$3,086 of $5,000 goal
He needs it.
On November 28th, in the middle of the night, someone broke into the work trailer owned by Dago, (aka) Dirtman. If you've spent any time in San Francisco's haight ashbury district, you've seen Dago on the corner of haight and shrader. you might have even had your photo taken with him! Rugged, covered in dirt, homemade black leather, draped in tools, barefoot, looking like a survivor from a Mad Max film. He’s hard not to notice
That night someone broke into Dago's truck and stole all his tools and possessions - everything he owned and needed to remain self-sufficient. Dago, who since arriving for the summer of love, has lived quietly, peacefully, independently. He has earned a simple, minimal life as an artist, welder,wood worker, mechanic, highly skilled finish carpenter. Without his tools Dago cannot survive.
Over the past ten years, our city has grown increasingly prosperous, callous, indifferent and inhospitable to Dago and the dwindling few who live their lives "to the beat of a different drummer". Dago is not homeless. He doesn't beg. He is not a drug addict or an alcoholic. He is fiercely proud of his independence. He has never asked for help or support from any agency or branch of the government. And now, someone has stolen everything he needs to remain independent.
San Francisco has a long, storied history as a progressive and compassionate city, tolerant of people like Dago - iconoclastic individuals. He's as much what makes San Francisco what it is, as are the innovators and entrepreneurs. Dago has never taken anything from anyone... ever. He may have been robbed of his livelihood, but not his pride.
Dago won't ask, but on his behalf, we will. We need your help, and we'll truly appreciate any effort you, or yours (friends, relatives, countrymen, collegues) can lend in restoring a very 'san francisco' original.