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“OAKLAND IS PROUD" of Aerosol Street Art History ahead of DREAM DAY 2019 (Aug 17) with TDK Crew, DJ Qbert, Nump + more

Posted by Billyjam, July 26, 2019 01:04pm | Post a Comment


In advance of next month's anticipated annual 2019 DREAM DAY, which since the death of beloved Bay Area activist and aerosol art legend Mike “DREAM” Francisco’s senseless murder almost 20 years ago celebrates the internationally revered artist’s life and legacy, several new vibrant street art aerosol murals have recently being painted in the streets of North Oakland, not far from Mosswood Park where DREAM Day 2019 with live art and music will be held on Saturday, August 17th from 11am until 7pm.



On 36th Street off of Telegraph a few blocks from Mosswood Park members of DREAM’s veteran influential East Bay aerosol arts collective including Kufue, the 1984 founded TDK crew that originally stood for Those Damn Kids but these days stands for Teach Dem Kids, were busy in recent weeks painting such pieces as the “OAKLAND IS PROUD” seen above that is done in tradition of the landmark Oakland mural painted years ago by TDK's Del Phresh that became immortalized when featured on the TV show Hangin' with Mr. Cooper. Also painted on the same wall recently was the “TDK” piece pictured up top above that is a virtual mural advertisement for the upcoming DREAM Day 2019 in the nearby Mosswood Park.

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REST IN POWER MIKE DREAM FRANCISCO - 40th BIRTHDAY

Posted by Billyjam, August 15, 2009 03:55pm | Post a Comment
Mike "DREAM" Francisco 1993 interview @ No Justice, No Peace art opening

Exactly forty years ago today, August 15th 1969, Mike "DREAM" Francisco was born. But instead of what should have been a landmark birthday celebration today, this August 15th is just another sad reminder to those loved ones and friends and fans of the late, great Bay Area graffiti artist of how Mike "DREAM" Francisco's life was prematurely, senselessly halted nine years ago. On February 17th, 2000 on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, DREAM was gunned down and killed, the victim of a random street robbery.  Mike DREAM Francisco

Not only was DREAM (or "King Dream," as he is referred to by many) a gifted and prolific artist, with a passion for hip-hop -- having collaborated with countless hip-hoppers, including Hobo Junction over the years -- but he was also a most outspoken individual, one concerned about his community, and one never afraid to speak out against the ills of society.

Had DREAM been allowed to live today, you can bet he would have been at the front of the protests against the murder of Oscar Grant by BART police earlier this year. In fact, in 1993 he was one of the featured artists in the anti police brutality show No Justice, No Peace at downtown Oakland's Pro Arts Gallery. Above is a rare interview with DREAM at the opening of that show by A Debonair Affair's Melinda Bell which, despite the poor audio quality, gives you a great insight into the kind of person DREAM was: down-to-earth, fun, & witty, but also most passionate about his beliefs. I first met DREAM around 1990 and was instantly struck by what a genuinely good spirited and generous person he was, always upbeat and interested in what others had to say. But what is perhaps most profound about the DREAM interview above is how he defines what "reality" means to some people, like himself, as  "to brothers like us reality is watching people die on the streets everyday!"