OFF THE GRID - ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
Off the Grid began in June 2010 with the simple idea that grouping Street Food vendors together would create an experience allowing neighbors to connect with friends and families. At its core, Off the Grid believes in the power of a shared food experience to connect communities. To extend its connection to the community, Off the Grid reaches out to local artists who share the same vision. We ask our Artists in Residence to interpret their experience of Off the Grid's Food Truck Markets and we invite them to meet their fans represent their designs. Last year, we connected with a talented roster of SF-based artists and this year, we are expanding our program to welcome artists from all over the Bay Area!
September & October Feature: CUKUI
IN HAWAII, KUKUI is a Candlenut and the tree from which it grows is a symbol of enlightenment, protection and peace. The candlenut was considered to be the body form of Kamapua’a, the pig god. IN MEXICAN-AMERICAN culture, “EL CUCUY” is known as the boogeyman that eats children who misbehave when they are told to go to bed.
IN THE BAY AREA, Cukui is rooted from a melting pot of chicanos, south pacific islanders, tattoo artists, and graffiti heads. Cukui is driven by art and limited edition designs and excusive releases. CUKUI started as a small collaboration between amigos Orly Locquiao, and Sammy Rodriguez. Since its inception, Cukui become recognized as a new genre in art and streetwear.
Cukui interprets the Off the Grid experience as a coming together of diverse groups bringing in their own flavor, to create a community-driven food space that is unique to any other culinary experiences in the Bay Area.