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A Week in the Life of an Art Warehouse

Oakland's live-work lofts as seen through the eyes of their residents, from painters to pole dancers.

At Vulcan Studios, Oakland band Sun Hop Fat plays Ethiopian jazz.


Editor's Note: This is one of many dispatches from Oakland that San Francisco magazine is publishing over the next month, all part of our June "Oakland Issue." To see the rest of the issue's contents, and to read stories as they become available online, click here.


Labyrinth factory buildings on the outskirts of Oakland used to churn out canned goods and paint. Now they're havens for painters, acrobats, stuntmen, and pole dancers. Photographs from four of these live-work art lofts capture the day-to-day life of their own creative communities. Take a tour of each unique warehouse below:

Tour 1: Cotton Mill Studios
Pole dancing teachers, surrealist collages, hearts of metal, and more. Text and images by Joshua LaCunha

Tour 2: Vulcan Studios
Contortionists, musicians, and fire spinners commingle. Text and images by Helena and Laurent Martin 

Tour 3: Dutch Boy Studios
A former paint factory turns its quirky nooks to good use. Text and images by Michelle Bassler

Tour 4: Oakland Cannery
Where woodworking, screen-printing, and plywood painting align. Text and images by Eddie Colla


Originally published in the June issue of San Francisco.

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