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Meeting with Matt

14th January 2012

Haaaave you met my friend Matt?

Matt has the ability to start up a conversation with just about anyone because he’s genuinely interested in their story. Heres some other facts about Matt Novak that make him a fantastic person. Hes:

  • takes long walks on busy highways
  • Is Cee-Los biggest fan
  • Used to have a job that involved hiring flash mobs and keeping nothing but a single ladder in a massive storage room
  • Was never stabbed in his sleep
  • Uses rare books at coasters
  • probably knows more about the history of fighting robots, than you
  • has a way of making sadness not so sad
  • loves movies about making movies
  • makes an awesome bruschetta

I asked Matt to fill this out last time he let me occupy his couch, in LA. As I was writing it out, he was writing out something of his own for me to fill out, as well. A comment card asking how my stay at Hotel Novak had been.

In case you were wondering, my stay at Hotel Novak was fantastic experience and I highly suggest anyone planning on visiting Southern California to check it out!

Matt Novak is a fantastic writer. The bluntness and sarcasm that builds him as a unique individual, is neatly tucked into his pieces. Hes found a niche in writing about past predictions of the future and currently writes for the Smithsonian.

Meetings with Jim

7th January 2012

I know its the weekend, and you’re probably over the thought of having meetings forever, but have you met my friend Jim?!?

Jim Mahfood is a rad artist living in Los Angeles

Jim is keen on:

  • dancing in public
  • mastering the art of playing “Happy Birthday” on the miniature harmonica
  • nicknaming his friends
  • going on food adventures
  • seamlessly blaring hip hop, jazz, and old punk records loud enough to start a party in his neighborhood
  • making killer mimosas even though he seldomly drinks them
  • the theory that its better to go back and find old music, than wasting time trying to discover new bands

I thought it would be interesting to write up a vague questionnaire for the people in my life to interpret as they’d like. So, while Jim and I were catching up, scribbling in our notebooks, and devouring milkshakes at Swingers, I decided to see if he’d like to be the first person to practice my ap-pal-ication idea with.

(side note: Jim typically refers to me as the Otter)

Along side making toys, comics, tagging bar interiors as a job, working on Tank Girl (!)and being an all around amazing friend, Jim also co-hosts The Beat Bees Sessions with Jane Dope! Its a podcast with the perfect mix of conversation and music (some of which is taken straight from my mixes. mmmmmhummmm)

All photos by Chloe Rice

Jackie And Spencers Wedding

16th November 2011

Right as the seasons began to turn, I went up to a wine vineyard in Gardiner, NY to shoot Jackie and Spencers wedding. Everything about the wedding was beautiful, simple, and classic with small touches the DIY couples roots dispersed through out the set up, to show how unique their style really was.

Top row: Mason jars were painted with chalkboard paint, filled with flowers and placed on all of the guests tables as a marker to find their table. My favorite thing about this, was that at the end of the night, guests were encouraged to take the already packaged plants home.

Bottom row: Instead of presenting his vows to Jackie on a slip of paper, Spencer made a zine and read it to her during the ceremony. Each page of the hand sewn book included a vow, alongside a photo of them through out their relationship

The area where the wedding was held, was stunning. It was on a well manicured, spacious, open field surrounded by rows of grape vines. The property was a 10 minute drive down a narrow curving road that was lined by trees and mountains. I didn’t even know New York HAD mountains before that day.

It was difficult to believe that I was only about two hours outside of the city, and not in the English Countryside.

All of the catering was vegan; instead of exchanging rings, Jackie and Spencer got matching heart tattoos on their ring finger. When the time came, during the ceremony, to exchange rings, they used that time to make all of their guests give each other hand daps!

The best (and only) cake cutting wrestling match I’ve ever seen

The wedding really could have also doubled as a Fred Perry ad campaign

The bartenders, servers, and live music was all supplied by personal friends which helped keep the atmosphere really warm and inviting.

When the night began to wind down, the bride and groom didn’t immediately drive off to a suite somewhere. Instead, Jackie changed out her heels for her Frye boots and they both drove into the mountain with their friends and all the left over booze, to go camping.

I’m so glad I got to be part of this wedding!

All photos by Chloe Rice


14th November 2011

Back around Halloween, my friend Derek and I went on a hunt around the artificial pumpkin patches of Los Angeles for the perfect sized pumpkins to carve and place on our heads.

The process was really simple and fun…and a bit of a mess.

Derek documented the process I used to make mine, with his iPhone.

Heres how to fit yourself for a pumpkin mask:

  1. Cut the pumpkin as if it were a slice of pie, from the bottom to midway up the back of where you plan on the face being
  2. Rip out its pumpkin guts (do NOT eat them raw. It tastes like organic garbage vomit) and scrape it until its shallow/ lightweight
  3. Try fitting your head into the pumpkin.
  4. If it doesn’t fit at first, cut WIDER but not higher to the stem of the pumpkin. (I say this because Derek cut his pumpkin head too high up and had a hard time keeping it from falling off.)

A series of poor choices are illustrated in this image, actually…

Heres some tips on making your face:

  • Cut 1 hole where you think an eye should go
  • put the pumpkin on your head, and mark where you plan on cutting the other with the assistance of a pen and a mirror.
  • The less space you cut open, the less people can see your face, the creepier the head becomes.

Wearing a pumpkin mask is SO fun! You can do so many things in disguise like:

Get all of your shopping done*

Practice your football tosses in the house

Go on a hot date.

Take fun photos

Get too drunk on your date and cry because no one can see you!

Photos by Chloe Rice

*Photo montages taken by the toy camera wizard,  Derek Woods

I Wuz Here.

26th October 2011

This has been my week, in polaroids.

Holding the photos that I’ve taken, after the fact, when they’ve lost all of their context is the most peculiar and exciting part of shooting.

I makes me realize that I find myself in some very unusual places.

Like, right now, I’m typing this from underneath the floorboards of Vincet Prices old mansion.

Thats only half true.

The Price is right…

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