Words and 35mm photos by Christian Alexander
Lets face it, couch surfing can suck. You’re always at the mercy of your host. You can’t necessarily come and go as you please. Friends are rarely prepared for guests, so typically it’s a cushion as a pillow and a tiny blanket that your dirty feet stick out from under. Showering is a luxury and anything you don’t carry around with you is held hostage by someone else’s schedule. Skating all day and then waiting at the bar all night for your friends to go stagger home. It’s the best...
Do you ever think about all the other people that have had sex on couch you’re now about to sleep on?
Not really, I’m more concerned with bed bugs.
The couch surfer’s wingman. Tinder. You use that?
I’ve tried it, but I don’t really fuck with it.
What’s your success ratio?
Zero success so far, but I haven’t really put too much effort into it.
I’ve heard of dudes pulling off entire cross country road trips staying with Tinderellas.
That’s the dream
What happens if she wants to go home with you?
Take her to her place or hit the couch
Canadians are always the best house guests. What’s up with that? Are manners taught in Canadian public schools or something?
No, there’s still a lot of idiots up here too. I just know to clean up after myself and not be a nuisance.
Diet away from home can be a big factor in the bathroom department. How did the steady diet of SF mexican food treat you?
It was excellent. The steady diet of tequilla on the other hand eventually caught up to me.
What’s your go-to? Blow out your friends banyo or the elusive public restroom?
Whichever is around when the time comes.
You were staying in Hunters Point, which is considered by many to be one of San Francisco’s more rough and tumble neighborhoods. What did you think about it?
I thought it was great. It’s lively for sure, but I didn’t have any issues. Minding your own business and having a skateboard is helpful.
You’re from Vancouver, right? Are there decent hillbombs there to prepare you for SF?
Yeah, there’s a few, but it's a way different ballpark in SF.
How long is too long to couch surf at someones house?
That’s a good question. I moved to Toronto over a month ago and have been chill so far. We’ll see if I can pull it off for a summer :)
Keith Henry is a skateboarder from Vancouver, currently living on a couch in Montreal, working as a freelance photographer for Vans Canada and making his own pants in his free time. Check out some of his work.