It was the early ‘70s in LA. I was working on my MFA at CalArts and had recently moved back to the U.S. after shooting for the JWT Agency in Copenhagen and Stockholm. It was pure culture shock – to find myself in LA with palm trees, movie stars, and the search for the American dream. Venice Beach was the gritty epicenter for all of this and the Muscle Men epitomized the high-volume race to fame and fortune.” – Peter Karnig on his Muscle Men photo series for the Indoek Venice issue. West coast photographer Peter Karnig is a full-time editorial, portrait and landscape artist specializing in black and white film and handmade, custom fiber printing. His work is in the permanent collection of Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden. Over the years his work has been widely published in Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, among many others. Check out the Muscle Men series in its large-format entirety in the Indoek Venice issue available now in our shop:

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Meet Dean Petty, an ex-pat living in Nova Scotia, pro surfer and co-owner of Anchored Coffee. Dean has a beautiful piece of property overlooking some of the best breaks in Nova Scotia, a dilapidated farmhouse in his backyard filled with dirt bikes and surfboards for any occasion, as well as some of the best people I have ever met as next door neighbors. Dean’s home is a labor of love, he spent the first winter living there before it even had running water or heat. “It’s a slow process, one project at a time.” Dean was nice enough to not only show me around Halifax, his roastery, Cow Bay and his home, but also let us pitch a tent on his yard. All while trying to pack for a ten day trip to Colombia he was leaving for in less than 24 hours, “ I hate leaving Cow Bay this time of year” he told me over coffee in his backyard. The feeling was mutual.


Southern Mexico is a truly magical place. Its untamed, natural landscape is how I picture the wild Southern California coast before the mass over-development we are all familiar with today. Mix that with a daily dose of long, double sessions in 80-degree water followed by a regiment of mezcal-ritas, micheladas, fresh caught seafood, mole’ enchiladas, spicy fruit snacks, and you have a true surfers paradise.


Mollusk Surf Shop is a modern beacon of art, craft, community and whimsy in a largely homogenized surf culture. In 2007, the second shop location planted roots on the corner of Windward and Pacific, which is the epicenter of Venice. Chad “Nightsnake” Marshall, a born and raised Angeleno who is dripping with style (both in and out of the water) runs the Venice shop and breaks down what makes this place so crazy and unique.


This Sunday, September 27th is the annual Abbot Kinney Festival in Venice, CA. In case you have never been, it is a day of local vendors posting up on a closed off Abbot Kinney Boulevard for a sweet little Sunday block party – which in recent years has turned into a real shit show scene. This year, the new kids on the block over at General Admission have organized an “Off AK Street Fair” as a tribute to Venice and all things local. If you’re in town this weekend, please swing by as we will have a both set up there and will be in good company with our pals at Lone Wolfs, Juice Served Here, Cabin West, The Whaler, Linus, Byrd, Venice Originals, and House Beer to name a few. While perusing the AK fest, head toward the beach where it turns into Brooks Ave. across Pacific, that’s where our shin dig will be; 52 Brooks Ave. to be exact. 10% of all sales will go to Heal The Bay. Thanks again to General Admission for hosting, see you there!
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2 months through 9 magical islands of Indonesia with brothers Alex & Koa Smith. Normally we wait til “Surf Porn Sunday” to post the best surf porn web clips of the week, but this one just couldn’t wait. Koa Smith’s first person GoPro barrel shots will never cease to amaze and induce wet dreams. Keep up the great work boys!

No waves, double doubles, long drives, fish and chips, dart games, tent naps, roaming charges, great people and concrete bowls. We spent six surfless days in Nova Scotia.


This Saturday, September 26th the California Gold Vintage Surf Auction will be held at the Culver City Veterans Memorial Complex. There are some pretty epic boards of historical significance that are part of the event. Here is but a small preview – all five of these boards will be on display at Surfing Cowboys in Mar Vista for anyone to view this week before the show on Saturday. If you are in the area I would highly recommend checking them out in person, you will rarely get an opportunity to hold a surf legend’s prize board. It’s pretty amazing to see an original Dick Brewer gun in person knowing that it was one of the first boards to tame the massive waves of the North Shore. Or to slide your hands down the rails of Tom Curren’s favorite board from his comeback season on tour which was immortalized in that infamous cutback photo by Tom Servais. Here’s a little more history behind the boards:


With influences in outlines of a planning hull, this asymmetrical surfcraft design is in a class of it’s own. The designers from West of West describe it best, ‘Ridges and valleys emerge from the surface, forming a new topography that reacts to speed and flow in unique ways.’ I would love to give this board a go in the water, but it rightfully resides on display at the Architecture and Design Museum of Los Angeles.

Lone Wolfs, Objets d’Surf, is a small surf store with a huge opinion. It’s a store that is color blind, void of much of the spectrum you and I appreciate in our daily views. It is stark, contrasting optic white with black in many various iterations. Its message is unique, defining a space that is mainly unexplored by surf companies, and the power of black and white makes the product that much more interesting. On a busy intersection of Venice Beach, the one you have to go through when going anywhere south, the store’s exterior is clean, sharp fonts and clean windows. Grey and white, with one plywood wooden door that is obviously a repair from someone throwing something through it. Check out their story, part of our Indoek Venice issue (also available in our shop)

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I gotta say, Vissla has been putting out some pretty impressive, unique, creative films to advertise their products lately. This 7 Seas Wetsuit promo is no exception. It has great sound design combined with slow motion footage and an epic musical score that elevates a typical OC summertime beach day scene and makes Brendon Gibbens the surf hero incarnate. Enjoy.
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I’ve been waiting for someone to call out this trend of overly produced yet “natural”, slow, tense, formulaic, docu-style online short films. You know the ones, you’ve seen the same thing done a thousand times on different people, surfers, artists, surfer / artists – heck we post them all the time on our site! The director Jim Archer really nailed it with his parody featuring some random guy named Phil and had this to say about the process: “I wanted to parody these types of films not because I particularly dislike them — a lot of them have great stories to tell — but so many of them seem to follow this same formula. It usually centers around one interview which will be 95-100% voiceover, an atmospheric and emotive soundtrack, slow motion shots of literally anything, and at least one shot of the subject looking one way then immediately looking the other — that’s non negotiable. I feel that so many of the stories of these documentaries aren’t actually that interesting. It’s the just the production values that are, so I thought it would be funny to make one about a guy that REALLY didn’t deserve to have a film made about him.”

Via No Film School