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The word legend gets thrown around a lot these days, but in Thomas Campbell’s case it’s entirely justified. Filmmaker, photographer, artist, writer, painter, sculptor, surfer, skater, Thomas is a master of many traits. Desillusion spent a day with Thomas in his hometown of Santa Cruz, to discuss his influences, his meticulous approach to his craft and why creating with your hands is so important.

Getting older is inevitable, growing up can be avoided. For the better part of 30 years, Rick Massie and I have been rivals, friends and brothers from other mothers. A good friend is someone you can not see or talk to for a year and walk right back into their life without anything missing a beat. Walking into the same house to see a friend of 30 years sure does bring up some amazing memories. The best part about going to Rick’s house is the uncertainty of who or what was going on at any given time. Tonight when I showed up to interview Rick, the garage was open and four gentleman you don’t want to meet in an ally were playing penuckle. Rick says, “And you know who the biggest criminal is because he wins every time – all you do in jail is play penuckle!”

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In the not so distant past before the internet ruined everything (I kid, sorta), every music genre had its local scene and city. Grunge, you think of the Pacific Northwest. Hippie dippy, San Francisco was the groovy spot to be in. Hair metal bands, Los Angeles for sure, totally. The list goes on of course, but the one place that was pumping out high energy tracks that spoke to me was Washington D.C. and its Punk Rock scene during the 80’s. Maybe I’m slightly biased having grown up just a few hours south of D.C., but the punk scene that was born in the District of Columbia influenced me heavily. From playing in punk bands to getting into graphic design, D.C. was my mecca. Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington D.C. (1980-90) provides a glimpse into the DIY punk scene in the Nation’s Capital. Bands such as Bad Brains, Minor Threat, Fugazi, Rites of Spring, Jawbox, and Dag Nasty all called D.C. home. Dischord Records, also born of D.C., was the one label that pulled it all together and influenced many bands for years to come including a little band called Nirvana (Dave Grohl played in hardcore bands while growing up in the D.C. suburbs of Virginia). The photos and old show footage in this film bring back some great memories of playing shows, making flyers and stickers, seeing bands in dark and dingy basements, the (old) 9:30 Club, and Black Cat. Those were my salad days.

Everywhere you go these days you can overhear someone complaining about how much this place or that place has changed. You should have been here in the ‘70’s it was paradise, the ‘80’s, the ‘90’s, five years ago – damn, you should have been here yesterday. The hipsters, the yuppies, the gentrification, those tech people, the real estate prices, it’s all different now. Yup, the times they are a changing, and with that change comes the dreaded newcomer. As the great American spiritual teacher Ram Dass wrote, “BE HERE NOW.” If you find that focusing your energy on the present is too difficult, you can blame any one of these five archetypes for everything that’s wrong with where you live today.

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We are starting to see more and more wave pool concepts popping up, but this one seems like it would be a pretty epic addition to city life. Not only would MJA Studio’s design function as a wave pool for public use and a ‘surf stadium’ for contests and events, but it’s a mixed-use development with grand intentions of boosting the community’s economy and overall well being. Imagine what the WSL would do with surf stadiums… Seems far-fetched, but who knows, maybe we’ll have pro surf teams battling it out in the heart of cities around the world. This concept is for the Australian city of Subiaco and proposes the demolition of the cities current football stadium and replacing it with a Multi-use Surf Park. Hopefully this project becomes realized and we can see how well the prototype works.

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I am obsessed with this motion graphics series featuring California artists and creative folks talking story. This recent installment by Jack Cunningham is probably my favorite so far illustration-wise. Actress, screenwriter, comic book author and documentarian, Rashida Jones, muses on the unheralded benefits of a nerdy upbringing, law vs. showbiz, and what happens when the King of Pop visits, in this episode of California Inspires Me, a Google Play x California Sunday Magazine collaboration.
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If you are like me, you hate wearing sunscreen almost more than getting sun burnt. There is just something weird about rubbing all those chemicals into your skin that cannot be healthy or good for you. Luckily, our friends at Korduroy feel the same way and are doing something about it. Introducing Manda. Co-founders, Cyrus Sutton and Reis Paluso say this of the brand: “We live in a culture obsessed with chemicals. We are taught that complex formulas with synthetic ingredients are the most advanced solutions to our problems. At Manda, experience has shown us the opposite. By examining local traditions and applying them to modern day necessities, we are developing premium natural solutions to promote longevity in life and our environment, thereby allowing us to do what we love for longer.” If you are a surfer or just someone who wears sunscreen and wants to put stuff that is not bad for you in or on your body, please take a moment to check out their Kickstarter page and donate here:

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!