea of the music landscape at the time, this was two months before Kurt Cobain killed himself. The early ‘90s was a bizarre time in the American music industry, when the bands with the highest sales were the kind of acts you would usually find on college radio, from Nirvana to ‘softer’ bands like the Counting Crows and back again. Even the cultural juggernaut that was Friends would reference U2 and Hootie and the Blowfish, not the kind of pop idols who ruled the airwaves in the ‘80s, and who we’ve once again come to expect to be ubiquitous.

This combination of an “alternative” ethos with mass popularity is an extremely difficult tightrope for any artist to act, and often ends in one kind of implosion or another, whether it be of career or personal life. Green Day is one of the few bands I can think of who have managed it successfully, and they’ve done it by ignoring what other people say about them and doing what they wanted to do, a pattern first set with Dookie and still holding.

Dookie was recorded in three weeks but remixed twice before the band was happy with it. It’s a major label debut after a surprise hit of a previous album, and it’s named after the diarrhea the band suffered from frequently on tour due to eating bad food (it was in fact originally going to be called Liquid Dookie, but apparently that was “too gross”). Songs on the album touch on everything from anxiety and panic disorders to masturbation to mass murder to plain old boredom. It’s not an easy album by any stretch, despite the bouncy pop melodies that might fool a casual listener into thinking otherwise, and it’s certainly not the coasting-on-success a rising band like Green Day could have easily taken. Instead, it’s an album that really is good enough to merit all the success it’s had.

The album artwork encapsulates these contradictions: it’s a rendering of Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, with bombs dropping on it and an explosion at center. Billie Joe explains it like this:

I wanted the artwork to look really different. I wanted it to represent the East Bay and where we come from, because there’s a lot of artists in the East Bay scene that are just as important as the music. So we talked to Richie Bucher. He did a 7-inch cover for this band called Raooul that I really liked. He’s also been playing in bands in the East Bay for years. There’s pieces of us buried on the album cover. There’s one guy with his camera up in the air taking a picture with a beard. He took pictures of bands every weekend at Gilman’s. (VH1)

The band also re-recorded “Welcome to Paradise,” an homage to a punk squatters’ home in Oakland that they lived in before the release of Kerplunk. They recorded the music video for their smash hit “When I Come Around” in different neighbourhoods of San Francisco and the Bay Area, all while local zines called them “sell-outs” and many members of the band’s previous scene turned their backs on them, with Gilman Street even adding Green Day to their list of bands that were blacklisted from the venue (a list that, as I understand it, primarily exists to maintain Gilman’s rules and keep those who break them out). Billie Joe apparently snuck in one night after the release of Dookie only to find a death threat against him graffitied on the wall. About five years later, he would tell Spin, “I couldn’t go back to the punk scene, whether we were the biggest success in the world or the biggest failure. The only thing I could do was get on my bike and go forward.”

And going forward in their own style is what the band has done since, but first they gave us Dookie, a masterpiece of an album named after literal shit.

- Jacqui // @sandovers


❝ … dear girl.
please, always remain who you are.
let nothing stain you, nothing take you away.
…that is all i ask of you. ❞

here’s the full wadda set from our shoot last month! i’d like to maybe take photos of this costume again someday if i can ever get a group, but my boot covers are pretty messed up after walking through all the sand and rocks and water. QQ

all of these photos were taken on a little island that connects to our local bay area by a sandbar during low tide. despite the heavy winds and overcast weather this shoot was a lot of fun!

大海原 / kurashikis
Photo / Ultimatemarker & ALT TeeVee


* VULNERABLE - Kilo Vet Bill Fundraiser Shirts *

KILO’s vet bill is a lot higher than I can afford. He got some treatment on a skin infection which was a result of his bad allergies and constant reoccurring yeast infection in his skin. he got mild surgery to drain a big old Hematoma that was caused by the irritation. he will have a 3 week recovery time because he has a tube in to allow his wound to drain, then he has to go back in a week or so to get the tube out. I’m happy he’s okay though, I guess it could’ve been worse, but damn. I’m trying to raise money to pay for his vet bill by making/printing/selling these shirts.






"Looking: The Movie": Outfest Review
Starring Jonathan Groff (Broadway's "Hamilton"), the canceled HBO series about three gay men in San Francisco gets a special send-off in this 85-minute movie directed by co-creator Andrew Haigh.

The most common knock against Looking, the gorgeous HBO series about a trio of gay men stumbling through crises of love, work and friendship in current-day San Francisco, was that it was “boring.” Even those of us who loved it could understand. Unlike Orange Is the New Black, Game of Thrones or The Americans, for example, Looking wasn’t fodder for water-cooler debate or spoiler alerts. There were no spectacular set pieces, plot twists or crotch shots (love you, Lena Dunham). Rather, Looking was that rare thing in the world of even top-tier television: subtle.

Whereas precursor Queer as Folk wanted to make you gasp and giggle at its characters’ shenanigans, Looking was patient and nuanced, never seeming to strive for any particular audience reaction except perhaps wincing recognition. Flooded with flashier options, viewers shrugged and changed the channel; the show’s cancellation came as no surprise.

But the fact that HBO gave creators Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh the chance to punctuate their superb two-season run with an 85-minute “movie” suggests the network knew it was turning its back on something special. And while Looking: The Movie (premiering at Outfest before airing July 23) isn’t as astonishingly fine as Looking the series, there’s enough greatness in it to make fans (we’re out there!) agonize anew over the fact that, yes, this time it’s over for real.


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STWTS in the Bay Area


I will be in Oakland February 19-28th to produce Bay Area-specific STWTS posters. This includes meeting local women and portraying their experiences with street harassment in new posters that I will install while in town. I’m partnering with Betti Ono Gallery, who will exhibit the work I create along with already existing STWTS posters, and oil paintings that relate to the project. That show will open on March 7th

During the week, we will host events centered around the project including a wheat pasting night and youth workshop. The first event will be a group discussion on the project and street harassment on Thursday, February 20th. All are welcome and invited to attend. I’ll be using this event to discuss the project, meet and photograph women, and talk with supporters. I encourage anyone interested in potentially being portrayed in the posters to come! 

Dates and times for the other events during the week will be posted soon. I’ll be looking for supporters, volunteers, wheat pasters, and anyone wanting to help amplify this work in Oakland and San Francisco. I’m excited. I’ll see you all soon!



Oakland, CA - Betti Ono kicks-off International Women’s History Month 2014 and a new season of arts and culture experiences with the ground breaking public art project and exhibition Stop Telling Women To Smile, featuring new work from artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh portraying local Bay Area women. The exhibition opens to the public Friday, March 7, 2014 from 6-9pm during Oakland Art Murmur and runs through April 19, 2014.

Fazlalizadeh will be working as Artist In Residence at Betti Ono from February 19-28, 2014. During the residency, she will lead group discussions and workshops about gender based street harassment and produce Bay Area-specific posters. During the workshops and group discussions, the artist will meet and photograph local women, collect their stories, and then portray their experiences with street harassment in new posters that will be installed in public spaces. The resulting exhibition will feature new site-specific work along with existing STWTS posters and oil paintings related to the project.