Monthly Archives: March 2013

  • Tommy Guerrero

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    What I have always loved about Tommy is not just that he is one of the most solid, honest, soulful people I have ever met . . . Sure, those are all accurate words that most people would rightfully use to describe TG. But after more than 25 years of calling him a friend those words would be too easy for me to use. Everyone would be like "duh." Tommy's solid . . . honest . . . soulful . . . No shit, stupid.

    I have always deeply respected Tommy because through out all these years he has always been consistent — always been TG. It's a rare quality these days.  TG doesn't put on a different face for a different crowd. You always know who you're with when you're with TG.  No matter the situation, TG is TG. It's just who he is. He almost defines himself . . . Like TG is . . . well . . . TG is TG.

    He's done so much great stuff through the years (not that he would ever rest or brag about any of it): An SF Street Skating Legend who pioneered what we consider skateboarding today. A fiercely-driven musician who creates soulful music his own way.  A father, a husband, an artist, a friend, a business owner. All of it is amazing. It's inspiring to see it go down, and truly motivating to see it consistently done, at the top of the game, as only TG can do it, all these years.

    Never half stepping. Always following his convictions. Wearing not only his heart but his fist on his sleeve. My friend TG remains 100% T-mother-fucking-G. Straight up Tommy Guerrero. THAT is why I fucking love him.

    - Jim Thiebaud

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    Favorite Neighborhood: Mission.

    Best cheap eats: I'm supposed to divulge my spots? Damn..taco trucks for the meat eaters and Saigon Sandwich in the Tenderloin

    Favorite bar: Li Po Lounge

    Favorite coffee shop: Farleys

    Favorite place to buy threads: Depends on what your looking for but Schauplatz has quality vintage shit.

    Favorite tourist attraction: Specs Bar

    Favorite bike shop: Craigslist

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink: Speisekammer...but it's in Alameda. Revolution Cafe and Zeitgeist in SF.

    Best museum or gallery: Gallery 16

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: I don't. My knees hurt.

    Favorite food spot: hmmm...Depends on the mood..But Slanted Door is always a hit. Atlas Cafe for their soup

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: 101 music

    Favorite skate shop: Dude, your killin me. DLX and Mission Skateboards

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: Anchor Brewing

    Favorite living SF legend: Carlos Guitarlos and James Kelch

    Favorite annual event: They are all pretty lame these days...Pride Parade. Good people watching.

    Guilty pleasure in SF: Lusty Lady

    Best live music venue: The Independent

    Favorite park: Golden Gate, fool! That was my home when I was a kid.

    Best Burrito: Cancun

    Best barber shop: Me and my mirror...my wife...9th Ave in the sunset.

    Best tattoo shop: Wherever Jef Whitehead works

    Best shoe shop: Huf for tenni’s and Thriftown for old man shoes

    Best camera rental: Dunno. It was Gassers but i know they are $$..

    You’d only find this in San Francisco: Hills...more fixies than geared bikes.

    Giants or As? But i'm not a sports fan..SF fool!

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival? Treasure Island

  • Skull & Sword: Grime

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    Skull & Sword is a place rarely found amongst the more recently oversaturated tattoo culture. It knows no other way but to maintain a workhorse and fine art attitude. The artists that have collectively put this tattoo studio on the map are the ones that have shaped and inspired many of the people who aspire to tattoo today. It’s leader Grime may not need an introduction, but even those unfamiliar will find tattoos full of power that use inspiration from Japanese and American traditional and biomechanical. The leadership he offers, style and ever pushing work ethic are also what have the other artists Yutaro, Henry Lewis and Lango excited to come to work everyday and push and evolve what they do best.

    Just as any family, each artist brings his own flavor to the dynamic of Skull & Sword. Yutaro is known best for his experimental content and strives to make perfect traditional Japanese tattoos. Henry Lewis brings to the table an illustrative, bold style of tattoo but still rooted in American Traditional. Lango, very much inspired by the works of Japanese masters, uses this inspiration to create a unique style full of detail and movement into his vast range of subjects. Although hidden away in a second story studio in the mission, it is no secret why some visitors have called Skull & Sword a Mecca.

    —Clay Gardner

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    Favorite Neighborhood: The one I live in...The Mission

    Best cheap eats: I don't really think about what to eat until I am starving and crazy from hunger. So i eat wherever is most convenient or closest at that time.

    Favorite bar: House of Shields - for Moz Night and for it's interior architecture

    Favorite coffee shop: I'm high powered...I don't drink that shit

    Favorite place to buy threads: Ben Sherman / Diesel / Bloomingdales

    Favorite tourist attraction: Alcatraz...I tattooed myself there in '98

    Favorite bike shop: I bought my bike at Freewheel on Valencia. They were nice.

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink: My backyard

    Best museum or gallery: De Young

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: Hemlock Alley

    Favorite food spot: Patxi's Pizza. Gary Danko was the best meal I have had in the city.

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: 850 Bryant

    Favorite skate shop: DLX

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: SF tap water

    Favorite living SF legend: Don Ed Hardy

    Favorite annual event: My favorite annual event: is Lazy, Talentless 30 Something Losers Becoming Tattooers Day

    Guilty pleasure in SF: Fuck guilt

    Best live music venue: Great American Music Hall

    Favorite park: Bernal Hill

    Best Burrito: Sometimes Cancun

    Best barber shop: I have cut my own hair my whole life except for once in the early 90s

    Best tattoo shop: Circa 1974: Realistic Tattoo.  Now: Us. Duh!

    Best shoe shop: My free Vans hookup

    Best camera rental: Calumet

    You’d only find this in San Francisco: A board of supervisors and a small number of constituents so politically correct and inept that reality is akin to bizaro world.

    Giants or As? Fuck Baseball!

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival? Noise Pop

  • Sarah Murder

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    Can elegance wear a baseball cap? Can grace have sweat dripping from its brow? Can beauty drink you under the table? If your name is Sarah Murder, then the answer is undoubtedly yes. With a Cycle Messenger World Championship under her belt, her cell ringing with calls from her clients at Cupid Courier Collective, and now the keys to her own store called Pushbike in her pocket, Sarah has proven beyond a doubt that she is the epitome of messengerdom. That is, she gets stuff done. Period. There is no single person that is more representative of bike messenger culture in San Francisco than Ms. Sarah Murder. In her own quiet way she has transcended just being a messenger in San Francisco. Sarah is San Francisco, recognized worldwide, having raced in places far flung as Tokyo and Zurich, from Dublin to Seattle. Her abilities on the bike, and inimitable style have made her an icon, loved for who she is as much as all she represents. It is fitting that Sarah, who has had such an influence on the messenger style across the globe, would create a venue by which she can peddle her wares. She calls it Pushbike. Her store is a microcosm of all that is good about bicycle culture in San Francisco, catering to the clothing and accessory needs of the two wheeled warrior in you. — Mike Rabdau, Godspeed Courier

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    Favorite Neighborhood: Mission

    Best cheap eats:  Ted's Deli

    Favorite bar:  Bender's

    Favorite coffee shop:  Trouble Coffee

    Favorite place to buy threads:  Levi's Union Square

    Favorite tourist attraction:  Musee Mecanique

    Favorite bike shop:  Box Dog Bikes

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink:   Mojo Bicycle Cafe

    Best museum or gallery:  Gallery Heist

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city:  up and down hills! big loops around the city! and downtown

    Favorite food spot:  Sunflower Vietnamese

    Favorite hidden gem in SF:  Seward St. Slides

    Favorite skate shop:  Mission Skateboards

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage:   De La Paz Coffee

    Favorite living SF legend:  Frank Chu

    Favorite annual event:  Beer to Brakers

    Guilty pleasure in SF:  Humphrey Slocombe's Ice Cream

    Best live music venue: Hemlock

    Favorite park:  Sydney G. Walton Square

    Best Burrito:  Veggie at El Metate

    Best barber shop:  Original Palace

    Best tattoo shop:  Let it Bleed

    Best shoe shop:  Shoe Biz

    Best camera rental:  Calumet

    You’d only find this in San Francisco:  Buffalo in Golden Gate Park!?!

    Giants or As?  Giants

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival?  Noise Pop

  • REBEL8: Mike Giant & Joshy D.

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    Joshy D. and Mike Giant met in the late 1990's in San Francisco's then bustling graffiti scene when Joshy D. was looking for a tattoo artist. The two built a natural friendship that eventually transpired into a partnership with Mike Giant voluntarily creating graphics for Joshy D. to print onto t-shirts. With small aspirations and no business plan, the two took $500 and created a company founded on the idea of designing shirts, printing as many as the budget would allow, selling those and then making more shirts. After seven years of calculated, controlled growth, Joshy D. an Mike Giant have transformed REBEL8 into a flourishing, internationally-recognized clothing company.

     

    A crucial driving force of the brand is the city JoshyD. and Mike Giant both call home --- San Francisco, California. A hidden artistic gem amonst giant metropolises like Los Angeles and New York, San Francisco's strength and perseverance has been mirrored in much of REBEL8's success. Like the city that has had to rebuild over and over again, the brand has had to prove itself over and over again to critics and mimics alike. Over time, REBEL8 has grown to become a staple of San Francisco and represents the city's 415 area code subtly in many of its t-shirt graphics.

    Today, Joshy D handles the business side of the brand while Mike Giant sees to the artistic direction and growth of REBEL8. The authenticity and uniqueness of each graphic, each design and each collaboration is a testament of the lifestyle the two artists continue to embody on a daily basis. Now nearly ten years deep into the clothing game, REBEL8 has scarcely transfigured from its origins as a humble, quality-conscious company. While the brand has begun dabbling in projects outside of fashion, the focus remains on aesthetically pleasing, high quality attire.

    The very weaknesses that previously limited REBEL8's capabilities have now become the strengths that define the brand's identity. What was once a lack of money now allows for a selectivity in collaborative projects and business decisions. Mike Giant's singular aesthetic has grown into a distinctive characteristic that seperates the brand from its counterparts. And REBEL8's former strengths of consistency and originality have only intensified with its growth over time.

    Over the next ten years, REBEL8 will undoubtedly maintain the same consistency its fan base has grown accustomed to. That's not to say that Joshy D. and Mike Giant won't be pushing the boundaries of what REBEL8 is. REBEL8 will remain REBEL8, only with with a larger product range that's more readily availible. In an era of mass production and compromise for revenue, REBEL 8 promises to stay true to its humble beginnings.

    — Emily Shen

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    Joshy D

    Favorite Neighborhood: Mission.

    Best cheap eats: Tonayense taco truck.

    Favorite bar: I wish I only had one favorite. It's like best friends in grade school, you can't just say one.

    Favorite coffee shop: I don't drink coffee but from what I hear it's all about Four Barrel. I wonder if they make hot chocolate?

    Favorite place to buy threads: I actually don't shop for clothing. I wear mainly REBEL8 or friend's brands and they just send me what I want. But when Downtown I always seem to end up at Urban Outfitters.

    Favorite tourist attraction: 6th & Market.

    Favorite bike shop: Box Dog Bikes.

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink: It'd be too predictable to say Zeitgeist. I'm going with a Tecate tall boy in Dolores Park.

    Best museum or gallery: Academy of Sciences.

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: Panhandle.

    Favorite food spot: Del Fina.

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: My house.

    Favorite skate shop: FTC.

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: Sourdough bread.

    Favorite living SF legend: Joe Montana

    Favorite annual event: Burning Man. It's great when the hippies leave for a few days.

    Guilty pleasure in SF: Holy shit. If only my dick was doing this interview.

    Best live music venue: Great American.

    Favorite park: Dolores.

    Best Burrito: La Taqueria.

    Best barber shop: Still looking. I fuck with Sanka at Great Clips on Fulton St.

    Best tattoo shop: Everlasting.

    Best shoe shop: Shoe Biz.

    Best camera rental: This ain't amateur hour homie.

    Giants or As? Gigantes all day. Oakland ain't Frisco.

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival? Fuck you.

     

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    Mike Giant www.mikegiant.com

    Favorite Neighborhood: The Tenderloin

    Best cheap eats: Tu Lan

    Favorite bar: Benders

    Favorite coffee shop: All Stars Donuts at Hyde and Golden Gate

    Favorite place to buy threads: HUF

    Favorite tourist attraction: The Victorians on Alamo Square

    Favorite bike shop: Freewheel on Hayes

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink: Zeitgeist

    Best museum or gallery: Guerrero Gallery

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: Golden Gate Park

    Favorite food spot: Giovanni’s handmade pizzas at Club Deluxe

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: Specs bar

    Favorite skate shop: FTC

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: Anchor Steam beer

    Favorite living SF legend: Twist

    Favorite annual event: Folsom Street Fair

    Guilty pleasure in SF: Girl watching at Union Square

    Best live music venue: Great American

    Favorite park: Dolores

    Best Burrito: Pancho Villa

    Best barber shop: I haven’t cut my hair in years.

    Best tattoo shop: Blackheart

    Best shoe shop: Kaplan’s on Market

    Best camera rental: No idea.

    You’d only find this in San Francisco: The Lusty Lady

    Giants or As? Duh. What’s my name?

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival? No idea.

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  • Princess Donna

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    Hard. Edgy. Dominant. Smart. Beautiful. Queer Tattoos as black as her thigh highs and skin as smooth as her leather corset; Princess Donna will hold your body like she holds her own heart, unfraid of squeezing until damage has been done.

    Princess Donna has been working at Kink.com since August 1st, 2004, when she was hired as the company's second female director. A california native, Donna studied Photography as well as Gender and Sexuality Studies at New York University. After school she returned to the West Coast to take over one of Kink's most popular sites and became one of the Queens of BDSM. This led to her creating her own site in their network a couple of years later that incorporates a public audience and interaction with the stars.

    Filled with strength as well as compassion, Princess Donna is capable of shoving you down while stroking your heart. She will tie you up and set you free. — Isaac Fitzgerald

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    Favorite Neighborhood: The MISSION!!!!!

    Best cheap eats: La Taqueria or Sunflower Vietnamese

    Favorite bar: I do love the 500 club, Zeitgeist, and the Lexington. There’s a really cute bartender at the Q Bar, so that’s a good one for eye candy (and a good drink).

    Favorite coffee shop: Mission Beach, Four Barrel and Maxfield’s

    Favorite place to buy threads: Thrift stores!!!! Mission Thrift. Community Thrift. All the thrifts. But my favorite SF designer is Kittin Hawk, so when I’m not thrifting I’m buying her stuff at the Bell Jar, Revolver, or Archetype. She is so amazing!

    Favorite tourist attraction: Dolores Park. Is that a tourist attraction?

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink: Dolores Park. But you gotta bring your own drinks.

    Best museum or gallery: I’ve been to some good shows at 111 Minna

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: I only really ride it to and from work, so I guess that’s my favorite ride.

    Favorite food spot: B Star. The Tea Leaf Salad is oh my god so amazing!

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: If I told you then it wouldn’t be hidden anymore.

    Favorite annual event: PRIDE!!!!!

    Guilty pleasure in SF: Listening to country music while driving around town.

    Best live music venue: I like the Fillmore. I’ve seen lots of good shows there, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Jackie Greene….

    Favorite park: Dolores Park

    Favorite form of entertainment in San Francisco? I love dancing. Favorite places to dance are Hard French at El Rio, and Sissy Strut at SF Underground.

    Favorite place to see a movie? The Castro Theater

    Who are some of your favorite creative forces in SF? Brande Baugh and Justin Kelly (film collaborators), Kittin Hawk (fashion designer). Sharkey (photographer). All my co-workers!

    What is the number one reason to call SF home? My fantastic job.

    Best Burrito: La Taqueria

    Best tattoo shop: I like them all. Warlock and Blackheart I suppose

    Best shoe shop: Gucci

    You’d only find this in San Francisco: The porn castle that I work in.

  • Merkley???

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    Merkley??? is boss. I dig his maximalist style the most. (For a true hedonist, too much is never enough.) His photos are the visual equivalent of snorting a few dozen lines of Pixy Stix and listening to "Ballroom Blitz" by The Sweet at full volume. Through headphones. Headphones made from chihuahua skulls. By Chinese political prisoners.

    Does this guy really need any more testimonials? He's worse than that Jesus guy. Not H. Christ, the OTHER Jesus, the guy who hangs out at the laundromat and steals womens' panties from the dryer.

    — Coop

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    Favorite Neighborhood: LOWER HAIGHT!

    Best cheap eats: Taquerias El Castillito & El Farolito

    Favorite bar: Beauty Bar

    Favorite coffee shop: I don't like poetry

    Favorite place to buy threads: I have my stuff tailor made in Vietnam

    Favorite tourist attraction: aggressive panhandlers

    Favorite bike shop: exercise? ew

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink: I am an indoor type fella, but i will rock a sparks in a brown bag on the walk there. Flasks are good for outdoors too.

    Best museum or gallery: 111 minna

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: again with the bikes. are you calling me fat?

    Favorite food spot: El Castillito

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: If I told you, the secret would be out. My lips are sealed.

    Favorite skate shop: umm, I don't skate but I know some of the kids at FTC

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: SF Taquerias!

    Favorite living SF legend: My corner store clerk

    Favorite annual event: I like it when everyone leaves for burning man and the city is left with only the cool people.

    Guilty pleasure in SF: Attempting to discern the aromatic difference between certain a certain brand of dyke and your average cheese burger.

    Best live music venue: The Independent

    Favorite park: The duck pond and fern gardens in GG

    Best Burrito: the best burrito isn't a burrito it's the Quesadilla Castillito. But if you must have a burrito answer it really is the super carne asada at Cancun

    Best barber shop: I cut my own hair but I have dozens of friends who do hair in the lower haight. Someone said there are more salons in the lower haight per capita than anywhere in the world and I am inclined to believe it.

    Best tattoo shop: I just made a tattoo gun out of an electric toothbrush, a sewingneedle and a fine point sharpie. I have been practicing on grapefruits. I believe in DIY obvs.

    Best shoe shop: Payless

    Best camera rental: Never rented.

    You’d only find this in San Francisco: The Best Drag Queens!

    Giants or As? ew.

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival? hate them all cuz they fuck up the cab sitch when I need to go do something that is ACTUALLY fun.

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  • Matt Revelli

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    There's a line in Upper Playground's 10-year retrospective book, 10 Years of T-Shirt Graphics, that always sticks with me from countless hours working on that project. Matt Revelli, Creative Director of Upper Playground, founded the company 1999, and over the past decade has gone on to celebrate and promote the best of international contemporary art. The story goes, one person bought a Upper Playground tee-shirt on 9/11, and the line read, "The man who bought the tee on 9/11 was completely aware of what had happened, but had just wanted to buy a tee, a sign that if the apocalypse were to happen, someone would still buy a tee on their way out."

    I would like to say that Upper Playground helped start a revolution in apparel and art, fusing the energy of both together into one wearable, affordable, and fashionable medium. The tee-shirt, the hoodie, the fitted cap, designed and aided by the art of an international roster. But Matt (who also serves as the Editor-in-Chief at Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine, one of the seminal publications in contemporary art) and UP has always deflected the praise and recognition to others. Even recently, I heard this line, "I just facilitated the energy and redirected it back out to the world, it was, and is, the talent of the artists, that makes all this happen. I just provide a stage, and they play the concert." And so it goes...    

    — Evan Pricco, Juxtapoz Magazine

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    Favorite Neighborhood: Lower Haight

    Best cheap eats: Cafe International

    Favorite bar: Som Bar

    Favorite coffee shop: Lucky Penny

    Favorite place to buy threads: Unionmade

    Favorite tourist attraction: Cliff House

    Favorite bike shop: uh... City Cycle

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink:  Cafe Du Soleil

    Best museum or gallery: Yerba Buena

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: Ocean Beach

    Favorite food spot: Outerlands

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: Farm and Table

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: ITS IT

    Favorite living SF legend: Fillmore Slim

    Favorite annual event: noise pop is good, or when oracle takes over the city.

    Guilty pleasure in SF: sneaking into hotel pool in union square on hot days

    Best live music venue: Fillmore

    Favorite park: Duboce

    Best Burrito: Little Chihuahua

    Best barber shop: Shave my own head

    Best shoe shop: TRUE

    You’d only find this in San Francisco: The Tenderloin is one of a kind

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  • MASH: Mike Martin & Gabe Morford

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    If you were to ask Mike Martin and Gabe Morford what their intention was when they set out to capture the moments that would make up the iconic film, MASH, I assume the response you'd get back would be one that was overwhelmingly simplistic. Something along the lines of wanting to capture a time in their lives with their friends who were challenging what was possible on a track bike up and down the hills of San Francisco.

    They wanted to make a video. What they created, completely unaware and unintentionally, was a global movement. They won't take credit for a responsibility that heavy, but that is absolutely the credit that's due. The initial idea has since inspired several new chapters in the life of MASH and they continue to support a small hanful of riders who are collectively helping to define what's possible on two wheels.

    What MASH does next as an entity is largely unknown and for the blogs to speculate about. In the meantime, we will continue to have brilliant images.

    Thank you MASH for the incredible attention to detail that goes in to everything you do. You have set a standard that has yet to be matched, and you continue to inspire all of us with each new move.

    — Matt Sharkey

     

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    Mike Martin

    Favorite Neighborhood: Panhandle

    Best cheap eats:  Turkey Sandwich from Arguello Super Market

    Favorite bar:  Zeitgeist when it's sunny

    Favorite coffee shop:  Erik Zo

    Favorite place to buy threads: M.A.C.

    Favorite tourist attraction: Musee Mecanique

    Favorite bike shop: Box Dog Bikes

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink:  Mojo Cafe

    Best museum or gallery: Luggage store Gallery

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: 7X7

    Favorite food spot: San Tung

    Favorite hidden gem in SF:  The San Francisco School

    Favorite skate shop: DLX-SF

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: Tejava black tea

    Favorite living SF legend:  Gabe Morford

    Favorite annual event: Breakers to Bay

    Guilty pleasure in SF:  In&out burger at fisherman's wharf

    Best live music venue: Any apartment kitchen

    Favorite park: Golden Gate Park

    Best Burrito: Los Compadres taco trucks

    Best barber shop: My wife

    Best tattoo shop: Seventh Son Tattoo + Skull & Sword

    Best shoe shop:  Huf

    Best camera rental: Rental Express

    You’d only find this in San Francisco:  Good people from around the world, who fell in love with the best city on the planet and so they stayed.

    Giants or As? Supercross at the giants stadium

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival? Noise Pop Festival

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    Gabe Morford

    Favorite Neighborhood:  Western Addition/Panhandle

    Best cheap eats: Red's Java House or Trader Joe's

    Favorite bar: Buckshot (on Geary) but I can't vouch for weekends.

    Favorite coffee shop: Atlas Cafe

    Favorite place to buy threads: Old Navy

    Favorite tourist attraction: Golden Gate Bridge

    Favorite bike shop: Freewheel Hayes

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink:  Java Beach Cafe

    Best museum or gallery: Musee Macanique

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: I have a loop that I like but anywhere is fine.

    Favorite food spot: Hanabi (RIP) Crossroads Cafe

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: Presidio Bowl

    Favorite skate shop: FTC.Huf.MIsson Skateboards

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: Calistoga Sparkling Water

    Favorite living SF legend: Tommy Guerrero

    Favorite annual event: Thanksgiving Vacation

    Guilty pleasure in SF: Pedicures

    Best live music venue: Great American Music Hall

    Favorite park: Golden Gate Park

    Best Burrito: Mariachi or Papalote

    Best barber shop: Pretty Pretty Collective next to Boggaloos on 22

    Best tattoo shop: N/A

    Best shoe shop: Huf on Hayes

    Best camera rental: Calumet Photographic or Pro camera depending on job.

    You’d only find this in San Francisco: Summer in October

    Giants or As? I used to go to Candlestick Park as a kid and watch the Giant's. So there is a little spot in my heart for them.

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival? I've only been to Treasure Island Music Festival and that was pretty fun.

  • Kent Uyehara

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    FTC has been an integral part of the San Francisco skateboarding scene for the past 25 years. Every legendary skateboarder who has come from or moved to San Francisco over the past several decades has been affected by or involved with this seminal skate shop in one way or another.

    Kent Uyehara is the man behind this now wolrd famous store and brand. He is a San Francisco native, a curator, a politician and proud business owner. He is also the man responsible for Solo Snowboards which was a game-changer in the early 90's and Western Edition Skateboards, along with Ian Jonhson, which still thrives today. Kent instills a sense of "Family" to his business and anyone who makes his aquaintance undoubtedly feels that.

    Kent and FTC have also made a signficant impact on the local street scene by curating various art shows at the store on Haight Street. Many of today's big street artists like Mike Giant, Bigfoot, Misk, PNUT, and Mars1 have penned a graphic for FTC before breaking out as well-known artists.

    What started out as a single storefront in San Francisco is now represented globally by FTC retail stores in Tokyo, Sacramento and Barcelona. San Francisco can be very proud of this native son. The acronym FTC has many meanings but a favorite is "FOR THE CITY," a motto that both Kent and the brand truly live by. — Graham James

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    Favorite Neighborhood: Upper & Lower Haight

    Best cheap eats: Most homestyle ethnic restaurants in SF

    Favorite bar:  Movida Lounge (RIP)

    Favorite coffee shop: Never drank it

    Favorite place to buy threads: Haight Street

    Favorite tourist attraction: Golden Gate Bridge

    Favorite bike shop: SFO

    Best place with outside seating to get a drink: Beach Chalet on a sunny day

    Best museum or gallery:  Academy of Science in Golden Gate Park

    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: the whole City

    Favorite food spot: ChaChaCha for one but there are too many to list, really

    Favorite hidden gem in SF: Tu Lan Vietnamese restaurant

    Favorite skate shop: FTC

    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: Bay Bread Co aka La Boulange

    Favorite living SF legend: Willie McCovey

    Favorite annual event: Doin' It in the Park BBQ

    Guilty pleasure in SF: Dressing the same year round

    Best live music venue: Bimbo's 365 Club

    Favorite park: Golden Gate Park

    Best Burrito:  Zona Rosa, Papalote, Pancho Villa

    Best barber shop: Aya@Japan Beauty Center cuts my hair

    Best tattoo shop: No tattoos yet

    Best shoe shop: Harput's back in the day (RIP)

    Best camera rental: Gasser

    You’d only find this in San Francisco: The Bushman

    Giants or As? Giants and then A's

    Noise Pop, Outside Lands or Treasure Island Music Festival? Whatever one gives me comp tickets

  • Keith Hufnagel

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          Huf is what I call one of my "super friends." Growing up skating with Keith, every day was an adventure. Rolling the streets of Manhattan, filming him ollie over anything and everything in his way, I watched him transform into the amazing skateboarder he is today. When he popped over to SF, he began riding Fun skateboards with his partner in crime Keenon Milton, cruising the hills of SF and smashing the ledges of the Embarcadero. From there he moved on and created a career riding for Real Skateboards, and soon the world began to know the name Huf.
    Being one of the most famed pros at Real Skateboards, and full time resident in SF, he decided to open his own shop appropriately named HUF. Rather than a traditional skateshop, HUF was one of the original boutiques representing skate, street and sneaker culture. Huf's presence as a worldwide skateboard legend and staple in the industry definitely helped him balance his shop and increase its popularity. He soon expanded, and opened up 2 more shops, one in L.A. and one in S.F.
    Today, Huf is still riding as a pro for Real. He is currently filming his next video part, running 3 shops, and just launched his own footwear line in July. I'm blown away by how hard he works and am always impressed by how he manages to maintain one of the best attitudes in the world. Huf is a sarcastic, funny man, who will ollie over your head if you're not looking.
    I laugh at people when they complain about the one job they have because Huf physically and mentally is doing it up on all angles. He is, hands down, the hardest working man in our industry.
    — Alex Corporan

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    Favorite Neighborhood: Tenderloin
    Best cheap eats: Taco Truck outside BestBuy
    Favorite bar: Minx
    Favorite coffee shop: Blue Bottle
    Favorite place to buy threads: HUF
    Favorite tourist attraction: Golden Gate Bridge
    Favorite bike shop: Freewheel on Hayes Street
    Best place with outside seating to get a drink: Streets
    Best museum or gallery: MOMA
    Favorite place to ride your bike in the city: Golden Gate Park
    Favorite food spot: Patxi's
    Favorite hidden gem in SF: Bombing Hyde
    Favorite skate shop: Huf on Sutter
    Favorite locally produced food or beverage: Blue Bottle
    Favorite living SF legend: Tommy Guerrero
    Favorite annual event: Blue Angels during Fleet Week
    Guilty pleasure in SF: Lusty Lady
    Best live music venue: Fillmore
    Favorite park: Golden Gate Park
    Best Burrito: Pancho Villa
    Best barber shop: Home
    Best tattoo shop: Tramp Stamp
    Best shoe shop: HUF
    Giants or As? Giants

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