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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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Magic Hour With Guy Mariano

My Magic Hour interview with Guy Mariano was ironically set on one of the few gloomy days of the year in Los Angeles, but there was no way I was going to cancel or reschedule, excited as I was for a moment with such a legend on my rooftop, especially a few days after he had won big at the 15th Annual Transworld Skateboarding Awards. In case you didn’t know, he took home two trophies; one for the coveted ”Readers’ Choice” award and the other for “Video Part of the Year” for Pretty Sweet, which also won “Video of the Year.”

Pretty Sweet Portrait by Ben Colen.

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Interview Series: Brad Elterman

Remember when you could really feel the heart of rock & roll beating, walking down the Sunset Strip? I don’t. Most people who read this mag weren’t born in time to have lived and loved in 1970′s – I’m pretty sure all of them wish they did…

Joan Jett at The Whiskey, 1977.

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In Focus: LA Art Benefit For Skateistan

On March 31, 2013, Los Angeles artists and the skate community are coming together at Nomad Collective Art Compound to raise money and awareness for Skateistan, an International non-profit charity providing skateboarding & educational programming in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Cambodia.

Along the edge of the old Russian pool on Bibimaru Hill, Kabul.

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Hotel Tour: Thompson Beverly Hills

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It’s not. It’s the opposite of vulgarity.” – Coco Chanel

Chelsea’s dress: Miu Miu, Kelley’s dress: Prabal Gurung, Sunglasses: RAEN Optics

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Preview: Sametan “Don’t Tread On Me” At Spoke Art

PangeaSeed & Tokyo-based vinyl toy designer Cometdebris (Koji Harmon) are pleased to announce their latest shark-saving effort: Sametan – Don’t Tread on Me. This upcoming weekend at Spoke Art in San Francisco, they will host a one of a kind art exhibition featuring 30 custom Sametan vinyl figures designed by 30 global artists including Frank Kozik, Buff Monster, Jenn Porreca and many more.

Jessica Hess

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Babe Talk: Breanna Box

“I love watching people do primal things – sleep, eat, f**k,” is what Breanna Box wrote me when she sent this phenomenal new editorial by Shelby Duncan. Actress, songstress, model; her universe is complex, yet she is fascinated by simplicity. The series of photographs is titled “Young Blood” – she affectionately referred to it as “pancakes.” It’s all in good fun for this mad woman, so enjoy the food porn and our pillow talk with a Hollywood rising star!

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Studio Visit: Laurel Broughton of Welcome Companions

Welcome Companions introduces a new collection inspired by good times snacking in the park, making out on a polka dot blanket and falling asleep under the sun. Summer are you here yet?

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Photo Of The Week: 08/3/13

A couple weeks back two of our favorites – Brooke Frederick and Abby Brothers – got together for a wild shoot at the Wolf Mountain Sanctuary. This photo is an outtake from a series portraits titled “The High Priestesses.”

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For The Record W/ Tamara Sky

In the first installment of For The Record, a new profile series presented by SOL REPUBLIC, the vivacious Tamara Sky talks about how she fell in love with music, her move to Los Angeles and current projects.

Tamara is a legend born in the Bermuda Triangle. In addition to being an amazing DJ, the co-founder of Los Angeles’ infamous underground Lil Death party is a stunning model, talented illustrator, witty writer and brilliant business woman… Who says you can’t do it all?

Photo by Cameron McCool

In Focus: Alexis Gross & The Gallery Next To Burgundy Room

Alexis Gross is the living proof that stoners can be overachievers. A few months after moving from her native Big Apple to Los Angeles, the 24 year-old photographer, artist and curator has taken over the Gallery Next To The Burgundy Room and made it into a pop up exhibition space that will feature, for the next six months, the work of emerging & established photographers, artists, and zine makers who inspire her and her work.

Alexis greeted us on a sunny Saturday morning at her Echo Park crib wearing no pants and no makeup. Who needs it when you look like this? She gulped down a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a black coffee before giving us a tour of her home studio.

In spite of all of the misfortunes that happened to her since moving to the West Coast – we’re talking two lost computers and other stolen goods – she’s inspired and in high spirits as soon as she starts talking about the gallery.

“The entire theme of the space is people who inspire me to do what I do. The shop inside of the gallery is a small curated selection of respected artists photographers and affiliates. The inventory is constantly changing and a small selection of zines are always on view or for purchase. I am excited to be helping my friends out and collaborating. I think that’s always important,” she explains.

Working day and night on projects feels like play when it’s really a family affair. The artists she showcases are friends and people she’s been looking up to forever, “people that have helped me and people that I’d like to help. I am mostly excited to be working with Ben RaynerOthelo Gervacio, and Nick Sethi.” We took our photo shoot to Hollywood on the same night and captured some images of a happy fish in her newfound pond.

 In her signature curatorial style, the images are loaded with grime and passion – quite fitting for the neighborhood.

“I love this block. I guess the type of people going to the Gagosian aren’t walking around the area but characters are crawling left and right. For sure a good source of entertainment,” she laughs.

The exhibition opening tonight offers a touching glimpse into the dark and imperfect worlds of New York City-based Jordan Sullivan and Brian Merriam. Get there early because her last vernissage attracted over 500 bodies and you might as well forget about parking on Cahuenga unless you’re on a motorcycle.

Photos by Laura Austin

Lookbook Lust: RAEN Optics SS13

Photographer Clarke Tolton captured the effortless beauty and cool of the ravishing Abby Brothers in this brand new SS13 campaign for RAEN Optics. The new colors and shapes are innovative and inspired – favorites includes an “instant classic” collaboration with Deus Ex Machina and the chunky Volant in Crystal Rose… quite the statement piece. Check out the entire collection here!

Lookbook Lust: The Man Repeller X PJK… Just Sayin’

Leandra Medine’s eccentric sartorial habits, crazy quotes and funny faces are so deeply rooted in today’s pop culture (& your Insta feed) that it’s hard to believe that it hasn’t even been five years since an enthusiastic feature in the New York Times catapulted the lucky UES babe and her hilariously efficient Man Repeller blog to digital superstardom.

Earlier this month, our fave flamingo-obsessed fashionista teamed up with quintessential Cali apparel brand PJK Patterson J. Kincaid to create a SS13 collection that is quirky, colorful and totally wearable even if you’re trying to get laid. I mean – I surely know a couple hipsters in Silverlake who just couldn’t resist the sight of a peplum moto jacket…

Check out the first delivery of this exciting collaboration!

Preview: Something Wicked This Way Comes At Cella Gallery

“Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a morbid 1962 novel by Ray Bradbury, a movie, a TLC song and most recently an art exhibition showcasing new works by ten of today’s most innovative and powerful contemporary artists: Annie Owens, Christian Rex van Minnen, Christine Wu, Chrystal Chan, David Ball, Fulvio Di Piazza, Jana Brike, Jessica Ward, Judith Supine and Michael Page.

“The show was born merely out of my love and admiration for artists who fearlessly delve into the dark corners of their mind and a desire to see what such a phrase meant to them,” art writer and curator Stephanie Chefas explained to me when I interviewed her for Cool Hunting.

When it comes to art, torment and rebellion are often catalysts to masterpieces, and Chefas knows it: “The wicked are much more interesting, don’t you think? Not that I don’t appreciate the hero’s journey, but generally speaking good is so boring.” With robots, knives, dark forests, wide-eyed girls, cigarettes and bondate, there is nothing boring about her forthcoming show, as you’ll be able to preview below.

The opening reception for “Something Wicked This Way Comes” takes place Saturday, 23 February 2013 from 7-10pm, at Cella Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through 16 March 2013. Don’t miss it!

Lookbook Lust: THE/END AW13 “Street Where Nobody Lives”

THE/END is really just the beginning for Los Angeles-based creative entrepreneurs Cody and Mike Comrie, Mat Mickel and Jerrod Cornish, whose new All American menswear line showcases beautiful materials and craftsmanship while retaining a certain edge through dark tones, progressive cuts and stark detailing. We’re loving the dark vibes of this look book shot by Magda Wosinska in some obscure back streets south of Downtown LA, and we suspect the boys will be crushing in Vegas as they unveil their debut AW13 collection, “Street Where Nobody Lives,” at Capsule trade show this week.

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Lingerie Guide: Kriss Soonik SS13

Season after season, London-based Estonian designer Kriss Soonik creates fierce, luxe lingerie and loungewear that’s sexy and powerful; a perfect choice for the ladies who like their underwear to be a true fashion statement. SS13 will make you want to unleash your inner angel – quite literally! We’re loving the leather & lace!

 

 

Photo of the Week: 8/2/13

“Last week, a bunch of my friends and I went to spray paint this wall across the street from the house where we were at and take some pictures.  We all woke up with skinned knees, not remembering what really had happened… and everything was painted over by the time we woke up so I couldn’t remember what I had written until this photo came out the next week,” says the fiery Teen Witch.

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