NIGHTS OUT - DOHENY ROOM

We’re fortunate that we get invited out to a lot of clubs and parties yet we tend to stay sheltered within four walls and in front of a glowing computer screen. Deadlines are the bloodline of what we do but we’re starting to realize fresh air is equally as important. And let’s face it, free booze is never frowned upon in this family. We’ve decided to take you long with us as we enjoy a few nights out a month. Our first stop, the Doheny Room. It’s never a bad time when we cut the rug of this upstairs establishment. Thank you Doheny, Fashen and Timeless Vapes for supplying the party favors.

- Staff


DO WHAT YOU LOVE

Being creative is something that stems from within and is ultimately the easiest hardest thing one can do. To create something from nothing and then find a way to project your voice to the masses in hopes for somebody to hear you is no easy feat. Add a self-sufficient monetary aspect to that and you’ll find yourself face to face with an equation that very few ever truly solve. As I dive deeper into the progression of my own career, or shall I say, a drunken drug infused hobby that somehow turned into a living, I constantly find myself asking if I’m still happy. Sure, when I was broke and living a crazy life taking photos and not giving a shit about money or the infrastructure that one needs to build for themselves in order to financially be able to live a decent life, shit was amazing. Scary, but nevertheless amazing. I took photos of everything and anything and could care less if I was getting paid or ‘likes’, and I’m not even talking about the social media kind. But unless you come from money, every creative at some point comes face to face with the inevitable question, “how do I do what I love, stay true to who I am and turn my point of view into a fruitful career?”. I’ve been taking photos for eight years now and I still battle with that question because as I get older the only thing I strive for is more stability which equals less stress. The truth is, we all at some point will hit  financial tribulations and will have to take on projects that may feel like we’re jeopardizing our integrity. So we do these fucked up jobs and feel like shit about them (you know, the kind you never post or tell anyone you did). I have come to the conclusion that in order to be somebody with a presence in this over saturated shithole of a pool that we’re all swimming in, you must try to take every opportunity to turn any project into your own. If you don’t feel the company or product aligns with your personal or creative views, fuck it, place it into your life in a way that is true then capture it through your view point and charge the client accordingly. See, when all is said and done, we’re only on this earth for a fraction of a second. Why the fuck should we live it unhappy or stressed. Create daily in a way that coincides with your moral compass and be passionate about everything you do. Passion should be at the forefront of everything you create and fuck everyone and everything that tries to steer you away from what you hold in your heart. Fall in love with your medium. Be curious and ambitious and do things that move others. Tell your story the way you feel it should be told and the let universe take care of the rest.

- Danny Steezy




HAPPY BIRTHDAY, KATE

Happy birthday to one of the best friends a dirtbag like me could ever wish for. Through the years we have seen each other hit inconceivable highs (literally) and hit rock bottom. Some days we crush it and don’t think we can smile any bigger or work any harder; others we can’t seem to escape the dark cloud that always seems to find us. See, Kate and I have this kindred spirt that goes leaps and bounds and without words we get that we’re nothing more than a couple of weirdos with pure hearts. We’re always there for one another through our triumphs and failures and that is a true rarity in this day and age when everyone is so god damn disconnected. So, here’s to Kate and all of the amazing things that she’s going to do in this life. May the energy of the universe continue to shine on her. Cheers 

- Danny Steezy




UGG®

When I was asked to shoot a mini visual for Ugg®, I was instantly taken back to happy childhood times. Growing up with my mother and sisters wearing the cozy boots made accepting the project an easy yes. When I think about the “boots with the fur” I think about the era when my sisters were in high school and always spending time at the beach with their friends. I think about the movie Point Break and countless other California surf natives that adopted this Australian brand into their daily wardrobe. The style was relaxed, effortless but had an inviting aesthetic that you wanted to be a part of. I felt I needed to capture this on Emily with vintage pieces by Harley-Davidson®, Saint Laurent® and Stone Island®. Naturally, the only way to embrace the true essence was to you use 35mm film.

Danny Steezy