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West Coast Style Americana

Jun 24th, 2009 | Categories: Americana | by Michael Williams

You can’t deny California’s grip on Americana. From old school hot rods, to aviation and lots of good ol’ American quirkiness. I have been back and forth a few times in the last couple of weeks and have captured some good stuff in the process. In my experience, New Yorkers seem to be adverse to California and its laid back people, but I for one really love it out there. Granted I would never live there year-round, but could easily do six and six between NY and LA. More Americana after the jump.


You may recognize these first images as Matt Winter from A Time to Get.

Comments: 17

17 Comments to “West Coast Style Americana”

  1. Chet Hondo
    on Jun 24th, 2009
    @ 5:16 PM

    Can anyone tell me who makes those boots? Those are awesome. Thanks!

  2. Isaac Buie
    on Jun 24th, 2009
    @ 5:56 PM

    The vintage sign and graphics on the auto are perfect: clean, no-nonsense and bold. I agree about California’s grip on laid-back, palm-tree style Americana. L.A. would be my city of choice.

  3. lanceunemode
    on Jun 24th, 2009
    @ 5:57 PM

    4x4s parked in the compact spot! Shred it!

  4. Michael Williams
    on Jun 24th, 2009
    @ 6:00 PM

    Lance — that was the comment of the week! Fucking amazing.


  5. Biggie_Robs
    on Jun 24th, 2009
    @ 7:23 PM

    They look like Frye boots to me.

  6. damien
    on Jun 24th, 2009
    @ 7:36 PM

    West Coast is the Best Coast! I do envy people who actually have seasons though and they usually have better wardrobes.

  7. kiya
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 12:52 AM

    What about San Francisco?
    When’s the last time you’ve visiting the Bay Area?

  8. Gefundenes Fressen
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 5:10 AM

    Amazing photos! It is strange that those simple and graphic letters, probably meant to be purely practical, can be so good looking.

  9. ajds
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 2:04 PM

    What town are those first pictures from?

  10. BohemiaMountain
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 5:43 PM

    ajds -

    looks to me like those pics are taken on Industrial St. between Mill and Mateo St.’s in LA, 90021 near the Biscuit lofts and Church & State

  11. Shaun
    on Jun 25th, 2009
    @ 11:16 PM

    Wow, BM. I don’t think you could have picked a more exact spot. Maybe saying that it was in front of the Toy Factory building but damn good. Must be a local.

  12. Hugo
    on Jun 26th, 2009
    @ 2:35 AM

    I live in the People’s Republic of Mexifornia. Meh–you can have it! (And I live in one of the nicer areas, not filthy and crime-ridden like LA.)

    You bet I’ll move as soon as it’s financially viable.

  13. David V
    on Jun 29th, 2009
    @ 11:09 AM

    True Americana is found between N.Y. and L.A.

  14. Andy
    on Jun 30th, 2009
    @ 9:46 AM

    In my opinion, much of NY’s discomfort with LA is pure psychological projection.

    You see, New Yorkers point to a city obsessed with fame, power, name dropping, extremes of wealth and poverty, anti-intellectualism.

    And then they discover that Mr. Trump and the NY Post are not native Angelenos.

  15. STONER
    on Jul 2nd, 2009
    @ 10:26 AM

    Kiya hit it: you want the true pioneering spirit of America, there’s no place like San Francisco. But, shhhhhh…don’t tell anyone…

  16. alex x
    on Jul 4th, 2009
    @ 12:37 AM

    I find the “laid back” LA cliche all a matter of degree, and probably about half a decade out of date. I live here and visit SF frequently and that place seems genuinely relaxed, slow down and enjoy, what West Coast chill really is…and they all think LA is a madhouse. Plus if you live in LA for a while you realize how on edge everyone seems to be, any “laid back”-ness is a wafer-thin facade and/or an utter disinterest in your existence (beware the LA “have a nice day”…nobody means it). And the crazed mega-cities of Asia make NY seem snail-esque. All this aside I’m never moving from “filthy crime-ridden LA” (Hugo just leave if you hate it so much, see if you’re missed…)

  17. alex x
    on Jul 4th, 2009
    @ 12:39 AM

    I meant half a century out of date, drr