The latest episode of our Vinyl Pulp is out! Episode 14 takes at quick look at Andy Warhol Dunny Series that was just released. The 3″ Dunnies get an artsy design twist from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
SoCal has Disneyland and there’s Disney World in Orlando, Florida, but there is also The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The museum is located near the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and in Presidio Park. The museum explores the life and times of Walt Disney. The Walt Disney Family Museum also showcases other exhibitions.
This Thanksgiving weekend in downtown SF was the 2015 International Auto Show. Most of the Retrenders team are car nuts, so we always make a point to check out the show, even though the LA or Detroit Autoshows get the better cars.
Our latest Vinyl Pulp episode 9 takes a look at “The 13” Dunny Series by artist Brandt Peters. Vinyl Pulp host “The Eddie” buys a case and has an ultimate box break himself, finding the 2 rare chase figures.
One of best things living in San Francisco is the melting pot of food from around the world. And for me, living in the Sunset District, I have the pleasure of eating at some great local restaurants like Nopalito on 9th Avenue. It’s a great place to eat delicious Mexican food and hang with friends. Munchies’ show Chef’s Night Out interviews chef/owner Gonzalo Guzman about Nopalito and he takes us to his fave chef spots in SF.
Kidrobot’s annual Dunny series release is finally here! “The 13″ Dunny Series by artist Brandt Peters is dropping now. The theme is Halloween and all the 3” Dunnies comes with lots of cool accessories. The blind boxes will go for around $12.00USD each and a case will be about $240.00USD
We’ve been a little behind editing many videos from various events we’ve attended this summer. Here’s a quick recap of the SF Anime Festival & Cosplay in Japantown that took place on July 18, 2015. The Ramen crew was there to see all the cosplay fun and meet-up with special cosplay guest Reika from Japan.
This past Saturday was Free Comic Book Day and we went to one of the best comic book shops in SF – Isotope, The Comic Book Lounge. And it was 10 year-old Ethan Castillo first comic book shop signing event. This talented artist has a knack for drawing Marvel’s web crawler Spider-Man.
I love eating good oysters and this Munchies episode “In Shuck This” profiles right here in SF, Hog Island Oyster Co. and oyster shucker Anthony Rizzi. Everything you need know, well almost about eating, farming and shucking oysters is in this episode.
Local artist Martin Hsu has over the years developed his own personal unique art style. You can see it in his paintings, drawings and vinyl toys. And this Holiday season, if you’re looking to see his art and want to buy his art in person, check out the Martin Hsu Pop-Up Show @ Woot Bear. Woot Bear is a neat toy art shop located in the heart of the Richmond District, 147 Clement Street in San Francisco.
Maybe you’re tired from the turkey feast of yesterday and the insanity shopping of today, but we at Retrenders, the ones that have an auto-fetish spent the day at the 2014 San Francisco Auto Show. The SF Auto Show also showcased the Auto Salon, you know, the rides with the crazy bodykits, big wings and wheels low to the ground.
If you’re into collecting vinyl art toys, then there’s a new player in town. Located in the Richmond District in San Francisco, is artist Frank Kozik’s new shop Woot Bear. Our Ramen crew caught up with Frank during the opening.
Our Ramen crew a couple of weeks back attended the Kidrobot SF store event – Hello Trikky! The Hello Trikky party featured over 25 artist tricking up a base Trikky vinyl art toy. We interview some of the artist involved and get their thoughts about their custom Trikky.
Iconic street brand LRG teams up with local San Francisco outfit TRUE to open up a special pop-up brick & mortar store for a month, starting this Saturday October 18, 2014 through November 15, 2014. The pop-up shop will be located on 1429 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA and LRG has lined-up special events like clothing exclusives and guest signings.
Attention Bruce Lee fans, martial art fans and online comic fans, check out the first chapter of “A Challenge” by artist Jeremy Arambulo. This online comic book series is inspired by the true story of Wong Jack Man, the rival of Bruce Lee. The backdrop is San Francisco, the year 1964, set in Chinatown, “A Challenge” revolves around 3 friends Frank, Jack and Nancy. Their lives begin to change after meeting the legend Bruce Lee.
We recently visited San Francisco’s Japantown last weekend for the J-Pop Summit & Ramen Yokocho Festivals. I’ve got to say, out of all the events at Japantown this year, this was by far the busiest.
Day 1 – Saturday, July 19
Saturday kicked off the festivities and, the second we arrive, all we see is a large mass of people; the event was just super packed it was nearly impossible to get around. Attendance was definitely not an issue at this show – the turnout was through the roof. On top of the J-pop and Japanese culture festivities, there was the Ramen Yokocho Festival going on so we decided to get some from the food booths outside but we soon learned that the line to get a bowl of ramen was a 3 hour wait! We absolutely did not want to wait that long so we thought of doing the smart alternative and just have ramen at one of the restaurants within the Japantown mall. Unfortunately, our plan had a big flaw – it turns out everyone else had the same idea which made it extremely difficult to get food anywhere. Lines for every restaurant went out the door and the only place we were able to get food with no crazy long line was across the street away from the mall and the sea of people. We decided to eat at a Korean restaurant named Arang where the wait was pleasantly normal. After finally having eaten we just spent the rest of the day scoping out what else the festival had to offer. The foot traffic was still bad outside on the street so, instead of dealing with the crowd, we decided to hang indoors in the west mall and check out the booths there. After checking out the awesome artist booths in there, we noticed that the amount of people outside had lessened considerably, so we went back out and checked out the booths that were set up on Post Street, which consisted of vendors like Kusopop, Lokisa, and a number of other cool dealers. After an exhausting day, we ducked into Daiso, picked up a few snacks, and called it a day. Sadly we never got ramen today but there’s always tomorrow.
You don’t have to, but if you are the type of person that needs to read every tie-in to the main book and want to read things in order, then make sure you read Greg Keyes prequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Firestorm. By the end of “Firestorm”, the “Simian Flu” has spread worldwide causing millions of deaths, civil unrest and economic meltdown around the world, while Caesar leads all the apes to safety into Muir Woods. Based on the screenplay by Mark Bomback, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, author Alex Irvine pens the novelization Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) was a successful reboot of the Planet of the Apes franchise. Capitalizing on the box-office smash, the sequel Dawn of the Planet of the Apes will open all across America this weekend. If you’ve seen any of the trailers you know that the San Francisco/Bay Area and the world is in a post-apocalyptic turmoil. How did it get this way? Well, it’s all explained in this official prequel “Firestorm” by author Greg Keyes.
“Firestorm” picks up right after the end of the Rise of the Planet of the Apes. During the memorable Golden Gate Bridge battle scene, where SFPD officers are fighting with the apes, Caesar leads his apes to escape into Muir Woods. We find out that their has been a media blackout of the Golden Gate Bridge ape incident. We are introduced to reporter David Flynn and his girlfriend primatogist Clancy. She tells David that she’s been brought-in to find the apes and it’s all hush-hush, but she leaves some computer files for him if anything goes wrong. David Flynn’s ex-girlfriend ER Doctor Talia Kosar finds herself with many patients with high fevers and sneezing up blood the past of couple of days. Her colleagues from another hospital email her about the same situation and Talia alerts the CDC. A mysterious military-style outfit has hired Clancy and hunter Malakai Youmans to find the apes in Muir Woods.
Celebrate food and music in this happy and trippy music video. By the musician/teacher DJ Overeasy. He records the sights and sounds of San Francisco’s Mission District and mixes it up to give us “Mission Foodiez”.
This past weekend Kidrobot released The Art of War dunny series. The toy design theme for each of the 14 artists involved was to design a dunny figure based on Sun Tzu’s warmongering strategy novel – The Art of War. Our Ramen & a Half hosts of Eddie Ballar and Ramon Angel stopped by Kidrobot SF for the artist signing and release event with Frank Kozik, DrilOne and Huck Gee. We grab a quick interview with each about their dunny figure in the series and their upcoming projects. We also go unboxing a case with fellow dunny collector/artist Big C.