San Franpsycho–A Store For Your Inner Goth Child Vintage Look

San Franpsycho is the store for your unique make-over. It carries many hand designed items that have a twist & an edge that you won’t find in mainline stores–the very name of their business foretells a shopping experience going beyond a ‘one size fits all’ mode of thinking. You can get your skull poster right here.

Here is the address information for this store of unusual & fun merchandise.

Here is the address information for this store of unusual & fun merchandise.

Sometimes there is even a delivery truck emblazoned with their distinguished logo & branding parked in front. I don’t see it too frequently, so I am guessing that they keep busy delivering their products with the unique take on the Goth look.

Here are some point & click shots of the delivery truck.

This would be almost as much fun as driving a hearse.  The design is just plain crazy.  How could you not just love this?

This would be almost as much fun driving around town in as it would be driving a hearse. The design is just plain crazy. How could you not just love this?

They replaced eye candy with skull candy, well, sort of–another detail of the delivery truck.

Just bone up on your parking skills & you could be their delivery person!

Just bone up on your parking skills & you could be their delivery person!

They did a fine job in terms of their branding–the logo is simple, yet very identifiable as being ‘in The City.’ They find clever ways of repeating their logo on various products for the young & young at heart.

Well designed & used on many of their products.  "If you are going to San Franpsycho, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair..."

Well designed & used on many of their products. “If you are going to San Franpsycho, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…”

Show your inner core, the one we all have to deal with sooner or later.

Hang loose & celebrate your spinal column with some spare ribsQ

Hang loose & celebrate your spinal column with some spare ribs.

This skull poster was one of the first things I bought @ San Franpsycho.  It was just the perfect thing for Halloween & Dia de los Muertos. It will be back.

This skull poster was one of the first things I bought @ San Franpsycho. It was just the perfect thing for Halloween & Dia de los Muertos. As Mae West once provocatively said, “He’ll be back.”

The fellows who worked in this store were quite nice & helpful. Never met a Goth I did not like. Not sure if they use this term for their products, but it seems to fit. They were friendly, let me browse the store without making me feel as if I were an intruder & I found some fun things that fit into my budget. So, if ever you are in a Gothic mode of dress, here is a good place to stimulate your energy & the economy.

Drink in the logo--if you are a vampire, you now have a place for your overflow on a good night.

Drink in the logo–if you are a vampire, you now have a place for your overflow on a good night.

If inclined, you may co-ordinate your shirts with your drinking glasses or vampire storage.  There are always lots of non-conformist possibilities @ San Franpsycho.

If inclined, you may co-ordinate your shirts with your drinking glasses or vampire storage. There are always lots of non-conformist possibilities @ San Franpsycho.

For petroleum-free transportation, check out their skateboards–They have retained the logo, but embellished the City with cursive calligraphy, straight from Charlemagne’s Era!

You won't have to worry about expired transfers when riding one of these beauties.

You won’t have to worry about expired transfers when riding one of these beauties.

You can show your brand loyalty from head to toe.

A cap that would tempt Edith Beale in her All American Flag waving choreography!

A cap that would tempt Edith Beale in her All American Flag waving choreography!

This is where they do a lot of their shirt artwork, right in the store.

What goes into Goth--the untold story behind the fun & ready-to-wear logo!

What goes into Goth–the untold story behind the fun & ready-to-wear logo!


His Imperial Highness, Prince Roland Bonaparte II, wearing a creation from San Franpsycho.
Prince Roland Bonaparte II as shown in Dia de los Muertos, 2013-San Franpsycho style.

Prince Roland Bonaparte II as shown in Dia de los Muertos, 2013-San Franpsycho style. Photograph by Karen Latunski

For more images & information: http://www.sanfranpsycho.com/

Dia de los Muertos 2 November 2013

Dia de los Muertos 2013, San Francisco, was a continuation of a tradition that has been associated with the Mission District since the earliest history of the City of San Francisco. This year had a focus that is becoming more important as things regress: the increasing number of Ellis Act evictions that are happening in the Mission District, and other parts of the city. To sum it up, the Mission District, once one of the least expensive places in the City, is now being priced out of most people’s ability to pay, both as renters for dwellings & renters for businesses. What was once a refuge, is now becoming an extension of Union Street, a playground for the rich. This is cause for concern & reform. Closing the parks at Midnight & advertising 300 square feet of luxury shoebox sized apartments are not appropriate choices for what is going on. In fact, this is just a way to avoid dealing with the problems that runaway rent inflation is causing in this City.

Banner proclaiming Dia de los Mertos--in this case an Event @ Davies Symphony Hall

Banner proclaiming Dia de los Muertos–in this case an Event @ Davies Symphony Hall

Only a numbskull would not feel the Joy of Life in Day of the Dead.

Only a numbskull would not feel the Joy of Life in Day of the Dead.


Smile & the underworld smiles with you!  Eternally yours, Prince Roland Bonaparte II-dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

Smile & the underworld smiles with you! Eternally yours, Prince Roland Bonaparte II-dedicated to Patrick Stewart.

This is my very first altar dedicated to Dia de los Muertos--from Corona Heights with love!

This is my very first altar dedicated to Dia de los Muertos–from Corona Heights with love!

When you feel as if you are engulfed in flames, you might consider reading WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES by David Sedaris.  I wonder if  he might have been thinking about Carrie White in the deep, dark recesses of his mind.  But, I'll just have to wait to hear from him to confirm or deny this.

When you feel as if you are engulfed in flames, you might consider reading WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES by David Sedaris. I wonder that he might have been thinking about Carrie White in the deep, dark recesses of his mind. But, I’ll just have to wait to hear from him to confirm or deny this.

For some, Dia de los Muertos began with meeting @ The Phone Booth, a small but sweet bar on the corner of 25th Street & South Van Ness Avenue.

Named after legacy technology, appropriate for paying tribute to things of the past that were used by those no longer with us.

Named after legacy technology, appropriate for paying tribute to things of the past that were used by those no longer with us.

The Phone Booth entrance was festively adorned for the occasion.

The Phone Booth entrance was adorned with appropriate draping, an homage to Dia de los Muertos 2013.

The Phone Booth entrance was adorned with appropriate draping, an homage to Dia de los Muertos 2013.

Days of Yesteryear @ The Phone Booth.

Days of Yesteryear @ The Phone Booth.

The street procession, the simple mingled with the complex. There was no competition, just those who wanted to remember others who had gone before us. We trust they are now are watching over us as we continue the procession of life.

This beautifully designed banner, quietly carried through the streets, defined the essence of Dia de los Muertos, 2013-San Francisco.

This beautifully designed banner, quietly carried through the streets, visually defined the essence of Dia de los Muertos, 2013-San Francisco.

There were small groups of musicians of all sorts, some seemed to be beamed directly from the Medieval Era, some were jazz, some were inspired by musical style often associated with Meso-America. The stilt walkers managed to dance to various rhythms, an amazing art form that has been around for centuries. The lovely thing about all of this is the continuity of the living with the dead, an act of communion with their spirits.

This image done with various tinted sand, was near the plaza area, framed by various types of devotional candles, in the heart of the Mission District.

This sand painting, framed by devotional candles, symbolised the transient nature of our life & how we may share the blessings of light with one another celebrating our oneness with the elements  of our creation, that we all share, no matter where our journey make take us.

This sand painting framed, by devotional candles, symbolised the transient nature of our life & how we may share the blessings of light with one another celebrating our oneness with the elements of our creation, that we all share, no matter where our journey may take us.

His Imperial Highness, Prince Roland Bonaparte II. Temporary refuge @ Supper Duper on Mission Street.  The milkshake pause that refreshes.

His Imperial Highness, Prince Roland Bonaparte II with two members of the Imperial Court, take refuge @ Supper Duper on Mission Street. The milkshake pause that refreshes.

Dedicated to those who are being displaced due to Ellis Act Evictions.

May those who are being evicted get the legal help they need & celebrate that victory next year for Dia de los Muertos.

May those who are being evicted get the legal help they need & celebrate that victory next year for Dia de los Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos–2 November 2013

This has been long-held tradition that has only recently been given appropriate space & attention by the San Francisco community at large. It has finally come to be seen as something that is for everyone. I attended my first procession three years ago. After returning home, I understood that I had missed a lot by not paying more attention to what is so nearby & so very available, if you just take a moment to see it.

This is my very first altar dedicated to Dia de los Muertos--from Corona Heights with love!

This is my very first altar dedicated to Dia de los Muertos–from Corona Heights with love!

I do hope for the next year’s Dia de los Muertos that website & poster designs will use the day-month-year format. It is more in keeping with correct usage with the Spanish language. Additionally, this format looks better, and follows the logic in keeping time–staring from the smaller unit (day) to the larger unit (year), making a complete circle. The way American usage has evolved symbolically disrupts the natural flow of things. Perhaps, there’s a message of thought change that is embedded in this concept?

If you look, you will see Edith Massey (it is a framed post card actually written to me by John Waters–and no, I am NOT kidding!-he sent it to acknowledge a horrible crime story from the Los Angeles Times I sent to him about a person who set a taxi-cab driver on fire!). You will also see my beloved Princess Melba Bonaparte, who calls herself Peaches Christ. Jesus, I am so glad Mrs Christ took her! Then, there is a drawing of Her Imperial Highness, The Princess Melita Bonaparte, in a cheesy, plastic frame I found in pieces on a parked car that had a ticket on it. I used Gorilla Glue, and put the frame all back together, and it was perfect for the Perpetually Exiled Imperial Bonaparte. Please notice, the programme from the fabulosa CARRIE: The Musical! That was an entirely different spin of the bottle for that story, it took the subject matter very seriously & I was impressed with the quality of the performance & just wanted to take the mother home with me, to make me put my Office clutter in order, after a prayer session! The tank top draped over the lamp is from San Franpsycho, a store on Divisadero that deserves your Death Cult Dollars! The book, I Yelped loud & long about the rudeness of the staff of that store: Loved To Death–they need to read up everything Miss Manners has ever written. The name of that book (get it online, prevent storekeeper bullying!) is Heavenly Bodies–more about that later–by Paul Koudounaris. It’s a keeper, but the store needs new managers. So spend your Death Cult Dollars someplace else! See you Saturday! The dead don’t like rude staff people, and they have their ways…