Last night was the West coast entry of Petty Fest, a Tom Petty themed and Jameson fueled version of Best Fest. It was a two night event that took place at the always wonderful El Rey and brought lots of people out to catch musicians like AA Bondy and Sarah Silverman do their best covers of Petty songs. It was a fun, fun night–and a big reminder that everyone knows more Tom Petty songs than they think they know.
Sometimes we get lost in Internet wormholes while searching for things to write about. Today’s started by obsessing over the work of John Michael Fulton (who we’ll post about once we find his website) which lead to stylist Jessica Willis’ website, where we were obsessed with her costume design and artworks, which directed us to Andrew Tonkery. Tonkery is a filmmaker in Los Angeles who has a very low-fi, hazy point of view. His films often appear fragmented and folding in on themselves, incorporate human movement and dance, and are always doused in color. We were entranced after watching a quick, twenty five second Joshua Tree video test he did.
Thrash Lab is a Los Angeles based creative collective. They make videos and do interviews and are focused on sharing creatives at work and interesting communities in their element. Their reach spans beyond just Los Angeles but they’ve done some really great video interviews with locals that you guys need to see: this is their Profiles series.
Mary Delioussina is a doodler. She’s a Los Angeles based illustrator and artist who always finds herself drawing. She catalogues all of her work on her website which features tons and tons of little projects she occupies herself with. They represent this desire to always make–even if you have to draw on a cocktail napkin.
If you have driven on Figueroa in Highland Park, you have definitely have noticed a little store called Fashion 21. A friend casually mentioned that the space is where megahuge fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 started. We thought it was an attempt at a joke but they insisted that it was a fact: the brand did start there. After some cross-referencing with the very respected Wikipedia, the store did open as Fashion 21 in Highland Park on April 21, 1984. What?!?!? We couldn’t believe it. We had to go into Fashion 21. Were there hidden treasures? Was this a secret sample store? Is it just a Forever 21? Is it a Forever 21…but on steroids? Is this the lowest level of the bargain basement or a land of hidden fashion finds? We had to know.