THIRD WHEELING

Third-wheeling when you’re somewhat newly single is never the ideal situation but it can add hope when you experience the energy of two people that simply belong together. Yes, reminiscing on a love I once had is totally shitty and makes me sad, but when you see something so genuine before your eyes you can’t help but to feel hopeful and optimistic in regard to what the universe has in store. 

- Danny Steezy




PETRA COLLINS

Petra Collins has rapidly become someone I pay attention to. I’d be lying if I said I don’t have a certain distaste for the currant state (or should I say the lack of quality) of images being produced. Her photographs are both romantic and honest but most importantly, captured in her own way. Yes it’s very feminine and perhaps even a little adolescent but thats what gives it it’s timeless charm. The fact that she captures celebrities and her friends all in the same manner is what appeals to my own personal visual appetite. Digesting her images leaves my palette wanting more, which is rare in todays over-saturated, force-fed shit that we all have to gobble up on a daily basis. You can purchase her new book here.

- Danny Steezy 


THE HUDSON

It’s no secret that I frequent my local watering hole quite often. I would say on average you can find me sitting on a padded oak barstool two to three times a week. With a Gin and Tonic in hand and an observant ear to the crowd, something enticing happens at The Hudson. You hear random stories, you experience people on their first Tinder dates and you start to acknowledge what other attendees such as yourself live in a one block radius. Strangers become familiar faces, bartenders become friends and suddenly you realize you have most of the staffs contact in your phone. You go from “may I get a drink” to your spirit of choice getting slid across the varnished oak and directly into your hand as you sit down. I was never too into bar’s and I definitely was never the type that could go into one alone. But I see now how when there’s a staple location in the neighborhood that treats you like family it turns into something so much more. It’s a social club where you can talk about everything from work to relationships to business collaborations. A place where you can get shitfaced and there’s no judgement. But most importantly, what happens within the dim lit walls stays there. As long as you walk in with a good heart and leave your ego at the door, you will soon feel a warm embrace that can only be compared to that of a second home.

- Danny Steezy


WEDNESDAY WALKS

Mid-week walks are a great way to keep you focused, especially if you surround yourself with scenic views and inspirational architecture. This allows time for fresh air, new ideas and a recharge to keep your mind healthy. The only way to change what’s on the outside is to transform it from within.

- Staff


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