Dan Plasma

Dan Plasma

I spent some time Tuesday afternoon hanging out with Dan Plasma. I first ran into Dan a few years back when he was painting a piece on a wall on Valencia Street in the Mission.

Dan’s been painting around SF for a while and yesterday did this killer Francis Baconish piece on the side of this great box UHaul truck.

While Dan was painting, a brown UPS truck drove by and the driver kind of gave us the eye. I think it was an interesting contrast. Every day I see so many Fedex and UPS trucks running up and down the streets of San Francisco. Shouting their corporate message at us every chance they get.

And then we have artists like Dan and others out there painting their own message back on the side of construction trucks, delivery trucks, trucks full of recycled cardboard that live in Chinatown or Oakland or run around delivering vegetables in the Mission District. And these trucks, I believe, are sent to us to counteract those Fed Ex and UPS trucks. To provide an authentic and artistic voice to balance out the increasing encroachment on our public space by big corporations.

I remember a few years back when I was speeding down 101 and all of a sudden I noticed this great truck in front of me painted by ORFN. It made me happy to see that truck out on the road. To see public art shared with the world. It made me happy watching Dan work yesterday and being there to document his new work and knowing that thousands of people will see it as it rolls around the streets of San Francisco in the months ahead.

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  1. Adam says:

    I’ve been a long time reader of your blog, but I’m sorry, I don’t care how many times you post it, but vandalizing someone else’s property with art does not legitimize the act.

    While the art may still be art and worth viewing, the right of the artist to express themselves does not trample someone else’s right to the security of their property.

    Hopefully this photo will actually aide in the apprehension and persecution of this person for committing a crime. It would be quite ironic that your attempt at ‘glorification’ does the opposite.

  2. Hey this is a great post. Gave me a lot of information I needed to know and I knew things I would have never guessed on my own.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I wonder who is the most desperate to be the next “controversial” internet star, Dan or Thomas ?

  4. z says:

    Why are you promoting vandalizing private property?…

  5. mark says:

    Hey guys, im going to create some art on the side of thomas hawks car 2ite. anyone wanna come document it?

  6. Thomas, I generally love much of what you write and create. Even when I disagree with your stance on important issues, you often present your view in a less than insane way. Basically, I respect you.

    However, on this issue you are horribly flawed and wrong. Yes, graffiti is art. But it’s art at the expense of someone else. The artists you highlight are not honorable artists. They are criminals vandalizing the property of someone else. Simply because the property is owned by a big bad corporation does not make it a valid argument. In fact, I’d venture to say that you and your customers have profited from these corporations, in your daytime career.

    Graffiti is vandalism.
    Graffiti is a crime.

  7. Mark Forman says:

    They’re all right above but aesthetically I agree with you 100%. Ohh conflicted world we live in… 😀

  8. Anonymous says:

    Why do people think this is art ?

  9. Anonymous says:

    dan plasma is a fag and is exactly what is wrong with graffiti today..

  10. sf4eVa says:

    Graffiti is Good
    Dan Plasma is Not