Sametan – Don’t Tread On Me

Sametan Frontside Event Image

By Akira Biondo – PangeaSeed Project Coordinator

PangeaSeed in collaboration with Tokyo-based vinyl toy designer Cometdebris (Koji Harmon), are pleased to announce our latest shark-saving effort: Sametan – Don’t Tread on Me. For one weekend only, March 29-30, 2013, at the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, we will host a one of a kind art exhibition featuring 30 custom Sametan vinyl figures designed by 30 global artists including Frank Kozik, Buff Monster, Jenn Porreca and many more.

In addition to the art exhibition, PangeaSeed will host an exclusive screening of Rob Stewart’s (Sharkwater) latest award-winning documentary, “Revolution”. The “Ocean Love Film Festival” will take place at Spoke Art Gallery , March 30, 2013 – 7-9 pm.

Through this unique event we aim to generate greater awareness for the global plight of sharks and the importance of our oceans via creative and entertaining avenues in order to raise critical funding to support PangeaSeed’s ongoing efforts and groundbreaking projects.

Proceeds raised through the sales of the vinyl figures will help fund PangeaSeed’s 2014 “Year of Living Dangerously” art tour of Asia. Because Asia is ground zero for the trade and consumption of many endangered species, the 2014 Asian event will reach six major Asian cities extending our core message to critical audiences. The tour with over 50 participating artists and film-makers aims to educate communities about these endangered species and encourage actions we can take to save these animals from extinction.

Sametan Artist Line Up

Sametan’s (Fish)tory

In today’s crowded world of mindless consumerism, wasteful eating practices, instant gratification and quick fix attitudes, it’s difficult to image one would take on such a challenge.

With up to 73 million sharks killed annually for soup, he is one of the last of his kind and a paragon for endangered marine life everywhere. When his species seem most lost in the wake of the irrational fears and misunderstanding he continues to fight for those without a voice. The tides must turn and he is a beacon of hope…he is Sametan.

Sametan on the beach

Standing at a mere four inches, dressed in trademark jeans and sneakers, Sametan bares the scars of shark finning and what some cultures consider “tradition”. The little vinyl guy has one purpose and one purpose only to save his kind from extinction.

Several shark and manta ray species are being considered for possible protection status at the upcoming Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) meeting March 2013.

And now Sametan needs your support to help take his message out of the oceans and into the streets.

Why Sharks?

An estimated 70 million sharks killed each year to satisfy the unsustainable appetite for shark fin soup. As an apex predator at the top of the food chain, sharks play a vital role in ways common fish do not. In virtually every part of the ocean, sharks keep fish populations healthy and in proper balance. In areas where sharks have been over-fished, we are already seeing obvious change for the worse.

Kesennuma 3

Alarmingly, experts now predict that a majority of shark species could be extinct within the next 10 20 years. This bares dire consequences for ocean eco-systems and the people who depend on them for survival.

Event Schedule

Venue: Spoke Art – 816 Sutter Street – San Francisco CA 94109 – USA

March 29th, 2013 – Opening Reception

7:00 – 11:00 PM

Suggested $5 – $10 donation

March 30th, 2013 – Gallery Times

12:00 – 6:00 PM

March 30th, 2013 – Ocean Love Film Festival

7:00 – 9:00 PM

Suggested $5 – $10 donation


About PangeaSeed

PangeaSeed ( is an international organization who collaborates with members of the art, science, and environmental activist communities. PangeaSeed is dedicated to raising public awareness and education surrounding the conservation and preservation of sharks and other marine species in peril. At PangeaSeed, a picture is worth more than just a thousand words.

– We believe that art, design and new media can transcend cultural and linguistic boundaries inspiring positive global change. PangeaSeed collaborates with today’s most influential creative minds to help give the oceans the voice they so desperately need.

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