I didn't participate in Russell's tour myself as it was a wedding gift for my littlebrother. Russell was very nice to communicate with. Fast replies with good information. And he kept the gift a secret until the wedding :) From my littlebrothers feedback, the tour was very interesting and took them interesting places in the city they wouldn't have found themselves. Can definitely recommend him.
I highly recommend this tour! My 17 year old niece was visiting from overseas and selected this tour. We both enjoyed it tremendously. Russell really knows his stuff, and is friendly and easygoing to boot. I am a lifelong SF resident and I learned so much about my own city and the rich artistic history of street art in the Mission. 5 stars for sure!
Hi, I wanted to highly recommend the tour with Russel for anyone who is interested in Street Art in San Francisco. My wife and I found the tour to be extremely informative, interesting, fun and unique as it brought all of the urban surroundings to life with Russel's amazing stories and interesting context as to every piece of art he showed us. Russel is a great guide, story teller and customized the tour so it would fit our personal preferences. I understand he has several different tours in SF so we will definitely go on additional ones with Russel.
Fantastic, insightful, exciting- can't say enough good things about this tour! Russell is very down-to-earth and knowledgeable about the art and artists. He navigates the nuances and various view points around the street are in a thoughtful way. I also appreciated how personal the tour felt in our small group of 3.
Best tour ever! My 18 year old son and I loved it. The history, the stories, the inside scoop, the art, the artists, the neighbors, the architecture, the playground, the alleys, the Guide. Russell was interesting, informative, insightful, and fun. I highly recommend this tour. And I learned a lot! Inspired me to learn more. Fascinating new world.
Had a great solo street art tour with Russel Howze in the mission district. He was informative and very knowledgable. We strolled align taking good time to talk about the history of the neighbourhood art scene and great details about the different pieces since he knows many of the local artists personally. Can warmly recommend it!
Russell is an excellent guide with a wealth of information about street art, its creators, and its intricate history. He actually wrote a book about it! Russell gracefully navigates through SF's Tenderloin and SoMa neighborhoods and points out the beauty sprouting out from the darkest corners, streets, and alleys. I personally have been looking forward to taking this trip for several years, but have never gotten around to taking it. Russell and the art he showcased definitely did not disappoint. I took a private trip, and it was wonderful. He gives you a new, beautiful perspective to the city. With so much going on, it's easy to miss many of the artistic wonders that are right in front of your eyes. Russell points them out for you. I took a two-hour tour, which I thought would be more than enough. It barely skimmed the surface! I could have easily continued happily for an additional two hours! Russell knows such intricate detail and history about the artwork and the artists behind them, that with all the information he shares, you almost want to take out a notebook and take notes to reference later! However, there's no need to take the trouble to do so! Why? Russell provides you with a link to a map of the places visited during the tour, as well as an email list of all the artists, and additional galleries and websites of interest. I really considered that above and beyond! I highly recommend this tour!
We took a 3 hours tour with Russel. It was a wonderful experience. Russel was very knowledgeable, and his guidance was facinating, easy going and made the 3 hours fly. We walked the alleys that we otherwise would never go there and saw the many faces that Mission District offers. We strongly recommend this tour as a way to explore a different angle of San Francisco.
This is an off-the-beaten trail unique San Francisco experience you can't miss. Russell is an incredibly knowledgable and cool guide who gives you a relaxed tour at your own pace. He's met, and knows personally, many of the artists that he shows on the street and gives you insight into that world with its undercurrents and unwritten stories and laws. Since the tour, it's been fun to begin to really see all of this art that I had previously just walked by!
We took a tour with Russell around the Mission district in SF. Russell is an awesome tour guide! For one Russell really knows his way around the best street art in SF. Russell understands the theory and types of art and walks you through identifying these on the streets. Finally Russell loves the art around SF, knows a lot of artists personally and loves the vibrant diversity of the city and its expression! I'd go out scouting the streets of SF with Russell again!
Russell was a great and knowledgeable guide on my tour of the Tenderloin last weekend. Some really fabulous, large murals in this neighborhood, which is definitely a neighborhood in transition. Russell gave great background on the art and the area, and is clearly passionate about his work. Recommended!