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Revival Tintype Studio Pop-Up at Rare Device Divisadero


Tangible. Honest. Permanent. Handcrafted portraits like your great, great grandfather took. Vintage keepsakes for the digital age.

Revival Tintype Studio creates one-of-a-kind portraits using a completely analog process developed in 1851. Just like tintype portraits from the 1800's, photographer Patrick Demmons strives to create a beautiful, lasting image using silver and light. Revival's pop-up portrait studio will be on-site at Rare Device Divisadero on Friday, August 28th from 1-7pm. Limited timeslots now available. Sign up here.

4" x 5" tintypes are $60 and 8" x 10" tintypes are $180.

All photos courtesy of Revival Tintype Studio.


Interview with Brian Barneclo on the New Rare Device Mural


Have you seen the new mural at our Divisadero Street location? I chatted with SF-based artist Brian Barneclo on the thought process behind his mural design as well as how this collaboration came to be.

I moved to SF in ’96. I painted my way into being a part of a lot of group shows in the Mission and Haight street scenes while hustling as a sign painter. My studio paintings got larger in scale and my sign painting started incorporating artwork and so these two energies came together in the form of mural making. —Brian Barneclo

Kehau Lyons: What is your thought process behind the Rare Device mural?
Brian Barneclo: I’ve used a lot of text in paintings over the years especially in the context of storefront signage. At one point several years ago the idea of “rare device” popped into my head- like a store that sells a contraption that is quite unusual. Just thought of it as a funny thing. Then I was walking down Market Street and actually saw a store called “Rare Device”. I thought it was totally weird, but didn’t think much more of it than that. Then flash forward some years to 2013 when I was asked by the City of San Francisco to participate in the Passport Art Walk, in which they match artists with businesses in a select SF neighborhood. Who was I paired up with? You guessed it, Rare Device. That’s when I met Giselle. At one point we spoke about doing a mural on the outside, but the timing wasn’t right. Jump another two years ahead and mysteriously the timing was right. A lesson in patience, I suppose.

Sometimes I have ideas that I carry around for long times that are trying to find ways into my work. For this painting I worked with an idea that I’ve had for a while of using outlines to create form. The forms representing a rare device that is both electric and organic. And then Giselle told me about ‘rare device’ referencing the Kubla Khan. This made me see it in a new light and so I allowed that into the process. Additionally, I thought it might work best if the piece came off more like signage.

KL: How does this city influence you as an artist?
BB: San Francisco is for bohemians and the bohemian way of life is the way San Franciscans live. This is conducive to creativity.

KL: You're an accomplished muralist, with murals across the city -- how do you make each one special and distinctive for a specific location? How does the community influence the design?
BB: Context is key. I take all of the surroundings into consideration- and that includes the people of the community as well as the immediate environment. The goal is to do something that compliments and builds off of the existing reality. Peoples voices get heard in an indirect way- it’s not a request line, but it all contributes to the conversation. Just like some of my own ideas don’t end up in the final piece, it’s my duty as an artist to sift through all of it and intuitively make choices from there.

KL: Do you want viewers to take away a particular idea or is it up to each person to interpret their own understanding?
BB: I’m just the bus driver- I take you there and drop you off. I don’t tell you where to go once you get there.


See Hoodline's coverage of the mural here.
Photos by Derek Macario.

If you are in the area, come by our Divisadero store at 600 Divisadero Street, the mural is on the Hayes Street wall. If you decide to post your picture on social media, use #rdmural. See you in the neighborhood!

Mis-armed and Ready Gallery Exhibition and Opening Reception


Please join us as we celebrate the opening of Noa Batle's first solo exhibition, Mis-armed and Ready at the Rare Device gallery on August 7 from 6-9pm. Show runs from August 7 - September 1, 2015.

Show Description:
The plastic soldiers I played with as a young child were objects of a simulated war that held no other purpose or use beyond their duty as play toys. They are frozen in the act of fighting. For the real soldiers that these sculptures portray, the reality is that even the most battle-hardened warrior is still a person, with a life and home to which they hope to return. These sculptures perhaps acknowledge the battle that soldiers fight off the battlefield; the fight for a normal life. — Noa Batle

About The Artist:
Noa Batle is a promising young artist born and raised in San Francisco. He has featured his artwork at the MOMA PS1 in New York City, Catherine Clark Gallery in San Francisco, and SFMOMA Artists Gallery. He has won several awards for his artwork including a Gold medal in the Scholastic Arts and Writing 2014 competition and the Merit Award for the YoungArts 2014 competition. Noa is currently working on his Bachelor of Arts degree at the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture.

Process Photos:

All photos courtesy of Noa Batle.

"A" is for Art Show Opening Reception and Launch Party


We had such a great time at our opening reception for "A" is for Art Show last Friday at Rare Device Divisadero. Thank you all for coming out to support this month's talented artist, Nigel Sussman! His work will be up in our gallery until August 5, 2015. View all pieces here.

Nigel's Kickstarter campaign is also currently underway with the goal of self-publishing a complete art book full of his complex seek-and-find illustrations for each letter of the alphabet, in a hand-drawn isometric style. Please support him here as he strives for his goal of $8,000 by Sunday, August 9 -- he's got a ton of awesome prizes!

All photos by Derek Macario.

"A" is for Art Show by Nigel Sussman


We are so excited to announce July's gallery exhibition at Rare Device by artist Nigel Sussman. Running from July 8 to August 5, 2015  this special show of isometric line drawings will feature a sneak-peek of brand new art from Nigel's upcoming illustrated alphabet book: Alphabet Compendium, an Illustrated A-Z of Objects. The book will officially launch its Kickstarter campaign for self-publishing on the day of the opening. Visit to learn more about the book and please join us for the show's opening on Friday, July 10 from 6-9pm at Rare Device Divisadero (600 Divisadero Street).

RSVP to the opening here.

About Nigel:
Nigel draws a lot. When he is not drawing complex isometric creations, Nigel enjoys eating good food, cooking, playing and listening to music, building things, exploring, and urban hiking. He grew up in Maryland, but drove to California to pursue an illustration BA from California College of the Arts and never looked back. His current work is intricate and whimsical and reflects his passion for food, animals, and the complexity of elaborate machines and urban environments. Typical mediums are micron pens on paper, acrylic paints on canvas, house paint on walls, or digitally with a tablet. Nigel has done illustrations for magazines and editorial, posters, t-shirts, and other commissions for clients all over the world. One of his favorite types of projects is to make a custom illustration big, and paint it as a mural, which he has done for many corporate clients, startups, restaurants, or just for fun. He currently lives and works in Berkeley, California with his wife, Yasemin, and cat, Fidel.

All images provided by Nigel Sussman.