My most incoherent headline yet.
And this was the answer.
Comes now The Tens with his take on photographer-model duality:
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The owner of this ride first “lost” a wheel to a professional junkie / bike thief. Then the owner left the immobilized bike parked on the mean streets of San Francisco overnight. Then the thieves came back to finish the job.
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Was this an especially desirable bike?
Nope. (Note carpet remnant used as saddle upholstery.)
Wouldn’t it make more sense if the thieves were able to steal the whole bike?
You know, back in the day, about twenty years ago, bike thieves would aspire to steal your whole bike. Thieves would carry around car jacks stolen from Volvos so they could be used to pry apart U-locks.
I think I’d prefer that, losing the whole bike, over coming back and seeing something like this.
You know, back in the day, horse thieves would steal your whole horse. They wouldn’t just take the tail or a leg and then leave you with a horse carcass.
Let’s make this a rule: Bike thieves, take the whole bike or nothing at all.
End of line.
O.K., so skip down below to see the ad from Target / Converse Shoes that caused a stir a while back. You know, over the whole “IF YOU”RE NOT THE MODEL, BE THE PHOTOGRAPHER” thing.
So I was thinking the photographer gal shown might actually have been a photographer who became a model for the first time because somebody took a photo of her OTJ photographing models.
And then I just saw this link here from Erin Williams talking about “the ad that I shot for Converse,” so I thought, yeah, she is a photographer IRL:
“My mom told me about this blog post that someone saw online in regards to the ad that I shot for Converse for Target. The tagline in the ad is “If you can’t be the model, be the photographer”. I guess not everyone liked the line… What do you think?”
But then one more click to one of the galleries on her website reveals she’s a model model:
(Because, of course, “the ad that I shot for Converse” can mean different things depending on whether you’re a model or a photographer.)
So, as stated, mystery solved.
Keep up the good work, Erin Williams.
“Maybe you can look at this new ad from Target and just lol.
But not Steve Meyer Photography, oh no:
“i just saw this ad on the back of a magazine. i feel so offended i need to take another deep breath before i start ranting. the tag line is “If you’re not the model, be the photographer.”
And Tzulin is not impressed, not at all:
“I’m a girl and I was like…what! Converse, my favorite brand, is saying … If you can’t be a model…then be the photographer, those who can’t do..teach… so offended !“
But You Make The Call.*
As seen on Masonic:
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Because the little monsters will mess you up.
As seen on Polk betwixt Grove and McAllister:
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Now, take this carcass into a bike shop and they’ll start talking about Chuck the Wheelbuilder and how great he is and then they’ll quote you a price that exceeds what you paid for the bike in the first place.
Let’s go on patrol with the San Francisco Guardian Angels near 7th Street just south of Market (aka the quieter part of our corrupt Twitterloin):
“We ran into two women that were showing off their body parts so JD stopped the group and we went over there to check it out and see if there was anything we could do. But not too long later, Sparky got assaulted with some keys and we had to call the police at this point.”
Here’s the aftermath:
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Now, what gives the San Francisco Guardian Angels the right to impose their values, you know, regarding issues such as the appropriate amount of body-part-showing-off you should be doing, in San Francisco?
I don’t know.
*Can you imagine? Like, what if these GA’s started patrolling the Castro or red carpet walks in front of the Academy Awards?
Or seatpin or saddlepole or whatever you call the tube of metal or whatnot that the little monsters tend to also take when they set out to steal bike parts.
Now this kind of thing just didn’t happen back in the day. The bike thief of the 1990′s would do things proper, he’d take the trouble to first steal a Volvo car jack and then he’d carry it around all over the place hoping for the chance to jack your ride by applying force to your U-lock. Then he’d ride off.
I think I prefer the old-school thieves.
Or maybe this fellow is a stud what doesn’t need a saddle. (Actually I think I recognize him through his shoes.) Anyway, one for the ladies:
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The point is that you’d almost never see this kind of pathetic scene back in the good olde days…
I don’t know, I suspect that if this U-lock had been just a skosh smaller, it wouldn’t have been so easy to break.
I still think that protecting accessories is the big issue, so consider this image a kind of Minority Report.
Evidence of a clean getaway in the Financh – unusual these days…
Be on guard. This place is full of vultures, vultures everywhere,everywhere.
Now, back in the day, back in the 1970′s and 1980′s, bike thieves would strive to take your whole bike, and usually, they would succeed. But then came the U- Lock. The Bike Theft Community responded by carrying around Volvo car jacks, and freeze gas, and whatnot. But that wasn’t too practical, it turned out. And U Locks got better – physically smaller and harder to pick. So, the Bike Theft Community responded by being satisfied to simply strip parts from your bike for easy resale. And that’s the situation we have now.
I’ll tell you, back in the day, the 415 didn’t have such a robust market for stolen bike parts running 24-7 the way we do now. That’s why, especially when compared with most other parts of the USA, your focus should be on protecting accessories on the frame as opposed to the frame itself. Sure, U locks still get broken, but not at all at the rate of two decades ago, that’s for sure.
Now, because the average low-life bike theft tweeker has seemingly lost the technology of breaking U locks, you can safely go cheap, like a $15 OnGuard / WalMart.com special. That’ll free up some of your cash to protect the things that matter:
How do you do that? I don’t know, cables and chains and leashes and locking skewers and ball bearings superglued into your headset, thusly. Anything to make your low-life tweeker bike thief carry a bunch of different kinds of tools around, anything to make your low-life tweeker bike thief reconsider a few life choices.
Encountering a 21st century horse thief outside of your favorite local bar. Oh well: