People who know him and see him downtown ignore him or cross the street to avoid him. I don't blame them he has a history of being aggressive with people but I thought I would add some context to the situation.
My first experience with Tom Tom was not a pleasant one. One day on Duckworth St, summer 2013, I asked him if I could take his portrait and his reaction was to draw back his fist as if to strike me! As a fairly big guy who has experience with various martial arts I am not easily intimidated but I was somewhat shocked and I stepped back to regain my personal space. I had seen him around before and knew from his actions he definitely has some psychological issues so I had some idea of what was going on.
I spoke to him a while and told him "if you want people to treat you nice you have to be nice to them. You want people to be nice to you don't you"? It's something I have repeated to him many times especially when I see him being aggressive with others.I think it may even have had an effect but as the saying goes you make your bed you lie in it!
|Tom Tom on the Radio|
I did get to photograph him after our first encounter and gave him a copy and now every time I see him he tells me about. But I wanted to photograph him again, this time I wanted to get him holding his radio, that's the Tom Tom we see around! He'll get a copy of this one too!
It's a balancing act. Life is a balancing act!