Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather
Musician and hair stylist ChrisO moved to San Francisco in 2003. Among the odd jobs he had before he learned to style hair, he took a job at mayoral candidate, ex-supervisor, and ex-state senator Mark Leno's sign shop in the Castro.
In Part 1, Chris talks about working in that shop. Then he shares observations on San Franciscans' odd relationship with their appearances.
After an on-again/off-again stint in New York City, Chris Ohnesorge came to San Francisco in 2003. Through people he knew via music boards, he quickly found friends and fellow musicians.
In Part 2, Chris talks about his first band in SF: The Ex-Boyfriends. The band was excited when local label Absolutely Kosher Records signed them to a two-album deal. The first one, Dear John, was a hit. The second album, In With, not so much. They ended up putting out a third album themselves, and Line In/Line Out turns out to be Chris's favorite of the three.
Here's the video for "Situation" from In With:
We recorded this podcast in Chris's apartment in Lower Haight in April 2018.