The 2007 "At Your Service"
bike messenger calendar
By Marke B.
San Francisco Bat Guardian, February 7, 2007
Mr. July, bare chested, coyly toys with a Rubik's Cube,
the waistband of his Champion boxer-briefs just visible above his brown
leather belt with a "Philadelphia Freedom" buckle. Mr. November,
sandwiched between two Muni cars, has his T-shirt pulled up to just above
his nipples, revealing washboard abs and a plethora of tattoos. Mr.
February gazes longingly over the Mission
rooftops, one slippered foot swinging like a come-on over the edge.
What do they have in common besides month-based
nomenclature? They're all local bike messengers who were lustily
photographed by Svet, Laura Downey, Peter Taylor, and Kevin White for the
2007 "At Your Service" bike messenger calendar.
If you're a big gay like me, you spent most of the
post–Chili Peppers, pre–Warped Tour '90s playing not fantasy
football but fantasy bike squad, dreaming of scruffy, rough-and-tumble boys
like the ones pictured in the calendar streaking over hill and dale on
their FrankenTreks to deliver their special package to you (insert
back-door delivery joke here). A few years and several actual messenger
scores later (yep, that was me on Craigslist) brought the reality that
fantasy is best savored virtually — but that doesn't mean I had to
The calendar, shot by Bay Area photogs and laid out by
local gear-queen designer Downey,
brings a breath of sweaty, last night's beer–scented air to any
cubicle or bathroom. Indulge yearlong in the grungy goodness! (Marke B.)
Calendar available ($10) at Box Dog Bikes, 494 14th St.,
SF. (415) 431-9627, http://www.boxdogbikes.com;
and Refried Cycles, 440 Haight, SF. (415) 621-2911, http://www.refriedcycles.com; or
by e-mailing Laura Downey at firstname.lastname@example.org