Who we are:
TDK Collective is a group of aerosol artists from Oakland. For the past three years, we have been working with property owners in Oakland, who repeatedly have their building vandalized, by offering to paint a mural on their building at no expense to them. The series of murals we are producing represents Oakland's rich history, diversity, and resiliency. We hope that our murals not only help beautify our city, but will also function as a source of community pride for us Oaklanders.
Let's Go OAKLAND! Many of us Oaklanders have great memories attending A's games as children and still enjoy games with family and friends. It is without a doubt, that the A's have the most spirited fans in the MLB and have the most heart. Unfortunately, there have been talks that the Athletics would like to leave Oakland, and it is evident that Eastbay fans are very upset about the potential move. TDK Collective feels that a "STAY" mural is necessary to help voice the desires of the loyal fanbase and thus bring awareness, through the visual art form, to both the A's organization and to the residents of Oakland.
Last year TDK Collective attempted to paint a "STAY" mural. We received written permission from the building owner in the San Antonio District to paint the mural. We laid out the mural and started painting. Throughout this process countless onlookers parked and thanked us for painting the mural, many honked and took pictures with the unfinished wall. Unfortunately, the owners' father decided that he did not want a mural on the building and overnight he vandalized the mural but was pleasant enough to leave us a note (see pictures below)
As we expected, our social media followers didn't take the bad news well. Some offered to send the owner letters and even go down there and speak to him. Rather than confronting the owner and his father, one of our followers offered us another wall to paint. In order to be proactive we painted this wall (see photo below). Being that the wall was significantly smaller and most of the supplies exhausted, we painted "Oakland" with what paint we had left. This wall has been untouched, and photographed thousands of times for over a year!
Where the project stands:
We still want to offer this mural to the community. Over the last year we have been searching for a wall on a street with significant amount of movement. At last, a new location has been locked down in the Jack London area of Oakland. The wall is slightly bigger than our original location and thus we are in need of more supplies. Our first attempt to paint his mural was completely self-funded but unfortunately the supplies were wasted since the project was halted. We are now looking for sponsors to help this project happen!
Our goal is to raise $1,000 this will help us buy all the supplies we need.
In addition, we are trying to get in contact with former local A's players in hopes that they will come out for the mural unveiling. We are painting this mural for the residents of Oakland and all A's fans to enjoy. We hope this mural sparks nostalgic memories for Oakland A's fans, helps voice the desires of the fan base, and provides a sense of community pride. Let's go Oakland!
Any $ amount helps.
- Diego Perez
- Ethan Fassett
- Mariko Conner
- Joann & Marc Godoy
- Jean Walker
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