San Francisco Adventures

Pet Preservation Fights Stigma of Death

Bare Bones Studio is Marissa Henri and Moriah Black, and they have been doing custom bone preparation work for over 3 years. After animals pass away, they provide an alternative to burials and cremation for clients' pets, such as skeletal articulation. They also provide custom display and mounting services for insects and smaller animals, too.

"We are sure there are others in the Bay Area that do bone cleaning, but we do not know of any that currently operate as a business such as ours,” says Marissa. That has motivated them to grow so that they can offer their services to a wider community. "So often death is just put aside and people don’t want to talk about or approach it because they’re scared or uncomfortable. But it’s a part of life and something that everyone will experience. This is a way to help accept it- by looking at death in a more positive and beautiful way, and appreciate the life the animal lived,” says Moriah.

My Conversation with Nova

Nova and her sister kept coming back for days, looking out to the shore. They’ve been waiting for anybody to take them across the river to the smaller villages. Compared to her year-long hitchhiking expedition prior, Papua was just a taste. “Raja Ampat Archipelago is one of the best dive places in the world, and we wanted to see why. People weren’t used to visitors asking for a free boat,” she says.“We were desperate, and finally, there was a boat running by a local homestay on a small island 1 hour away. We were excited but when we arrived it was 4pm and low tide. The guy said, “we can see the village… ok you can jump off here because I can’t drop you at the dock in the village. Just walk and follow the people over there.”

With no alternatives, Nova and her sister got out of the boat and did just that. They discovered a path paved with seaweed, and they followed it to reach the village. The locals welcomed them and brought them fishing. “The way they fished was following birds that were circling over the water. And they fish with string wrapped around their hands. When I caught my first fish, it pulled very hard and I almost fell out of the boat. We grilled it for dinner.”

At Farely's East in Oakland, CA.

At Farely's East in Oakland, CA.

But she’s never in a place for too long. I caught up with Nova Togatorop at Farley’s East in Oakland, California to hear the rest of her stories.

Hand-drawn map of her travels.

Hand-drawn map of her travels.

Only in her mid-twenties, Nova has a deep appreciation for the world and an innate curiosity she genuinely seeks to satisfy. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, she was only 24 when she hitchhiked alone from Nepal to Turkey. A year later, she has found a great way to use her camera as a lens for other people to see what she’s learned.

“I met my husband when I was hitchhiking in Turkey. I never thought I would meet someone but that time I felt like I could talk about everything with someone like him.” He was also the one who encouraged her to share her photos and stories. “He said I didn’t see my own potential so he really pushed me hard and even helped me build my website,” she says.

Nova's pieces framed in a gallery.

Nova's pieces framed in a gallery.

“Traveling brought me into photography. I never thought I’d be an artist, I just wanted to document my travels and show them to my family members, the next generation. Photos are powerful and shows personal life- sometimes I don’t need to explain the stories behind the photos, but people can use their imagination.”

After our chat, she tells me that she will be moving to Morocco in less than two weeks time. “I’m in a hurry to sell my stuff,” she laughs. She really is never in a place for too long.

Collaborating For a WYRDE Night Out

The staff at Artist and Craftsman Supply collaborated with Art Attack SF to put on WYRDE San Francisco. Inspired by the overall quirkiness of the Bay Area, the show ran July 8-10. If you're interested in any of the works, contact Art Attack SF at (415) 814-3136 or visit their website http://www.artattacksf.com/.
Produced for formerly Ripple News, now Hoodline.

Produced for formerly Ripple News, now Hoodline.

Today I Rode Around the Mission District in An Ecto-1 While Wearing A Ghost Hat

I was on my phone right at 10 a.m., trying to request a free Ecto-1 ride from Lyft. The option didn't pop up and instead I accidentally requested a regular Lyft. When he dropped me off at work, he gave me a sympathetic look. “Keep trying,” he told me. I was really upset. When I stepped into my office, the Ghost Mode option finally showed up and my request went through. My driver’s name was Tony, and as he was circling the streets he told us about how he was chosen for the promotion. His car was completely transformed after spending a day in the shop, with a new paint job, ladder attached to the side, and a replica of the machinery on the top, like sirens and the storage tank for capturing ghosts. Tony was impressed by the overall results. “That’s neat. You know, you guys are my first ride,” Tony said. “It’s good to be first. One time there was a big car sale, and they were giving away two cars for $99. I slept outside on the sidewalk so I’d be first.” “Did you get it?” I asked. “I got it twice,” he said. “See, it pays to be early.” Indeed it does, Tony.

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