After spending a semester in Chicago, I decided to transfer to Otis College of Art and Design and move to Venice Beach.
I love having a place to myself, where I have complete freedom to create an environment that reflects my evolving style.
I have stacks of books at the foot of my bed.
r.i.p. to my jellyfish skateboard.
I love the view from my balcony. I always open up my doors to the sea air and burn incense. The smell of incense and the ocean makes me feel at peace.
My desk is my workspace, but it often gets cluttered with various things that I collect that inspire me.
I love peonies, but I usually only have one at a time.
It is a pretty mess.
My favorite thing to do is skate through the alley street with friends, but most of the time I cruise by myself. My favorite thing about longboarding is how free I feel; I feel like a kid again and completely let go. I always skate to the boardwalk and scare the tourists by going fast and weaving through the crowds of people.
I love visiting the Venice Love Shack.
If you are lucky, you might get to listen to a sitar player.
And art is everywhere.
One of my neighbors has a parrot.
We quickly became good friends.
What I love about Venice Beach is all of the random people that one meets and funny situations one can get themselves into: hanging out with homeless people, going to music circles, making music with a shaman. There is always crazy stuff going on at the boardwalk.
My favorite place to eat is Poke Poke at the boardwalk. Get the Aloha sauce and add seaweed and be prepared for a long line.
“I was not born to be forced. I will breathe after my own fashion…If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” Henry David Thoreau
One of my favorite little shops is the General Store on Lincoln. They have really cool vintage books.
I love looking for vintage clothes at The Blackfoot on Abbot Kinney.
But most of all, my favorite thing about Venice is the beautiful sunsets. I love getting to say goodbye to the sun each night.