Our Portable Culture Portrait blog series features TOM BIHN Forum members, the bags they carry, and the items they carry in their bags. It’s inspired by our Portable Culture tagline. This edition features Forum member Rocks. The previous editions featured Forum members JonC, cdhBadger, haraya, imahawki, Amy, Perseffect, jujigatame and bchaplin.

What’s the most useful item that you carry?
The most useful item I carry is probably my iPhone. It has a lot of information, not to mention many diversions. Chief among them, Words with Friends.

What’s your most treasured item?
The most treasured item that I carry is in the Micro Padded Pouch, which is a brand new acquisition. In it is my little clay rabbit constant travel companion. He doesn’t come with me daily, but he comes on every trip. He’s well protected in the “puffy pouch”.

Which item do you use more often than you thought you would?
I didn’t know how useful it would be, but I use the Side Kick every day. It’s pocket nirvana! I transfer it from bag to bag. I carry my phone, wallet, Hobonichi Weeks, Traveler’s Notebook, pens, pencils, Kindle, work badge. When I get to work, I take the Sidekick and my book out of my backpack, and I’m all set to work a three hour show.

TOM BIHN Portable Culture Portrait - Rocks

In the photo:
-Original grid Synapse 19. It will always look like Tron to me.
-windbreaker in the bottom pocket
-Niterider Solas rear bike light
-Nordic/ wasabi Side Kick with wallet, notebook, pens, iPhone, and micro padded pouch
-I always have a book to read backstage. I read all the time.
-kiwi mini Q kit with inhaler and microfiber cleaning cloth for my specs

TOM BIHN Portable Culture Portrait - Rocks
Another bag in the stable, my steel Smart Alec. Pressed into service to bring a six pack to a party. Here we’re waiting for the light rail.

TOM BIHN Portable Culture Portrait - Rocks

And my other most carried bag, the original grid Daylight Backpack, which I love. In that is a book and a wasabi Spiff Kit, which is sort of like an in between Side Effect and Side Kick. Also a souvenir from a trip to London this year, a Paddington from Paddington Station. I love train travel, so I made sure to take several train trips while I was in London.

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I work backstage in a big regional theater in Minneapolis. I like to read while waiting for cues.
I bike, walk, or take transit everywhere. I also give tours at the Walker Art Center. I love museums and contemporary art. My travels are mostly art and museum exhibit focused. Bonus, though, if there’s an ocean nearby.