August 2011 archive

GABERMAN

The whole Gaberman family are like a pixie species with other worldly talents. We were lucky enough to spend a few days up at Skate Camp with them… Here are some behind the scenes photos of what awesome looks like.

SLAB CITY

 

Slab City can be found in the Colorado Desert of California. Hundreds of campers use the Slab City site during the winter months. Known as “snowbirds”, they stay only for the winter, before migrating north in the spring to cooler climates.
The temperatures during the summer are hellish, but you can still find a few residence willing to withstand the desert all year round. Slab City is decommissioned and uncontrolled. With no electricity and no running water, there is no charge for parking.
I remember seeing some graffiti on the side of the road stating that Slab City was the last free land in America.
Right next door you can find Salvation Mountain, a small hill, approximately three stories high which is entirely covered in acrylic paint, concrete, and adobe, festooned with Bible verses created by Leonard Knight.

INTO THE WILD

There is something so simple about the desert, as everything is reduced to the bare essentials of surviving in extreme conditions; the need for water and shelter to sustain life.

Slab city was originally a World War II Marine barracks. Now it is one of the only places in the United States that is free land were you don’t have to pay rent… A hint of freedom in a world of demand.
Located next to Slab City is Salvation Mountain. Over the past 30 years, Leonard Knight has been making this installation in one of the most arid and deserted places in America. For the passion of love.

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