This Looks Cool: 1AM Mobile, A Neighborhood Art Tour in App Form

Sometimes, the best places to look for what’s great and new in the art world can be found in your own backyard, or in your own neighborhood. Street art and mural tours popping up in neighborhoods in cities all over the world, but you don’t want to be part of those totally commercial tourist traps. You’d rather travel and explore on your own. Now you can, for free, with the new app from San Francisco’s First Amendment Gallery, 1AM Mobile.

The purpose of the app is to document street art you may see on your daily ramblings and share it with a community who may also be into doing that. If you’re in a new city, you can check out what other people have posted and create a little street art tour out of postings that look interesting that you’ve found. There are even directions, so you don’t have to go through the embarrassment of asking locals where to find that legendary tag.

But, you say, 1AM Mobile, what will you do to address the ephemeral nature of street art? What if one of the community’s active users gets a great snap of a particularly wonderful and poignant mural, only for it to be painted-over or covered up days later? All uploads are time-stamped so interested readers can see how one particular site evolved—what was there before, how long a piece lasted, if it sucks and is worth covering up with your own work, all of that. 1AM Mobile is available at the App Store for iPhone and iDevices. So get out and do some exploring this weekend. The fresh air will do you good. It’s been a long week. 

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