There's an area in Los Angeles that runs 3.51- square miles. Coordinates at 34 degrees 6ft 0 inches North x 118 degrees 20ft 0 inches West and is populated on average with 22,193 people per square mile. Hollywood. The city lined with stars, Go-Go's, panhandlers, unsuspecting tourists, historical theatres and drop outs. In an area so densely populated who would imagine attending a Van show. Custom Vans... On average stand 6 ft tall and over 120 inches long. Carry with them at least 5-6 passengers, an ice chest full of beer and pockets lined with cigarettes and dope. An idea so radical it seems surreal? But with most things surreal, on occasion, they occur. The Wet Hot Van Show was a mix of all things. Surrealism, Art, Geography, Drugs and all things Human. A coming of the masses to the masses... Enjoy.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Our boys at the Panel Beater CC and Edward and Edward Co are throwing their annual bash! "UNION" will be held at the historical 1880 Union Hotel in Los Alamos, CA. If you're wondering where the Union Hotel is... Not to worry it's in the heart of Santa Barbara County. A quick drive up the 101 N and you're there! That's if you live in Southern California. Join us for a weekend of "LIQUOR, GUNS, STRIPPERS, CHOPPERS". CHEERS FUCKERS!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
As I sat in my van and sipped on a travel mug filled to the brim with coffee and a splash of almond milk, the temperature outside and my brew made me nostalgic for a landmark that now bared a large "Closed" sign. BAHOOKA Polynesian Family restaurant opened in 1967. It welcomed every one from first daters to large family parties to the tiki enthusiasts and car culture scene of Southern California. With it's signature fish bowl drinks, flaming rum cocktails and it's close quarters dining booths, Bahooka captured every moment you spent there and turned it into memories. Unfortunately, big architectural landmarks like this sometimes don' t survive the ups and downs of our ever changing economy. So on March 10th, 2013 Bahooka closed its doors. So no longer will you be able to climb the World War II gunner that sits in it's entrance and no longer will you be able to feed a carrot to a large Pacu fish that swam around in one of many tanks. So after 46 years of service I say "THANK YOU" and "Good Bye" on behalf of all those that enjoyed blowing off the flame on top your drinks.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Thumbing through a good book is great! Thumbing through a good book and getting a history lesson, even better. Recently I picked up a copy of Arnold S. Wolf 's "Van & Vanners". Definitely a time capsule. For those of you who romanticize on times past this is the book for you! The author gives you outside perspective on vanning and it's subculture. It's brotherhood, it's philosophical view and unquestioned demise. I'm sure at it's time it was ground breaking, now it's history. So if you find the text a bit out dated, not to worry it's filled with great photography! So by chance if run into a copy pick it up! YOU'LL LAUGH! YOU'LL SING! YOU'LL DANCE! you'll cry...