On October 31, 2021, DOOMSDAY SF celebrated – in true Bay Area fashion – the life and art of Daniel Dumile, an artist by many nicknames who is perhaps best known as MF DOOM.
Co-organized by Ryen Motzek (owner Atlas Skateboarding / The City Station), Alán González (senior designer, Thrasher) and Jason Jägel (artist), DOOMSDAY SF 34 invited visual artists from the Bay Area to contribute original DOOM-inspired works of art create. These works were offered for sale to the public in an open-air market at City Station, an outdoor area on the corner of 18th and Valencia Streets. 50% of all profits from the sale of artworks were donated directly to the MF DOOM estate.
The City Station was rebuilt for the event. Jägel DOOM art captured three corners of the property. On the south wall there was a hand-painted, 4.5 meter high mural “DOOMSDAY SF” (also available on orange T-shirts during the event). The garage in the east was transformed into a full-color DOOM head (painted by Jägel in one day with only rollers, without a brush). And on the north side, attached to the front of the DJ table, a lacquered wooden panel with a corresponding DOOM character and “DOOMS DAY” (interwoven, jaded SF). Artistic tables held up one side of the room and were filled with items like prints, clothing, cassette mixes, ceramics, and DOOM lights. A plywood wall was adorned with original paintings and drawings, stained glass, a “Fancy Clown” mirror, custom DOOM jerseys, and more.
The soundtrack throughout the event perfectly covered the scope and span of DOOM’s eclectic career. With curated performances of some of the Bay Area’s best, audiences were treated to over 5 hours of inspired tracks and original interpretations. First, DJ Abby Imperial set the tone with a healthy DOOM collage sprinkled with Bay and Madlib accents. Jerry Nice followed by a creative mix of beats, features and obscure sample sources. Cutso, did what he does best, seamlessly breaking down layers of tracks that helped create supervillain anthems while KingMost completed the DJ ensemble with tasteful re-edits and selected cuts that spanned its diverse catalog. Completion was Stanley Ipkusswho brought the house down with KMD and DOOM Live remixes (via its SP-404) that wowed audiences from start to finish.
All artists and musicians were and remain massive DOOM fans in order to participate. Local hero Jeremy Fish quickly sold out his T-shirt suitcase. George Rocha from Iris Skateboards auctioned a DOOM mask made from recycled skateboards. When MF DOOM’s Instagram was promoting the auction, the website was overrun by Iris Skateboards and crashed. Iris will soon be releasing the mask via gas drawls. Participating visual artists were Alán González, Dennis Brown (Bagger 43), Jason Jägel, Cecelia Perez, Ferris Plock, Sarah Vyeda (Heart of Glasswork), WRN FRSH, Joe Roberts (LSD Worldpeace), Jeremy Fish, George Rocha, Emily Fromm, SunNight Editions (with Lenworth McIntosh, Soleil Summer, Dennis Brown, Penelope Anstruther & Drew Grasso, Fresh Daily, Ryan Whelan, Liz Hernandez, Muzae Sesay, Jason Jägel), Ellie Andrews, JP McNicholas, Rico Duenas, Lil ‘Zen Ten, Dane Nomellini, Rewina Beshue, Phil Peralta, Donta Santistevan, Brian Barneclo, Nile Gibbs, Jerome McCaskill, Jackie Brown, Max Martilla, Michelle Nguyen.
An hour into the event there was an entrance line that ran the entire block of Valencia around the corner and down 19th Street. Inside were crowds for goods. The mood was high, water was provided and Señor Sisig’s food truck kept people fed. Perhaps most of all the raw elegance of well-crafted DOOM soundtracks that tied them all together. It was agreed that the energy of the Bay Area was revealed to its fullest: a soulful and creative collective gathered together to witness the relentless genius of MF DOOM.
– Words from Jason Jägel
Watch the recap video below!