Photo courtesy of rickyratcomix via Instagram

If you’ve lived in San Francisco in recent years, you know about the honey bear. These cute, stenciled icons are smattered on building exteriors throughout the city. Sometimes, the honey bear wears a cozy beanie. Other times, it’s disguised with 3D goggles and popcorn. …

Original illustration by Khendra


When Horacio Llamas, the 6'11" teenager from Sinaloa, Mexico, migrated to Tucson, Arizona, he became the first Mexican to cross the border while dribbling a basketball.

Well, maybe he wasn’t the first; but he was definitely the best. The young prospect played at Pima Community College, where he received…


Photo: Briana Chazaro

“The Weekend Wind-Down” is a series from The Bold Italic highlighting ways to explore the Bay Area and wind down from your stressful week. If you have an idea or tip, email us, or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

I sometimes have to burst my own Bay Area bubble…

Liquified Juicery in an East Bay supermarket (Photo: Courtesy of Liquified Juicery)

There’s a big difference between San Francisco’s Richmond District, and the city of Richmond, California.

The former is located in a global destination and has abundant access to resources like wealth, healthy eating, and diverse outdoor activities. The other, however, is just north of Oakland — in an industrial section…

Original artwork by Pradipta Alessandro

There’s something inexplicably impossible about Allen Iverson, even in 2021 — 11 years after his retirement from basketball.

There’s no crossover here, just this simple fact: Iverson is someone who shouldn’t exist. But he does.

Undersized, dismissed, overlooked, misunderstood. A star athlete who was caught up in a draconian U.S…

Original illustration by Khendra

Kyrie Irving has become one of the most polarizing figures in recent — if not all-time — NBA lore. Although the Australian-born, former №1 draft pick out of Duke University has always been known for his deadly handles on the hardwood (search any highlight clip with his name on YouTube)…

Bloom & Bottle’s bar is well stocked (Photo: Briana Chazaro)

I don’t know about you, but I’ve certainly missed the art and magic of exploring the world. There’s just something inexplicably satisfying about being caught between your anticipation, your learning, and your discovery of what’s out there by stumbling into the unknown with a group of strangers.

It’s even better…

Bay Area Mural Program founder, Natty Rebel, at second annual Art Clash in West Oakland. (Photo: Briana Chazaro)

You can’t talk about the East Bay Area without mentioning the art. And you can’t mention the art without mentioning the rooted community. And if you’re talking about the community, you need to mention this area’s historical commitment to social justice, self-empowerment, and revolutionary ideals—exemplified by individuals like Huey P…

Alan Chazaro

Bay Area writer, blogger, teacher. Books: Piñata Theory (2020); This Is Not a Frank Ocean Cover Album (2019). Twitter + IG: @alan_chazaro

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