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9/9/16

Get Lost...Really













*Photos by Ryan Alexander 


But really, I mean it. Some of the best moments and most precarious finds are discovered in moments designed with no intent or purpose in mind. My preferred methodology applied to my travels. I have been to the Palm Desert area on multiple occasions, however, this particular venture out to 106 degree territory led me to uninhabited town, met 24 Jesus's on a hilltop, immersed myself in hippie salvation on a mountain, watched TV in a busted recliner in the middle of no where and walked amongst a valley of dead fish whilst inhaling sulfur fumes that would knock out a small army. (also accomplished this in 3 days)
My post apocalyptic experience was filled with many moments of eerie calmness and unavoidable self reflection. Quite frankly, there is not much else to do when you are aimlessly strolling through an abandoned trailer park adjacent to the Salton Sea as it's bursting with death. Mobile homes, vintage F150's, tin basin above ground pools were left uninhabited as though the owners instantaneously vanished in one fell swoop leaving behind a town reminiscent of Walking Dead.
If you so choose to have a similarly odd and eye opening experience, I have politely listed the stops I made along the wayward way below. Enjoy!
1.  Mecca, CA: Jump out of the car and run down the train tracks (CAUTION- train is in operation and it's conductor will wave)
2. Roadside shanty: Located somewhere in between Mecca and Slab City...look for the TV and recliner.
3.Salvation Mountain: A splendid artistic expression inspired by the Sinner's Prayer and executed by the late Leonard Knight with the intent to share his interpretation of love with the world.
4.Pioneer Town: A non governed old Western movie set built in the 1940's located just off Route 62 next to the iconic biker BBQ joint, Pappy & Harriets (also a gem)
5. Desert Christ Park: Located in Yucca Valley, this hillside sculpture garden created by Antone Martin consists of massive stone Jesus's and his disciples. Odd....I know.
6. Salton Sea: Created due to an accidental break in the Colorado River, contains 60% more salt than the Pacific Ocean, hence why its wild life could not sustain and washed to its ever decreasing shores. Salton City, the surrounding township, suffered the same isolation and demise as the wildlife and left behind a deserted town in their wake. 
Lastly, for apropos tunes for the journey, Father John Misty of course!

7/31/16

Deadhead Diva

Photos by Edd Lukas



Photos by Edd Lukas





Photos by Edd Lukas

The 'Deadhead' refers only to my attire, my rockin' tee by JunkFood Clothing. Certainly not a reference to my newly refreshed coif revitalized by Dianne Degnan of Sassoon Salon in Beverly Hills who consistently works her Scottish magic to keep my hair looking Farrah Fawcett flawless. I learned a stylist secret at my last visit to the salon called the 'Malibu' treatment. This is something stylist do to strip the hair of chemical build up due to bad water or high pressure water that is very common in areas such as Los Angeles and can be highly damaging to and even change the color of hair. She also mentions it is something only to be done twice a year since it literally strips the hair and deep cleanses like no other shampoo. So if you color your hair and actually want it to STAY that color, ask your colorist for a 'Malibu' treatment on your next visit.
I was inspired by my good hair day and flared jeans to share with you what I do on my days off. Typically consisting of reading, walking around Hollywood with my headphones on or perusing Record Parlor on Selma Ave for hidden gems to add to my vinyl collection. As of recent I have added a 40 year old Beatles 'Magical Mystery Tour' and Bad Company 'Desolation Angels' both of which I am not disappointed by. I've also added to my library which is becoming quite interminable. The addition of Gravity's Rainbow and The Alchemist should keep me wildly entertained for the next month. 

**Images by Edd Lukas

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