Coffee Cart Tony : Bike Messenger at Heart
The aspect in which certain characters make their way into a film is generally pretty clear. Not such the case with Coffee Cart Tony. (Real name is Tony De La Rosa). I had finished the film and sent it over to a friend for feedback. His first comment was, “Who’s the coffee guy? You should interview him!” He then went on for about 30 minutes giving me tips and feedback and ended by saying, “And for crying out loud, don’t forget to interview the coffee cart guy!”
I met Tony 11 years ago when I started messengering in San Diego. If I were better with my words I would have written a book about Tony instead of a film about messengers. It’s really simple. When a messenger isn’t working he or she can often can be found drinking coffee. Tony’s cart was outside in beautiful San Diego and he is wonderful company. So for most messengers Tony and his coffee, a messenger and his down time, it is simply a match made in heaven.
Here is a cover illustration I used Tony for in my Flat Tire Issue 3 zine.
It really is true about life. It’s the friends you make along the way that define the experience. And in James’ words, “It wasn’t just the free coffee.” Tony was one of the few non messengers that would come to most of our parties and alleycat races. So hats off to Tony and hats of to Jason for encouraging me to make Tony a part of the movie.
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