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Travis Gire is pretty Amazing.


He is also a long time friend of mine that recently DJ'd my wedding. I got to see him the other night at the Shoebiz (Dinostore) on Haight Street for a group art show. Like always his work stands above the others, so if you're shopping for some kicks at that store, look up and you'll be delighted to see some original TG pieces. His talent is undeniable! Check out more of his artwork and DJ Chavez Gee mixes on his website.

Here's a know who to who Travis is:

Travis Gire was raised in west Chula Vista, just above the Tijuana border. In sun-saturated suburbia, Travis's early youth found involvement in organized sports, jump-ramp-era skateboarding, video arcades, and strip mall loitering. A penchant for drawing found inspiration from early Disney films, as well as decrepid 80's skateboard graphics and heavy metal album cover art. 

Upon entering junior high in 1992, a grafitti boom hit Chula Vista, and Travis's art merged paths with the world of black books, throw-ups, and Cheech Wizard-influenced cartoon characters. Graf's bubbly, colorful aesthetic proved to be an unshakeable influence on Travis's art, from which he never quite recovered. In 1996, despite slacker grades, Travis was accepted to U.C. Santa Cruz, where he spent most of his time digging for records and dodging the scent of patchouli. He studied literature after an art class first year, in which the professor failed to mention anything about grafitti art.

Travis moved to SF after college, and while working various retail jobs, he discovered a supressed desire to paint. Around 2004, while working at a 24-hour diner, Travis decided to cut his shifts down to two days, so that he could teach himself how to paint and develop images beyond the threshold of birthday cards, sharpees, and xerox paper. He began painting on canvas, then plexi-glass, after experimenting with painting on acetate prints. His paintings came to focus on  issues of class, race, work, and pop culture as filtered through a comedic and psychedelic vantage point.


Travis Gire at 111 Minna

This past friday I headed to 111 Minna to check out the art scene for the night. It wasn't just any ol' art show though- a good friend I grew up with, Travis Gire, had his work up-finally! I'm not being biased-his work was truly the most talented of the bunch-alright, alright, I am being biased! Since I've known Travis he's always sharpied on any surface, and had a talent for interpreting art through a creative unique way that I was always jealous of never attaining. His colors are poppin, his lines are perfectly executed, and there's a sense of humor and personality in each of his works. San Francisco is the prefect place for his work to be seen. I definitely know that we're going to start seeing a lot of his work appear throughout the city (perhaps a series of vinyl toys for KidRobot?)! In the mean time, check out Travis Gire for yourself!