Let’s Go to the Vice Mag 2013 Photo Edition Party, Shall We? [27 PICTURES]

by Tony Shea on August 13, 2013


I went to the Vice Magazine party for the 2013 Photo Edition last Friday night. The one in LA, not New York. It was downtown at The Well, which is a shoe and clothing store during the day I guess. All in all it was fun. I talked with lots of interesting people, since Los Angeles is typically filled with interesting people, from a wide variety of genres within the urban hipster oeuvre: artisan beard growers, faux-hawk aficionados, hip hoppers, models, and uber geeks. The art show display of the photos felt a little lackluster. Whereas New York was promised huge blow ups of the photos, LA got the smaller versions. There was the mandatory DJ and two open bars that served moonshine, wine, and beer where most of the folks in attendance spent their time. I stayed for an hour and fifteen minutes. This is what it was like.

IMG_0739Please enter through the shoe store.



IMG_0694The art show was in a warehouse behind the shoe store.


IMG_0696When I got there it was half empty, but started filling up around 9:30.


IMG_0705There was a DJ.

IMG_0713Most of the action was out back on the smoking patio. Lots of people were smoking joints.

IMG_0699The Mayan was a block over. Mexican Masked Wrestling, anyone?

IMG_0701The bar served Ole Smokey Tennessee Moonshine.

IMG_0706And Heineken.

IMG_0711I peed in the port-o-john.

IMG_0708I went back inside.

IMG_0715There was another DJ.

IMG_0722People waited in line for free drinks.

IMG_0737People started to get their groove on.

IMG_0724And people perused the photos.





IMG_0730These guys tried to set it off without much luck.

IMG_0727This guy looked at this girl as she walked by and sort of licked his lips.

IMG_0725There was a big fan in the corner that tried to keep everybody cool.

IMG_0741I walked out to the parking lot and got in my car.

IMG_0744And then I drove home on the 101 freeway, taking one last picture goodbye.

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Tony Shea ( Editor-in-Chief, New York)

Tony Shea is based in New York, having recently moved from Los Angeles after more than a decade on the sunny coast. His short films have won numerous awards and screened at major festivals around the world including Comic-Con. As a musician, he is the lead singer for Los Angeles rock n’ roll band Candygram For Mongo (C4M) candygramformongo.com who has been a featured artist on Clear Channel Radio’s Discover New Music Program and whose songs have been heard on Battlestar Gallactica (Syfy Channel) and Unhitched (Fox) among other shows and films.

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Sara Gatewood August 14, 2013 at 6:43 pm

I think this is a fantastic piece on what is “really going on behind the scenes” at the Vice Magazine party. I would like to add, however, that “Moonshine,” when properly dispensed, should be in a bottle marked “Gin,” or “Rum,” or even “Sprite,” because it is coming out of someone’s backyard still and they just use whatever bottle they got lying around. I suppose I’d be willing to try a swag or two of “Moonshine” that is actually labeled that way, though. Thanks!

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