Day 10: On the Road Again

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Day 10 of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour has Saber and Dave Choe traveling through the Pacific Northwest on their way to Portland, OR. The downtime gives the artists a chance to work out sketches for upcoming pieces, re-energize, and get a little "me" time. Today at 3pm, Dave Choe and Saber make their next-to-last West Coast stop at the Upper Playground in Portland located at 25 NW 5th Ave. The nighttime event will be held at the Rotture bar on 315 SE 3rd St. and will start at 9pm. After that, it's on to Seattle, WA. Click to see recent photos, video and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 9: Last Day in the Bay, the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT Art Tour in San Jose

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour made their last Bay Area stop Sunday, September 16th with a visit to the Workmens boutique in San Jose's Eastridge Mall. The afternoon event brought out a slew of spectators from dedicated fans to unsuspecting mall patrons. The West Coast leg of the national tour is winding down with only two stops left: Portland, OR on Wednesday, September 19th and Seattle, WA on Friday, September 21st. Click for photos from the San Jose event and details on the last two stops on West Coast leg of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 8: Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT in San Francisco

Juxtapoz // Monday, September 17, 2007
Day 8 of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour was held in San Francisco, CA. For the day event, Dave Choe, Saber, and Retna did a live painting installation at Upper Playground on Fillmore. One woman was there to get Saber to sign a shirt she bought her nephew and decided to really go for it and have Dave Choe sign the shirt she was wearing too. The evening event was held at 111 Minna in conjunction with the Juxtapoz Get Exposed party. The place was packed with a line around the building. A definite highlight was when Dave Choe broke out with a rad drum solo between DJ sets. This Wednesday, September 19th, the tour will be in Portland, OR at Upper Playground at 3pm for a daytime event and then at the Rotture bar at 9pm. Click to see photos and video from the San Francisco events with guest artist Retna and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 7: Berkeley hosts Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT

Juxtapoz // Sunday, September 16, 2007
One week into the tour and counting, the artists dig into their reserves to pull off another successful day of painting. Day seven of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour took Saber, Dave Choe and Retna to the grand opening of the Upper Playground Berkeley store on Telegraph Ave. The guys signed the usual books and shirts but switched things up a bit for several willing ladies who wanted Saber to sign their stomachs. We wonder how long that will take to wash off? Fans came out for the evening event held at the Radio bar in Oakland. After this, it's on to San Jose for the tour's last Bay Area stop Sunday, September 16th for a day event at Workmens on Eastridge Loop. Click to see photos and video from the Berkeley event with guest artist Retna and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 6: Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT in Sacramento

Juxtapoz // Saturday, September 15, 2007
Wednesday's Sacramento leg of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour brought out some of the largest crowds we've seen yet. The cops made a special appearance at the day event held at FTC, thankfully leaving without incident. I hope they at least enjoyed the art while they were there! The evening event at R15 featured some rad giveaways including the grand prize - a Bianchi Pista fixed gear. From the California's Capitol it's on to the Bay Area Friday, September 14th for the opening celebration of Upper Playground's newest location in Berkeley (2509 Telegraph Avenue) and then an evening event at Radio in Oakland. Saturday's daytime event in San Francisco will be held at the Upper Playground on Fillmore St. at 3pm. For the evening, the art tour will be held at 111 Minna as part of Juxtapoz' Get Exposed event and will start at 10pm. Click to see photos and video from the Sacramento event with guest artist N8 Van Dyke and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 5: A Day At The Beach

Juxtapoz // Friday, September 14, 2007
Dave Choe and Saber decided to hit the beaches of Santa Cruz for a little downtime before heading to Sacramento. After a bit of sand drawing, they made a brief pit-stop at Dave Choe's pad where he shared one of his more controversial household items - a phallic phone - and then took everyone for a spin in his new car. The guys are in Berkeley today with Retna at the brand new Upper Playground store and will be hanging out tonight at Radio Bar in Oakland, starting about 8:30. Tomorrow, Saturday, September 15th, they'll be at the Upper Playground mothership during the day in the Lower Haight, San Francisco and joining Juxtapoz' Get Exposed party at 111 Minna for the night. Click for photos and video of playtime in Santa Cruz and details on the next stops of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 4: IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT Stops in Santa Cruz

Juxtapoz // Thursday, September 13, 2007
Day four of the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour brought the crew to Santa Cruz to do a live installation at The Krate. This time, Alex Pardee was there to paint with Saber and Dave Choe. Many came out for a chance to watch these guys work and to meet them in person. After a day of travel, the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT tour will be in Sacramento Thursday, September 13th with a daytime event at FTC skateboard shop where there will be some cool give-aways, and an evening event at the R15 bar. The give-away there will be a brand new Bianchi Pista fixed gear. Joining Choe and Saber will be painter/illustrator, N8 Van Dyke. Click to see photos and video from the Santa Cruz event and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 3: On the Road

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Check out these pics from the road. The guys met some interesting folks including a dude with a parasol and a couple of ladies who liked to play with daggers. Isn't traveling fun? After a day of rest, the Sparks "IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT" art tour will resume on Thursday, September 13th in Sacramento. Click to see photos from the road and details on upcoming stops on the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour.

Day 2: Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT Art Tour Hits LA

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, September 11, 2007
After an amazing first day of live painting in San Diego, at both the Agenda Trade Show and Ole Madrid, the Sparks IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT art tour continued on to Los Angeles. This time, artists Saber, Dave Choe, and Retna, made a stop at Workmen's on Melrose for a day of live installation, autographing books, and even hitting up a signature piece on a couple of willing fans' t-shirts. The evening event was held at Guys Bar on Beverly Blvd where Saber, Choe and Retna did another live installation. The event featured plenty of Sparks as well as live DJ sets by DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill and by DJ Solo. Today they hit up The Krate in Santa Cruz at 3pm (803 Pacific Avenue) and on Thursday, Sept. 13th, look for them in Sacramento at FTC (1006 J Street) at 3pm and at R15 (1431 R Street) at 7:30pm.  

Day 1: IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT Kicks Off in San Diego

Juxtapoz // Sunday, September 09, 2007
The Sparks, IGNITE WHAT'S NEXT, art tour hosted by Sparks, Upper Playground, and Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine kicked off on Friday, September 7th in San Diego, CA with live painting installations by artists David Choe, Retna, and Saber. The afternoon event was part of the Agenda Trade Show at the San Diego Concourse and the evening event was held at Ole Madrid in San Diego's historic Gas Lamp District. Huge crowds came out for both installations and plenty of Sparks was drank by all. The tour is just getting warmed up, so check out the list of upcoming events to see if these artists will be coming to your town! Next stop: Santa Cruz, CA with an afternoon event at The Krate located at 803 Pacific Ave that starts at 3pm. Just added to the Santa Cruz events: Alex Pardee.
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