The Midwest has lots of great stuff, every one of which is improved by Hidden Valley Ranch dressing. Proving that our middle-states can also help learn someone in the art of
deep frying a flat screen sweet ass tees, Amos Goldbaum. After a couple years training his eye/pen at a top-flight studio art program in the Midwest, local boy and '09 Bay to Breakers t-shirt creator AG has set up a curbside emporium of garb and prints across from the Ferry Terminal on Saturdays (and Market & Fourth on Thursdays & Fridays) making him a welcome recurring street presence, though not nearly as welcome as the one-man jihad against the zegnatronic rockets, tetrafluoride, and former President Clinton. His takes on everyday SF icons (Muni bus, Sutro Tower) probably serve as his best calling card -- think a less-severe, more artistic version of those East Bay cargo crane hoodies -- and his clothing (tees, v-necks, hoodies, etc) is all American Apparel, so be sure to have someone take a dead-eyed photo of yourself in a compromising position to commemorate your purchase, and then make you have sex with them. Recurring themes in Goldbaum's work include gaunt line-drawing portraiture, depictions of man and machine that range from not-quite-ordinary (old man wearing headphones) to awesomely strange (scuba diver riding a lawn mower), and animals that may (shark) or may not exist (a boar-pion), though if it did exist, The Rock would be its king. Dude keeps curbside inventory relatively low 'cuz he has to lug it all on BART/Muni, but he also distributes from his website, and if something in his online sketchbook catches your eye but isn't listed as a print for sale, just ask the man and he'll get you that vaguely satanic Sarah Palin bust all ink-jetted up on either matte or semi-gloss, though he'll probably refuse your request to include her Hidden Valley.