Get to know the nudists boarding your Google bus.

Nathanael Turner /New York Magazine

Get to know the nudists boarding your Google bus.

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When New York Magazine came out with its recent package of San Francisco stories, the most intriguing part was the featured photo: Two nudists, a man and a woman, casually waiting to board a gleaming white Google bus. The jarring contrasts — between the nudists and the backpack-toting young man in front of them; between naked skin and the heavy steel bus — capture the sense of enormous change in San Francisco right now.

But, the real question: Is there a bus full of naked Googlers, and where can we get on it? Unfortunately (or fortunately), it was a staged photo shoot.

Local nude activist Gypsy Taub and her husband, Jaymz Smith, were happily at home in Berkeley when they got a call from the magazine. They arrived at the bus stop in downtown San Francisco to meet photographer Nathanael Turner, who said he thought nudists and buses were ideal symbols of the old and new city.

Taub and Smith, stunt nudity experts, wore clothing that could be taken off quickly. “The photographer said, ‘Once people start getting on the bus, get naked and jump in line and pretend like you’re getting on the bus,'” Taub said.

It took a few tries to get it right. They’d put their clothes back on and wait for the next bus.

“The drivers had mixed reactions,” Taub said. “They were mostly scared.”

But it was the Google-bound commuters who surprised Taub the most.

“They were quite uptight. Your average San Francisco bus — we would have gotten more of a reaction. People would clap or take pictures,” she said. “These buses, it was more like very uncomfortable.”

Jessica Powell, vice president of product and corporate communications at Google, said that this is not something Google condones.

“No, no nudes on the bus. It might interfere with the Wi-Fi.”



7 comments
Frank McGinness
Frank McGinness

@dougieI had trouble leaving this as a reply.:   I liked where your started but your end conclusion flops. Just to say Gypsy Taub knows more about San Francisco - its people, politicians , and police - than most San Franciscans. I never thought I would live in a big city. I'm not a native to SF, I'm from the Eastbay. But then I surprised myself as much as SF surprised me. I love living here, since 1984. The people are great. Example - I bought too much groceries at Safeway at Market and 6 independent people helped me get my groceries to my front door including a problematic large sheet cake, which all started when my fruit went rolling down the bus floor. I think I really know SF too. I've talk to untold thousands of SF voters as one of the proponents and as treasurer (reporting to the SF Ethics Commission) for getting +12,000 valid registered voters to  get on the SF ballot to ban unnecessary male circumcision. And as a Bay Area Intactivists member I have participated in many yearly SF street fairs and baby fairs. We were last at 1Billion Rising. I live in the middle of SF. I think I know SF. I got to know Gypsy better at the SF DCCC meeting (google our names for our complaints given to the democrat DCCC meeting. It's in their public records.) It's not right to force a change of appearance on someone, through clothes or circumcision.

dougie
dougie

Hmmm... a Los Angeles based photographer depicts San Francisco today for a New York publication by showing two people who live in Berkeley!?  What kind of artistic vernacular is this?  As a native San Franciscan, it seems to me only people who don't really know this city continue to perpetrate it as some kind of collapsing bohemia. 

josh f
josh f

 I was un-ceremoniously and virtually undressed at the Google/Twitter/Facebook bus stop last night at 10:01 pm.  That's when my real estate agent called to tell me that 11 people bid on the condo my partner and I wanted in the Castro. We were #2 though, but an all-cash offer about $50k more beat us out.  Never mind the absurdity of about $1.2M for a 2br/ba place in need of a major remodel.


Progress is good, creativity is good, and even technology is sort of good (if you don't mind the fact nobody talks to one another anymore).

It just sucks that we've worked hard our whole lives (i'm 57, my partner is 47) and we can't live in this great city i first moved to in 1979, he in 1995. It stinks.

So naked we were last night at 10:01pm.

booch221
booch221

Couldn't they just Photoshop them?

znmeb
znmeb

“No, no nudes on the bus. It might interfere with the Wi-Fi.” Cue complaints about how bad physics education is in the USA ;-)

RationalGal
RationalGal

@znmeb  "It might interfere with the Wi-Fi:" 21st century equivalent of "It might scare the horses."

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