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These Angelenos visualize and use the terrain like no one else. They see potential where others see a bench; they see obstacles to manipulate where others see a wall. As such, to the skateboarding community, there isn’t really a right or wrong way to groom; there is only being true to yourself, whether that translates into a shaved head or long dreadlocks. It’s about ease, going with the flow and being comfortable in your own skin.
Just as the ocean resists structural definition, so too does this Los Angeles subculture. Freedom of expression, freedom from judgement and freedom from rules of gender, race and religion—these are the universal truths of surfing. It’s a simple existence, one governed by all that is low-maintenance, comfortable and functional. Their selfcare is without materialism, lending their effortless look an intangible air of casual cool.
With a language all their own, that others can hear but not necessarily speak, music artists form an extraordinary subculture. They give voice to their generation, to our shared humanity, and create the priceless soundtrack to our existence. They bring the sound, light and energy of our insides to our outsides, and in doing so bear an often overlooked burden of our world—expression.
Diversity is a way of life to the artists in LA. What sets you apart is not a source of shame, but something to be embraced, nurtured and explored. The members of this artistic collective are categorically unable to be anybody but themselves, which is a beautiful thing. Their brand of self-possessed conviction makes LA a mecca for these resilient and resourceful dreamers.
Possessing the wherewithal and confidence to be yourself is always a flattering look, and by opening themselves up to the infinite, those who find themselves inside this “outside” LA subculture know no bounds. Others may not always be able to understand or relate to what drives those of the indie community to act, feel and be, but their actions will always push upwards from a bedrock of pure, beautiful individuality.