Category Archives: Travel
One of the best thing about living in LA is getting out of the city for weekend getaways. There are so many great places only a few hours from the city, and it’s a great contrast traveling from the concrete jungle to the beautiful mountains that surround us! This past weekend we drove to Ojai, CA, and had an amazing and relaxing weekend in this cute little town. We definitely recommend taking the short hour and a half trek to Ojai from Los Angeles and want to highlight some things you must do while there.
Highlights from our trip:
Boat ride on lake Casitas
Wine tasting at a few local wineries
Barts outdoor bookstore
Beautiful lookout and hike at meditation mount
Shopping in downtown Ojai
Ojai has some great festivals too, check out the community calendar and pick a time to visit!
This Thanksgiving weekend we took a trip out to Joshua Tree, and stayed in The Bonita Domes just on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park. The domes are dwelling spaces made out of local sand filled earth bags. The architecture of the site was pretty amazing, and although the domes look small from the outside, inside they are roomy and cozy. Gabe and Lisa (the project leaders) told us about the construction of the site, and mentioned that they had the domes tested to be earthquake proof. Not only did they check out, they broke the testing equipment! They told us it is because of the sphere like design that makes it so tough, like trying to crush a egg in the palm of your hand. Any pressure or hits on the dome gets distributed all around the dome and into the ground, making it incredibly strong, far stronger than traditional building frames. It also stayed cool in the daytime and warm during the night when the temperature drastically drops!
If you love ancient un-orthodox architecture, beautiful desert hiking, boulder climbing and breathtaking star gazing then go check out Bonita Domes. You can rent a pod for a few days and even sign up to volunteer with the building. CLICK to make reservations! or CLICK here to find ways to support!
I would like to dedicate this blog to a really good and old friend of mine from Seattle, Andrew Morrison. I met Andrew back in 6th grade, our families had a lot in common in regards to values, spirituality, native Indian culture, and athletics. Andrew and I connected at school over graffiti and Hip-hop. I remember Andrew’s older brother James had spotted my school binder all tagged up and loaded with graffiti artwork, he told me that I had to meet his brother because he’s an artist too, I met Andrew later that day and it was on.
Andrew and I were always doing pieces in class and exchanging them back and forth, critiquing and sharpening our skills like iron on iron. We later started a crew called The Burn Unit, and although we were rookies we brought fire to the walls of Seattle. I went by the name “Romeo GT”, and Andrew took the name “Ziplok” because he was known to keep it fresh. When High School came along, we both began to dive into the fine arts, seeking to add a whole new dimension to our craft. This was the point when Andrew’s skills went through the roof.
The unique thing about Andrew’s style is that he brings Native American life to the table and paints the uncensored heart of American History. Andrew is full blooded Native Indian, Apache/Haida. I can recall a charcoal drawing that he did of an elderly Native woman crying that was put on display in the school art gallery. The message was clear to many people, and it penetrated the toughest hearts, bringing people to tears. The pain in the woman’s face was real, and you witnessed through this piece of art the painful history of a nation through the tears of one woman, it was amazing. Andrew took his art to the streets and pursued to paint huge murals around town, he became an overnight success. I have had the privilege to assist him in some of these amazing productions.
Andrew is a warrior, if you know him personally then you know what I’m talking about. He paints his victories and defeats, his strengths and his weaknesses, and burning on the canvases lay messages we all can identify with. Andrew is of the few who has a boldness to be transparent and true to his roots, and his art has no fear, which is a trait we all aspire to have as artists. You can find his work all over the beautiful Northwest and abroad.
Check out his website HERE. Much love Dru, keep on keeping it fresh bro.
I don’t know about you, but math was my worse nightmare growing up. Passing math in high school was mostly due to my awesome hippy teachers that wanted to see me focus on spreading my artsy fartsy wings and paint the world.
Recently I’ve decided to go back to school to tie up some loose ends in education and get into design again. At the school doors stood a old bully whom I hated with a passion, Rudy Frickin Mathface. I made a choice to knock him out cold, or worse case blow us both up trying. I recently ran across this Indian guy who swore he had a 3000 year old method that anybody could learn, and look like a math genius. I needed all the help I could get, so I watched him bust out some Indian ninja math moves that were mind boggling. I watched him do several problems and I was sold. I’ve been learning this new method and so far Rudy Frickin Mathface is buying me lunch, changing strings on my guitars when they break, and referring to me as Sir lord boss man.
Thank you Mr. GLAD2TEACH for showing me how to be a math boss.
There are so many unique and interesting museums in LA that our list of places we want to visit is really piling up! This Sunday we decided it was time visit The Craft And Folk Art Museum which we have driven past a thousand times and said to each other “we need to check that place out!” The museum is held in an adorable two story building on Wilshire Blvd. I admit, what caught my attention was the museum’s store that you can see through their front window (I am always a sucker for museum stores) and the crochet light post outside their building made me wonder what the inside was like.
On Sunday when we went to visit, the top floor was a an exhibit called L.A skin & INK which showcased Los Angeles tattoo culture over the past 60 years. The bottom floor was an exhibit of glass sculptures by Californian artist Steve Klein. After the exhibits we looked around the store and picked up a calendar of events offered at the museum. They have some really cool activities like printmaking sessions, Etsy craft nights, bazaars, book signings, even a Tamale making classes!
A visit for non-members is $7 a person but it would be a good idea to become a member if interested in all the classes they offer. Definitely worth a visit on a Sunday afternoon!
Check out the website for more information and directions.
Wanted this basket made out of an old garden hose, but for $120 I resisted. Also thought it might be a fun craft to try at home…and what I really mean is Roman to try at home! Lol
If you live in Los Angeles and are looking for a quick vacation out of the city you need to check out Julian, CA.
Many people have never heard of this little historical town in San Diego County surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards.
There are many private cabins available to rent in the mountains near town, and the village is filled with antique stores, galleries, and bakeries serving fresh apple pie!
The cabin that we rented was called Eden Paradise Retreat, definitely recommend going here. The price was very reasonable to rent the cabin for the weekend, we showed up to fresh baked pie and cider, and the view was breathtaking!
If you would like to check out the cabin, click here.
We just got back from Asheville Music Festival, which was an incredible life changing event! Thanks to everyone that worked so hard to organize the festival, and to everyone that came out to support it!
Alaina and I have been super excited about camping this summer, and I wanted to make a small, effective, and affordable stove to take with us when we go camping, especially when we are traveling on a plane with all our camping gear. I had a used mint tin lying around that was made by one of my favorite teachers of Jewish History, Rabbi Mintz. He created his own mints, I mean why wouldn’t he? He’s rabbi Mintz! (Make an effort to find a very cool and swanky tin, Altoids tins will work fine, but it seriously lacks points in the creative department.) All the stuff you need to make this stove can be found at any hardware store, you might even have most things in your house or garage.
You can do it! Now let’s make McGyver proud and say “Oh snap son! These cats are sick!”
Here is the list:
-1 mint tin
-Metal (gutter) Mesh
-Epoxy and Q-tips
-4 Flat top screws 1.5″ tall (size 10-32)
-4 Flat bottom screw post (size 10-32)
-Sand paper or something sharp to scrape.
1. Rough up the inside of the tin and the bottom of the screw caps with the sand paper, then clean out all of the dust and particles.
2. Mix the epoxy together on a thick plastic bag using a Q-tip. The epoxy is super heavy duty so don’t get it on your hands, clothes, or furniture or life will suck for a little bit.
3. Put some of the epoxy in each of the corners of the tin can and then place the screw post snug and flat in the corners of the tin. Put some extra glue around the base of the screw post’s but don’t get any inside the post.
4. Let that dry for about 45 minutes, make sure it’s completely hard before continuing with the rest of the steps.
5. Next cut some fiber glass to fit nice and snug into the tin.
6. Cut the metal mesh, and bend the sides and corners just enough so you can squeeze the mesh into the tin. You want to try and make it as flush as you can with the top of the tin.
7. After the epoxy has completely dried, put the fiber glass into the tin and then squeeze the metal mesh over the top of it, it should look nice and snug.
8. Before you insert the screws you may need to hollow out a little pathway through the fiber glass and possibly bend or snip the metal mesh in the corners so that you can see where to put the screws.
9. Once you do that, insert the screws.
10. Take about 3 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol and pour into the tin. Light a match and touch the mesh surface and your flame will begin.
The flame can burn up to 30 minutes or more, and I was able to boil 1 cup of water in my stainless steel pot in 4 minutes. After you are finished let the screws cool down and take them out and place into the tin and scream “Kitchen is closed!”
There you go!
P.S – Don’t try the stove out in your home like I did. Bad move on my part, it’s not safe and it will make your house smell like someone dropped their bottle of vodka in a bonfire.
At Ashville Music Festival we will be releasing our SPECIAL EDITION first pressing of Last Forest In The City.
There are only 100 copies that are numbered, autographed, and include a unique little surprise in each one!
Get your copy at AMF this AUG 9th, 10th, and 11th in North Carolina. For details click here.
If you cannot make it out the show the second pressing will be available at the end of August, check back on our website for the date!