meet your modern hobo

Meet Your Modern Hobo: Marie

This super-babe and I have been friends for a long time, I have watched her go from corporate badass (she has a MBA!) to music-industry maven to musician to her current career, designing amazing jewelry under her brand WASTED EFFORT. Most of my pieces are by her, including a badass custom lanyard she made me that I wear on all my tours. Though not a touring lady, she truly embodies the Modern Hobo spirit and is known to get in a car and end up in the desert. Check her out below!


NAME: Marie Foxall

NICKNAME(S): Hoochiemama

OCCUPATION: Jeweler / Small Business Owner / Pop-up Shop Wrangler / Maker of Various Things / Math Whiz.

YOUR COMPANY: Wasted Effort

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Avid reader / Excellent gardener / Mediocre drummer.

YOUR STORY: Hooker with a heart of gold.

FAVOURITE PART OF TRAVEL: The way that nothing ever really works out the way you plan, and that's how the most incredible stuff happens.

TRAVEL HACK: Bring a film camera! If you don't have one, spend a couple bucks on a disposable. I'm as guilty of wanting instant instagram gratification as the next guy, but hear me out. If you break out the film camera even only a small fraction of the time, on those occasions you'll spend a few minutes getting the right shot and the rest of the time actually enjoying what's happening around you, instead of half-heartedly snapping a bunch of mediocre phone photos that will never be seen again. Then you get to relive everything when the photos get developed! Remember how rad that felt? You will now!

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORY: My pal Mel and I were driving through America on a lengthy road trip and we had been away for almost a month when our trusty golden goose of a Mazda, Geena, broke down irreparably on the Texas/Louisiana border. We called a tow truck and asked the driver to tow her to the nearest junkyard so she could be laid to rest. Once we'd said our farewells to Geena, our tow truck driver Larry insisted on driving us all over town to figure out where the bus station was (it was in a 7-11/sandwich shop). The next bus didn't leave for another 24 hours, so Larry insisted on having us stay the night at his place. After much hesitation (and visions of all worst-case scenarios flashing through our minds), we agreed... and he graciously put us up in his camouflage-decorated, crossbow-filled trailer, ordered us a couple pizzas, told us tales of alligator wrestling and gar fishing, and truly lived up to the hype of Southern hospitality. If you're ever in Bridge City, Texas, and you run into a tow truck driver named Larry... give him ten high-fives in a row from me.


Meet Your Modern Hobo: Anthony

Anthony and I met on the Blink 182/Rancid tour when I was out with Against Me! and we've been friends ever since. I most recently saw him when we had a day off in the same town he was gigging in. We're rarely at home so our friendships are as fluid as our schedule, and running into tour friends on the road is one of my favourite parts of this lifestyle. Check him out below!


NAME: Anthony Amor

OCCUPATION: Handler of cotton goods and cheap plastic.

BANDS YOU'VE WORKED FOR: Tegan and Sara, 30 Seconds to Mars, Dillon Francis, Henry Rollins, Chris Cornell, Blink 182.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Morrissey, St Louis Cardinals, animal rights, straight edge.

YOUR STORY: I'm just passing through here on my way to somewhere civilized.

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: The kind of sleep only a bunk on a bus can provide.

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Padlocking a porta potty. 

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: Give vegan a chance.


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Meet Your Modern Hobo: Michael

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Michael and I met through pals and the music scene in Vancouver. We became fast friends with a mutual love for good music and fancy t-shirts. Legs Occult, the band he's in with two of my dear friends, will change your life. Check him out below.


NAME: Michael Douglas Weiss

NICKNAME(S): F**k'n Weiss

OCCUPATION: Drummer/welder/science instrument builder/fashion forecaster/muse.

YOUR BAND: Legs Occult

BANDS YOU'VE PLAYED IN: Legs Occult, Two Towns, Tender Hearts.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: I love fashion photography, beautiful homes, going to the ballet with my girlfriend, making cocktails at home, telling boys to shave their beards and generally looking amazing ;).

YOUR STORY: Small town kid. Amazing family. Started playing music so my big bro would like me. It worked. I was always into the arts and music was the one that really stuck. As time went on I found it more interesting to talk to other artists and get them inspired and evolve their work. Constantly pushing and asking for more. To me that is one of the highest places I have gone with my work. 

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: Looking amazing ;).

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Take nothing but carry on when flying, always show up 2 hours early for flights and have a drink, look amazing, I always think "what would Charlie Watts do?" then do that :).

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORY: A group of friends and I were riding our motorcycles over a long weekend and of course it rained the entire time. The last day a solid 8 hours in we were heading back to Vancouver and a couple of us broke off the main group to crash at my gramma's place. Soaked to the bone, cold, tired, hungover and completely defeated we pulled into her place. With open arms (full of beers) she let us in and offered every one of us a nighty to wear while our clothes were being washed and dried. Being in a room full of bikers with my gramma's floral nighties on and listening to her tell stories (half a bottle of scotch in) was what made that stupid motorcycle trip the best one yet <3. Love you gramma <3.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: Call me some time <3.


Meet Your Modern Hobo: Ian

Though he is heavily involved in music, I actually met Ian through the hilarious and informative baseball podcast (Productive Outs) he co-hosts with Riley from Thrice. He came down to a show when I toured through SF and we've stayed in touch ever since.


NAME: Ian Miller

NICKNAME(S): None that I know of.

OCCUPATION: Writer/editor/web dork and "musician".

YOUR BAND/COMPANYUC Berkeley during the day, Kowloon Walled City, Puig Destroyer, Roman Cities, and various others at night.

BANDS YOU'VE WORKED FORI've done time in Redemption 87, Skankin' Pickle, All You Can Eat, and a bunch of others over the years.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: I love baseball, cycling, and vegan cooking.

YOUR STORYI've been playing music for more than two-thirds of my life. It keeps me sane, it makes me whole, and it's allowed me to travel the world, meet amazing people, and have incredible experiences I would never have had otherwise. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

FAVOURITE PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: It sounds pretty stereotypical, but getting to meet new people, hear new music, and see new sights everyday are all fantastic. Sleeping in the van is a very close second to all of those. 

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: I started practicing yoga about a year ago and doing yoga on the road has been AMAZING. Tour basically requires you to torture your body: you eat poorly, stay up too late, and generally act like a jerk. Doing something physical (in addition to playing and humping gear) is essential. I load video yoga classes on my tablet and do them in my room whenever I get some free time. Do pushups at a rest stop, stretch in your seat or bunk, or take advantage of the hotel gym. Do SOMETHING to counteract all the dumb stuff you're doing on the road. Your body (and your mind!) will thank you. 

Also, bands: DON'T LEAVE ANYTHING UNATTENDED IN THE VAN, EVER. EVER.

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORYHas to be the time a band I was playing in got booked to play a leg of a tour with 311 and No Doubt. Our management booked us in the same hotel as the other two bands in Minneapolis the night of the show at First Avenue show, and a bunch of my bandmates got shithoused and crank-called Gwen and Tony's room all night. They also realized that 311's tour bus -- in which the band and crew were sleeping -- was parked directly outside our hotel window, so they just pummeled it with beer bottles from like 3 to 4 am. The bands eventually figured out who was behind these shenanigans, and while Gwen and Tony were sweethearts about it, the 311 dudes were (understandably) not. Needless to say, we didn't play the rest of that tour!

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: Thanks for asking me to participate, and support your local Hobo! :D


Meet Your Modern Hobo: Franny

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Meet Your Modern Hobo (MYMH) is a weekly feature on all the amazing Modern Hobos we know and love, those travellers and nomads who are part of the MH family.

Franny is a talented and lovely woman, and we are stoked to have her as our first featured Modern Hobo - especially since she did the design for the debut MH shirt, Spirit of '93! Read on to find out her story and best tour/travel hacks.


NAME: Francesca Anderson

NICKNAME(S): Franny

OCCUPATION: Model / actor / designer / Booted Design creator (Etsy store opening in June).

BANDS: I used to sing a bit with Buck 65, but now I just sing in the shower! Been in music videos for Buck 65, Dear Rouge, Coal Chamber, and Spoon.

OTHER INTERESTS/SKILLS: Cooking, crocheting, learning how to code, illustrating.

YOUR STORY: Although I'm not a music tour nomad, I would definitely categorize myself as a Modern Hobo. I'm in the midst of a transition from Canadian to USA living (I'm an American on my passport, but a Canadian at heart!). For the past 9 months I've been living out of suitcases between Toronto & NYC for modelling and acting gigs. I may settle into a design job with actual working hours, or I may just keep on with the "gig" lifestyle. Part of being a Modern Hobo is just not knowing - which is part of the fun!

FAV. PART OF TOUR/TRAVEL: The excuse of not being able to cook on the road - that means I get to challenge myself to find the best, cheap food in every neighborhood I'm in.

TOUR/TRAVEL HACK: Wear frumpier than usual clothing, rub your eyes red, talk nasally, cough once for good measure. No one wants to deal with interrogating you in this state. This pertains also to long bus rides: grab a seat in the back, sprawl your shit out everywhere, and start coughing like crazy so no one wants to sit next to you. I guarantee you'll have a row all to yourself. 

BEST TOUR/TRAVEL STORY: I was once on a 12 hour bus from Toronto to NYC. The driver fancied himself a comedian and got on the intercom EVERY HALF HOUR for a sports / news / weather / "view from the driver's seat" segment. I wanted to kill myself at the time, but it's a good story now. And it means I can live through anything.

ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO SAY?: I like turtles.