According to the deYoung Museum’s website, California native and renowned tattoo artist Ed Hardy had a goal of elevating the tattoo from its “subculture” status to an important visual art form. I’d say he succeeded!
Ed Hardy is a household name now because he got into mass branding on shirts, skateboards and surfboards. My kids and even I had an Ed Hardy shirt. He says in the exhibit that business decisions allowed him to retire. The deYoung Museum is currently holding a really interesting exhibit on his work that I’d highly recommend visiting.
From now until early October, you can go see the Hardy exhibit for less than $30 (or FREE if you’re a member!). The exhibit surveys Hardy’s life in art that has its inspiration in both traditional American tattooing and Japan’s ukiyo-e era culture.
He actually started his tattoo career at age 10 with eyeliner and ink pens, when a friends father came back from the war and his tattoos intrigued the young artist who had been drawing from a very young age. I find him interesting because he has studied fine art and is truly an artist. When we handed in our tickets to enter, the staff said he often visits the exhibit with his dog. He is there most days. Unfortunately not the time I was there, but maybe you will get lucky!
The beauty of San Francisco is well-known around the world. We are extremely lucky to live close to one of the world’s best cities, but one thing most people don’t know is that there is excellent hiking within San Francisco! I found a great blog about the best hikes and views in the city, and want to share with you.
You all know about views from The Golden Gate Bridge, The Cliff House, and Coit Tower. But there are some hidden gems on lesser known hills and from some major hotels in the city. Depending on your level of energy, you might be interested in the hikes up the hills below, or just to take the elevator up to the tops of those hotels for a drink and a view.
Here, I’ve compiled three of the best views; one from a hill, one from a hotel, and one from a museum. For the full list, see the link above!
Billy Goat Hill
This one is really popular for its epic views and the fun swing that takes you over the edge of the world! The hike is about half a mile long, so people of all abilities can climb up there. There are magnificent views overlooking Noe Valley, the downtown skyline, and the glimmering bay!
Hamon Observatory Tower
Have you ever wanted a free way to visit the de Young Museum? This is your ticket! The Hamon Observatory Tower at the top of the de Young is always free, and takes you to the 9th floor with stunning views in literally every direction of the Bay Area.
The View Lounge
On the 39th floor of the Marriott Marquis downtown, you can climb, or take the elevator, up to The View Lounge. Get there early to secure a table by the massive window and take in a San Francisco sunset. Bonus: this one has delicious, strong (and overpriced) cocktails!
If you haven’t been to the De Young Museum in San Francisco, I’d highly recommend visiting, no matter the season or featured exhibit. But every year in March, they have a showcase called Bouquets to Art, which is just as awesome as it sounds.
I became a member of the De Young, so it was free for me – kinda – the bonus is I can take a friend for free and also have free access to the Legion of Honor. I loved this exhibit; it was only the second time I have been, the first was in the old De Young building. It’s a really cool event in its 33rd year. I even know one of this year’s florists, Valarie Ow, from J Miller in Oakland on Piedmont. She is pictured above explaining how her piece (with the little Nemo fish!) was designed. The concept for this fund raiser is the artist gets to pick a piece of art to design a flower arrangement that enhances or ties to the art. Valerie is shown here explaining the work that went into her beautiful piece and how in the week time she had to refresh a few flowers because the lights can get so hot. In addition if there is any water leakage, the museum will have your piece removed…so much to think about.
You can see more information about the events and exhibit at their website. For non-members, prices ranged from about $19-28. They have an opening gala, and even a raffle. They attract florists from as far away as Tokyo for this event!
Check out my slideshow of pictures below to get an idea of what you could see. Mark it down for March 2019!