Dago's Toolbag

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Philip Bellber  SAN FRANCISCO, CA
Dago aka Dirtman doesn't want your help
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.




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$3,086 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 52 people in 3 months
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Created December 15, 2016
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$200
Chris Coyle
2 months ago

Dago is one of kind, a true original. We are lucky to know him..

$100
Anonymous
2 months ago
DP
$100
David Pingitorei
2 months ago

When I worked at The Psalms Cafe on Haight/Masonic in the late 70's Dago was a regular, working on vehicles right on Haight Street. Whenever I tell friends and family about my life in The Haight, Dago is part of the story I tell.

CT
$50
Callie Thomas
2 months ago

I grew up in the Haight and happy to help one of our own!

EA
$25
Elizabeth Adelstein
2 months ago
JH
$10
Justin Hamilton
2 months ago
CM
$20
Chris M
2 months ago
JA
$10
john amaro
2 months ago

good luck ! Dago

$50
Anonymous
2 months ago
DS
$33
Dean Schroth
2 months ago
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