Punk Rock Parents: Venice Beach

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Venice Beach

I recently got into the show "Californication". Seriously a really awesome show and I hope a 3rd season starts soon. Anyways the show takes place in the Venice Beach/Santa Monica area. Very cool. Since we had another Sunday together we decided to head out to Venice Beach. I don't think I have ever been there and there are a few clothing stores in the area that PR Dad wanted to shop at.

Venice Beach is a pretty cool place. Lots of head shops and freaky people just like you would imagine.




We walked the beach area and of course we had to make a pit stop in the oh so "clean" public restrooms. After waiting for a homeless dude to get out I got to go in. And well as a photographer I found inspiration for a photo.


After walking around and enjoying a lemonade and chocolate ice cream we walked over to the Rogue Status store. A small corner shop plastered with stickers on the outside, a tagged up Scion XB inside, cash money painted into the floor, and just one rack with t-shirts, jackets and sweatshirts. They had some very cool photography on the wall. PR Dad walked out of there with a new DTA (Don't Trust Anyone) t-shirt and The Phi walked out with a big Rogue Status sticker.


Venice is such a cool artsy kind of place. This image is in the opening credits of "Californication" and I was surprised to see that it was on the top of a Longs Drug Store. But still very cool.


You see graffiti, I see a perfect backdrop for a picture.


We drove into west LA to visit The Fast Life store. If you know PR Dad than you know he has a man crush on Travis Barker (the drummer for Blink-182). Well Travis owns many businesses and one is the clothing line Famous Stars and Straps. The Fast Life is a manly boutique that carries Famous and other just as cool clothing lines.


PR Dad walked out with a new Famous t-shirt and The Phi walked out with more stickers and a very cool kids Famous t-shirt form their new Animal line. (the guy from the muppets).

I love LA. I love visiting and the sights. I was telling PR Dad that LA was the kind of place where you could never run out of inspiration for creating. Everything is so beautiful, ugly, scary and amazing. There is an energy and vibe that you just can't find anywhere else.

3 comments:

  1. Even though it can be kind of grungy and scary, that's exactly why I want to move back to LA. It makes you feel like you're a part of a huge community--it's always buzzing. I'm jealous you got to go to Venice! And what's with Showtime? They just pump out the best shows no one talks about. Miss you and the fam.

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  2. I lived in L.A. for five years. LOVED it! There was always something exciting going on. My friends and I would get together after we finished studying and get in the car and just drive...Sunset Blvd, Mulholland, Santa Monica, Venice, you name it. There is nothing like it. This is why I will always be a SoCal girl...a lifer! Did I ever tell you how everytime we get on Soaring over California at C.A., and they are flying over downtown L.A. my husband starts whistling and cheering like a nut? Yeh, he was born and raised there.

    Looks like you had fun!

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  3. I'm really close to Venice and hardly go out there. Last few times I was there the bf and I took pictures and checked out the Christmas lights on the houses along the canal. I also spent MLK Day there. January on the beach. Aaah... LA.

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