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Live Fast Mag curates the best of fashion, art, sex, and travel. A vivid and sexy inspiration board for the aesthetically-inclined, Live Fast features in-depth interviews, putting the spotlight on up-and-coming artists, designers and the beautiful minds of our time.

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Interview Series: Warren Brand “The Cycle Of Art”

With his latest project, art enthusiast and curator Warren Brand has managed to bring new life to an ordinary urban space while bringing a community together. Surrounding himself with artists, neighbors and kindred spirits, he allowed a whole block of abandoned buildings to blossom into a vibrant, living work of art. As the result of many years of love, art and memories is about to get torn down, he’s working on immortalizing the experience through a documentary, which he hopes to get funded through IndieGogo. We had the chance to chat a little bit with the man behind the Branded Arts Complex, an inclusive and positive project that’s sure to inspire and to soon be reborn.

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Interview Series: Jeff Frost “I do art because I have to”

Jeff Frost is a Los Angeles-based visual artist. He agreed to talk to us about his life, his vision, his current projects and the reasons why he does what he does. Here’s a quick incursion into the mind of a fascinating artist.

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Living the Dream: Our Open Road

Adam and Emily Harteau are living one of those lives we’ve all fantasized about at some point, but very few of us would actually have the guts to go through with it. They have traveled together across Southeast Asia, North America, Polynesia, New Zealand, Southern Africa and Japan over the last ten years. They are currently discovering South America, living in their Westfalia van with their daughter Colette, born in 2011 and adorably nicknamed “the ambassador of love and joy.”


These three adventurers are determined to explore as much as possible while they’re on Earth and to soak in the beauty of nature and people for as long as they can. They share their journey through their blog, ouropenroad.com, which is filled with breathtaking images and fascinating, intimate thoughts on the places they see and the people they encounter. We had a little chat with them about the inspiring life they live, and it was nothing short of enlightening.

Q&A

LF: How was the dream born? 

OR: Our dreams of leaving the game and wandering the globe have been growing as long as we have been together. We met at art school and have been together since the summer of 2000. Traveling around magnificent California, Baja Mexico and the Western States, we took our first big international trip together in 2004 visiting Thailand & accidentally Burma.

LF: How do you choose your next destination?

OR: While Emily was pregnant with Colette, Adam was working as an artist on a film project that would have put us in India & Nepal for several months… when that fell thru we set our sights on our next big trip. We brainstormed a ton of options, then fell in love with the plan to overland the Americas. 

On the road, there are many factors that go into us deciding the next stop. Currently, we are heading to northern Chile because our 3 month visa in Peru is up & so is the swell!  Usually however, we read guide books, do internet research, read other travel blogs and best of all- speak to other travelers and locals. People are much more willing to divulge their favorite secret spot in person.

LF: How do you make a living on the road? Can you explain the concept behind 24-hour bazaar? 

OR: When we departed, we had enough funds for a 1 year journey.  Since deciding to slow the trip down, we had to figure out finances. We came up with the idea for 24 Hour Bazaar- which is what the name implies- a bazaar for 24 hours!  We curate an assortment of fair-trade, hand-crafted items such as rugs, textiles, blankets, jewelry & clothing directly from the artisans, photograph them, assemble a pdf and email it to our list of clients. Once sent out, the clock starts ticking… we receive orders, shop & ship accordingly. If you would like to be added to the list, please email us at contact@ouropenroad.com

We always dreamed of opening up a store brick & mortar location, Adam took an export class at LA City College, & Emily has worked in all fields of fashion from design, buying, and sales. 24HourBazaar merges the best of both worlds allowing us to support our traveling habit while support craft traditions the world over.

LF: Do you manage to get everything you need?

OR: Adam made a poster a while back titled « The Essentials » which was a type piece that said: Food, Water, Shelter, Love. Yes, we are blessed in that we have everything we need!

LF: How long did you initially plan on leaving?

OR: Our initial plan was to be gone for 1 year, traveling to Tierra del Fuego in Argentina & back.  It is now looking like 2+years before returning to the California for a stint, then continuing on to some more open roads.

LF: Do you think you’ll ever be able to stay in one place?

OR: No way!

LF: How does Colette deal with the life you have chosen for her and what do you hope to give her through this experience?

OR: Children are amazingly adaptable- they know what you show them, so for her, this is normal.  We have a photoalbum with pictures of our close friends & family. Skype and viber are also fantistic use of technology. She has the oportunity to meet new people of different cultures daily and is always so excited to make new amigos!  We hope to gift her an open heart and mind.

LF: Were there any places that you loved more than others and why? 

OR: We loved Baja for the solitary beauty, Oaxaca, Mexico for the vibrant culture and amazing food, the great surf from Baja to Chile, Colombia for the warm and welcoming people, Peru for the stunning ruins and living culture.  We could go on & on – we are so in love with the world!

LF: What is your favorite thing about living on the road?

OR: It is the ultimate freedom- when we have seen our fill or get the itch, we buckle up and head on out… there is always a new adventure to be had.  That, melded with the comfort of our home on wheels is just bliss for us.

LF: What is hardest about living on the road?

OR: Being unable to teleport ourselves back to visit friends & family is the ‘hardest’ part of this journey (what a first world problem). We are blessed to have such an inspiring, loving, & talented tribe back in the states.

LF: What surprised you the most about your journey? Any epiphanies? :)

OR: No epiphanies… more like slow revelations.  There is just a  deeper love for humanity, varying cultures, dying languages, topographical understanding, smell memory & human differences.  Our brains are adding new data daily, and that exercise is so very soul filling.

LF: Any advice for other people who are thinking on embarking on such an adventure?

OR: We have met numerous travelers from poor countries that have made their dreams of travel a reality. Cyclists that juggle at stoplights, a Japanese guy who works at Japanese restaurants in the bigger cities he passes thru, families that make & sell jewelry. People hold themselves back. The American Dream that has been instilled in us- well, we are re-examining it, discovering our own world truth. If you set your mind to it, think creatively, and are willing to sacrifice some creature comforts, life on the open road awaits you!

Interview Series: Clayton Cubitt

After our article about Hysterical Literature was such a hit, we had the immense honor to talk to the man behind it – photographer, filmmaker and writer Clayton Cubitt. Born in New Orleans and currently based in NYC, his work has been featured in publications such as Vogue, Rolling Stone and GQ. In this interview, he opens up about creativity, inspiration and the thought process behind his tremendously popular video sessions.

“There may be a great fire in our soul, yet no one ever comes to warm himself at it, and the passers-by see only a wisp of smoke.” – Vincent van Gogh

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In Focus: 75 Parisiennes By Baudouin

I visited Paris when I was 16 years old. When I wasn’t out drinking cheap wine with semi-dangerous French strangers, most of my time was spent walking around, gazing with envy in the large windows above my head. I remember those walks vividly, along endless streets lined with glorious, ancient buildings, as my mind wandered inside these houses I was never going to visit.

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Beyond Sexy: Hysterical Literature

Literature and pleasure are so intimately related, whether you simply enjoy the caress of words or have some fetish about the hot babysitter reading you bedtime stories (was that just me?). In both cases, if you love great novels and orgasms, this will make your whole day.

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Good News For Our Boobs (Kinda NSFW)

Science, although it may feel slow for those who have to deal with the daily struggle of suffering from breast cancer, in this particular case, is actually advancing heaps and bounds every day through amazing discoveries that take us closer to curing this horrible disease for good.

One of the latest findings of the bioengineering team at Berkeley is that mechanical forces, in this case compression of the malignant tissue cells, could actually shape the cells back into a healthy pattern and consequently end the wacky growth pattern that eventually leads to tumors.

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Skydiving In Lingerie? Yes Please!

Every time I think I’ve seen the coolest possible thing, something happens that just raises the bar this much more. In the unbelievably awesome and fearless category, I’ve rarely seen better.

Ok. So think of the most exciting, sexy, liberating things you could do as a woman. Now let me blow your freaking mind: skydiving in lingerie! I know, right? Not only is it more awesome than words, it’s also a seriously badass way to conquer your insecurities and let your hair aaaaall the way down.

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Safe For Work BDSM: Incoqnito

I am not a very BDSM-inclined girl, you know. There’s something about the costumy, goth-ish vibe of it all that makes me want to eyeroll rather than feel all sexy. But if there’s something that never fails at catching my attention, it’s shiny things. And pretty things, too. It seems like my cavewoman instincts aren’t immune to a little rough play, because this jewelry here seriously made me reconsider what I’d be willing to try.

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Sex Or Chocolate? You Can Have Both…

For all you indecisive hedonists out there, we might have found the perfect compromise. If you can’t ever choose between your two favorite delicacies, whether it be dark, luscious, fondant-filled chocolate or big throbbing cocks, this might just make your day.

For 60 Euros, you can order a beautiful, veiny, surprisingly anatomically correct 8 incher made of rich dark chocolate and filled with the fondant flavor of your choice from United Indecent, a Barcelona-based fine chocolate factory.

Quite obviously, these beautiful sculpture desserts are to be inserted in your mouth only, and as United Indecent elegantly puts it: “United indecent Pleasure design has been created for the visual pleasure, being able to manage to produce an ocular orgasm in retinas specially sensitive to the beauty.”

Like this product needed to be even more awesome, their decadent, sexy cream-filled yummies are made of cocoa cultivated on plantations where fair trade and education for children are promoted, so you can enjoy your purchase guilt-free.

As far as fondant goes, you can choose from a decent selection of flavors such as fresh mint, Valencia orange, Williams pear and Irish coffee liqueur.

Anybody else strangely thirsty?

Food For Thought: Salt Made From Tears Range

So, now apparently you can get salt made from human tears. Because – you know – there’s a market for that. As a bonus, this interesting new seasoning comes in the form of gross brownish crystals. Or maybe those are just the pieces of lavender added to the salt for even more adorableness. You be the judge!

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Kickstarter Watch: JoeyBra

Awww, I was planning on making a lot more fun of this strange “genius” bra-thing that went viral this week, but then I saw the two adorable baby-kangaroo-lovin’ peeps who invented it. And now I have feelings.

The JoeyBra will save us all from the terrible plight of iPhones broken or lost while we’re out partying; it is, well, some sort of simplified, animal print photographer’s vest with a bunch of pockets that allow you to keep your valuables near your… valuables.

As you can see in the video below, which also offers glorious midi music and a very happy girl in a yellow shirt, the JoeyBra basically lets you carry your phone, ID, credit cards and/or keys in mesh pockets on the side of your ribcage. I can’t hate on the idea completely, since I’m a firm believer in sticking things down my cleavage from time to time when storage becomes an issue. However, it appears the pockets are designed to make sure the corner of your iPhone pokes out awkwardly in your armpit, which does raise some concern for lumpiness and other very tragic things.

If you’re not convinced your sweaty dance club armpit is the best place to stick your moisture-sensitive 800$ phone, I can’t really help you, but on the other hand, if you want to help those two rosy-cheeked hopefuls achieve their dream of world domination, you should do so here.

On the plus side, it could prevent the horrifying sight of a bunch of girls dancing in a circle around their purses, and we should all be grateful for that!

A Pheromone Party In Hollywood

I’ll never forget the smell of my first boyfriend. Well, he wasn’t so much my boyfriend as the first guy I loved, my first lover and the first guy who broke my heart right after he made me realize (and suffer the consequences of) the infinite power of sexual attraction. I could still recognize him today, ten years later, wearing a blindfold in a crowd of a thousand people. There was just something about his smell that made me weak in the knees. It wasn’t his perfume or his soap, not even his sweat. It was the mixture of his hair, his skin, his breath. There was something indiscernible behind his scent that just set my body on fire.

When I pass someone in the street that smells like him, I still stop in my tracks and have to fight the urge to undress whoever it is and believe me, it’s not always attractive young people.

Dr. Who...

We’re all painfully aware of the impact smell has on our bodies and memory, and we’ve all fallen again and again for undeserving people simply because we just couldn’t resist them if they came close enough. Some people’s scent make you want to get naked immediately, others smell like home. It’s clearly just pheromones, though at the time it did feel like the scent of love, something that I could feel much, much further than my nose, and it was truly powerful.

This intriguing way nature has for telling us someone is physically right for us is the idea behind Pheromone Parties, a new trend around Hollywood. It’s a strange form of blind dating where participants are instructed to wear the same shirt to bed for three nights, and then stick it in the freezer in a bag until the party where it will be labeled with a number and set on a table for other people to smell. It creates connections in the most animalistic way, and people get to meet those whose smell they were most attracted to.

I’m thinking it must lead to some pretty amazing hook ups among very genetically compatible people, but I don’t know about serious relationships. In my experience, those whose scent made me react the most were certainly great sexual partners, but as you can see, I speak of them in the past tense.

It must be a fun surprise to see the man or woman whose smell made your head spin, but also to experience first-hand the clash between what you think you find attractive and what your body really wants. There’s also something refreshingly un-superficial with this concept that allows us to bypass the first impression of someone based on their looks.

Interesting fact, ovulating women smell more attractive to others on a subconscious level, which some believe explains why strippers get more tips when ovulating. Women on birth control have also been proven to be less sensitive to pheromones than others, to the point where doctors even recommended that those who have met a partner while using birth control might want to go off it for a while to see if they are actually physically attracted to him before, for example, getting married or committing more seriously. Something to consider if you’re planning on attending a Pheromone Party! Keep an eye on the website for future events.

Naughty Book Club: SECOND SKIN The Erotic Art of Lingerie

If there’s one thing we all love, it’s a woman’s body. It’s a work of art, a blank canvas, a powerful weapon and without a shadow of a doubt one of the most aesthetically pleasing things on the face of the Earth. It’s been the subject of epic poems, songs and obsessions; it’s the inspiration behind masterpieces. It creates life and generates debate. It never ceases to amaze, shock, trouble and seduce.

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