Thursday, March 31, 2011

A Street Sign for Johnny Nitro

A Streetsign for Johnny Nitro, originally uploaded by deanv41.

Johnny Nitro, a longtime San Francisco bluesman, died last February. He held court at the Saloon on Grant Avenue, one of the city's oldest dives in North Beach, and lived in an apartment upstairs. I've never been much of a straight-up blues fan, but I do appreciate the loss of a real local character and a name I've associated with The City as long as I've lived here.

A local street artist and true last-of-the-Beats poet, Elvis Christ, who is known for his amazing aphorisms written on masking tape and applied to sidewalks and walls, used the Fresno Street sign to re-dedicate it to Nitro. It's a fitting, homespun, and slightly mischevious homage to a fellow artist.

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