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The boys at Fan Si Pan Outdoors just thawed out from another New England winter and dropped a highlight video of their past year. If you haven’t heard of these guys, they are the punk rock L.L. Bean gaining a loyal following with adventurers across the USA and Japan. Their ethos is all about taking advantage of the outdoors and making quality products to be used on the normal days as well as the extraordinary ones. Each bag is hand made in Maine and repairs are guaranteed for life. You can’t beat that.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Lester a number of years ago during adventures on the north coast. He has the status of a local celebrity, leaning towards notorious rather than famous. Raised in Seal Beach, California, he’s taken a lifetime working his way up the California coast surfing, painting, living. Lester is a true surf vagabond in the most flattering sense there could be. He is old school all the way – no cell phone, email, or social media. Currently in his early 70’s, the line-up parts for him when he’s ready to drop in on a NorCal monster… 

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Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Patrick Dougherty. I have known Pat since I was 3 years old. It’s a pretty rare thing in this world to remain friends with someone for that long and stay in close contact on a regular basis. Over the years, I have been amazed to see Pat’s photography progress and style become more refined. Though the years, he has not lost his youthful eye though and his work still has that touch of youth in quiet revolt.

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Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Dylan Gordon.

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Ever since we first started our Surf Shacks series, we’ve been haunted by images of Mason St. Peter and Serena Mitnik Miller’s cabin hideaway nestled in a hillside of Topanga Canyon and have been eager to see it firsthand. As you can imagine, a creative couple consisting of an architect and an artist who own the carefully curated General Store with locations in San Francisco and Venice are sure to create the most stylish spaces of our dreams. This little DIY project in particular defines the term “surf shack” in our eyes. Recently we had the opportunity for a visit to the cabin and had a conversation with Mason about the design / build process and his work in general.

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Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Nick LaVecchia. Nick is a cold water surf pioneer who was one of the first lensmen to glamorize winter surfing (aided by incredible advancements in wetsuit technology in recent years). His images are raw, natural, and intimate. He has the unique ability to put you in the scene and make you really feel the elements depicted. Even with a crappy little disposable, what he decided to shoot with his camera for this project was no exception.

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Catching a glimpse of Brian is like being hit by a bolt of lightning, you’re left feeling like ‘what was that….?’ He has that affect when you see him zip by in the water on one of his ‘kook box’ boards or on land zooming past in one of his home made speedster cars. Whatever he’s doing at the moment, he is always stoked to be doing it. His lust for life is contagious and it beams out of him whether through painting, surfing, music, or simple conversation. He’s a sponsored by Stance, has his own pair of shades from Creed Sunglasses, his own towel from Beech Brand – what’s next? His own action figure line?

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Tucked away in LA’s historic Chinatown district you’ll find the newly relocated gallery Slow Culture. With a punk / DIY / basement show vibe, Slow Culture feels like a breath of fresh air.Somewhere along the way, art stopped being fun. As corporations rush to invest in contemporary art, so much of the art world feels like a commodity driven market. Slow Culture seems to be throwing that the middle finger. Their current show “PDFW: Performance. Drawing. Film. Writing”, is an exhibition by the secret international art club DFW. Grainy Zines, wacked out videos, neon prints and tongue in cheek slogans fill the room. Sponsored by Obey and Vans, the show feels cool without being exclusive. Don’t you remember shooting weird photos with a disposable camera, scattering colored pencils on the floor to pick from, tagging bathroom stalls with a magic marker? That’s art, let’s not forget. I don’t think Slow Culture has. Check it out at 943 N. Hill St. Los Angeles, CA 90012. PDFW runs till April 3rd.

All Photos by Sean Martin

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Welcome to our 27 Frames series. We sent 27 single use cameras out to some of our favorite photographers, they shot stuff with it, then mailed it back to us. We developed the film and are sharing the results with you (and the photographers) now. In this instant, digital age, we want to pay homage to a snapshot photo process we grew up with ourselves — waiting for the film to develop and being surprised by the results. These 27 Frames belong to Sinziana Velicescu. As fellow “Angelinos” we are huge fans of Sinziana’s style and her simple, clean, graphic approach to composition. We also admire the way she seems to subtley take advantage of the natural lighting that is so rich and abundant in Los Angeles. It is very clear by looking at her roll of images from the crappy disposable camera we sent her that she knows how to follow the light and find magic in the mundane.

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Brook could teach a master class on ‘effortless cool’. She’s a killer combo of laid-back-Hawaii-‘tude layered with Cali-cool-chica. This is probably why she’s constantly booked to be the face of ‘this’ brand or starring in a commercial about ‘that’ product… I met Brook during one of her shoots and instantly felt we were part of the same tribe. She’s independent, tough, smart, savvy, and adorable with her head floating in the stars and on planet Earth at the same time.

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ourCaste releases the first launch of their Spring 2016 collection with selected key pieces perfect for transitioning from the colder and wetter holiday months, including Water Repellent light weight flannels, Moisture Wicking wovens, and lastly, a completely water proof bag series. These styles build the foundation for the rest of the products this season with the promise of Goods for Life. To “test” the new line, they hopped on a red-eye and headed from LAX to Costa Rica—Tamarindo to be specific—with the Spring 2016 Collection in tow, some camera gear and a solid crew of good friends. We are particularly fond of the new water proof bags, now all we need is a surf trip to take em on!

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I will never forget meeting a young Jimmy Wilson back in St. Augustine, Florida circa 1999. I was attending Flagler College and Jimmy was the thick-haired wildman of his high school crew of local shredders. Even as a grom, Jimmy had serious passion and natural talent behind the camera lens. That paired with the local talent pool of surfers in St. Auggie as his subjects and you just knew Jimmy was going places. When I transferred to SCAD, I roped Jimmy into helping me with a surf magazine concept for a school project using his photos of Gabe Kling, Zander Morton, Chris Ropero and Jeff Logan. It was the first time I “covered” surfing in any way. Jimmy has come a long way since, he’s now the photo editor for Surfing Magazine and we are stoked to feature him doing his thing with a disposable camera in our 27 Frames series.

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