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 hum of the mechanized needle doesn’t interfere with the interaction between tattoo artist, Melissa Taylor of Oakland’s Sacred Tattoo, and her client, the recipient of a large back piece. “Tattoos can be symbolic, they can be a tribute or a memorial, ” Taylor said. “It…
This holiday season, local high-end spirit makers are rejoicing over the end of a Prohibition-era law. Starting in January, California distilleries will be able to charge for tastings like wineries and breweries currently can.
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 music beats.
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.
The Jack London Market Square building was transformed into a showcase of Oakland’s ‘Do it Yourself’ (DIY) culture at the Patchwork handmade festival.
Latham Square is an experimental project in a space once entirely open to vehicle traffic, but was transformed into a pedestrian plaza last August. The City of Oakland partnered with the Downtown Oakland Association and design studio Rebar to offer foot-travelers a place to sit and socialize.
Food makers and food lovers converged at Jack London Square September 27-29 for three days of music, drinks and cuisine at the Eat Real Festival.
Oakland’s first International Cassette Store Day on Sept. 7 featured a celebration of the music medium by vintage music store VAMP with Oakland-based tape label Nice Ass Tapes.
“Above and Below: Stories from Our Changing Bay,” an exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, offers viewers a sensory and immersive experience of the watery world that lies just beyond our city’s shoreline.