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As seen in the Mission District, San Francisco.

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


Taken with the indefatigable bendycam.

SF folk hero Frank Chu on the job.

10th Annual No Pants San Francisco 2011

South of Market, San Francisco

Rolleiflex 2.8 E2 | 80mm Xenotar | Tri-X

Saint Stupid’s Day Parade 2008


photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid


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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.

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

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

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.

10th Annual No Pants San Francisco 2011

Day of the Dead San Francisco 2012

Frank Chu at the Brides of March. He let me hold his sign again (that's another pic)

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

Frank Chu is a San Francisco icon for photographers. I have no idea what's he's preaching or protesting, but he's always a willing subject when you bump into him on the street.

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