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Broke-Ass of the Week: Natasha Tanksley-Perry

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Every week we feature a different person from the community shedding a little light on their life of brokeitude. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something about the human spirit — probably not.

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This week’s broke-ass is Natasha Tanksley-Perry.  She’s a student at the Academy of Art hella loves fruit and Mexican food.  My kinda girl.  Let’s see what kinds of tips she has for her fellow broke-asses.

Name: Natasha Tanksley-Perry

Age: 22

Occupation: Advertising and Comic book illustration major at Academy of Art & part-time retail slave.

What neighborhood do you live in?: Mission

What are you listening to these days?: the war on drugs, those darlins, the weeknd, titus andronicus

Best money saving tip: Buying fruit at the mission markets around my house has saved me an arm and a leg & then there’s always $2 Tuesdays @ Roe restaurant and lounge. $2 drinks & 2 for 1 appetizer plates!

What do you refuse to spend money on?: Cable television, water, and porn.

Most expensive thing you’ve ever bought: 27′ imac

How’d that feel?: Like bliss.

Favorite cheap eat: $1.75 tacos from Vallarta on 24th and Treat. They’re incredible and Open til 2am!

Favorite dive bar: A tie between Homestead and Bender’s

Best deal you’ve ever gotten: Black Sabbath “Paranoid” LP on vinyl. $11, Treasure Island Flea Market

Favorite free thing to do: pass all the beautiful dogs in Precita Park and then hike to the top of Bernal heights.

If you woke up a millionaire, what’s the first thing you’d buy?: A black 1945 Ford Pickup, an english bulldog, then send my mom on a vacation.

Despite not having money, do you still love your life?: Always. I have my family and friends so I’ve got all I need.

Do you own my book?: My bad.

Best hangover cure: St. Francis Fountain’s’ eggs florentine w/ a poisettia or a sausage w/ a pomegranate cider from Rosamunde’s Grill.  Followed by hours of watching ancient aliens on netflix instant with my roommate.

Are you a hipster?: Mehh. I mean, I’m more hip than unhip – that’s for sure.

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Stuart Schuffman, aka Broke-Ass Stuart, is a travel writer, poet, TV host, activist, and general shit-stirrer. His website is one of the most influential arts & culture sites in the San Francisco Bay Area and his freelance writing has been featured in Lonely Planet, Conde Nast Traveler, The Bold Italic, and too many other outlets to remember. His weekly column, Broke-Ass City, appears every other Thursday in the San Francisco Examiner. Stuart’s writing has been translated into four languages. In 2011 Stuart created and hosted the travel show Young, Broke, and Beautiful on IFC and in 2015 he ran for Mayor of San Francisco and got nearly 20k votes.

He's been called "an Underground legend": SF Chronicle, "an SF cult hero":SF Bay Guardian, and "the chief of cheap": Time Out New York.