I was pleasantly surprised this morning to wake with a note from local photographer friend Ben Bishop who @’d me on an Instagram post by @vampireweekend. Seems they are dropping hints about being in Ojai. Here’s their Instagram post
Straight from this blog, the original Ojai Face decal image. Thanks VW fellas
I will keep you all posted about further developments if anything comes of this.
Here’s the original post from August 27,2011:
Here it is version two of the Ojai Smiley Face Decal. This is a 3.3 inch high quality vinyl decal with a 5-7 year life expectancy. That’s a lot of Ojai sticker enjoyment for only $5.
REPRESENT, SUPPORT, SHOW YOUR OJAI PRIDE. OWN THAT OJAI FACE DECAL!
While the Thomas Fire rages through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in Southern California, we are dealing with its aftermath here in my home region of the upper Ojai valley.
I created this t-shirt design as a souvenir of this beyond epic event and to help those most in need who lost their homes and everything they owned.
I will be donating all proceeds to the campaign at Upper Ojai Relief less USPS 1st class or priority shipping.
My neighbor Greg stayed behind to defend our road against the fire. Get a shirt just like his and support those who weren’t as lucky as us.
Rise up Ojai, like a Phoenix rises from the ashes. That’s my Ojai dealing with the massive destruction of Thomas Fire This t-shirt design is sold to raise money for fire victims in need in the Ojai Valley. Or you can order below. I will be coordinating with relief efforts in the Valley to determine where to channel funds raised from this t-shirt. Get a souvenir and help those who lost everything and are choking on the smoke. Ugh this sucks. Lets make it better together. 100 heather peach super soft tees donated by Bella Canvas
The Ojai Rise fund raising shirt to support the Ojai people displaced and affected by the Thomas Fire
Actor Paul Blackthorne had me over to his Ojai home recently and he said I could bring my microphones. He has a great house. I like it because its both modern and rustic. Plus its hillside location and thick stand of pine and oak, make it seem perfectly tucked. Shoes off please. I like that.
Perhaps you’re aware of Paul’s documentary This American Journey. It was shown in a special screening at the 2013 Ojai Film Festival. Now its available on Amazon (use my banner link, thanks) and Hulu. Well, on this visit to Paul’s place he and photographer Mister Basquali were conspiring on the followup to their New York-Los Angeles road trip documentary.
British born Blackthorne and Australian bred Basquali both dreamed of living in the US as children. It’s fun to hear them talk about how their lives were transformed by America. And how their desire to be a part of this country has shaped their destinies.
I needed an extra mic to record our interplay, so I worked a deal with Don and Patricia over at Cardinali Brother’s Music in Meiners Oaks. Don did a little work on my guitar too. Great folks. Happy they exist. Take some lessons, buy a guitar!
This will likely be my last podcast of 2013. I’m traveling to Holland, Belgium and France for the holidays and will put up some more fresh interviews in January. This has been a great year, I washed a lot of windows, printed a bunch of t-shirts and met some really cool people that I now consider friends. Doing this podcast has really pushed me creatively. I’ve grown in my appreciation of Ojai and I’m even more committed to partaking in the swirling magic of our local community.
Todd Hannigan makes a big inspiring impact on me in this interview. I enjoyed very much geeking out in his state of the art recording studio. Seeing and hearing that sweet high tech gear makes me wanna drain my bank account on a microphone or two. All in good time. But what I really like about Todd is his commitment to an underlying principal of sustainability, community and positive world stewardship. Its seems obvious to me that he’s grateful to be in Ojai feeding into and on the great vibes we have here for making art and having a beneficial impact on the whole world. I can even hear that in the song he sings near the end of the interview. I’m glad you’re tuned in here and I hope you enjoy my visit with Todd.
Todd’s personal website toddhannigan.com has a bunch of songs on it and more info on him. Todd’s recording studio Brotheryn Studios dot com will give you the further low down on how he’s spreading the good sounds around.
Another gift in 2013 came in the form of a little black ball of mewing fur. She started hanging around the barn so I started feeding her and now we’re getting pretty used to each other. She’s a good talker and enjoys time on the mic. She is the Little Black Kitty.
Since 2001 Steve Sprinkel and Olivia Chase — The Farmer and The Cook respectively — have been serving up organic food at their casual corner grocery and restaurant in the Ojai Valley borough of Meiners Oaks. It’s real good food.
On this episode of the podcast, Sprinkel sits down with me in his humming organic office at the market and we discuss the state of affairs with local, regional and national issues around farming food production and regulation. If that seems boring, quit being so negative. Steve is a local legend and a regional and national expert on these issues, plus he’s one of the most entertaining characters I know in town. I think you’ll enjoy this episode and likely want to tell a friend or neighbor about it.
I’m grateful for the Farmer and the Cook because they support my window washing efforts at their store and they now carry the “Organic Or Else” tie dyed tote bags that are printed by my hands with an ominous image of Sprinkel’s mug.
The Organic Or Else tote bag by christwilson available exclusively at Farmer and the Cook
I couldn’t resist. Go in there to the store at 339 W. El Roblar Drive in Meiners Oaks and check out the bags, the windows, the people, the soup and the bulk foods… for starters.
And kindly enjoy this conversation, brought to you in part by the Ojai App for your smartphone, now with the 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide. Get it on your phone and keep up with your local community more completely.
Cheers and thank you so much for supporting and listening and commenting and saying “hello” when I’m out and about in our beautiful paradise valley home. Goodness we’re the fortunate few.
Lisa Casoni of Porch Gallery Ojai and the Ojai Art Festival
I met Lisa Casoni of Porch Gallery Ojai and the Ojai Art Festival a few weeks back and she introduced me to the ideas behind her collaboration on a brand new art festival here in town. We talk about Fallen Fruit of Ojai map which shows where you can find publicly accessible fruit in the downtown neighborhoods. I blogged about that a few days ago and wrote about it as well in the Ojai Valley News.
In our interview we talk about Gordon Matta-Clark, who’s body of work inspired the Ojai Art Festival and earned main street Ojai with its very own garbage wall built by Greg at the MOB Shop bike shop. Here’s a video to learn more about Matta Clark from the Whitney Museum.
I enjoyed this interview very much and I think you will too. Lisa is involved in some really great artistic activities, products and services that are revolutionizing the way a festival happens and artists and patrons interact.