I arrived in Mumbai India 20 Years ago today with my old friend Chris Lawson at the tail end of the monsoon season. It had taken us two days to get there with layovers in almost every major city in south Asia. One of the first things I noticed about Mumbai is the traffic and all these cool little taxicabs. I'll never forger the sounds of horns blasting everywhere. I love how much they use their horns.
Saying goodbye to Anarres Infoshop & Community Space for now but carrying the hope of opening another space in the future. This space wasn't perfect in a lot of respects and struggled financially and organizationally often. This space helped connect me to portland folks, musicians, activists, artists and I will miss booking there especially because it was an all ages space. We organized some incredible things in that space, shows, potlucks, so many dang benefits! workshops, lgbtq+ nights, two blackberry thorn diy music fests, even my birthday last year which I rarely have celebrated... I give gratitude to all the folks put energy into the space and am excited for whatever future there is for this little planet of an infoshop.
On another related note, I have been working on a photo project while on tour for the last year where I've been documenting DIY spaces across north america. I am in the process of interviewing folks about the struggles and importance of DIY spaces and will release it in zine form and online in November 2018. It will be called "Broken Table Legs" based off of our Dogtooth & Nail song about safe(r) spaces. Stay tuneeeeeeeeed ❤