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Memories of Messenger Mansion Pt. 1
From 2009-2012, in the heart of the Mission, there was a place that saw some of SF’s fastest and dirtiest scumbags pass through its doors and pass out on its floors.
This place was the Messenger Mansion and while it served as home and hostel too many messengers, it was also the original HQ of TCB Courier.
Here in two parts is a look back at what time I spent inside its walls.
Get Lost Nevada Edition
The Werehaus took a short trip to Las Vegas for NABS. Being on the strip for more than a couple hours will drive anyone insane. To remedy this we headed into the desert to clear our minds for a few hours.
Jeff Twin locked into an over ice.
Somewhere California, 2014
Kyle Rail Hop to Bank - San Francisco, CA - Mamiya 645pro - Kodak Portra 400 - Arthur Alvarez
Follow up to the spotcheck the other day posted on the Full Frame Instagram. Kyle aka Cubby was generous enough to take me out and trick / coach on the finer points of strobing bmx shots. It was a fun evening and I’m already loading up my Mamiya portra to get back out and learn more.
He sticks it.
Hiking Half Dome - Yosemite - California - Pentax 67 - Kodak Portra 400 - Arthur Alvarez
The hike to the top of Half Dome in Yosemite is a battle with one’s will. A series of uphills, roundabouts, slippery paths made of ankle twisting rocks and a death defying finale that people often forget is only the middle. However, this hike alone will take you from cabins, to rivers, and up alongside massive waterfalls. The only recommendation I can give is to do it.
We’re working on a special release from that weekend to truly show how awesome it was. Check back soon
There’s gonna be a zine soon… Cadence is helping with it… all film… all dirty hundo
Since 2008, Victor of Archive Bags has been a one-man operation, creating a variety of handmade and custom bags and accessories out of his home in San Francisco.
While there’s no shortage of bag makers in the Bay Area, Victor’s attention to detail is what makes his pieces so desirable. From sling bags to saddle bags, wallets to backpacks, and whatever else you are lacking, he can (or will heartily attempt) to make it. If anything, the competition helps him thrive. “I like that there’s a community of creative people here, they have an idea and they execute that vision. I also like the idea as a customer of working with someone and getting exactly what you want. I strive for that in my work and try to support others who do the same”
The name Archive is derived from its own definition, “We use our bags to store things we need for work or personal use, I like the dictionary definition of archive as ‘any extensive record or collection of data’ and how this applies to all the things we carry with us.” To compliment this, his sewing always involves clean and sharp edges, triggering thoughts of order and organization when you see his bags on the street.
Trusting in some of the best technology ever created, Victor often takes inspiration from backpacking design in the 70s. Traditional form with maximum functionality is Archive’s end goal every time. His bags have travelled to all parts of the world, with a committed market in Japan (thanks to Blue Lug).
Archive is a subtle but strong force in San Francisco. With a humble smile and a balanced work-ethic, Victor’s years of cutting and sewing have made him an in-house name for some and with quality goods for all. If you aren’t familiar with his work yet, check it out HERE.
Shot using a Mamiya 645, loaded with Portra 400 and 400NC.
I’ve been working on this little piece about Archive and Victor for some time. Now it’s done and ready for your enjoyment! One of the nicest dudes to work and chat with - let him make your next bag!
Stopping at a Subway on the way to the Moon. (4.10.14 Richmond VA) #timskirven365 #rocket #sandwich #space #nasa #drawing #ink #usa
Lydia Davis at Symphony Space, 4/2/14
The gang’s all here.
Mudfoot Dirty Hundo Pt 3
Some more local flavor and casual observations. The motivators and creators of Mudfoot, Tracko/GSC and Team Dream. Seeing the balance of these movers and shakers behind the scenes was impressive and exciting.
All the while Andres continues to raise questions about what makes him so fast.
Mudfoot Dirty Hundo Pt 2
So an idea became a plan and a plan became a van and that van was filled with six bikes, seven dudes and a whole lotta up dog.
We didn’t totally know what to expect, on and off the road in the dry palace of the Los Angeles mountains. We were two teams, most of us messengers, representing TCB Courier and King Kog. The most any of us had ridden in the last week was 70-miles with 7,000 ft of elevation - a few hairs short of what lay ahead. There didn’t seem to be many stakes for our participation in this daunting undertaking, save the personal ones. A sense of accomplishment and the confidence of ones ability to shred the unshreddable awaited at the end of this 90-mile epic, as long as you didn’t succumb to nature or a mechanical.
Gracious volunteers and a host that seemed to thrive on his racers suffering made everything run buttery smooth though, as we let our bodies & mind wander and wonder how much more they could take.
The community of Mudfoot exists in obscurity to most, as it should. Just like the idea that brought us down south, their idea keeps them together but never stagnant. Trailblazing on our steeds is truly representative of our ability to stand up on loose ground.
The Bay Area was thoroughly represented beyond our humble troup of scumbags. Team Vive La Tarte pulled an impressive victory that was at least partially fueled by fried chicken and coke at Redbox. Our young friends from Daly City on Team 18,000,000 Speed leapt over the usual hurdle and drove through the night, only to catch a few hours outside of Golden Saddle Cyclery before pedaling again. My accomplices at Cadence were present, ready and willing for the task at hand. “Little” Kyle from Team Fresh Air Hunter rode to the dirt entrance from his parents house, just to flex his hometown muscle. There were pros, randos, single speeders and casual cruisers in the mix from sunrise to sunset in the Angeles National Forest.
Without question, our lack of expectations were fulfilled by the end of the Dirty Hundo. We were challenged and inspired, tried and lifted, worn out and well fed. Thanks to Mudfoot, Golden Saddle Cyclery, Moi, Kyle and all the friends who made the weekend possible!
Shot using a Mamiya 645, Canon EOS 1v and Contax T2. All loaded with Portra 400.
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