We Built This City spotted this dude on 17th and Mission today.


Happy Father’s Day, cool dads!

To celebrate, let’s take a look back at our famous “Cool Dads” post from 5 years ago. Here it is, along with its star-studded comments section:

Cool Dads

Posted Feb 16, 2009 at 2:33 am by Allan Hough
Categories: Fashion

Hipster-related comment of the week, courtesy of Aaron Mayfield-Sunshine:

hipsters cannot be 30 or 40 something. 32 is the max! after that you become a cool dad.



“Cool Kid” not “Hipster”

7 Responses to “Cool Dads”

  1. ct says:

    Our first child is due 2 days before my 32nd birthday. So, uh, apparently.

  2. zinzin says:

    i waited till i was 38. what happened to me in the middle there? 6 years in stereotype limbo. explains some things….

  3. kiya says:

    This means i’ve got exactly 7 months left before i’m not longer a hipster?
    How can i become a “cool dad” without any children?

  4. zinzin says:

    you can borrow mine for an afternoon if you like. prefers organic fruit, listens to the ramones, likes to draw pictures. makes for a pleasant time….

  5. johnny0 says:

    So does your kid actually have to be able to indicate you are a cool dad with words, or does a 6 month old’s giant giggling smile suffice?

  6. johnny0 says:

    zinzin, I like that idea — we can trick the aging hipsters into providing us cool dads with child care…

  7. johnny0 says:

    I am saddened by the lack of “cool dad” references in this story.


    Cool dads are the only way new hipsters get created. We are the future!


From One Day in SF

On April 26th over a hundred local filmmakers took their cameras to the streets to document life in San Francisco over a 24 hour period. It was part of a new doc series from the people who made the feature length documentary One Day on Earth. One Day in SF was produced by local filmmaker Winnie Wong, and on the same day filmmakers in ten other cities around the US were participating simultaneously. I was out there with the BAYCAT crew, interviewing people in front of the Roxie and at The Secret Alley. The One Day on Earth team is putting all the pieces together for a 3-part documentary series that we’ll be hearing more about later in the year. You can see the locations of everyone’s videos and watch them on the interactive map, and I’ve included some selections below, mostly Mission-based.

Riding along with an ambulance for the night. Great night shots, and nice profiles of the EMTs:

Kind of has a perfect opening line:


Magic Curry Man on BFF.fm at Noon

Today’s Burrito Justice Radio guest on BFF.fm, your award-winning Internet radio station? The Magic Curry Man himself. Tune in at noon!

magic curry kart, thai burger, basil burger, food, hamburger, food cart, san francisco, mission district

We’ll be talking about his Magic Curry Paste Kickstarter, maps, the neighborhood, cooking classes, and more.

UPDATE: Thanks for listening everyone! The archive of this week’s show is now up.


3D City: Accidents In Stereo

3D City is a year long stereoscopic photography project by Doctor Popular

Film is temperamental. Old cameras can be too. I’ve been shooting on my Nimslo 3D camera long enough to have a decent pile of fuck-ups, but accidents and film aren’t always bad thing. Some of these shots had something wrong happen in developing, others were the result of the film not properly advancing. I hated them when checking them out through the loupe, but found that when I turned them into animations (the Nimslo shots 4 side by side shots at the same time), they took on a life of their own.

More shots after the bump.

Saddest beer garden in the world


La Rondalla is so hot right now

@mgrooves reports:

Anyone know what time this happened?

List of people I saw go by while sitting in the window at West of Pecos drinking margaritas yesterday afternoon

I like West of Pecos for people watching and frozen margaritas (and variations on frozen margaritas). Every time I go there, I look out the window and see literally tons of notable people. Yesterday was no exception:

  • Doc and Mrs. Pop
  • Erika Kali
  • Mike Keegan (of the Roxie)
  • Ben and Mrs. Russo (of Cracked Machine)
  • Guy doing krav maga routines in front of Therapy for literally 1 whole hour
  • Lanky pale guy from Silicon Valley and the Office
  • Fake Stinky (not of Tuff Signals)
  • Jake Faska
  • Three separate people, many minutes apart, wearing the same Airbnb hoodie
  • Doc and Mrs. Pop again
  • The guy who wears gold lamé a lot and is BFFs with the dancing robot
  • Guy in a Cookie Monster outfit (or maybe it was a really fuzzy North Face fleece)
  • Two separate people, several minutes apart, in the same Jawbreaker shirt
  • Bartender from Dear Mom
  • Michael Connolly
  • Ben Ward
  • Bike messenger who looks like Michael Connolly
  • Tall guy who is friends with Andrew Sarkarati
  • Jake and Bethany (who met and got engaged at Amercian Tripps) and Baby Gray
  • Michael Connolly again
  • A little baby on a little baby scooter riding by yelling, “Manila, Manila, Manila!”

Did I say hi to any of them? Nope, I just sat there and made my list.

Keep in Touch, Ol’ Scott

The first bar I ever went to (besides with my dad as a kid) was the Uptown. It was a great experience, just what I always thought a bar would be like: Dark, damp and a little scary. I felt totally at home. Last week the owner, Scott Ellsworth, passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. I didn’t know Scott that well, but the couple times we talked he was always really friendly, and very supportive of the weird artsy place my buddies and I were building across the street. He ran a bar that didn’t have a cocktail program or a dress code. He ran a bar where you could sit down, have a shot and a beer and chat with familiar regulars. Inside the Uptown I’ve stored paintings during a scavenger hunt art show, made business deals, broken up fights, maybe gotten in a fight, tried in vain to get up the nerve to talk to a girl, watched my team dominate the World Series, and seen Sean Penn close it down.

[via Facebook]

The Bold Italic has a great tribute to him today, which would have been his 60th birthday.

In 2011, when I posted a picture of “KiTOS”, the letters on the back of the bar, Scott wrote in to tell us that it stood for the previous owner’s names, Kim and Tony. Let’s just say now it stands for “Keep in Touch, Ol’ Scott.”

3D City: Sunny Day Real Estate

3D City is a year long stereoscopic photography project by Doctor Popular

A weekend filled with bikes, low riders, and great weather in our neighborhood. Here’s some pics in case you missed it. All shot on a Fuji FinePix digital camera, which I’m still working on a little review for (in short; a great digital camera, but the lenses are too far apart).

More shots after the bump.