Jason! Where did you grow up?
Bayside, Queens, New York.
How long have you lived out here/ why did you move here?
I moved straight after graduating RISD in 2005. I applied for jobs during my senior year and landed a job as the associate art director at TransWorld Skateboarding Magazine. I knew next to nothing about California other than that I knew I wanted to live here because of skateboarding and the weather. It’s my tenth year in California this July. Time flies.
What do you miss the most about NY?
Everything… I mean everything. The diversity, NY accents, food, bars, late-night food, bagels from Oasis, The Lemon Ice King Of Corona, Gino’s Pizza, sandwiches from Hana’s, hotdogs from Gray’s Papaya, cramped spaces, hood rat kids talking loudly about some ignorant shit, public transportation, walking, and the seasons.
Tell us how long you have been working for Brixton & what exactly do you do there?
I’ve been the art director for Brixton since they started in 2005. I was freelance in the beginning and then came on as full time in 2011, I think.
When did you first pick up a camera & what about photography kept you shooting photos?
I’ve been messing around with cameras since I was in Jr. High. First it was polaroids and disposable cameras to shoot photos of my friends skating. Then it grew into taking Photo 101 in high school and shooting with a manual camera. I had digital cameras in college and so on. Got back into shooting film once I got a job, and could afford it. Haha.
Film or Digital? Black & White or Color? Why?
Film for fun. Digital for work. Mainly because I don’t want to fuck up anything that has to do with work, and it’s economical. Black & white or color. I like it all. I’m not racist.
Where is your favorite place you’ve ever visited? Why?
I’d have to say Istanbul or Tokyo. I’m a city kid, and those two places are big cities with a lot of history.
You’re going camping, what essentials do you need?
New socks and a sleeping bag. New socks = New man.
Whats an everyday outfit for JLee?
Levi’s 501s, black t-shirt, chore coat and lately, Van’s slip-ons. Slip-ons made me realize that I am a lazy human being. So lazy, that even tying shoe laces seem like a chore.
Do you wear vintage? If so whats your favorite vintage clothing item?
I have this old hunting jacket that I got at Rosebowl a few years ago. It’s one of my go-to jackets I own. Otherwise, I like to wear clothing from new to completely falling apart. I even put dates in the back of some of the clothes I own to see how many years I’ve put into the piece of clothing. I also own a lot of clothes that I bought new, from decades ago. So I guess it’s “vintage” now? I still own a Airwalk t-shirt that I must’ve got when I was 11. I also have a Northface “Mountain Jacket” back from my mega back-pack hip-hop days from 1998. I just like collecting old crap. Real nerdy stuff.
What artist/song/album have you been diggin’ lately?
King Tuff, Don Covay, and sadly the new Drake. I hate that dude. It’s a joke, but I like that new album. The dude is rapping about growing up in Canada and being on Nickelodeon like it was rough. Come on!
What were you last three Google searches?(No lying!! ;))
“Korean steamed egg” – Looking for a recipe for this awesome dish.
“Machine wash warm with like colors” – Looking up the symbols to make a care label.
“whats the song on crail couch” – It’s Belle & Sebastian – I’m A Cuckoo.
This amazing vintage patched Nylon racer jacket features a partially perforated lining with two front pockets and a front zipper. Perfect jacket to throw over your everyday casual outfit and make it special. Due to age, the jacket is missing a button at the neck and on the right cuff. Jacket also has some fading, but the good kind ;).by
Andre Benjamin, also known as Andre 3000 from legendary hip hop group Outkast has never fit the mold. He’s style is so original that it can not be duplicated, rather, what we should learn from Andre to be ourselves when getting dressed. ‘Cause nobody does you better than you. Also can we get a pair of striped overalls…by
Name: Veronica Lowe
When did you start The Bloomin Gypsy?
The Bloomin Gypsy officially started February 2013 when I left Volcom and moved to Oceanside.
When did you first realize you were passionate about becoming a florist?
My passion started at a very young age, coming from hippie/surfer parents who always had a house full of plants and a garden full of roses, camellia’s and hydrangea. But it wasn’t until I was in high school that I started to take classes in design and work in flower shops…almost 20 years ago, yikes I’m old!
What flowers/arrangements/pairings are popular right now?
Flowers are HUGE right now…they are in every trend you see from clothes, to art, photography, it’s crazy! But of course winning the race are everyones favorite flower crowns! Girls want them for festivals, weddings, showers, etc… its like the 60’s have returned with a floral vengeance!
What flowers/arrangements/pairings are your favorite?
I personally love the spring time for flowers..all of the beautiful bulbs! I find myself typically drawn to Ranunculus, Peonies, Dahlia’s, you know all the expensive flowers..and then of course the unusual gals.. Protea, Scabiosa pods, Carnations (they have the best colors ever!)
Does your work influence your style? In what way?
Yes, most definitely! I like to look my best when I first meet with my clients, usually wearing a vintage floral dress (I have a massive collection/obsession thanks to you guys!) and then typically I’ll wear denim shorts, vans, and a tee to set up a wedding…it’s pointless to dress nice day-of because you’re just sweating balls by the end of it.
Do you like wearing vintage? If so what’s your favorite vintage clothing item?
I’d say about 50% of my closet is Vintage…dresses, tees, and way too many denim jackets! Anything that I still have of my moms is my favorite, she had great style.
What’s your favorite captains helm purchase?
That’s a toughy…so many to choose from, but I’d have to say my favorite is a vintage Lee denim jacket covered with pot leaves and other kind of rad patches that read “If you’re horny, laugh”..I always get a laugh when I wear that out.
How long have you lived in Oceanside & what’s your favorite part of living here?
It’s been two years now and I love it! My pop has lived here since I was 8 so I spent Summer’s and weekends down at Cassidy St, I love that I’ve been able to hang out with some rad people and be close to my pop..he’s the reason The Bloomin Gypsy is alive and well today. Thanks Pops!!
If you could travel anywhere where would it be and why?
I’ve had the privilege of traveling to some of the most beautiful places in the world, but for years I’ve been dreaming of renting a caravan and drinking my way through New Zealand (with a sober driver of course) they have the best Sauvignon Blanc in the world. Oh and Space, I’d love to go there for sure!
What were your last three google searches?No lying!!
No joke…two were recipes. Fried Chicken & Waffles and Vegetable Pasta and how to become a Doula/mid-wife, that’s next on my list of dream jobs!