A few years ago, I had this absurdly faggy obsession with Longchamp’s Roseau bag, a luscious black leather tote bag that elevated any owner from “Person With A Bag” status to “Hot Bitch #1 Look At How Fly I Am Respect This” status. I was obsessed with that bag for no other reason than it epitomized casual luxury and was so smartly made. I still fantasize about it….that is until I replaced it with these super fucking brilliant Mansur Gavriel bags. The brand creates simply beautiful, playfully fancy leather bags that represent a California casualness that I thought I was getting from Longchamp but obviously wasn’t because those bags are not from California in any way.
It’s been a little bit since we’ve checked in with Lucky Dragons. They’ve been doing lots from having gallery shows to participating in dublab stuff and more and more and more. They’re also sporadically releasing new music and have tossed out two items in the past few weeks: sound soup Wow Mix and tiny cassette songs Publicity Reform.
The desert is a very interesting place. It’s a landscape that is so alien and so captivating that you easily find yourself lost there, consumed by its grandeur. It’s inspiring and full of oddities and strange natural happenings that draw you in and–for many–keep you there. Artist Cristopher Cichocki lives and works in the Coachella Valley. The desert is his studio assistant and his muse and his background: the desert is in his work and his work is in the desert. His show Epicenter, currently on view at PDC based See Line Gallery, is an examination of desert themes and dives into everything from burning bushes to the strange ecology of the Salton Sea. His work opens a conversation about the desert that is as dynamic as the San Andreas Fault and as curious as a martian landscape.
Every time you see someone doing tricks on a skateboard, there is always someone not too far off filming them. The culture of skate-and-shoot is so funny and so representative of an era of scratchy VHS tapes of tips and tricks for skating you and your friends made. With the Internet, there is a huge culture of sharing these skate videos and–with advancing technology–these videos are only getting better and better. One 4 LA is a little effort by filmmaking brother team Matt Pagan and Mike Pagan to document surf, skate, and culture of Los Angeles and South Bay through little videos. They recently released a rad little skate video titled As Thick As Thieves, which follows skater Steven Swanson doing tricks all over Downtown Los Angeles.
Paige Smith is a Los Angeles designer and artist who has been getting a little bit of attention for a remarkable street art project of hers. She has found a way to fill small holes in Los Angeles and beyond with what appears to be jagged gold teeth, turning these voids into small caves of precious metals. She calls these her Urban Geodes and has been littering them wherever she can, filling in missing bricks and other removed pieces with moments of fantasy.