Most people in San Paro dream of finally getting out of the place. Incredibly, some people actually still want to visit the place on vacation.
The Waterfront area is one of the places they often end up visiting during their stay. Or, at least, the more quaint and gentrified parts of it. Chiro used to be a G-King gangbanger, fighting in the first wave of turf wars that started even before the concrete was dry on the New Cross Skatepark. Born and raised in Gresty, he didn't really know - or want - anything else.
Now, older and wiser, he's moved on and set himself up in business over on Waterfront. A small tattoo parlour on the fringes of the Clearview Marina development. Phoney as hell, but a lot better than the SPPD holding cells and backrooms of Gantry project apartments where he first taught himself tattooing. He's got an apartment in Little Fin where he stays with his girlfriend and their kid; again, it's not much, but it's a hell of a lot more than he ever had as a kid, and he's determined to keep this good thing going.
His custom's varied enough to keep the work interesting. G-King kids make the journey over from Havalynd, looking to get their first gang tat from the same guy that did most of Zombie's skinwork, and there's plenty of walk-in trade from the other gangs all across the city. Chiro's heart will always be with the G-Kings, but he's savvy enough to remember the rent needs to be paid every week, and his work's good enough that everyone generally respects the unofficial agreement that Chiro's tattoo parlour is neutral territory, where you check your beefs with any other crews in at the door. The nearby working port provides plenty of traditional custom from ship's crews, of course, and there's always plenty of kids from the Waterfront boho scene looking to get themselves inked up in the latest skin-art styles.
On slow days, he takes his shirt off, picks up his board and goes outside to practice some moves. There's kids down the NCS who are half his age and twice as good on a board, he knows, but he can still put on a show when he wants to. The moves and the skin-art on him - some of it his own, and his best work; the artist as his own canvas - is usually guaranteed to draw a crowd, and he's happy enough to pose for photographs with tourists, especially if he can sell them a Chiro's Famous San Paro Tattoos T-shirt into the bargain.
It might not be much for a lot of people, but it's a lot more than he ever expected to have in life.
He's strict about his joint being neutral territory, but all sorts come in the door, rapping about this and that, and he keeps his ear to the ground. Useful guy to know, Chiro. Always something going on down there at that Waterfront tattoo shop of his.
Subject Let them get on with it.
You like the Waterfront? I do. Stroll along the boardwalk with my girl. Take my kid to watch the boats coming in. Hang out in front of the shop, showing off my skin art and practicing old board tricks.
Not like Gresty. No dog shit and broken glass on the sidewalk, no cops and Praetorians treating you like something worse than dog shit.
Different kind of jerks here, though. Two lots of rich kids looking to take each other out. One supposed to be Crim and the other one CSA hell if I can tell the difference
But rich kids killing other rich kids? When has that ever been a bad idea?
Dont know about you, but I like the quiet life these days.
Got my lady, got my kid. Got my shop. Got my regular customers. People who come in there, I know who they are. I know their moneys good, I know theyre not going to cause trouble or bring anything bad to where I live.
Comprende what Im saying here?
From what I seen, you seem to know what youre doing. Keep things moving that way, and were going to get along fine.
Take it easy,
I just sell them ;-)
You know them 4-Wheeled Doggi comix you see round the place? Seem to be big now. I get people coming into the shop all the time, looking for 4-wd skin art.
Dont know why they come special to me. I just sell the comix in the shop sometimes.
Got TV people coming in too now. They want to make 4-Wheeled Doggi Saturday morning cartoons and put him on lunchboxes and t-shirts. Lot of money in that doggi, they say.
Dont know why theyre telling me. Its not like Im the guy who draws it, or anything ;-)
No deal, and theyll never understand why. Its a G thing, right?
Keep the dream alive my friend.
I had this friend once. Me and him used to sit down the NCS at night. Drink cheap wine, look up at the big fancy corporate buildings, all lit up and fulla money, and talk about how one day we were going to burn them all down.
Didnt happen. He got wasted, I got older and life moved on. I was just a dumb kid then. But we still had the right idea.
You remind me of him. Maybe you going to do what we only talked about. Burn it all down one day, you and the new generation of Gs.
Just dont get wasted first, okay?
Hasta luego, C.
My walking ad!
You know Zombie? Dumb question. Hard to miss, right? 280 pounds of all-Gresty meanness, stacked about seven feet high.
Thats my skin art all over him. Havalynds Most Wanted, brought to you by Chiros Famous San Paro Tattoos. Business goes up every time they run those wanted ads. Free TV advertising!
Hes out of circulation, though guess you know where. Praetorians put their highest-value target price tag on him, sent their pet toy soldiers after him. B-Boss thought it was best for him to drop out of sight.
Z the G against poster boy LaRocha. ¡Coño! Theres a fight Id want to watch!
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Subject Biography: Advertising
San Paro likes violence. It also likes sex, glamour and celebrity. Put all those things together, and you've got the still-exploding growth market of the San Paro advertising industry, where virtually anything goes. Models in ads for products as diverse as soft drinks, designer clothes, cellphones and sports cars, pose as heisters, as street gang members, as getaway drivers, as hitmen, as urban guerrillas. Criminal - or 'Urban Edge', as they prefer to euphemistically call it in the cocktail bars and private networking clubs where San Paro's ad, PR and fashion industry style-makers gather - was definitely in.
Now, the passing of the CSA and the appearance of the Enforcers on the city streets has only upped the ante, opening up a whole new demographic to be exploited; one that had previously been resistant to the use of the Urban Edge look in advertising. Vigilante Vibe/Enforcement Cool (the style-makers are still split on what to call the new phenomenon) is also in, sending san Paro's image consultants and advertising agencies into a frenzy of activity as they try to capture the new mood of the times. There was a lot of doubt and initial resistance to the idea that the Enforcement ethos would capture the imaginations (and, more importantly, the spending power) of those vital areas of the youth demographic, but the first glimpse of that now iconic Effigy cover featuring LaRocha, or of Mirri Kent's Prentiss Tigers presentation, and the opinion makers were scrambling to reverse their previous scepticism.
Enforcement Cool was now here to stay on the San Paro cultural landscape.
Since then, there's been a realignment of the city's advertising ethos, as agencies and clients - all keen to jump on one of the two style bandwagons - have had to choose which side of the Crime/Enforcement divide they want to stand on. Many choose to stay neutral (after all, everyone, Criminal and Enforcer alike, drinks soda and eats Tastyburgers) but there's money and street cred to be made in aligning your products with one faction or the other, although there's obviously problems with doing this too explicitly, in the case of the Criminal Faction. Some of the larger agencies, with access to the best legal representation, have already taken the plunge. They use middle men, and smaller sub-agencies to give them plausible deniability, but the end results are the same. They're paying wanted criminals to advertise their clients' products. Yo-Dawg was the face of Tyler Beer in their controversial 'Fully Loaded' campaign. The G-Kings' Zombie advertises XS Chill and Zoosh. The latest Bishada ad campaign featured the new-model Bishada decked out in Blood Roses colours and with Jeung & Charlotte Bloodrose posing alongside it. The Mayor's Office accused those responsible for all this of glamorizing crime and wanted felons. The agencies claimed it was a freedom of speech and artistic expression matter, and profits were more than high enough to allow them to throw enough money at the lawyers to keep the issue tied up in litigation for a long time yet.
Meanwhile, some of the smaller agencies, unable to afford that level of legal firepower, and priced out of the chase to sign up the hottest and most expensive criminal icons, have had to make do with using stand-ins and lookalikes, for which there's now something of a flourishing market. One San Paro model agency has four Charlotte Bloodrose lookalikes on its books, although the most in-demand of them was recently killed in what the SPPD are calling a case of mistaken identity assassination.
Elsewhere, some enterprising companies, avoiding the controversy of criminal celebrity, have already found their own 'mascot' characters to represent them in the public's imagination. The most well-known of these is the Tastyburger Bandit, who only robs Tastyburger outlets, only takes the burgers and never any money, and has never yet been known to use violence in any of the robberies. What was initially for Tastyburger just another unwelcome stick-up artist targeting their businesses soon became a visionary marketing opportunity when they realised that more customers were coming to their restaurants specific ally in the hope of seeing the Bandit in action - particularly with his new trick of gunpoint-ordering the staff to give out free burgers to everyone in the place - and, with some Tastyburger corporate stealth-marketing behind him, the Bandit quickly became another San Paro cult figure. (Rumours persist, however, that the original Bandit was killed while robbing a Tastyburger outlet in Trasket, shotgun-blasted to death by an over-zealous night shift manager, and that the current masked Bandit is in fact an actor hired by the company to keep the gimmick and legend alive. These rumours always elicit a strict 'no comment' from Tastyburger's press office...)
Biography: Packer Automotive
Alvin Kelley founded Packer Automotive in 1928 from Frisco Casting and Hue-Copeland Agricultural. Initially the company controlled foundries and auto parts businesses, but began automobile manufacture for domestic consumption in 1933. Packer's road vehicles were slow starters in comparison to their agricultural equipment (such as the "Packer 8 Corn Picker", which became a byword for reliability in the American mid west). However, practical design and exemplary engineering have meant Packer vehicles have been consistently exported around the world since the 1950s. Though a consistent performer, the company does have a history of labour disputes. In 2001, Packer workers - members of United Conglomerate Workers - downed tools in dispute over wages and conditions. Packer's Silverfield plant in San Paro was hit along with the rest. The strike lasted four years; one of the longest running labour disputes in San Paro's history. With scab workers running the assembly lines, the quality of Packer's automobiles suffered and the company almost collapsed over night. However, President Lillian Mendoza's dramatic "U Plan" and a 2005 merger with the Navaho Motor Company, created a leaner and more dynamic company. Surviving to fight another day, Packer continues to create some of the world's best utility and four wheel drive vehicles, including its iconic compact pickup trucks.
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