By James Maher
Name: Mike Stupin
Location: Mama’s Food Shop, 3rd Street between Ave A + B
Time: 6:15 pm on July 25
"I live across the bridge in Bushwick. I’m a big bike rider. I work food delivery. Pretty much all I do right now is read and deliver pizzas and soul food. It’s probably the best job I’ve had in a long time. You get to ride your bike around and they feed you.
I keep having adult jobs and quitting them. I went to school for art curation and I was pretty good at that I think, although it’s hard to say. Since then, I’ve been working in architectural reclaim, but I don’t know man, there’s something about the internship structures that I don’t like.
Delivering to pantsless people is very common. It’s not just guys; it’s everyone, all the time. People of every shape and size answer their door pantsless. Every once in awhile they get embarrassed and apologize and I’m like, ‘don’t worry about it.’ It’s kind of what I do, I put on pants so you don’t have to. Strangers love that joke. I’ve got one customer that I’ve never, ever seen wearing clothes. She’s always in a towel or a bathrobe. It doesn’t matter the time of day.
There are a bunch of characters in the East Village. One of the privileges of this job is that I get to meet them. I do have an order up though so I need to run out of here."
James Maher is a fine art and studio photographer based in the East Village. Find his website here.