West Coast Style Americana

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 on “West Coast Style Americana

    Chet Hondo on June 24, 2009 5:16 PM:

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

    Isaac Buie on June 24, 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.

    lanceunemode on June 24, 2009 5:57 PM:

    4x4s parked in the compact spot! Shred it!

    Michael Williams on June 24, 2009 6:00 PM:

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


    Biggie_Robs on June 24, 2009 7:23 PM:

    They look like Frye boots to me.

    damien on June 24, 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.

    kiya on June 25, 2009 12:52 AM:

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

    Gefundenes Fressen on June 25, 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.

    ajds on June 25, 2009 2:04 PM:

    What town are those first pictures from?

    BohemiaMountain on June 25, 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

    Shaun on June 25, 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.

    Hugo on June 26, 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.

    David V on June 29, 2009 11:09 AM:

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

    Andy on June 30, 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.

    STONER on July 2, 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…

    alex x on July 4, 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…)

    alex x on July 4, 2009 12:39 AM:

    I meant half a century out of date, drr

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