Sunday, November 25, 2007

California Road Trip: Ert

I’m back from an incredible adventure along the California coast. Arriving on Halloween, I started in LA, dipped down to San Diego for Tiki Magazine’s “Tiki Island at the Bali Hai” art show and then cruised up to the Bay Area for the Tiki Central Tiki Crawl with all sorts of memorable pit stops along the way. Most of the time, travel buddies Tiki Racer (who'd flown over from England with me) and Chongolio (who’d flown in from Kauai) were by my side. In retrospect, the whole trip seems very Wizard of Oz, with fascinating characters, new and old friends making appearances and plenty of lessons learned. However, when it came time to fly back, I was clicking my heels wishing I could stay just a little bit longer.

Spending a few days in San Francisco provided me with an excellent and long awaited opportunity to meet up with Juxtapoz Magazine's webmaster Ert O'Hara. Regular readers of this blog will be well aware that Ert can keep me pretty busy running around London taking snapshots for the Juxtapoz website. Of course, that's all via email correspondence. So, it was nice to finally meet in person. The above photograph of Ert and me was taken in the lobby of the Phoenix Hotel, my digs for a couple of nights. The desk clerk at the Phoenix was really top notch but had a bit of trouble keeping my camera steady. Oh well, I'd still stay there again.

Make sure to check out all my California Road Trip posts! Click here to view work I've done for Juxtapoz.

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