Keegan Gibbs – Blog

Thicker than Water

Posted in New York, Surfing by Keegan on February 14, 2009

My favorite surf movie of all time, and possibly my most influencing reason to pick up a camera in the first place was a surf movie called Thicker Than Water. If you don’t know about it, please watch it, even if you don’t surf or even know anything about surfing.

There is a very short scene in the movie that takes place in NY. During this scene, there is a street performer singing a great tune. The song and his voice, although it was only a a 20 second clip or so, has stuck with me since.

Today, on the way back downtown from checking out the photo exhibit and the Arms and Armor section of the Metropolitan museum, I walked into the subway at 77th street and lexington to get on the 6 towards downtown, and I hear a voice that instantly sounded soo nostalgically familiar. After 5 seconds of listening, I knew it was the same guy from Thicker Than Water. I asked him if he knew about it, and he was obviously completely confused. I also asked how long he had been street performing, and he said probably around 10 years. Thicker than Water was shot in 1999, so this is the 10 year mark.