About a Place: Brimfield Market
With the long days of summer comes the itch to get up from our desks, get out, and explore—whether that means finally putting our dusty passports to use or just making a point to find newness in the familiar.
To learn more about the latter, we called on the expertise of Los Angeles-based best friends Melanie Ayer and Kristine Claghorn. The girls initially met through each of their boyfriends (and Melanie's now-husband), both members of the band the Local Natives. Frequently making trips back and forth to see their guys on tour, Mel and Kristine's friendship has been largely built on the road...time spent on long plane rides, car trips, and nights in tour bus bunk beds.
We caught up with the duo on a rare weekend at home, following them around on their perfect LA day. We asked them to share travel stories, packing lists, and their curated itinerary of what to see and do in their own stomping grounds. It's a timely reminder: sometimes you don't need to go far to find an escape. Photography by Chantal Anderson | styling by Katrina Thomson
Hello K + M! Can you each introduce yourself, please?
Kristine: I’m an Indiana native, but I’ve now lived in LA for three years. After graduating from Indiana University, I interviewed at a custom apparel company in LA, got the job, and packed up and moved two weeks later! It was a whirlwind. I’m now doing social media for them, so I spend most of my day on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
Mel: I’m a California girl, born and raised. I grew up in the Bay Area, about an hour outside of San Francisco, and I always dreamt of living in LA. It had a sparkle to it. I made the move after college to pursue a career in television. I love living in such a creative city that fuels so many of my passions: writing, photography, and collaborative brainstorms.
Set the scene for us about how you two initially met.
Kristine: Mel and I met for the first time in 2011 at Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. The next time we hung out was on a trip to New York about four months later. It was Halloween weekend and we ended up at a random loft party in Manhattan. Mel and I took over the music and had our own dance party in the living room. It was hilarious because it was just us (and a random guy dressed as a ghost) dancing the entire night.
Mel: That New York trip is definitely what sparked the goofy, carefree side of our friendship. We have so many inside jokes and silly nicknames that stemmed from a series of awkward events throughout that day. We always get into the strangest situations when we’re together.
You obviously have a connection through the band, but how has your friendship evolved through this?
Kristine: When I met Mel, I was still living in Indiana. We chatted online about our relationships and interests...and that really helped us get close. I moved to LA the next year, and Mel was the head of my welcoming party. She helped me find my first studio apartment and drove me around after my car was stolen...oh, LA.
When our guys are away on tour, we spend a lot of time together both at home and planning trips to visit them together. When they’re busy with the band, Mel and I have our own little adventures. Once we stayed at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs and got massages & facials. It ended up being a couples massage, which was hilarious.
Tell us some stories about traveling together. What trips stand out, both good and bad?
Kristine: One of my favorite trips was a day we had in Columbus, Ohio last summer. Mel is the master at finding good spots and she had bookmarked a bunch of cute stores, restaurants, ice cream shops, you name it. We had so much fun exploring, dancing around, and taking pictures.
Mel: Most of our recent travel has been on the road in a tour bus. This means we’ve had nights with little sleep thanks to bumpy roads, strange food in the middle of nowhere, crazy cab rides, and so many airport drop off and pick ups. We’re almost always on the go. I think my favorite thing about traveling with Kristine is that she always shows up with her favorite pillow, which is a green, squishy cylinder shape that she calls “Pickle”...and also a pack of Lysol wipes to clean off the arm rests and tray tables on airplanes.
What are some tips for traveling with friends and not going crazy?
Kristine: My biggest advice is to make sure you like your friends! Mel and I are both good at going with the flow and taking moments as they come, but also like to have a little list of things we’d like to do. There have been times that we’ve had to wait in long lines at the airport, which can be infuriating. Instead of getting annoyed and impatient, we just laugh it off. If you remind yourself that you’re with someone you love, you can make any situation fun. Don’t take anything too seriously!
Mel: I have to say that I love a good bike tour. It’s a great way to take in a city without worrying about maps and directions. Everyone can just follow the guide and have fun together. And I agree with Kristine. It’s really important to go with the flow and remember that sometimes the plan isn’t going to work out exactly how you thought it would. And the cool thing about travel is that it’s always reminding you that the spontaneous, unexpected moments usually end up being the most memorable.
What items are always in your travel bag?
Kristine: a chunky sweater, a fully-charged laptop, face elixir by Caudalie, and vitamin E oil as a moisturizer.
Mel: Batiste dry shampoo, Yes to Cucumbers facial towelettes, and a swim suit — just in case!
What destinations are on your travel wish list?
Kristine: I’m dying to go to Spain. I majored in Spanish in college and didn’t study abroad, so I would love to be able to go use what I’ve learned. I also want to go to Tokyo, Paris, and South America. It’s pretty hard to narrow down because I’d be happy to go just about anywhere. I’ve been able to see a lot of the U.S. in the past few years and I want to eventually visit all 50 states.
Mel: Bali, Morocco, Melbourne, and I’d love to spend more time in London and Paris.
Walk us through the recipe for an ideal LA “staycation”
Kristine: I’d begin the day with yoga at Yogala in Echo Park or a hike up to the Griffith Observatory. There’s a great little café at bottom of Griffith, Trails Cafe, where you can grab coffee or tea before making the walk up to the top. After, I’d go grab brunch at Local on Sunset. On Saturdays, you can walk down the street to the Silverlake Farmers' Market, which is the place to go for vintage finds on a budget. Painted Bird is another vintage store favorite of mine. For dinner, I’d make the trek downtown to Bäco Mercat and to The Pie Hole for dessert. Make sure to get slices of the Mexican chocolate and the Earl Grey pie. They’re to die for.
Mel: I would start with a massage at The Raven Spa in Silver Lake. It’s so peaceful there, and it’s the perfect place to de-stress and get inspired. From there I’d visit Atwater and grab a burrito at Tacos Villa Corona, and stop at Individual Medley, one of our favorite local shops. For a dinner date, I’d go to Canele. On day two, I’d drive to the West side. The Getty is a great spot for checking out art and amazing views of the city. For dinner I’d want to try one of the many restaurants still my list to check out, like Superba Snack Bar or Son of a Gun. Lastly, I love going to the movies at the Arclight in Hollywood. The chairs are super comfy and the screen in the Dome is massive!
What is it about LA that keeps you there?
Kristine: Since moving to LA, I’ve met so many inspiring people that have helped pave my way into the creative world here. I have collaborated with Kate Miss and Katrina Thomson on lookbooks for their handmade jewelry. I also worked with Wade Koch on a music video for Mister Goodnite. I do freelance graphic design and styling, and I just started my own blog. Being surrounded by such a supportive community of creatives has really helped me grow into my own. It’s nice to connect with friends that give you the push you need to get started.
Mel: What I love about LA is connecting with creatives on projects, big or small. I’ve written articles for a friend’s magazine, modeled for a friend’s knitting book, and danced in a friend’s music video. There are so many inspiring people to talk to and it’s really fun to see what a conversation with a new person will lead to. I also love connecting my friends with other friends when they’re looking for a certain skilled person to work with on any particular type of project. It’s exciting to find that perfect match—the missing link—that fits right into the puzzle, and see them all create something awesome together.
Our newest Shape Shifter photoshoot took us to New Mexico's incredible White Sands, the largest white gypsum desert in the world. 275 square miles of crisp bright dunes set against a pristine blue sky: it's a must-see. (And a favorite photoshoot destination for its surreal, perfect light!)
Behind the scenes with the lovely Joanna Halpin, we tromped around the mountains, asked about that whole radioactivity thing and even made a new (animal) friend.
Photographs by Devyn Galindo.
Meet our new camel friend. The production team explains, "The park ranger sent us a text and said 'We have a camel.' At first we thought it was a typo, then we looked at the white dune across from us and there was the camel in all of his glory."
His owner, George, was nice enough to let us hang out with them for part of the afternoon (read more about the White Sands camel here).
New friend #2: the park ranger.
Who's leading who?
Three notes on the White Sands:
1. Sabertooth Tiger footprints have been found there!
2. The White Sands are considered an active dunefield, moving from west to east as much as 30 feet every year (the wind also leaves amazing patterns in the sand).
3. It's also the location of the Trinity Site, where the government detonated the world's first atomic bomb on July 16, 1945. We are told it is now only "mildly radioactive."
We’re always curious about the daily beauty, hair, and skincare routines of the effortlessly made-up women we know. From concealer to coconut oil, "About A Face" is our insider glimpse into the makeup bags and medicine cabinets of our everyday muses.
I cleanse my face every morning and night with a brand called Cactus Skincare that I found when I was in Australia at the beginning of the year. I do that first thing in the morning. I also use one of their moisturizers. If I'm not working, I try to not wear any makeup unless I have a really bad pimple or something in which case I'll cover up with Laura Mercier's cover-up foundation. I try to not wear any makeup because my skin gets so bogged up when i'm working.
I also do a Cactus Skincare face mask sometimes — it really helps make my skin very clear.
I don't do much to my hair other than wash and condition it most days. I will typically blow dry it and finish with a bit of leave-in conditioner. I use supermarket shampoo! Is that my secret? [Laughs.]
Occasionally I'll put coconut oil in my hair when my hair is wet and then wash it again in the morning.
One thing i always use to get rid of spots — in England there's this stuff called Sudocrem, it's a white cream or paste. I think people even use it for nappy rash. But I put it on my spots and it works!
Above: Off-duty face mask, via Joanna's Instagram
I try to drink lots and lots of water for my skin to try and keep it as clear and hydrated as possible. I have started trying to drink more hot water with lemon as well as apparently that is good for your body inside and out. I also try to eat healthily and remind myself to eat lots of fruit and vegetables. I recently fell in love with avocados which are apparently good for skin and hair so have been eating them whenever possible. I also drink lots of tea: lemon and ginger is my new favorite but I love green and mint too.
As for my beauty muses, there are so many beautiful women I could pick as my beauty icons I don't even know where to start... Maybe Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin.
Shop Joanna's Picks in UO Beauty:
Victory Press is designer Jessica Humphrey and artist Jonathan Cammisa, collaborating to create a collection of men’s clothing inspired by post modern art, prints and silhouettes of ‘80s skate and surf culture, and the functionality, integrity and ideology of ‘90s outdoors wear.
En route to launch a Victory Press pop-up event at our Los Angeles-based concept store Space 15 Twenty, Jess and Jonathan drove across the country, visiting American factories and getting up close and personal with the country’s great outdoors. Here, the design duo lets us in on every adventure of their nationwide trek.
How did you two come together and launch Victory Press?
Jess: Jonathan grew up in South Philadelphia skating. He was heavy into grafitti and hip hop, and he spent his summers at the Jersey Shore. I grew up in Virginia Beach surrounded by surfing and skateboarding, and as a teenager photographed every punk and hardcore band that came through my town. We met about five years ago in Vinegar Hill, a small neighborhood in Brooklyn. We both were obsessed with 1980s and ‘90s vintage clothing and we had the same taste in art and music, so we became best friends. We decided to start a clothing line out of a shared realization that outdoors wear just wasn't cool. We wanted to make outdoors wear that like-minded people want to wear.
Tell us about the Victory Press pop-up that brought you across the country!
Our friend Kyle came to our studio one day and proposed we set up shop at Space 15 Twenty for the summer of 2014. As a new brand, we were stoked on the opportunity to build out a space with our creative vision and spread our ideas to the West Coast. So, we though it was only appropriate to see the country on our way here so we can tell our story to you.
What was your favorite city or pit-stop along the way?
Mystic Hot Springs, Utah was by far the most interesting destination. We spent a few hours soaking in old claw foot tubs filed in with mineral rich hot springs with epic views of the Utah Mountains. Mystic Mike, who hosts the property, has an extensive collection of posters and stickers he's illustrated for touring bands, including the Grateful Dead. He also has a YouTube channel where he hosts live music and does an awesome job recording. There is also a collection of buses previously owned by Deadheads, for which you can rent and sleep over, if you want. It was truly a mystical moment. And then there was Yellowstone National Park—there are no words for how beautiful it is there.
Any travel mishaps?
Not really. We had good vibes on our side!
What was your day-to-day life like on the road?
We woke up. I'd heat us up some Grady's Coffee we cold brewed the night before. I might have some time to make breakfast while the boys break down the camp. If not, it was Early Bird Granola and yogurt and then we were on the road. Some days were long drives—almost 14 hours. We literally drove until it was time to sleep. Our meals that day would be "Jon's Back Seat Turkey Sandwiches" and the good old gas station special. The other days we'd drive for six hours or so and set up camp. We'd cook chili or hamburgers, relax, shoot our BB gun, then go to sleep extra early, wake up, maybe do a hike and then hit the road again. We were lucky enough to spend a good stint in Yellowstone and Utah where we could meander a little more and soak up the environment. We drove through 15 states in seven days, so there wasn't a whole lot of time to stay idle.
What were some of the best and worst meals you had while traveling?
The best meal was the chili we cooked over campfire the first night in Yellowstone. We brought our cast iron dutch oven and made a slow cooked chili and cornbread. We set up camp with the Grand Teton mountains as our backdrop, with no other human in site. It was magical. We actually ruled on the food tip. Even the sixth time we had turkey sandwiches, they were delicious!
What are your top five travel essentials?
Our trusty Birkenstocks, Oberto Beef Jerky, Snowpeak Titanium Stove, our dog, Jasper, and Santa Maria Novella Potpourri (for the stinky truck).
What advice would you give to someone about to embark on a cross-country trip?
Give yourself a good month because there is too much awesomeness to see.
Urban Outfitters and Lonely Planet are challenging all adventure seekers and travelers to Instagram their most epic travel photo for a chance to win an 11-day trip for two through Mexico, Belize and Guatemala. Document your trip and you could be featured on our site. Get out there and go explore!
How to Enter:
1. Download the Urban Outfitters App
2. Sign up for "Urban On" and link your Instagram account to the App
3. Instagram your most epic travel photo with the hashtag #UOxLP in the photo caption
While you're waiting to see who wins, you can flip through Lonely Planet's book, 1000 Ultimate Experiences, to start planning your next big adventure!
After visiting Tulum recently to shoot our newest lookbook, we had so many new Instax photos that we didn't know what to do with all of them. Rather than hang them up, we decided to start a scrapbook/journal hybrid for them, so we could keep all our pics in one spot and also write down some of our favorite memories. Instagram is good but when it comes to keeping track of a bunch of photos, sometimes it's best to go back to a good ol' fashioned notebook. Read on to see what we did!
If you, like us, take a boatload of photos, you'll want to sit down before scrapbooking to decide which pics you want to include and which pics you're going to shove in a box somewhere. It's also nice to be able to look at everything in front of you before you start working, just so you can make sure you have everything you need. Above were our basic supplies for this project. The notebook we're using to start out is this super fun (and bright!) unruled Leuchtturm journal.
Keep It Simple
It's easy to want to throw five pictures on each page with 30 different artistic touches, but it usually (not all the time!) looks better when the clutter is kept to a minimum. (But if you've figured out how to make clutter look amazing, give us a call, because we love glitter and stickers.)
We love washi tape for scrapbooking because 1) it's adorable and 2) it's the easiest way to adhere pictures. You don't even have to worry about doing the roll of tape on the back because it looks perfect taped right on the front. We're also pretty lazy when it comes to crafting, so it's nice to have something that's so versatile and easy to use.
Obviously stamps are a great way to add some excitement onto your scrapbook pages. You can get literally anything on a stamp these days, which is perfect for those of us less artistically inclined. Can't draw a cat? Stamp it! Boom. Done.
We liked the idea of mixing in some souvenirs and cards we found, just to round out the whole scrapbook a little bit better. For some of our backgrounds, we bought printed paper in Mexico that we then cut out and taped into the book to give our pages a more colorful background. A pack of beachy playing cards also looked nice mixed in with everything, so we stuck them in there, too.
Stickers are THE BEST. You can put them on pictures, use them to stick pictures to the page, and decorate the page with them. It's super easy to go overboard with them. (We maybe went a little overboard. It's fine.) But hey, if you love stickers, there are some giant books of them out there that will let you sticker to your heart's content.
We took a California road trip with young artists, entrepreneurs and DIY guys Blake Washington and Morgan Gales. Here's a few shots from their favorite stops and their recommended playlists for cruisin' around out in the desert.
For this week's Friday Download I rounded up a few of my favorite recent tunes and trailers as well as some road trip planning websites that I'm just dying to use again once summer hits. And even though that trip to the Ventriloquist Dummy Museum may still be a ways away, now is the perfect time to get started on those road trip playlists, y'all. —Katie
Strand of Oaks "Goshen '97"
I am super into this video and song. Like, I'm probably going to buy a convertible just so I can listen to this full blast with the wind in my hair. Plus, this video was totally filmed 15 minutes from my house so I'm basically famous now. If you're as into this song as me, you'll have to wait until June 24 for the full album Heal to come out, but Strand of Oaks has plenty of other albums to check out in the meantime. They're a lot folkier than the song above, but still just as awesome.
Childish Gambino (ft. Problem) "Sweatpants"
This is the perfect video for this song. (I'm watching it for like the ninth time right now, whoops.) Just watch it.
Roadtrippers/Roadside America/Atlas Obscura
It's getting to be that road-trippin' time of year again, and I can't help but look up imaginary road trip pit stops on sites like Roadtrippers, Atlas Obscura and Roadside America. After you enter your start/end destinations, the sites tell you what cool/wacky/scenic stuff you'll pass along the way. My favorite of the bunch is Roadtrippers, because it's designed well and also has a handy app. Plus, it measures all the roadside attractions with a RAD-O-METER! Neat. Photo via.
Lana Del Rey "West Coast"
Hey, here is another new song from Lana Del Rey and the first single off her upcoming album Ultraviolence. I guess it's growing on me? I'm sure two weeks from now I won't be able to get it out of my head. Just like how I previously thought Ultraviolence was a lame name for an album, but now I'm totally into it because it's like what an angsty 16-year-old would title their album and I appreciate that.
Orange is the New Black Season 2 Trailer
In our new feature On The Road: Let's Bike Austin, we took a trip to one of our favorite southern cities, where we put together a cycle gang of creative locals and toured downtown, hopping off at their go-to pitstops along the way.
If you're down in Austin this week and are sick of walking everywhere but aren't about to bring your car out into the madness, we're here to help you out. From Thursday, March 13th through Saturday, March 15th, we're running a free shuttle with pickups and drop-offs at five different locations throughout the city. Running every hour on the hour from 11am-7pm, our UO x Converse shuttle will hit up Austin 360's favorite spots in town. Included in the stops are the Texas State Capitol, The Austin American Statesman grounds for a free concert, and (of course) Urban Outfitters, where you'll be able to get Converse customized by some of our favorite artists. Once you're done seeing the sights of Austin, make sure you head out to our first ever Austin AFTERFEST with Autre Ne Veut and Matthew Dear on Saturday, March 15th. See you soon, Austin!
With SXSW officially starting up today (and us scrambling to pack our bags), we figured it'd be the perfect time to get a little inside scoop on the great city of Austin. We decided to hit up our good friend and Austinite, Jesse Elliott, to find out the best places to eat, drink and catch some free shows. —Katie
Hey Jesse! Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Yo. I program electronic music showcases for SXSW and FLOORED, a radio show on SXSWfm.
How long have you lived in Austin?
Off and on since 2006 or so with a few years in Berlin.
How many years have you been going to SXSW?
My friends and I first got our feet wet around 2006 while in college without any credentials, mostly hopping around free shows and late night house parties. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing.
Any tips for someone who is going for the first time?
It’s a marathon, not a sprint. Throw your plan out the window and go with the flow. You’re the raddest, not those kids at that place you’re not at. Enjoy da present.
Where is the best place to check out shows?
Cheer Up Charlies is primed with their fresh space on Red River, and I’m excited about my shows in Vulcan Gas Company on 6th – proper club vibes with a new Funktion-One sound system.
Is there any secret way to get into totally packed shows?
For day parties and stuff? Smile, say thank you, don’t get knocked out and maybe you’ll see the way in. For official nighttime showcases? It’s badge/wristband or bust because we roll future tense on punters – ain’t nobody here got time for that.
What have been some of your favorite shows over the years?
The first two shows coming to mind are Deerhunter at the old Club deVille (shit was emotional) and rolling ten deep to Cut Copy during their Bright Like Neon Love days.
Who are you looking forward to seeing this year?
Amsterdam Dance Event is a huge deal for me this year. Rush Hour x Rwina Records are knocking this one out at The Madison on 3/13. There's also the Soulection crew at the Okayplayer showcase at Vulcan on 3/14, and if time allows I’m gonna try and catch Isaiah Rashad, Paul Woolford, and my beautiful friend Rosie's band BALLET SCHOOL outta Berlin.
What are some of your favorite restaurants/places to eat in Austin?
My favorite trailers are Tony’s Jamaica, Thai Thani, Kebabalicious, Chi’Lantro, Tacos Veracruz, and 313 Detroit Pizza. Favorite sit-downs are Las Casuelas for cheap Mexican, La Condesa for sexy Mexican, Sway for Thai, Casino El Camino for burgers, and Daruma Ramen for ramen (or Ramen Tatsu-ya if you have a car).
Favorite place to get a drink?
YJSC, ze Grackle, and then Dry Creek (when empty) is as good as it gets.
Favorite place to hang when you’re out all night?
Probably wherever Kari Rosenfeld is going.
Are any of the super popular tourist spots actually worth hitting up?
The Blanton is cool, and Mount Bonnell is worth a trip. My suggestion though would be to rent a car and cruise out west of Austin for a day.
Any weird local legends you’d like to share?
There’s a one-eyed pug named Spanky who lives on the Eastside and lives off of Cold One’s popsicles (@coldonespops on Twitter).
Any great vintage or antique stores that you would recommend?
Sam Hill for dudes and Prototype Vintage on South Congress for dudes and you ladies out there.
Where do you like to go when you’re hanging outdoors?
Some friends get real with it and have a group called “State Park Sundays” and have since covered every spot within a three hour radius of Austin. I tag along every few weeks or hit the greenbelt nearby with my brother and his pup, Grizzly. Lots of secret gems out there as well, but I’d get shot listing them here.
Art Basel Miami Beach is a mad dash; by cab, foot or rented bike, it’s nearly impossible to see all the absurdity, abundance and amazement that the fairs, events and parties have to offer—especially if you sometimes secretly just want to be at the beach! Banner planes fly overhead promoting energy drinks and club nights, and soon enough, once you’ve immersed yourself in the culture of this art week, it won’t seem foreign or unappetizing, to consider either option. There are certainly more things I wish I saw and experienced while I was there, but I’m already looking forward to next year. Here are some of my highlights from three top art fairs, and my first trip to Miami.
If there's one thing Wes Anderson's movies are known for, it's their epic "shots from above." In each shot, a brilliant moment is captured with great detail and beauty. It's one of the many tools in his directing that he uses to bring you closer to the characters, and by glimpses of their possessions and surroundings, you find out more and more about them. The shots—some simple, some silly, and some absolutely heartbreaking—are praised by fans and critics alike.
Urban Outfitters' very own Marissa Maximo was recently featured on our favorite bookmarked website, Girls I Know NYC! I don't know about you, but I think it's a pretty perfect pairing—Marissa is one of the coolest girls WE know in the office, so it only makes sense for her to be featured!
A couple days ago, Rookie put up this amazing photoset, shot by Molly Dektar and titled "In The Stacks," that shows what life is like for the people who choose to live at the famed Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris. Basically, anyone who chooses to live in the store can, the only stipulation being that they must also work at the store and they must write a short autobiography before they leave, complete with picture. The photoset of the author's time in the store is a great look at what that life is like. So magical! Booking a plane ticket now, TBH. —Katie
We spoke with Graham Hamilton, volunteer with the Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit organization, to find out just how they keep the beaches looking so clean.
Interview by Katie Gregory
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little about what you do.
I’m Graham Hamilton, and I’m the chairman of the West Los Angeles Malibu Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. I’m out here today helping you guys conduct a beach cleanup at Malibu Surfrider Beach.
Great! Can you tell us a little bit more about Surfrider Foundation?
Well, Surfrider is a global nonprofit. We started in 1984 and our mission is the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans and beaches. So, throughout our network, we have about 85 chapters worldwide, and every chapter is run by a core group of volunteers. These volunteers are working on a number of issues depending on whatever’s happening within their jurisdiction. For example, here in West L.A. Malibu we do a lot of water quality testing and a lot of education and awareness about single-use plastics. Things like that.
Can you tell us what you guys usually look for when you go out on a beach clean?
When we come out to do a beach cleanup, we’re looking for essentially anything that doesn’t belong on the beach. A lot of times people come out and the beach looks relatively clean, and they don’t really know what they’re doing there, but if you look closely, especially on the high tide line, you can see where the sea has deposited pieces of micro-plastic. Something we found today was a tiny little Barbie slipper which, if it doesn’t get removed from the beach, will ultimately end up in our ocean, and potentially in the food chain. A small piece of plastic like that looks like food to a bird or a sea creature and they don’t think twice about swallowing it.
If somebody wanted to get involved with the foundation, where can they go to learn more about it?
We hold monthly beach cleanups; they're the first Saturday of every month and they’re free and open to the public. If anybody wanted to get involved more directly with the organization, I would recommend that they go to surfrider.org where you can look for your local chapter.
Last question: where’s your favorite place to surf?
My favorite place to surf would be wherever it’s firing. [Laughs] Specifically in L.A. it would have to be Point Dume. It’s beautiful, it feels remote and it doesn’t feel like you’re in L.A. county at all. It’s really, really gorgeous. There’s lots of sea life. I see dolphins and seals out there on a regular basis!
See the rest of our beach cleanup here!
Station to Station is, in the project's own words, "a public art project made possible by Levi's." Basically, for 3 weeks in September, a train full of artists and musicians will be traveling cross-country and stopping to perform in 9 cities across America. The train will start its journey in NYC and end its journey in Oakland, CA. From what we can tell, this is going to be a crazy interesting undertaking.
While the general public can't ride on the train themselves, they're able to buy tickets to any of the scheduled stops for $25 each. Some of the artists scheduled to perform are Beck, Cat Power, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Savages, Cold Cave, Dan Deacon, Twin Shadow, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, as well as many, many more. To check out all the stops and artists involved, head on over to the Station to Station about page! And then let me know if you can figure out if Beck will be on the same train as Dan Deacon for 3 weeks because, like, think of all the adventures they would have. —Katie