Image of Fat City

January 22, 2014

in History, Merlin Metalworks, Scrap Book Photos

One of the many positive outcomes of Seven Cycles’ recent flood was this gift from David Porter of Winooski Bicycle.  I’ve known David for many years and I think he knew I’d appreciate his gift:

Fat City poster image

A limited edition photograph print of Fat City’s Somerville shop from about 1989 I’m guessing by the content of the shop.

Fat City poster logo

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.

Fat City poster number

* 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!

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