A limited edition photograph print of Fat City’s Somerville shop from about 1989 I’m guessing by the content of the shop.
In another life I worked at Fat City – right in that space. I have a lot of memories from that time and place. Some of which I’ll write about someday.
I was working at Merlin Metalworks while Fat City was across the parking lot. I would visit the the Fat City crew every day. The energy of that space was magnetic. It was so different from Merlin. Merlin was my home; Fat City was like going to a rock show.
I will never forget that, one day, Chris Chance told me to get out of the shop because they had work to do.* I was young and even dumber than I am today; it didn’t really occur to me that they were trying to get work done.
I was fortunate to work at both companies; I learned a lot by watching the divergent, and yet somehow ultimately similar, trajectories of Fat City and Merlin Metalworks. Maybe I will remember those lessens like I remember Chris’ chastising.
The poster’s photos are by Christopher Green. I’m 99% certain it’s this Christopher Green.
* Chris was always extremely nice to me other than that one time. I don’t blame him for shooing me out of the factory. Towards me, he was always very patient, soft spoken, and nice.
Thank you David Porter for the poster and the memories!