Art

Melissa Taylor tattoos a client at Sacred Tattoo in Oakland.

Female tattoo artists make their mark in Oakland

The artist wears black latex gloves and dips a needle into ink. She then draws blue waves around a colorless outline of the Buddha, carefully wiping excess ink off of her living canvas. The mechanical...
Oakland duo Dirtwire plays to a packed house at their show at The New Parish on January 17, 2014. Photo by James Reddick.

Dirtwire’s “trans-global” music fills up The New Parish

Dirtwire, led by Bay Area musicians Evan Fraser and David Satori, fused their eclectic beats with the recorded voice of the late Siberian throat singer Kongar-ol Ondar in peformance at The New Parish.
Antoine Hunter practices with his Urban Jazz Dance Company at the Shawl Anderson Dance Center in Berkeley.

Dancer Antoine Hunter infuses art with Deaf culture

Born completely deaf in his left ear and “hard of hearing” in his right, Antoine Hunter is the founder and director of Urban Jazz Dance Company and the President of the Bay Area Deaf Advocates.
Mix'd Ingrdnts dancers rehearse hip hop routines.

All-female dance collective, Mix’d Ingrdnts, brings waacking to Oakland

Oakland-based all-female dance collective, Mix’d Ingrdnts, incorporates various dance styles into their routines, including hip-hop, break dancing, samba and waacking – a style of dance from the 70’s that involves moving legs and arms to...
Compound Gallery co-owner Matt Reynoso acts as the Art in a Box mascot.

Art in a Box curate collections by sending art in boxes

Compound Gallery’s Art in a Box subscription service is transforming the way people collect art by showcasing studio artists' work in 11” x 17” x 3” boxes.
Patchwork sign

Patchwork handmade festival showcases Oakland’s DIY culture

The Jack London Market Square building was transformed into a showcase of Oakland’s ‘Do it Yourself’ (DIY) culture at the Patchwork handmade festival.
woman and man on grey background

Antique Naked Soul ensemble creates manifesto music with the human voice

Today Antique is wearing a black skirt over green tights, a boldly-striped tank top over a black long-sleeve shirt, bright earrings that look like ice cream cones you might find in a Dr. Seuss story,...
Ayodele Nzinga speaks at "Here.Before.Art From a Contested Space." Photo by James Reddick.

Gentrification photo project sparks debate on West Oakland’s future

When the photographer epli came up with the project “Here. Before. Art From A Contested Space,” she had one goal foremost in mind—to spark an honest conversation about gentrification between new residents of West Oakland...