Back earlier this year, Joy and I ventured out to San Francisco, CA for two reasons. One, to check out one of the best shows on the west coast, and two, to reunite with my Mayday brethren as we destroyed hotel rooms and shot glasses while celebrating good times.
So afterwards, I was invited back to the west coast but to SoCal this time around. It’s been a while for me since I’ve visited Los Angeles, and I was looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, so both Joy and I booked our flights once more and headed out to sunny California in the beginning of June.
We spent the weekend right outside of LA in a suburban area that was filled with Asians. Among those Asians, John Zhang of 1013mm fame offered his home for us to stay. It was free ninety-nine, so I didn’t argue. His better half Courtney and I get along fairly well online as we spam the shit out of our friends as a team, so I think she was excited that we were staying with them.
John picked us up from LAX that Friday, and both me and Joy were decrepit zombies all morning after not getting any sleep at all the night before as we were getting ready to move into our new home outside of Baltimore. Coffee in hand, we met John as he picked us up in his mother’s BMW (I suppose that’s all they drive, who knows), and we dropped off our bags at his house and went straight for lunch at a pho restaurant. I’ve heard that pho in SoCal was pretty good, and this place didn’t disappoint, it’s just as dirty and grungy as the pho restaurants in Houston are. I’ve yet to find a good pho place in Baltimore, so this was nice.
Our friends over at Rywire based in LA, knew we were in town and Joey had asked us to come and visit the shop. John was gracious enough to drive us through terrible stop-and-go traffic to meet up the Rywire crew. I’m so pissed at myself for not taking any photos while we were there. Actually, i’m beyond pissed. How the shit could I not remember to take pictures?? Oh that’s right, it’s because I was taken back by all of the awesome Hondas and people that were there. Luckily, Joey Lee aka The Chronicles aka stickydiljoe documented our visit here: Stickydiljoe’s coverage of Wekfest Part 1
Courtney met us up after she got off of work at her day job as a bouncer and we headed straight to downtown, LA. Here we met up with the Suby girls of the Pacific Northwest, Katie Smith and Laura Keller. They were in town and we finally got a chance to meet up in person for the first time (kind of like craigslist minus the grossness and scamming part). We also got a chance to stop by the WekSos pre party at a small boutique called Aristocrats. The vibe was very chill and what you’d expect from a boutique in LA. We chatted it up with Kenneth Li and Geoffrey Nguyen from WekSos Industries, the main force behind the Wek’Fest car shows. Feeling hungry, we decided to eat some mediocre sushi and share some Sapporo. The sushi was terrible, but the company was fun, so it was kind of a wash. We also met up with fellow photographers Steve Demmitt and underwear model Luke Munnell of Import Tuner at a pretty cool bar that runs down a back alley (it’s nicer than how that sounds). As we downed lots of craft beers and shots, my cousin Alex from Cupertino met us up to join in on the mustache activities.
The next morning we awoke surprisingly hangover free. John was already up washing Courtney’s F30. I mumbled something to him and got ready for the long day ahead of us. We then headed out to Long Beach where the event was held but not before picking up some much needed coffee. We met up with Alex, Katie and Laura at a local Starbucks (yes I know the coffee sucks) and rolled out to the Queen Mary.
Full of caffeine, we pull up to the Queen Mary parking lot and wait for roll in. I take the opportunity to snap a few photos before heading in. The line to get in was long, but the guys at Wek’Fest know their shit and it seemed to go pretty quickly and smoothly for the most part.
Once we got our media passes, we headed into the fray. After one quick scan I could already see why the WekFest guys chose the Queen Mary as their spot to host a show. The scenery by the water is quite breathtaking minus one thing. In the mornings, the sky looks all gray and gloomy, and I was actually worried that my photos would look like doo doo because of it but it turns out this is quite normal for Long Beach and by mid afternoon, it’s all sunny skies and peaches and cream.
That’s it for now. I’ll post up part 2 super soon, i’m trying to knock out these coverages!