Thursday, January 08, 2009

Colorful Character: Seattle's Scarfman


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I was going for an archetypal Americana scene being played out perfectly in the window of Jim's Barber Shop on 15th Ave NE, when out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw a colorful living garden gnome in bright orange hat entering stage left. When I looked up from the view finder I realized it was none other than skirt-clad Scarfman, the ubiquitous street performance artist for whom all of Seattle is an unihibited dance stage. He was moving really fast and I saw not a trace of his bright trademark scarves trailing behind, just a moving blur of bright colors. Does your city have it's characters and ambassadors of good will?

9 comments:

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Small City Scenes said...

This is todays Americana (Norman Rockwell) scene. Normalcy and characters. Who knew???? MB

JohnPainter said...

hi Kim,
I just discovered, and promptly began following, your blog several months ago. I am a Buffalo, NY native, but have lived in Boston and Baltimore. I began forming a kind-of fascination with the city and surrounding areas of Seattle about 5 years ago, partly due to seeing a live performance of Heather Woodbury's "what ever". It is your photos, like this one, what capture both a personal and an iconic view of the city life which keep me coming back to your site. I am strongly considering a move to Seattle in my not-too-distant future.

John

Mo said...

Yours is a very special street character. London has many as well. You captured a great shot moment here.

D.C. Confidential said...

I'm embarrassed to admit that I don't know if D.C. has a colorful character, but when I lived in the Bay Area, there was a guy in San Francisco named Frank Chu who has become a city icon. I'm not sure I'd call him an ambassador of goodwill. He certainly isn't spreading ill will either. Let's just say Frank is, well, touched. A character, but touched.

Cool photo, Kim!

Chuck Pefley said...

Quite reminiscent of Marie-Noyale's (Larchmont, NY) barbershop image from today, except yours is still open and moving targets abound.

Petrea said...

Hi Kim, nice to see you again. And I've enjoyed the shots of your fill-ins while you were away. Sounds like Scarfman needs as many scarves as he can get, from the reports we're hearing today.

Kris said...

We used the have a fellow who would dance about (the "dancing man", how very creative), but he passed on a few years back.

Anonymous said...

Scarfman's name is Bo Odyssey and he has as colorful a history as his scarves. Ask him about his years as a professor.