I couldn't imagine that I will feel pure joy and excitement of discovery again. I thought I am too old, saw too much, experienced too many different things.
Last two weeks were magical. I had so many different 'first times', went to places I was dreaming to visit for years, tasted things I don't even know how to name it... And slab city... culmination of the trip and tears of happiness to feel that energy around and next to me.
Life is so beautiful. So so! I just remembered again how good is to leave comfort zone and follow some rabbits to wonderland (or Armenians to California).
Known as “The Last Free Place in America,” Slab City is a crazy mixture of Mad Max, a post apocalyptic town and an art museum. The art here is made up of materials that have been reused, recycled or repurposed. Their mission is to encourage visitors to live in a world free of waste. A world where every single action is an opportunity for self-expression. If this is your cup of tea, do yourself a favor and go visit here. This place is amazing! Check out our blog for more info! Link is in the profile. ☝️
The roadside folk-art Mecca which is Salvation Mountain is a sight to behold. Despite the fact that almost every inch of its seussian topography it is scrawled with incoherent religious psychobabble, it's still not enough to prepare many of the tourists for their hasty "we're not stopping here" jaunt through Slab City -America's most romanticized 3rd world shanty town- just down the road. It's a common misconception that there are no laws here; there is simply an infrequent enforcement of laws by actual police officers. You're much more likely to run afoul of of the residents, if you're even brave enough to part ways with your Toyota FJ cruiser and waddle into the the local library to make an ass of yourself. I spent the night here on the outskirts of the slabs, but I restricted my photography to the closest thing the city has to a visitor's center: East Jesus. After all, this is a community full of people, not a zoo. I look forward to returning when I have the time to know it better.
Love is like a weed, once you think it's gone it grows back again . - Mad
From #SlabCity to #venicebeach to the #artsdistrictla to #hollywood & back all around southern cali I had one of the best weekends of my life hanging out with @poetrybyboots @riles.art @brandon.yavas. These photos don't do any justice in what a great experience we all enjoyed. You can meet people at anytime during the day but for you to feel at home & free to be your ridiculous self & enjoy the liberation of them doing the same is fucking incredible. The Internet might be a screen for the most part throughout our daily lives but for ours on that weekend it was reality shared with #friends that felt so smooth you wouldn't want it to end and can't wait for it to happen again. I won't get too IG mushy but in case I haven't told you lately. I love you guys. Thank you for being you. Real friends no wifi needed.
I'll leave you with some quotes we jotted down that you won't understand the context of but they're just too stupid not share. Stay lovely.
"My kid likes hotdogs"
"Can I touch both at the same time?"
"Nice tits Byiis"
"I'm a reformed hoe"
"I stabbed him in the leg, of course we stayed together"
"I don't get gassy unless I'm getting intimate"
"Like psycho but we're both naked in the shower"
"Are you going to downshift?"
"She probably likes the new sauce at Taco Bell"
📸 @poetrybyboots @riles.art @brandon.yavas @_madsoul_
Art Dimension ————————-🕯 A recap video I shot and edited from opening weekend at East Jesus during Dios De Los Muertos.
David Normal invited Sasha Q and I to help materialize his project:
From Malleus Maleficarum “Hammer of Wrong-doing” from the inquisitor’s manual on persecution of witchcraft.
It is an immersive art installation of live painting and a montage of 15th - 19th century witchcraft engravings projected on opposite side of plexiglass to create an entrancing, multi-sided experience.
I blended the song “Voodoo” by Flip Cassidy of Junkyard Gospel with the meditation track used for the installation squeezed in between.
Thanks to everyone at East Jesus, David Normal for the ingenuity, Sasha Q for the artist’s touch, Brian Bloss for the gear and Damon B Real for a shot of the band!