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Thought-Provokers: Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach

San Diego has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists and creative professionals from in and around Pacific, Mission & Ocean Beach that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Gary Dunn

Art has always been a passion of mine. Both of my parents were artists and always encouraged my creativity. I was unsure how I would turn that creativity into a career until I found tattooing. Tattooing has given me everything. Read more>>

Rachael McDaniel

My interest in light and art started in the second grade when my teacher explained how the French impressionists played. Monet was my favorite, and I dreamt of visiting his gardens. I just completed that pilgrimage to his home in France last October. Read more>>

Anthony Rodriguez

Through that internship, I was taught how to edit videos, as well as work my way around an everyday DSLR camera to take photos and video. My first photoshoot ever was on a canon rebel T5i, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Read more>>


A character that youth can relate to and look up to, cultivating a brand identity and a presence in the community. KidWiseman creates opportunity using multi-media street art to inspire under-appreciated creatives. KidWiseman includes students in all aspects of a production including design, videography, light design, areal cinema, fashion, and performing arts. Read more>>

Chase Petra

We, as a band, have existed in many forms but our most recent incarnation as a trio is definitely something of a salvage. Evan and I (Hunter) have been friends and playing in bands since we were in middle school but we weren’t really able to find our footing until we started playing with Brooke. Read more>>

Linda Kardoff

Drawing was a good way to meet people, asking them to pose, and then giving them the drawing. When I returned home, there were drastic changes in my life. I continued drawing and went on to take courses in various art forms, including printmaking and sculpture. Depicting the figure was and still is my favorite thing to do. Read more>>

Aaron Adams

Mainly my art style was pen and ink until about 1 and a half years ago got offered to do some mural work at the harp in ocean beach. Which I have done four large paintings. And to this day is ongoing. And from that point also started painting with color which has been a challenge and rewarding. But always learning. Read more>>

John William

I love to shoot everything, but I have tried to narrow my focus to shooting ocean/surf photography along with portrait/lifestyle photography. I love taking photos of people and my long term goal is to be shooting mainly portrait and lifestyle work within the surf industry. Read more>>

Korren Knapp-Grada

My first job out of school I was making shopping cart ads, two years later I was working as a designer for Nickelodeon, five years later I was an Art Director at McCann Erickson and had my graduate degree from Pratt. I am continually trying to propel myself. Read more>>

Kurtis Tamanaha

During my junior year, I’d college, I ended up getting a full-time apprenticeship in a local tattoo shop. By my senior year, I ended up relocating to San Diego and ended up doing another apprenticeship for around three years. Read more>>

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