Since the Biscuits inception we’ve posted about different works of street art that have popped up in the neighborhood as we’ve come across them. Today’s posts stencil image was found on Noe Street near 18th on the sidewalk marked in front of an apartment where the last tenant had been evicted via the Ellis Act.
Two local artists, “Stripe” and “Estrillata Jones” (not their real names) have created this image, along with several others, that they’re using to illustrate the ongoing housing struggle occurring all over the City. A recent poll of registered voters in the City found that an overwhelming majority are worried about housing on every level – keeping it, affording it, and managing to make ends meet while paying for it.
Recently interviewed by the SF Weekly the pair of artists are both long-time San Francisco residents, with deep cultural and activist ties to the Mission. Both are disturbed by the high level of gentrification currently raging in every part of the City.
“You go down Market Street and it’s just condo, condo, condo. Meanwhile, I have friends getting evicted all over the place,” said Stripe, who admitted that a little bit of anti-gentrification graffiti probably won’t change much. “This is just a token symbol of my dissatisfaction and grumpiness.”
SF Street Art is famous for its political tenor. Stripe & Jones hope to continue that tradition and document as many sites of Ellis Act evictions as possible throughout the City. A stencil record of homes lost and lives disrupted as SF continues to grapple with its most pressing current issue.