Music In Press and many others. (Sorry if I forgot anyone.) Without you guys chill-outman would be nothing.
I do have some very important news about the future of chill-outman.com, but before that I want to commemorate our times. So, to celebrate the new year, I thought I would include some of my favorite photos from throughout the past few years along with some comments and stories about them.
Hindu Pirates playing in the back of the store Collective. I mean it when I say, I've come a long way as a photographer.
(Yes this first post got a whopping 7 views. WOO)
Be Cool Man movie premier. (YES I know be cool man is very very similar to chill out man. If you want to blame anyone, blame Thomas Waale he came up with the name.) October 7th, 2011.
This night was the first night I ever did anything even remotely close to urban exploring. In the top photo, we had broken into a construction site and Nick Bennett is pictured after locking himself into the bulldozer. The door only opened from the outside. The second photo is us exploring a tiny tunnel in a drainage ditch near Estancia High School. The other end let out to a golf course. The final photo pictures my friends climbing up a ladder to the roof of Estancia. The picture may not show much, but this was a HUGE drop. October 14, 2011
Pictured above is another string of photographs of the Hindu Pirates playing at the Captains Helm for their "Dont Be Yourself!" Halloween Concert. This was the first time I remember being really proud of my photography. October 29,2011
Coastal Access was a thing, Thomas and I started the band originally going under the name The Toasters. What a Shitty name. This photo was taken by my uncle of our first and only show at Thomas's house on November 19th 2011.
Between the gap in time between these photos, Colton rode too high up causing him to slip out and drop 15+ feet straight to his back. No injuries were obtained. This photo was shot at the new Etnies park in Lake Forest on November 20th 2011 (I'm just starting to realize how much I used to post back then. I was crazy!)
My first time ever taking photos at the observatory. Possibly my first time there, though I can't say for sure. I had snuck my camera in to take some photos of Dr, Dog. No one seemed to notice, but I had a lot to learn about adjusting for lighting without sacrificing ISO. February 9, 2012
TonyxTsunami (Anthony). We had become pretty close friends at the time. Here he is pictured skating his uncle's ramp during a little Cinco De Mayo Skate Sesh. I had obtained the album Hair by Ty Segall & White Fence a week early some how, and this album was blasting over his speakers in the backyard. I still never got that CD back. May 5, 2012
Milk and Honey benefit concert at the Hurley Warehouse of Skyler and Maddie Topp dancing. Wildcat! Wildcat! put on an amazing performance. This band has also come a long way since then. July 20, 2012
Tijuana Panthers playing at the very first Beach Goth Concert. This brought SO much traffic to my website it was ridiculous. Over 1000 people viewed this post in the first few hours. I am still proud because as of posting this retrospective, if you search Beach Goth on Google, you can see my photos on there. October 20th 2012
A group snapshot of a little group of my friends when we still hung out with Lexi and Jenn. Hunter is pictured on Jack's shoulders on a beach somewhere near Crystal Cove. December 2nd 2012
geo cache the first time we came to El Morro. So while searching for another one months later, we had a crazy idea: "I wonder if we could climb Morro Ridge without using any trails?" So Hunter and I set off alone and climbed through bushes and trees and steep inclines only to get stuck at the top with the trail another mile away and the sun quickly setting. In the distance I saw a deer and snapped a photo. I'm still very excited about that deer to this day. January 4th 2013
It may not look like it from this photo, but we are actually in a huge tree house that we built in the middle of the woods. We had at least 5 or 6 people helping us build the place at one point, but as the sun got lower in the sky, everyone but Christian, Jake and I left while we continued building. We heard some rustling in the bushes, followed by a flashlight, and ultimately a police radio. We knew we were screwed. With our skateboards on the ground, and us in the tree there was no where to run. We climbed down and luckily had a nice cop. He told us that as long as we stop building this and carry all the excess wood we had lugged into the forest, he wouldn't give us any tickets.
Have you ever pondered about how those houses right on the edge of a cliff millimeters from dropping into ocean, haven't dropped into the abyss waiting below? Well Sunken City is the aftermath of just that. An entire neighborhood quickly losing the war between land and sea. All that remain now are sheer drops, a broken road and some remains of what used to be a typical Los Angeles Neighborhood. I love this place, if you ever get a chance to visit I highly recommend it. August 20th 2013
This was the first visit to what would soon become a very popular hang out for us. An abandoned church on the most populated street this side of Costa Mesa. We weren't brave mind you, just not very smart. We explored the entire place and spent a whole day there before realizing, "there's another room here with seemingly no entrance to it." We spend hours searching for a way in. Finally just before night fall we found it. A strange door on the second floor that opens to nothing. It was getting dark So we decided we would head back soon thereafter to find a way into this secret room. August 18th 2013
Eureka! We found the way in. Jack and I returned alone and grabbed everything we could find in the the abandoned church below that was stable enough to support ourselves. we climbed up and were able to rip off the rotten wood that was boarding up the second door. (Yes we tried opening the bottom door, it didn't lead to this room.) There was something so eerie about the fact that the entrance was a doorway to open ground on the second story. After a month of hanging out there nearly every day we had a couple police scares while we were there and couldn't return and it seemed like every time we arrived, we immediately heard the beating of the police helicopters rotors. It made for some fun adrenaline rushes, but we were sad we couldn't hang out there anymore. The place has since been torn down and built into apartments. August 22nd 2013
Jake had always had long hair. It was an interesting change of pace when he shaved it.
This was one fun night. We had hung out with some of Jack's cousins friends who were a bunch of punk kids in the band Concerned Citizens. We went to an abandoned Wallgreens and couldn't get in. We took the flag as a consolation prize. September 19th 2013
Part of the same day. Josh found a box of old VHS tapes someone had thrown away. Pictured above is Kevin tossing some of them at some bikers who flipped us off. If you squint you can see the victim about to be hit with a pile of obsolete technology.
While returning to show some new friends our lumber yard spot, we found that the door on the second story was unlocked. We were not prepared to find what we did inside. After entering the top story, the place was a damp, dark mess. most of the windows were boarded up so the further you got from the door, the darker it got. We didn't have any real flashlights, so our phones had to do. After checking out every room and looking at all the art scattered around the walls, we decided to head downstairs. Going down stairs was a really bad idea for plenty of reasons, but we were mostly afraid of transients and squatters who weren't ok with a couple of kids stumbling on their home turf. What we found was much more frightening, While walking around we noticed all the doors were unlocked only they had a strange line of string tied to each one, we followed the line and saw that the lines were rigged as alarms to alert whoever was in there that someone was coming inside. That was freaking enough but instead of leaving we investigated further. That's when we began to stumble across what appeared to be all the ingredients to meth as well as a lot of different glass bottles and pipes. Now that being said, my knowledge of meth goes as far as Breaking Bad, But this place looked like a meth lab. Without a single word needing to be said we all decided it was time to leave NOW. We walked as cautiously fast as we could to the but running was too dangerous amongst the muck and trash on the floor. We made it out and began to walk towards the rip in the fence we got in from. The only problem was that, waiting by the fence, there were two men talking and when they saw us leaving the house the larger one started sprinting towards us. Luckily for us we knew of another way out of the fence. We ran as fast as we could back to the car and floored it out of there. We haven't returned since then. October 12th 2013
An amazing road trip I had gone on up and down the west coast this time. Driving up to Eugene, Oregon first in a straight shot, 10+ hour drive. We explored up there for a couple day s and saw some amazing things. The Oregon Coast was absolutely gorgeous. Filled with small foggy fishing towns where the houses are all paneled and the rough see is filled with fishing boats...
... Next we headed home but first stopped to spend a couple days in San Francisco. I know I'm not breaking any new ground in saying this, but I really love this place. I got to spend hours looking around Amoeba SF and walking aimlessly on the streets day and night. Even found some cool abandoned buildings to explore. This trip was amazing. First chance I have, I'm hopping in the car and driving up and down the coast for an extended period of time. November 20th-30th 2013
After returning home I was invited to another Concerned Citizens concert. This was one of their biggest ones yet. The crowd was filled with punk kids both young and old. Tension had been raising in the band as they were splitting at the seams and getting closer and closer to breaking up. Something snapped in Aidan that radiated through the crowd shortly after. Chaos broke loose.
January 4th 2014
Here are some photos from one of the greatest night of my life. I don't think they ever got posted. I don't remember but I cant find the post where they're from. Through Music In Press, I got to shoot for Together Pangea for their album release. I had the greatest time of my life on stage with them taking photos and talking with the maniacs behind Burger Records. Everyone was going crazy and the energy in the room was explosive. This is a night for the record books. January 24th 2014
We had heard from Jack Bassham of some really cool new tunnels filled with stalactites. We headed over there as fast as possible and he showed the way through. This was much more interesting than all the tunnels we had been in before, we were able to see actually change in the tunnel with parts being bigger and smaller and parts having cool graffiti while others littered with stalactites. If we ever go explore tunnels again. This will be the new spot. March 3rd 2014
Just a couple of cool pictures from us being idiot teenagers. I love the Jack Bassham is so complacent while sitting in a dumpster. I also started experimenting with some settings and techniques and came up with this coo effect on the last photo. March 16th 2014
I hadn't taken skate photography in a long, long time, so Nic and some friends invited me over to the Hurley Warehouse for a skate session. I got some really good photos despite the lighting and saw how good some of my friends had gotten at skating. April 4th 2014
A long planned road trip to one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Hunter and I traveled to the edge of cliffs higher than comprehension. Unfortunately, at the time I was having some issues coping with anxiety and a fear of heights combined with increasing agoraphobia set me over the edge. I couldn't handle this trip at all so because of me we headed home early. I'm not going to lie at all, I felt completely humiliated. Even though I could of assumed my friends wouldn't of cared I didn't want to face them. I spent most of my time alone and with Elise from that point on. Chill-outman went without a post for way too long. April 16th 2014
Recently I've decided I've wanted to take photos again. Its been really sad that I had't picked up a camera in a long time. So I've been taking Elise to some of my favorite places to photograph her. Here is some light trails on the horizon. September 29th 2014
For my birthday we took a Road trip Arizona to see the Grand Canyon. We had an amazing time. We spent several nights just exploring the cool restaurants and sights of Flagstaff, Arizona and finally got to see the Grand Canyon. Everything there was more beautiful then I could put to words.
Well that's it. 3 years worth of anecdotes and photos. Chill out man has been a really fun ride. I loved every moment of it. When I was just a bored teenager with some mediocre camera skills, I never thought that it would go this far. Because of my blog, I have a job for a music magazine, countless new friends and even more amazing memories. Which brings me to the important information you most likely want to hear more than anything else I've written in this post. So I'm happy to inform you that Chill-OutMan is coming back! Starting in the new year. I will be posting two times a month. Every other Friday starting January 6th 2015, there will be some new photos and photos from the past that just never got posted before!
So I thank you all for staying tuned. The numbers show that I still get a lot of viewers per post and I appreciate it a lot. So stay tuned because there is a lot of new content coming soon to
See you with another post next Friday, January 6th!