FRIENDS FOR NEARLY A DECADE

This is my friend Liz whom I’ve known for nearly ten years (two more and we celebrate a decade). We don’t see each other that often but when we do it’s like nothing has changed, yet so much has. We oddly became friends when I was living in Thousand Oaks and was summoned to do community service. That’s what they give you as punishment for breaking the law with minor offenses. I was there for being a young drunk idiot and she was there for fighting in public (we still laugh at that). When we first met I was just getting into photography and she was going to hair school. As we walked around picking up trash under the hot sun, we began to talk about life and our aspirations. It was rad to know there was someone else like me, someone who truly did not belong in a small town and especially wasn’t meant to pick up fucking trash with a bunch of burn-outs and assholes. I can honestly say the only good thing that came from that day was the fact that we both found someone creative that we could communicate with, which was fairly rare in suburbia. Fast forward to today and Liz now works at numerous high-end salons throughout Beverly Hills and I do, well, who knows what I do but apparently I’m doing okay at it. I’ve always found it interesting how some people in your life don’t only represent a personality, but also a moment in time when you didn’t think your dreams were possible to obtain. It’s like a breathing reminder that anything is achievable if you just stay focused and keep your tunnel vision. I’m very proud of this bird, even though she still gives me shit and laughs at me just like the first day our energies intersected. It honestly goes to show that just because you are where you are now doesn’t mean you can’t go anywhere you wish to be. I hope you all continue to strive for something better in every capacity possible!

[picking up trash… who would have fucking thought. smh]

- Danny Steezy


SKAM ARTIST HOLIDAY PARTY

We hit the Skam Artist Holiday party where they rented out Dave & Busters for a night of arcades and booze. The night was so good in fact that we pretty much forgot about the camera and mostly took advantage of the open bar and free games. It was awesome seeing so many friends and familiar faces having a great time in a relaxed environment. Lets face it, it’s really rare in Hollywood to see an abundance of people letting their personas down. We wish we did a better job at documenting it but sometimes you just need to be apart of the moment rather than record it.

- Staff


INSPIRATION

This collaboration between Saint Laurent® and Polaroid® is one of those things that is so simple, so basic and with hardly any appropriation by SL but totally inspires me to make new products. Some of the best shit ever made has been concocted simply but enhancing or applying a hint of your own touch, which in turn dramatically transforms the foundation of the piece. I mean, they literally just stamped the leather and created packaging and film. But look how sexy it is. Genius! Now, if someone could be so kind to acquire one for me in Paris I would be indebted to you forever. Thanks!

- Danny Steezy





POLAROID IS BACK

We have a huge love affair with Polaroid® and used to spend tons of money sourcing expired cartridges of 600 film. The camera gods must have listened to all of our prayers for instant gratification because the company has officially resurrected as Polaroid® Originals and is even offering a brand new upgraded version of their infamous One-step camera. The One-Step 2 offers a sleek new design and features a built-in flash which was painstakingly absent in the prior model. Long gone are the days of trying to stock up on film at inflated prices or paying absurd amounts of money on the cameras themselves. Hopefully this time the company (even though they’re now owned by Impossible®) will continue to produce products for todays culture while still implanting the same formula that made them timeless. We’re literally eagerly twiddling our shooter fingers waiting for our cameras to come. We’ll be sure to give you a comprehensive review upon their arrival.

- Staff