Salvation Mountain 2016

These photos are from a few months ago when I visited Salvation Mountain, a giant handmade sculpture that’s in the middle of nowhere in the California desert. I first learned of Salvation Mountain when it was shown in the film Into the Wild, and visiting there had been on my bucket since. It’s incredible and hard to believe that it was all created by hand by one person, Leonard Knight. I was hoping to get the chance to meet him, but sadly he passed away in 2014.

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salvation mountain california
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salvation mountain california
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salvation mountain
salvation mountain
salvation mountain california

If you appreciate art and design, I highly recommend a trip to Salvation Mountain. To say you’ll leave inspired is an understatement.

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Sunday Roundup #1

Sunday Roundup

Here are some highlights over the past week:

First of all, RIP Prince. So sad. He’s one of those legends that I just thought would live forever. Rest in peace you beautiful unicorn.

Spring is in the air and everything is in bloom! Look how pretty things are around here in NYC.
spring in nyc flowers park ave
(can you spot the little corgi who was photobombing all my photos?)
corgi in central park new york
I spotted this stenciled typography delight on a someone’s personal (mythical) garage nearby.
typography no parking
I really need this I Have Way More Makeup At Home bag by Pamela Barsky that I spotted online this week. Sums me perfectly haha, and it’s currently sold out.
i have way more makeup at home
As much as I’ve tried to avoid SnapChat, the little filters are addicting. And everything is in real-time, so there’s wayyyy less curated bullshit that has become Instagram. On a side note, I can’t believe how long my hair has gotten, wow.
snap chat
And…I voted this week♥
vote nyc

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Typography found in the East Village

There’s so much interesting typography to be found in New York City, but my favorite area to spot some really interesting street signs, storefronts and logos is the East Village. This neighborhood has a very artistic, urban, and old New York vibe, and the store owners are all using quirky typefaces for their signage.

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typography east village
typography east village
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typography east village new york
typography new york city
typography new york city

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Let the good times roll

let the good times roll graphic design

I think I might turn this design into a greeting card, or a even party invitation perhaps…stay tuned. For the span of my design career I’ve always wanted to set up a little shop. I think the summer of 2016 is when that will all come to fruition. And as I’ve mentioned over the past year, I’m finally going to start making this blog a more fun, frequently updated site with a more personal touch and a little shop too ♥

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‘sup ‘sup ‘sup

anders font sup betchez

I found this cool geometric font Anders on Behance. It’s the creation of Tom Anders Watkins (hence the name). Me gusto mucho and need to use it in a project v soonish.

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Crazy LA flowers

All over my instagram feed, LA residents (who I’m so jealous of) are posting tons of these red flowers in full bloom. I have no idea what they’re called, but they’re all over my photo stream from January when I visited.
los angeles red flowers

Happy Wednesday!

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Roadtrippin’ along the Salton Sea

After we visited Palm Springs last month, we headed out further into the desert. While driving along Highway 111, we begin to notice the most pungent smell ever, and lo and behold the crazy smell was coming from the Salton Sea. I wasn’t looking at a map, so I had no idea we were even near this “sea”. It’s so vacant, boarded-up, and falling apart due to manmade issues that caused a bustling resort town to fade away to literally almost nothing. This place looks feels like a scene from a sci-fi thriller, and I was creeped out more than once. There’s dead fish bones littering the beach, and so much vacant empty space.
the saltan sea
the saltan sea
saltan sea
There are fish skeletons covering every inch of beach:
saltan sea dead fish
I don’t believe in zombies but it would be of no surprise if one roamed this crazy land. Behind this lake was one boarded up hotel and resort after another. After living in NYC for five years, I get extremely uncomfortable in the middle of nowhere (ie: no man’s land). There were no gas stations for miles, no people or other cars for stretches at a time, and cell service was spotty at best. I can see why the desert serves as the backdrop for so many horror films.
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And then this are you kidding me insane desert sunset happened on the ride back. Mind = Blown.
salton sea sunset

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Boston’s Best Cocktail: The Dancing Bear Martini

dancing bear martini  charlesmark hotel vodka soup

Before moving to NYC, I lived in Boston for over 6 years. I say on good authority that the best {and most fun} cocktail in Boston is the Dancing Bear Martini at the Charlesmark Hotel on Boylston Street. There’s no better garnish than gummy bears! The Charlesmark also happens to be my favorite chill spot/low-key date spot, hangout in Boston—The drinks are creative, the lighting is dim, the music is cool and the vibe is just right.

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Downtown LA: A photo essay

To say I love Downtown LA is an understatement. I spent an afternoon exploring this creative, industrial art district neighborhood and left wanting to move here.

Cactuses and art everywhere:
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DTLA street art
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Hola Tristan Eaton:
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Intrigued by these posters, I discovered the band Kitten (check them out on Spotify) and wish I’d still been in town for that show:
kitten band los angeles la
And saw another Colette Miller Global Wings Project in person:
global wings project LA colette miller
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downtown LA living
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downtown Los angeles photo essay
DTLA holds a piece of my heart ♥

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