Age / Location / Passion
Ty: 27 / Cape Kiwanda Oregon Coast / Go to outdoor activity is a nice walk about, hike or bike ride.
Frank: 27 / Cape Kiwanda, Oregon / Hiking & Biking
Also stoked about?
Ty: Photography, vintage clothes, and most recently, fire proof coffee mugs.
Frank: Documenting everyday life with a camera, being in new places + meeting rad people
Favorite place to get outside?
Ty: The national parks are great places to get outside, Yosemite is one of my favorite places in California. Oregon and Washington have solidified themselves as favorite states.
Frank: The Adirondacks, in Upstate New York. It’s the place where I first discovered the joy of being in the mountains. Every time I visit, I feel like I fall in love with the area more and more.
Go to gear?
Ty: My Capelene base layers, Patagonia swimies, Pendleton Wool shirt, heavy denim (currently wearing APC), CC Filson shirt jacket, pocket camera
Frank: A hat, wool shirt, warm socks and a rain shell. Definitely a camera.
What’s your story?
Tyler: Homebase is Buffalo NY, born + raised. I was exposed to auctions, flea markets, and estates with my dad at a young age. Being around old stuff all the time had an impact on me. My appreciation for the outdoors came the same way. After colleg, I realized how bored I was with the 9-5 career path I chose and decided to create something of my own. Founded in 2013 while Frank and I still had full time jobs, we realized Two GuysGood Buys was our ticket to traveling and living on the road. After building out the van in 2015 we set out for the open road and the rest is history. Our passion still lies in perpetuating the brand, however, I think we’ve learned that the people we meet and the experiences we have are more meaningful than the clothes we sell. Which makes for a favorable work play balance.
Frank: I grew up in Buffalo, NY. As a kid, I was always outside, and always had to be doing something. My mom tells me that I’d wake up in the morning and before getting out of bed I’d ask what we were doing that day. We took family vacations to the Atlantic Ocean once a year which was a very memorable part of my childhood. Since then, I’ve always felt a connection to “The Mighty Ocean” as my pops used to call it. My grandfather is a hunter and fisherman so I was exposed to those outdoor activities at a young age. In Elementary school, I had a friend who’s father took us on a few backpacking trips in Alleghany State Park. I can remember being fascinated with packing my backpack with all the gear I thought I needed. I moved to Fort Myers, FL for a couple years from ages 12-15. I joined a Boy Scout troop and we would go on camping trips at least once a month. While in Florida, I spent all of my time skateboarding and playing around with my first 35mm camera. Since then, I have my life pretty much documented with photographs.
What’s something coming up this year that you’re stoked about?
Tyler: 2017 has been rad! Last winter Frank and I made southern California our second home, we also put into production our first photography magazine entitled Wayward Bound and made an inaugural trip down to Baja Mexico with a bunch of surf homies. Life is good! I am stoked to be back in Oregon for a while and then Montana in the near future. Adventure awaits.
Frank: I’m looking forward to setting up Pop-Up Shops once we return home to Buffalo. Being involved with community events and setting up a photo show of our own. Always stoked for the next move!
Who inspires you?
Tyler: My mom’s old world work ethic inspires me the most. She never ceases to amaze me, and I swear the word “tired” is not in her vocabulary. My friends also deeply inspire me. You are who you surround yourself with, right?
Frank: My mom and dad, grandfather and friends. People who are passionate and driven. Gramps is 91 and as hard-working as anyone I know. He ran his own company for most of his life and now spends his days maintaining his gardens and property. To this day, he goes on hunting and fishing trips and continues to pursue his life long passions in the outdoors.
How did you guys become friends, when did you move into the van together?
We go way back. Back to grade school days, kindergarten actually. It’s been a while. Moved into the van together in December of 2016.
How did you become Two Guys Good Buys? Tell us more about your shop, how you find your buys and what makes you different from other vintage resellers?
Two Guys Good Buys started as a hobby. The excitement comes with the thrill of the hunt. We source clothes from all over, but we have special honey holes we like to revisit and have people back in NY buying for us on occasion. The items we hold with us are garments we trust and are often reflections of our own style. Two Guys Good Buys is defined by its quality and outdoor work wear aesthetic.
You’ve been living life on the road for a while. Do you feel that it’s hard to connect to the people you meet or the places you visit knowing that you’re only there for a limited time? What’s a secret to making this work that you’ve discovered?
It’s not all that hard to connect with people, our aspirations of travel and adventure are pretty easily relatable. Our desire to explore new things is common ground when it comes to meeting new people. It’s easy to connect with like minded individuals despite time constraints. It can be something as simple as a recommended water hole, or fun hike mentioned in passing. Being open and honest is the only way to be transparent in meeting new people. I think they respond to that.
Why did you decide to join the van life movement?
Tyler: It was kind of a no brainer. I knew I was in it for the long haul & traveling in a van just made sense. It’s an integral part of maintaining a low overhead and remaining sustainable on the road. Plus, the people are cool and it’s super fun.
Frank: Before living in a van, my weeks consisted of 40+ hour work weeks and planning the next getaway. Whether it was to the mountains or a city, travel is all I wanted to do. Instead of cramming everything I enjoyed most into weekend trips + strategically picked vacation days, van living has allowed me to travel full time and spend my time doing things I’m most passionate about. After deciding to take our business on the road and putting all of our efforts into TwoGuys, it made sense. TwoGuys is what makes this lifestyle possible for us.
Two guys, living in a van. That must be challenging at times. What do you do to find your own peace + keep from becoming overwhelmed with the lack of personal space?
Tyler: I think we find personal peace in different ways. Inside the van may be crammed, but we hardly stay in the van. We have a playground outside our door like no other, what we lack within 4 walls we gain in the outdoors. We are very much aware of one another, keeping the peace isn’t all that hard.
Frank: I’ve never felt like I have a lack of personal space in the van. I keep my things to a minimum, one plastic bin (the size of a drawer) where I keep 95% of my clothes. For the most part, everything has its place. From the beginning we knew what we were getting into as far as space goes, it works out well. The space we live in is small, but that’s why we spend all of our time outside. It’s a never ending backyard when living in a van. If I ever want to be alone, I’ll just go for a stroll or take a bike ride.
Why is what you’re doing important?
Living in a van means less is more. Sustainability has become essential to Two Guys Good Buys and it’s important that we remain this way. We consume less and produce less waste. Similarly, how we source our inventory is important because it allows us to perpetuate sustainable change in fashion as well. In a nut shell, the idea is to live sustainably, inherently spend less so we can continue doing more. The importance lies in the freedoms we are granted by this way of life.
What’s something that you’ve seen or experienced since you’ve been on the road that most people may not ever have the chance to that you feel is important? Tell us more. Why?
A recent trip to Baja, Mexico comes to mind right away. Our buddy Ben Pryce had a bunch of sunglasses from a company that he handed out to us before the trip. When we arrived at our spot in Baja, we set-up camp close to a very small fishing town where a Mexican family (a few adults, 6 children) resided for the few days we were there. On our last evening, we walked over to the lighthouse nearby and climbed to the top of it for sunset. At that point, the six Mexican children were comfortable with seeing us in the area and approached us, although hesitant at first. We ended up giving the children each a pair of sunglasses and the looks on their faces and the excitement they showed was unforgettable. I watched them from on top of the lighthouse trade sunglasses, try them on, laugh at each other and continue wearing them after the sun went down. The language barrier didn’t matter at all, it was all thumbs up and smiles that night.
Why do you capture your content on 35MM film?
Tyler: It’s a practice I have taken on and enjoy pursuing. Film is still very experimental for me. I like the inaccuracies of it, and I’m keen to its forgivingness. I have a tendency to ruin film every now and then but its sort of fun. The outcome is unpredictable and hard to reproduce.
Frank : I’ve always loved the look of film. The little flaws, grain and realistic colors in photos. Having piles of negatives, knowing that I will have them forever and that they will outlast me. I love the raw, un-edited feel of film and that you only have the chance to capture what you want in one photo.
Tell us about Wayward Bound? How’s this project about and why are you doing it?
Wayward Bound has been a passion project from the start. Photography has been a hobby of ours for quite some time and the magazine was a way to showcase our work. It is a collection of 80+ photographs from travelers we’ve befriended on the road. We strove to share our photography in print form opposed to digitally online. Wayward Bound is a look into the unconventional life and happenings of the modern nomadic photographer. Inspired by movement, we depict real life experiences of the dynamic traveler. Shot through the lens of eight photographers living temporary or indefinitely mobile lives exploring the United States.
When you’re not migrating to the next place, what’s your favorite thing to do?
Tyler: I enjoy reading, especially re-reading a good book. I’ll do that more than once, I also really like sorting through old stuff. We are constantly looking for new thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales when we are idle. I’ll also just wonder and walk with my camera for hours, especially in a park or a big city.
Frank: Really getting a feel for the places we go. Getting on trails, escaping crowds of people, learning the area.
Tell us one Instagram account that you’re crazy about + why?
At this point, there’s really not any IG accounts that we’re crazy about. We really just enjoy seeing friends photographs and keeping up with what they’re doing. IG is perfect for keeping in touch with friends around the country and meeting new people within the travel community.
Favorite camp cooked meal?
Tyler: Dutch oven stew al la Matt Bernhardt. After getting a good fire going we’ll typically load up the dutchy with chopped potatoes, beef tips, a hearty portion of carrots, onions, and last but not least a little bacon.
Frank: I’m a strong supporter of the Eggs McAnnalora, a recipe Ty’s Aunt passed on to us last year while we were staying with her in South Carolina. Just add jelly to your bacon, egg + cheese breakfast sandwich and you’ll see why.
Thanks for sharing your story with us. Keep exploring + inspiring.
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