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Frank Chu storming out of the trenches and leading the troops across 8th St.

 

Taken with the indefatigable bendycam.

10th Annual No Pants San Francisco 2011

South of Market, San Francisco

Saint Stupid’s Day Parade 2008

 

photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

 

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The indestructible Frank Chu, as seen in the Financial District, San Francisco.

The indefatigable, ineffable and generously amiable Frank Chu.

 

Through all the changes this city has been through he's remained one of San Francisco's beloved eccentrics, and seeing him still shuffling around with his nonsensical sign gives me hope that San Francscio will always be weird. Frank is our modern-day incarnation of Emperor Norton - he's welcome wherever he goes, and just watching him go you see all sorts of people stopping to ask after him and check that he's doing OK.

 

And yes, before you ask - Frank is the one that inspires my photo titles.

 

As seen at the J-Pop summit Festival, Japantown, San Francisco.

Today at lunch this crazy butt naked pirate was running around Market St. He didn't really seem to be a viral marketing thing or anything, he was just running around yelling at everyone and talking all pirate crazy like.

 

As luck would have it, while he was doing his thing at the corner of Market and 1st, who comes sauntering across the street? None other than his excellency Frank Chu himself. Frank agreed to pose for a photo with the pirate and the pirate kept yammering on in pirate talk about 12 Galaxies the whole time.

Closing out the year with a San Francisco icon.

 

Taken 12/4/14

Thanks to Ben for the photo! Frank didn't bat an eye. Nothing fazes Frank.

10th Annual No Pants San Francisco 2011

I love it: the winner of the Hunky Jesus contest with Frank Chu in the background.

Day of the Dead San Francisco 2012

You haven't visited SF until you've photographed Frank

Mayor consults banana republican while chief explains policy to leading citizen.

Frank Chu At Macworld 2006

 

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Hugo Kobayashi has turned this photo into a wonderful painting:

www.flickr.com/photos/laughingsquid/3077302235/

I ran into Frank Chu on the way to work this morning, I'd never seen him out so early before. I stopped and talked with him while taking his photo and he gave me the usual story. He's going to the UN in 2013 to unveil the evil of the 12 galaxies, impeach Bill Clinton and get paid for being a movie star.

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