Palm Springs, CA
Desert Gold Number Six: where we got to play ourselves in a Festival Nrmal music video for ten days. 
Thanks again to our partners Festival Nrmal, REMEZCLA, Mark Mothersbaugh, Airbrush Kingdom, Alternative Apparel, Dublab Radio, The Do-Over, ¡Reunión!, Marc By Marc Jacobs Eyewear, MailChimp, and everyone who followed us on tumblr for the dawn of spring in the sun.
2015 is Desert Gold’s seven-year anniversary. But we’re itching to see you before then, friend.

Palm Springs, CA

Desert Gold Number Six: where we got to play ourselves in a Festival Nrmal music video for ten days. 

Thanks again to our partners Festival Nrmal, REMEZCLA, Mark Mothersbaugh, Airbrush Kingdom, Alternative Apparel, Dublab Radio, The Do-Over, ¡Reunión!, Marc By Marc Jacobs Eyewear, MailChimp, and everyone who followed us on tumblr for the dawn of spring in the sun.

2015 is Desert Gold’s seven-year anniversary. But we’re itching to see you before then, friend.


Palm Springs, CA 
Desert Gold 2014.
Photo by Roby Jeffers

Palm Springs, CA 

Desert Gold 2014.

Photo by Roby Jeffers


Palm Springs, CA
Mark Mothersbaugh is making Ace Hotel’s pool an art installation for Desert Gold. He’s also making this kid an art installation, apparently. Stay gold this weekend, now.
Safe and Gold. 

Palm Springs, CA

Mark Mothersbaugh is making Ace Hotel’s pool an art installation for Desert Gold. He’s also making this kid an art installation, apparently. Stay gold this weekend, now.

Safe and Gold. 


Palm Springs, CA

There’s something about the desert that unbridles the creative spirit in us. It’s where Michel Foucault had an LSD vision quest in 1975. It’s The Desert Religions’ origins. And it has informed the work of artists and thinkers for millennia. Spring is creeping into the 70s in the Coachella Valley, and it’s got us revisiting our own desert experiences, absorbing others’ inspirational reactions to the desert and ready to explore a new or even a well-worn stretch of our favorite otherworldly landscapes. 

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Andrea Zittel’s High Desert Test Sites

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Garth’s Boulder Gardens

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Alma Allen: Sculptures

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Noah Purifoy’s Visions

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The Revolution of Charles Stephen Russell


Palm Springs, CA
This is a photograph from the lens of Chris Hornbecker. He’s taking over our Instagram feed for the week at Desert Gold. Blue skies and hard rock forthwith. 

Palm Springs, CA

This is a photograph from the lens of Chris Hornbecker. He’s taking over our Instagram feed for the week at Desert Gold. Blue skies and hard rock forthwith. 


Desert Gold 2014, Palm Springs


Palm Springs, CA
This is the finished Aaron de la Cruz mural he’s been creating at the Commune wall. It’s part of our Desert Gold kickoff. Time to hit the waves, sport some shortpants, and dance it out. 
In his interview he was kind enough to let out a signal flare that’s illuminating Desert Gold this year: we’re focusing extra attention on Latino artists, musicians and cultures.
The world is bursting with wonder, and sometimes it’s nice to have a lens to look through. So for now we’ll echo H. Valentine Miller: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”


photo by Aaron de la Cruz

photo by Aaron de la Cruz

Palm Springs, CA

This is the finished Aaron de la Cruz mural he’s been creating at the Commune wall. It’s part of our Desert Gold kickoff. Time to hit the waves, sport some shortpants, and dance it out. 

In his interview he was kind enough to let out a signal flare that’s illuminating Desert Gold this year: we’re focusing extra attention on Latino artists, musicians and cultures.

The world is bursting with wonder, and sometimes it’s nice to have a lens to look through. So for now we’ll echo H. Valentine Miller: “One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”

photo by Aaron de la Cruz

photo by Aaron de la Cruz


México / Palm Springs 
Festival NRMAL made an epic Desert Gold mixtape. Soundcloud it here. 

México / Palm Springs 

Festival NRMAL made an epic Desert Gold mixtape. Soundcloud it here


Desert Gold, Ace Hotel & Swim ClubApril 10-21, 2014
The American Southwest has been home to people with grit for thousands of years. Every spring when it starts to heat up in the in the Coachella Valley the desert’s energy calls out to us. Otherworldly landforms that stage sunsets we can’t forget — it’s time to see more of them. So we’re going out to commune with the shaman wielding guitars and drums and keyboards and even laptops around the Big Show. This is year number six that we’re throwing a weekend/week/weekend party layer cake at the Swim Club and it’s called Desert Gold. We’re focusing extra energy this year on some of the incredible work that so many latin artists are producing. Festival NRMAL is curating things in the Swim Club and Amigo Room both weekends, and Remezcla, and The Do-Over are throwing all types of parties, with the help of Marc By Marc Jacobs Eyewear, tumblr and MailChimp. The sun will be hot, but the rooms are icy cold. We’ll sweat it out next to the deep, deep pool and we’ll all be so alive together. We’ll be alive waving gritty with joy. 

Desert Gold, Ace Hotel & Swim Club
April 10-21, 2014

The American Southwest has been home to people with grit for thousands of years. Every spring when it starts to heat up in the in the Coachella Valley the desert’s energy calls out to us. Otherworldly landforms that stage sunsets we can’t forget — it’s time to see more of them. So we’re going out to commune with the shaman wielding guitars and drums and keyboards and even laptops around the Big Show. This is year number six that we’re throwing a weekend/week/weekend party layer cake at the Swim Club and it’s called Desert Gold. We’re focusing extra energy this year on some of the incredible work that so many latin artists are producing. Festival NRMAL is curating things in the Swim Club and Amigo Room both weekends, and Remezcla, and The Do-Over are throwing all types of parties, with the help of Marc By Marc Jacobs Eyeweartumblr and MailChimp. The sun will be hot, but the rooms are icy cold. We’ll sweat it out next to the deep, deep pool and we’ll all be so alive together. We’ll be alive waving gritty with joy. 


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