Images by Aernout Overbeeke
While up in the Silverlake area of LA. We came across a small eco-friendly shop specializing in post consumer recycled products. Upon seeing a Bison Head, an element of the logo of Witness This we had to buy it, and now it sits proudly on the wall. Cardboard Safari is the creator of these post consumer recycled cardboard masterpieces that are easy to put together and you don’t even have to kill any animals to feel like a real man, or woman. Here are some of the animals you can see on the Cardboard Safari.
and a cardboard surfboard, not an animal but still awesome
and a cardboard room by Zimoun in collabortation with Architect Hannes Zweifel 2011.
Witness This had the pleasure of heading down to Aloha Sunday in North Park, San Diego this Friday for Hassle The Harvest featuring art from Kid Creature and Music by Tomorrows Tulips. We had been down to Aloha Sunday once before to buy some gear, but to see the shop lit up with vibrant faces in evening style, and great music, made for a great new vibe to a still relatively new shop. Unfortunately we didn’t bring down a good camera, but were able to snap off some iphone pics regardless. It was great to see Calvin and family repping Kid Creature to the fullest all night, we are huge fans of this collaboration with Sunday and couldn’t be happier with the merchandising and selection already saturating the shop. Billy and Kahana did all of the interior decorating themselves, everything from wall trim, to the product displays. We can’t wait for them to hopefully start selling their extremely functional/stylish tents they had set up in the back of the store as well. You’ve been Witnessed, Kid Creature, Aloha Sunday, and Tomorrows Tulips.
Gina Sinotte has more than just a knack for photography, she’s studied the hell out of it. A graduate from Brooks Institute, where she studied art and photography, Gina is technically on point. That isn’t all, her understanding of her models and the way she works with them, comes across vividly as her photos scream confidence, sexiness, and beauty that is the opposite of exploitation of her models. We caught wind of a shoot she had done recently with the beautiful Kat Carter, Alexandra Rideout, and Katie Jones. Shot in Encinitas, CA, we love the surf perspective with a twist, a definitive nod in high fashion’s direction draws this shoot apart from redundant surf photography, and leaves Witness This amped to see more from these girls.
Photo Assistant: Kristin Russ
Stylist: Alycia Blake
Make-Up: Chelsea Walstrom
Hair: Jessi Lynn
more of Gina’s work can be found here.
“Experience”, “self-exploration”, “transition”, “freedom”, “art”, “the greatest party in the world”. These are just some of the words I’ve heard to describe the event in the desert oasis known as Burning Man. Since my arrival to California 10 years ago, this week-long festival has eluded me. However I swore on my 30th year of life, the Burning Man would be crossed off my bucket list.
Just a quick overview, Burning Man is organized as such: The event is located in the Black Rock Desert, a couple hundred miles outside of Reno(and another form of civilization) where the music video “California Love” by 2pac was filmed. There, a horse shoe shaped civilization about 4 miles wide is made up of camps and about 55,000 attendees. The camp encircles the playa with The Burning Man at its center and Temple at top.
After driving for 12 hours from San Diego what’s another 3 hour line to get in?
Upon entry I managed to locate my camp at the sweet location of 9:20 and J, known as “Rights of Package.” Made up of some of the most amazing people from all parts of the globe. I was lucky to call Rights of Package home for the next 5 days.
The days are filled with exploration and adventure. Who knows what the fuck they’ll find themselves doing at any givin time at Burning Man? From dancing on mutant vehicles riding around the venue, checking out art, to building your own bike for transportation and fisting safety workshops at some camp on the far side of town, it’s all fair game. Yes, I said fisting safety workshops.
I met this young brotha in the middle of his work shift at the post office. He’s 12 years old attending his 8th Burning Man.
Lots of youngins running around, with no supervision in sight.
Overall the days were amazing. A great balance of energy and space. Then the sun sets in the west, and as it’s said “the freaks come out at night!” The evenings were filled with a high-energy pace and loooots of people. Fun sightseeing with music and lights.
The biggest evenings were definitely Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the ceremonial burns. On Friday eve all the art cars surrounded the Trojan Horse blaaaazing music in eager anticipation for the scorching.
Saturday was the Burning of the Man. Cue massive party. In similar fashion to the horse. But bigger.
Each day leading up to the burn of the Man his posture is changed.
Then they light that shit up!
Great video my homie Abram captured of the explosion. Flames reaching about 10 stories high. By far the largest fire I’ve ever seen.
And the final night is saved for the burning of the Temple. One of the most intense moments of the entire event as the Temple is an extremely sacred place. The entire sturcture is used as a message board throughout the week to write something special to a person who passed away.
I went to the Temple a few times throughout the week. Here I found some of the most intense emotion and energy I have ever felt. And people expressed theirs in their own ways.
Then it is burned on Sunday night, in absolute silence. I’ve been told the the Temple burn is so emotionally intense that people have been known to try to run in and throw themselves in the flames.
And what Burning Man experience goes down without some sort of offering??? If you ever plan on attending the festival put some serious thought into this because it’s what it’s all about. This offering comes from The Maestro of the Rights of Package camp who was all together responsible for putting together such an amazing home for us. Wouldn’t have been the great experience that it was without this kid and his phenomenal music that fueled our night and eves. Here is delicious prefixed menu of trax brought to you by a fellow witness…
What a week! One that will never be forgotten. In the end I learned that there is no one description that defines Burning Man. But it’s whatever you want it to be. A fellow burner at the event told me “it’s like a mirror, you get out of it whatever you put in.” Luckily I was able to put in with amazing people and got more out of it than I ever thought I would. Please treat yourself to this event at least once in your life as it will open your world and help you find your own passage.
Photo cred to all the fellow Right of Packagers out there you know who you are!