© 2009 kc! Bradshaw Writing is on the wall

Writing’s on the wall

Halloween has never been my favorite holiday.

My typical line goes something like: “well as a graphic designer, I spend every day being ‘creative’, so why would I want to spend all my free time crafting a costume?”

“Because it’s fun,” they respond.

And they are right. In fact, there are plenty of opportunities in this fine city, which allow us to let our inner idiot out. However, after living in San Francisco for a spell, and being fairly active in the nightlife scene… you really get a better picture for the amateur-hour that major holiday’s become.

So this year, I am going to take a break from the usual club scene, and get in touch with my roots. A few small house party with some close friends, a Star Wars-themed afro-beat concert, and the Dia De Los Muertos parade.

This is not to say it will be easy to avoid the chaos… searching the listings I come up with over 100 official, themed events happening in the 7-mile square city limits alone. We will see how the Bay Bridge closure might affect traffic in our dear city, but I doubt it will have much affect—‘witch’ granted, is great for commerce and local businesses… but this resident wants nothing of it.

The above snapshot was taken in the Mission, where some enterprising artist decided to go semi-permanant on his mural—with the help of some vinyl stickers. The skull theme really plays into this weekend, so I figured we could take a departure from our regularly scheduled graffiti Friday, and dress up the site a little.

Har har… Happy Hella’wean!


  1. Jakub
    Posted 30 Oct ’09 at 12:54 pm | #

    scary gobblins oooooooh!

  2. phoeniX
    Posted 30 Oct ’09 at 1:53 pm | #

    well since i just got over the flu (regular, not swine) and it sucked, i’m also opting for small gatherings… i hate crowds, especially during flu season and ESPECIALLY dressed up “amateur hour” crowds… as you so eloquently put it…

    i’m sure there’s going to be some great music out in the clubs this weekend… but isn’t there great music every weekend?

  3. Posted 30 Oct ’09 at 1:58 pm | #

    Honestly, I prefer off-holiday events specifically for that reason. When people go out for holiday celebration, they expect things to be *epic* and almost never does it live up to that. Plus lightweights go binge drinking and get reckless. Never a good combination.

    Also, unfortunately for big-named acts, I almost always prefer the local DJs (especially in electronic music) in the smaller venues. The local guys just have such a better grip on what the crowds like and the ticket prices stay at reasonable levels because they don’t have to pay Paul Van Dyke to fly first class from godknowswhere.

    Maybe I’m just too jaded… heh

  4. Posted 17 Dec ’09 at 6:10 pm | #

    I love these detailed Dia de los Muertos paper designs. I know exactly where that wall is… somewhere off of 24th Street (I want to say near Harrision). I took a similar photo in 2008!

    Anyway, wanted to thank you for stopping by CALIBER today and commenting on my photo. You’ve got a very cool site here.