Featured murals by David 'MEGGS' Hooke:
'Roots Run Deep' Jack London, Oakland CA
'The Swallow' North Beach, San Francisco CA
Videography: Miya Tsukazaki & Brock Brake
Editing: Brian Chu
Music: 'Indian Summer' by Lorenzo's Music
With thanks to:
Athen B. Gallery, Mr Espresso, 1 Brush Initiative, MTN Colors, Supra, Nuvango.
‘The Swallow a.k.a. Save Our Souls’ is located on 1 Rowland St. in North Beach. The mural references both tattoo culture and illustration that has influenced Meggs throughout his career as an artist. “Traditionally, sailor tattoos using the swallow image represent safe passage and time spent at sea,” he says. This wall is Meggs’ homage to the maritime tattoo culture of the Bay Area and represents fond memories of San Francisco, a place he considers a home away from home. This wall was made possible by 1 Brush Initiative.
In addition to his North Beach wall, Meggs left his mark on the city across the bridge, Oakland. The mural, titled ‘Roots Run Deep,’ features a split image of a woman and a wolf. The wolf references Jack London literature, a nod to the surrounding area where the wall is located. Overall, the piece is meant to remind everyone of the inspiring past, present, and future faces of Oakland. It celebrates that a city, with a balance of hardship and civic pride, is now opening up to a new world of opportunity and creative culture in the area. This mural is a prime example of the bubbling, innovative energy that is consuming Oakland. This wall was provided by Mr. Espresso (@oakwoodroasted) and is located on the outside of their Oakland warehouse at 696 3rd St. on the corner of 3rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr. St. The wall was made possible by Athen B. Gallery (@athenbgallery), who arranged for Meggs to paint it as part of House Warming, the grand opening of their gallery, located at 1525 Webster St. in Oakland.