Jeffro the Guitar Kid

Most days this young man is out on the pier doing his music. Most days I shoot a photo of him.
I recently spoke with him and sent him some of the photos. Here is part of his reply:

Yo Ed. Thanks for these. My favorites are the ones with the little kid who's interested in my deal. I enjoy interacting with little kids a lot. I think the picture where the mom is trying to get the little kid to move along and go with her is my favorite. I also really like the picture with what seems to be an Asian lady. I wonder if I've seen her out there before walking around. some of the old Asian ladies go out regularly. I like the picture with the guy whos holding flowers. him and his company seem to be very aware their pictures being taken. I always just try to focus on the music. I've kinda felt over the years that if you're street performing people want to see you get into what you're doing, they don't really want or need you to acknowledge them. they want to see you be natural, and get lost in what you're doing. they want to see you be you without the sense of your being watched. sometimes it scares people away when you acknowledge them too much. they might think you want something from them. or maybe it just breaks the moment. I remember John Lennon once said "In new York they're cool, but in paris they make an effort to be cool, there's a difference." or something like that. it's the same rule. just be yourself, don't try to gain their attention or reject it or anything. you being you is what's best. don't make an effort towards anything. they'll feel your energy and respond to whatever it is, good or bad. but if someone is clearly interested I will try to nod or wave or make eye contact with them because I am grateful for their interest.
Posted March 27th, 2014 by Not so benevolent underlord.
Holy shit. Show at seeing things gallery?

Must. Go.

I'll be there.

I hope work doesn't prevent me. Ps I got a job at Trader Joe's stooooked.

Anywho. That epicly later'd conclusion was epic. Up there with the Cardiel episodes. Fuck. Deanna really laid it out. I mean, nobody wants to see you slam 20 times trying a trick on a 10 stair. I mean yeah it would be sick but your style shines through even when you cruise. The push. That video jharms posted of the ollie north gave me a total chub. Tempster steeze for dayyyyyys. Ed. You're one of the most beautiful people in this world. By beauty I mean having lots of stuff to admire about you. Your skating, the company you built and creative people you've brought into the spotlight and surround yourself with. All the skaters on Toy. Your art is enriching and stimulating. You're a super nice dude, you talk to your nerdy fans on the Internet. I've been a pawn for days, but still am a total nerd for everything you do.

Josiah. Congrats on getting married!

It's cool to get a blurb from a street performer. They're everywhere but their internal thoughts and motivation aren't always clearly expressed.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on March 28th, 2014 at 08:39AM PST
Ps how tall is Tosh Townend? He looked huge in that vans HB park clip.

When is he coming back to emerica. Jk it's not my decision. Like people that want p.rod back on es. At least get bobby Worrest and Mccrank back on.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on March 28th, 2014 at 10:08AM PST
Nice words Jgonz. I couldn't have put it better.

I'd like to see Tosh get on Toy. But I guess he's doing other things... he was definitly one of my favourite skaters back in the This is skateboarding days. I guess it was kind of a crush. He's got great style, and he seems like a wonderful person. He did have a lot of injuries that f-ed things up for him for a while. Ankle operations etc. Just bad luck maybe.
Posted By: emilie on March 28th, 2014 at 01:50PM PST
It's really cool to see a street performer who is honestly into what he is doing and isn't just trying to make a quick buck. Here in Portland there are so many street kids half-assing it just to get enough money to get high again.

I haven't watched the epically later'd I've been waiting for all the parts to come up so I can see it in one sitting. Looks like now's the time
Posted By: Tenant on April 1st, 2014 at 10:44AM PST
Posted By: Jgonzalez on April 2nd, 2014 at 04:17PM PST
Want to hear him singing like video or something looks like a real cool type of guy
Posted By: Jeff on April 6th, 2014 at 12:38PM PST
I'm back again. Nice to see that ed is still blogging!
Posted By: vinny on April 7th, 2014 at 12:52AM PST
Posted By: S on April 10th, 2014 at 01:09AM PST
Why dont you come out and dance by the light of the moon tonight
Posted By: black betty on April 22nd, 2014 at 04:13PM PST
slacking on commenting
Posted By: Mike on April 30th, 2014 at 03:32PM PST
Great set!
Posted By: Eggs on August 11th, 2014 at 12:20PM PST
I've just lurked you guys! Hope all is well! I'm about to Instagram this. See y'all on the other side!
Posted By: Josiah on September 1st, 2014 at 11:04PM PST
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