Los Angeles
This edition of Mugshot Monday comes to you from the photobooth at Ace DTLA. 
photo by @anneontherun

Los Angeles

This edition of Mugshot Monday comes to you from the photobooth at Ace DTLA. 

photo by @anneontherun


San Francisco, London and everywhere.  
After some years of gay-ins early in ’70s Golden Gate Park, on this day in 1978, San Francisco Pride pushed through Market as Gay Freedom Day. That day was the coming out of the Gilbert Baker-designed Rainbow Flag that has become a banner for the rights of everyone. 
Tomorrow in Shoreditch at Ace Hotel we’re rainbow flagging it up with JD Samson and our collaborative Pride party Everyone. Everyone’s invited. We’ve got a Pride playlist to blast on the ‘phones as you get ready for tonight. It’s the second part of our series of Pride celebrations with JD at Ace outposts in LA, London, New York, and Palm Springs. (And number three Pride is this weekend in New York City.)
You can dance, you can sing, you can make a team of hi-fivers and hi-five everyone you see if you want. You can be free and be together with free people. As part of the party, JD created a hand-screened shirt and a poster that you can pick up to pack pride anywhere you wear clothes or have walls. And proceeds go to help good people, too. 

San Francisco, London and everywhere.  

After some years of gay-ins early in ’70s Golden Gate Park, on this day in 1978, San Francisco Pride pushed through Market as Gay Freedom Day. That day was the coming out of the Gilbert Baker-designed Rainbow Flag that has become a banner for the rights of everyone. 

Tomorrow in Shoreditch at Ace Hotel we’re rainbow flagging it up with JD Samson and our collaborative Pride party Everyone. Everyone’s invited. We’ve got a Pride playlist to blast on the ‘phones as you get ready for tonight. It’s the second part of our series of Pride celebrations with JD at Ace outposts in LA, London, New York, and Palm Springs. (And number three Pride is this weekend in New York City.)

You can dance, you can sing, you can make a team of hi-fivers and hi-five everyone you see if you want. You can be free and be together with free people. As part of the party, JD created a hand-screened shirt and a poster that you can pick up to pack pride anywhere you wear clothes or have walls. And proceeds go to help good people, too. 


Portland + Los Angeles
The American poet Norman Dubie says that what gives poetry so much freedom is that no one gets rich off writing it. Passion, and expressive language, drive poems into the world. 
Poetry is unique among artforms because it uses as its medium the building blocks of all communication, and, more or less, the building blocks of thought: language. Poetry uses language to communicate something that is beyond language, which is weird and causes things to be at once both what they are and so very much more than they are. 
At its most minimal, language speaks to us on two levels: it communicates raw info and it communicates contextual feelings and directions about that info. In the 1960s and ’70s, Aram Saroyan was mining this linguistic landscape to much notoriety — and infamy. His poem, “lighght,” exploded the idea of what a poem even is. 
And as the tattoo here illuminates, it’s still exploding ideas right down to the skin. This left hand belongs to another poet, Zachary Schomburg, who writes notes on his hands when he’s not collaborating and touring with musicians and filmmakers and making the sincerest surrealist books since sliced pages.

Portland Los Angeles

The American poet Norman Dubie says that what gives poetry so much freedom is that no one gets rich off writing it. Passion, and expressive language, drive poems into the world. 

Poetry is unique among artforms because it uses as its medium the building blocks of all communication, and, more or less, the building blocks of thought: language. Poetry uses language to communicate something that is beyond language, which is weird and causes things to be at once both what they are and so very much more than they are. 

At its most minimal, language speaks to us on two levels: it communicates raw info and it communicates contextual feelings and directions about that info. In the 1960s and ’70s, Aram Saroyan was mining this linguistic landscape to much notoriety — and infamy. His poem, “lighght,” exploded the idea of what a poem even is. 

And as the tattoo here illuminates, it’s still exploding ideas right down to the skin. This left hand belongs to another poet, Zachary Schomburg, who writes notes on his hands when he’s not collaborating and touring with musicians and filmmakers and making the sincerest surrealist books since sliced pages.


Los Angeles
Donning a pair of Vans, sockless — feeling the padded collar wrap your ankles, feet not too hot and not too cold, toes feeling out their protection from the world — no matter where you slip in to them, a little part of you gets to be off the wall as they say. Your feet, at least they’re sunny and SoCal 75 and maybe there’s a little beachy sand to make it authentic.
Our first skate shoes were Old Skool Vans. We saw Minor Threat’s Ian Mackaye wearing them going to the local record store. And it seemed like all the cool women and men that were older than us, that had been into cool things for a long time, they were always wearing a pair in a way that looked just right and timeless. They were our secret teachers. We took notes: bands, hair, the cut of clothes, books they read and films they saw, picked up their language and tried to make our own version of ourselves with these things. 
Well, an army might march on its stomach, but our people working hard on the ground at Ace DTLA work on their feet. We thought their own special Vans would help them keep things breezy.
To celebrate our Atelier Ace x Vans Era 59 collaboration, we got all romantic about our days skating in the sun, wind in our hair. We teamed with Vans to screen Dogtown and Z-Boys in The Theatre for anyone who wanted to go, and we made a skate game, and we’re giving away prizes to the top five scorers of that very game. Now it’s time to let the winners know, to give them their just rewards: Keeng-Shilo G., Brittni L., Riely W., Elias R., Mike W. Winners: you’ll be hearing from us soon via e-mail. 

photo by praveena_happyking

Los Angeles

Donning a pair of Vans, sockless — feeling the padded collar wrap your ankles, feet not too hot and not too cold, toes feeling out their protection from the world — no matter where you slip in to them, a little part of you gets to be off the wall as they say. Your feet, at least they’re sunny and SoCal 75 and maybe there’s a little beachy sand to make it authentic.

Our first skate shoes were Old Skool Vans. We saw Minor Threat’s Ian Mackaye wearing them going to the local record store. And it seemed like all the cool women and men that were older than us, that had been into cool things for a long time, they were always wearing a pair in a way that looked just right and timeless. They were our secret teachers. We took notes: bands, hair, the cut of clothes, books they read and films they saw, picked up their language and tried to make our own version of ourselves with these things. 

Well, an army might march on its stomach, but our people working hard on the ground at Ace DTLA work on their feet. We thought their own special Vans would help them keep things breezy.

To celebrate our Atelier Ace x Vans Era 59 collaboration, we got all romantic about our days skating in the sun, wind in our hair. We teamed with Vans to screen Dogtown and Z-Boys in The Theatre for anyone who wanted to go, and we made a skate game, and we’re giving away prizes to the top five scorers of that very game. Now it’s time to let the winners know, to give them their just rewards: Keeng-Shilo G., Brittni L., Riely W., Elias R., Mike W. Winners: you’ll be hearing from us soon via e-mail. 

photo by praveena_happyking


Basel, Switzerland 

Twin dreamboats Simon and Nikolai Haas are presently showing work as part of Art Basel — that global art free-for-all at the nexus of Europe’s contemporary arts scene. The Haas Bros have been working steadily out of their Downtown LA studio since 2010, just a stone’s throw from our spot, making some of the most endearing stuff we’ve ever set eyes on — so much so that we had them prominently tag up the walls here.
They gave us a private peak at Art Basel show last week, and were kind enough to let us share their “Advocates For the Sexual Outsider” — the show’s liberation manifesto of sorts.
Congrats, boys.

Basel, Switzerland 

Twin dreamboats Simon and Nikolai Haas are presently showing work as part of Art Basel — that global art free-for-all at the nexus of Europe’s contemporary arts scene. The Haas Bros have been working steadily out of their Downtown LA studio since 2010, just a stone’s throw from our spot, making some of the most endearing stuff we’ve ever set eyes on — so much so that we had them prominently tag up the walls here.

They gave us a private peak at Art Basel show last week, and were kind enough to let us share their “Advocates For the Sexual Outsider” — the show’s liberation manifesto of sorts.

Congrats, boys.


Downtown Los Angeles
In observance of Go Skate Day — the holiest of our secular holidays — we’re about to make our Atelier Ace x Vans Era 59 public. They’re the much-revered, all black everything lace-up worn by Ace Downtown LA’s doormen and front desk team — our first team up with Vans, whose waffle-shaped soles have left such an indelible footprint on SoCal skate culture. Atelier Ace’s limited edition update to Vans’ iconic Era silhouette — the shoe originally designed by skate pioneers Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta in 1975, whose padded collar and grippy sole have made them the gold standard in skate footwear for decades — goes live online on June 23.

To celebrate, we’ve just dropped Noise Grind — an interactive skate game testing your ability to identify skateboard tricks by ear. Put your aural acumen to good use, and you might win the mother load — with prizes including a stay at Ace Hotel DTLA, a year’s supply of fresh Vans and cash to spend at Ace’s online shop. On Sunday June 22, we’ll be hosting a free screening of the instant skate classic Dogtown and Z-Boys at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — RSVP now to be sure we can squeeze you in.

Downtown Los Angeles

In observance of Go Skate Day — the holiest of our secular holidays — we’re about to make our Atelier Ace x Vans Era 59 public. They’re the much-revered, all black everything lace-up worn by Ace Downtown LA’s doormen and front desk team — our first team up with Vans, whose waffle-shaped soles have left such an indelible footprint on SoCal skate culture. Atelier Ace’s limited edition update to Vans’ iconic Era silhouette — the shoe originally designed by skate pioneers Tony Alva and Stacy Peralta in 1975, whose padded collar and grippy sole have made them the gold standard in skate footwear for decades — goes live online on June 23.

To celebrate, we’ve just dropped Noise Grind — an interactive skate game testing your ability to identify skateboard tricks by ear. Put your aural acumen to good use, and you might win the mother load — with prizes including a stay at Ace Hotel DTLA, a year’s supply of fresh Vans and cash to spend at Ace’s online shop. On Sunday June 22, we’ll be hosting a free screening of the instant skate classic Dogtown and Z-Boys at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles — RSVP now to be sure we can squeeze you in.


Downtown Los Angeles
George Evelyn’s steadily approaching the silver anniversary of his Nightmares on Wax sobriquet — 25 years of beats, rhymes and life — and he’s not slowing down any time soon. We’re lucky enough to have him Upstairs tonight at Ace DTLA — going back to basics for a stripped-down DJ set.

George is a worldly guy, so we thought we’d get the skinny on some quick travel tips.


What’s the best piece of travel advise you’ve ever got?

Always go off the beaten track. The high street or the city will never give you the real taste of how people live.

What things do you never go on a trip without?

Music, books, sunglasses and swimwear.
What’s your favorite airport? 
Schipol airport, Holland.

Favorite film?
Magnolia

Plane, train or automobile? 
Plane

Downtown Los Angeles

George Evelyn’s steadily approaching the silver anniversary of his Nightmares on Wax sobriquet — 25 years of beats, rhymes and life — and he’s not slowing down any time soon. We’re lucky enough to have him Upstairs tonight at Ace DTLA — going back to basics for a stripped-down DJ set.

George is a worldly guy, so we thought we’d get the skinny on some quick travel tips.

What’s the best piece of travel advise you’ve ever got?

Always go off the beaten track. The high street or the city will never give you the real taste of how people live.

What things do you never go on a trip without?

Music, books, sunglasses and swimwear.

What’s your favorite airport?

Schipol airport, Holland.

Favorite film?

Magnolia

Plane, train or automobile? 

Plane


Fullerton, CA
We took a trip out to Burger HQ this week — to the O.C. strip mall that the Burger boys Lee and Sean call home. Within these hallowed, pungent walls, Burger Records has leveraged their prolific label into a modest punk revolution — inhabiting an all-encompassing, suburban teen dream with a special kind of stony acumen. 
The logical heir to SST’s cultish SoCal throne, Burger is, in its strange way, maybe the last label that really matters — a logo whose personality has managed to become bigger than the sum of its parts. Burger world have granted them a temporary visa to visit us Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for the first of their monthly takeovers — this time with a DJ set by GAP DREAM, a live performance by Gabe Fulvimar and Bobby May plus visuals Grant Shumate. They gave us some Burger-y clues for what we might expect to hear:

Fullerton, CA

We took a trip out to Burger HQ this week — to the O.C. strip mall that the Burger boys Lee and Sean call home. Within these hallowed, pungent walls, Burger Records has leveraged their prolific label into a modest punk revolution — inhabiting an all-encompassing, suburban teen dream with a special kind of stony acumen. 

The logical heir to SST’s cultish SoCal throne, Burger is, in its strange way, maybe the last label that really matters — a logo whose personality has managed to become bigger than the sum of its parts. Burger world have granted them a temporary visa to visit us Upstairs at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles for the first of their monthly takeovers — this time with a DJ set by GAP DREAM, a live performance by Gabe Fulvimar and Bobby May plus visuals Grant Shumate. They gave us some Burger-y clues for what we might expect to hear:


Los Angeles, CA 

Secret sharing: we like Cabin 207 in the old City of Angels. Kristen Shaw helms the ship at Cabin, styling and curating and making people feel like the whole world is smiling right along with them. Recently Cabin had a release reading for Matt Austin’s book, The Shape of Spilled Milk. Kristen was kind enough to write some words inspired by Matt’s work and their friendship:

given my current thought process, my hands are allowing me to type this story to you. 

so hi, i’m glad we’ve finally met.

you may not really know who I am, but we share two of the very same things. 

my hands + your hands. 

when i was a kid, 10 years old or so, i used to draw log cabins. i tried to make these as intricate as possible, securing my position to design the future home we would build. 

I remember drawing the same home over and over again. practice makes perfect and perfect makes perfection. Could my hand actually draw the same thing twice? 

So the thing is, I didn’t know what the most perfect home looked like, or the most perfect love to put in it. But i somehow trusted what i could do with my hands.

And, sometimes, my hands just go. they take off and i don’t have a second to think about where they are going or what they are making. 

 I do know what it looks like. 

I know what this feels like.

 I don’t know how to get there, 

I don’t know the formula, 

i don’t know what its like to do things the perfect way.

16 years later from the first day I drew a log cabin, I can write to you from mine. We make things here, we tell stories, we love, we listen, and welcome you to create and bring alive something you’ve always wanted to build. Every day I do this, I have this heartbeat that keeps a pulse so strong that I need people even stronger to be limbs to keep this moving. That’s where Matt Austin comes in for me. An old friend of mine from when we were merely 16, chatting on the Myspace about a contribution I asked him to make to a book I was putting together of collected midwestern artist’s work. We shifted and sifted through the years living in different places until I found him sitting in my cabin two weeks ago, reading stories, sharing goosebumps, making people cry.

How loud is your desire?

we innately float to the most beautiful places when instincts are trusted, movements make free motion, and you create what you feel is true—not because you’re told to, not because its perfect, but because when pressing bones, you’ll always know where to go. 


Downtown Los Angeles
Theatres are curious places, magician’s trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner. — E.A. Bucchianeri
If you haven’t yet made it to The Theatre, well, tomorrow at 10am sure would be a good day to try devising a plan or two (the magic word’s Comedy for #2). 
Lykke Li at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA by Oliver Walker

Downtown Los Angeles

Theatres are curious places, magician’s trick-boxes where the golden memories of dramatic triumphs linger like nostalgic ghosts, and where the unexplainable, the fantastic, the tragic, the comic and the absurd are routine occurrences on and off the stage. Murders, mayhem, politcal intrigue, lucrative business, secret assignations, and of course, dinner. — E.A. Bucchianeri

If you haven’t yet made it to The Theatre, well, tomorrow at 10am sure would be a good day to try devising a plan or two (the magic word’s Comedy for #2). 

Lykke Li at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA by Oliver Walker


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