Oh hello! What a fucking weekend it's been. I've been working this driving Uber and I have a theory that when one thing happens in a given weekend that it somehow happens exponentially (usually around three times) and yesterday was all about people being dickheads. Hopefully today is better because I'm exhausted. I am very excited though because this week is the 4th of July which means parties, BBQs, and America. Yeah our country is in kind of a fucked position right now but we still have freedom dammit.
Ok, rant over. Today's set goes back a minute. Well really it goes back almost a year. Those that have a clue about my life and the way I post (or are just really diligent readers of my blog and social media) probably know that I tend to shoot my sets and then post them sometimes up to 3-4 months later. I stagger my content because generally it isn't time specific to the average viewer and I like to have a flow of steady flow of content. Life also happens and sometimes I can't post for a month because I just have to deal with shit. The case with this set is a little different.
Oh I should also welcome back my good friend Angelina Christina to the site with the first new(ish) set in quite a while. This set was actually shot right around the time of our last set in Mar Vista in August of last year. I have a few other Angelina sets that will get released from around that time that I haven't put out for one reason or another, so stay tuned, and hopefully Angelina and I will be shooting some new content soon as we discussed recently we are overdue for a trip to the desert at the very least.
Back to this set though. Today's set focuses on a quick project we worked on in Venice over the course of few days right around the aforementioned Mar Vista project. We had been working together pretty consistently all summer, back-to-back projects, when Angelina was approached by a gentleman who owned a bike shop about painting his RV. We met up with him at his rad bike shop off of an alley in Venice. The man was living in his RV in Venice (a very common practice out here due to fairly liberal laws about parking your RV as long as it is moved every now and then) and wanted to add some flair to it. Angelina was happy to add her art to his mobile home.
Due to the on-going Mar Vista project we mostly worked on this in the middle of the night. We spent three nights and a few quick afternoons working on both sides. On the final night we were working in a parking lot where the RV owner was friends with the owner of the grocery store and would let him park there overnight on occasion. At a certain point though a security guard came and kicked us out claiming he was calling the cops. The work was near done and only needed some daylight touches, maybe one more day of detail work. Unfortunately this would be the final day (for now). After Mar Vista wrapped up Angelina had some other projects to go work on in various parts of the world and the finish of the RV would have to wait a few months. We had grand plans to do final shots of the RV alongside Pacific Coast Highway early in the morning with a view of the ocean as the backdrop.
I received a message from Angelina a few months later that the RV owner was riding his bike alongside the aforementioned PCH when he was involved in an accident with a motor vehicle. The accident was very bad and the man died. The RV was left to his daughter. Angelina and I weren't sure whether it was appropriate or not to contact the daughter about finishing the project or not and then life just sort of happened. The project may get completed some day but I wanted to go ahead and put the set out either way. Big thank you to the Bike Shop/RV Owner (I'm sorry that I can't recall his name) for asking Angelina to this project and Angelina for including me to document it. I don't want to end this post on a downer so I'll just say that though this project was short, and included some tragedy, I will forever cherish this as one of my favorite projects, especially since the two pieces on either side of the RV are two of my favorite of Angelina's work. Enjoy!