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The California Surf Project

Chris Burkard, a photographer, and Eric Soderquist, a professional surfer, are two Southern California natives who dropped their every day lives, loaded up a VW bus and left town to...
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Recent Posts
  1. A Color Story: Deep Plum, Eggplant and Merlot.

    Fall is here whether we want it to be or not. For most of the country leaves are changing, weather is crisper and change is in the air. Here in...
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  2. Who Shot Rock and Roll – Exhibit

    If you’re in the Los Angeles area and are looking for something seriously cool to do with your sweetheart, we recommend getting yourself over to The Annenberg Space For Photography...
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  3. Hippie Haven

    My favorite refuge from The World is my Uncle Carl's house in Vermont.  After drifting through Haight-Ashbury in the summer of '68 and spending some time in North Dakota and New...
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  4. Summer Reading - Patti Smith, Just Kids

    The late 60’s was the time to seek out independence, art, and music. It was also the beginning of the life long friendship between Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe Just Kids is...
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  5. Canyon of Dreams

      We can't properly love our boho chic unless we revere it's beginnings. Canyon Of Dreams is a book that is part music fanzine and part history lesson. It is...
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  6. A Johnny Was Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

    In 1975, Fleetwood Mac formed a lineup that would make them famous:  John and Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Bob Welch, and Stevie Nicks. These five musicians wrote Grammy award winning...
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  7. New York Nostalgia

    When I lived in NYC my apartment was in the west village rather than the lower east side (I am a pretty, not gritty, sort of girl.)  However, I frequently...
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  8. Remembering the Spirit of Fashion.

    (photo source: Helen Gurley Brown, author, editor, publisher, and style icon, passed away on August 13th. Today, Johnny Was remembers this true innovator. A pioneer in the publishing world, Brown...
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  9. Inspirational woman: Exene Cervenka

    Part punk rock, part rockabilly and part country music essentially sums up the woman Exene Cervenka. Best known from the Los Angeles punk band X in the late 70’s and...
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