Ostrich tattoos, antique shops, and the Greek island hangover store in Fremont, CA

I’m in Niles, a quiet, peaceful, and little-known neighborhood of the East Bay city of Fremont. Fremonts’ overall population is 238,000, while 7,500 reside in Niles. Antique shops pepper the buildings of the district’s main road, while yellow hills running parallel to train tracks mimic the parched humps of a giant camel. Outside one store, twoContinue reading “Ostrich tattoos, antique shops, and the Greek island hangover store in Fremont, CA”

Paint, Sculpt, and Ride: Passengers Talk Creating, Part 2

Artsy Cake Woman “I paint with frosting and express myself with icing,” says Lila,* for whom it’s therapeutic to render a portrait on a squooshy bed of cake. Her interest in art traces back to childhood: “I never cared if my grades were perfect—but it was always deeply upsetting for me when the food IContinue reading “Paint, Sculpt, and Ride: Passengers Talk Creating, Part 2”

Paint, Sculpt, and Ride: Passengers Talk Creating, Part 1

In the spirit of the new year, here are some stories from passengers who self-identified as artists or creators of some sort. On the line-up for today: an injured soccer player who discovered a love of painting, a woman documentary filmmaker on her process, and an aspiring musician who has trouble finishing projects and comparesContinue reading “Paint, Sculpt, and Ride: Passengers Talk Creating, Part 1”