Photos by Morgan Rindengan @morgnar / Words by Josh Jochem @alohacactus
Let's start this by asking where were you on Saturday night? Hopefully you answered- "At The Polymer_ SS19 Launch Party". If that was not your answer-FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) may begin to kick in as you proceed, but let's just hope that's not the case.
The night stood tall to the brands mantra- "Experience Multiple Concepts"- because a lot of concepts were definitely being experienced. The Polymer_ team pulled together over 20 artists to be displayed in their new gallery by having each artist create a signature styled Tyvek “Transporter” tote bag. Each artist went above and beyond to put their own mark on these well-known recyclable totes the brand produces and sells. Not to mention, all proceeds of sales for the night went to the Surf Rider Foundation and Marine Mammals of Los Angeles. The newly established local brewery, Ambitious Ales partnered up to serve up some hops and YouTube sensation, Christine Mai Nguyen blessed the night with the one's n two's. To top the night right off, Long Beach based band Spirit Mother concluded the evening with a proper face melting performance that left the crowd with jaw's dropped. The inspired crowd continued the festivities down the street at the Hawk Bar where the good times continued.
I hope all who came out enjoyed themselves as much as we did. The statement "Enjoy Yourself" was the theme of the night and these guys weren't joking. "Its all about the journey..." As simple as that is, its the upmost truth. A wonderful journey lies ahead for Polymer_ and I hope all of you are along for the ride.
Enjoy Yourself Bench by @brandy.no.wayne
Long Beach Love Birds- Josh Jochem and Emily Dureault
The OG Polymer_ office quarters
Nick Trapasso cruised through on his Italian Stallion
Josh decked out in the new Polymer_ Tactile Woven shirt
The new office is open for business!
Polymer_ pins for days! Love seeing these on jackets around town
These new floral pieces by Ryan Ward are totally a perfect fit for this seasons vibe
The band Spirit Mother pre-face melting performance
Ain't no party without our boy Jordan Kreisberg in the house
As the sun went down, the crowd begin to thicken
Screen projections of the SS19 campaign- by Polymer's own Chris Velasco
Lost in translation
Two of the evening's standout artists- Brandy Wayne and Shaina Turain
Brandy Wayne went above and beyond with her magazine reading inspired bench
Nothing but people truly enjoying themselves!
Braided, faded, and chains out!
Shaina Turain- our favorite art educator in town
Ian Bragg always coming in with "high" expectations
The classic art show beer line...don't forget to tip your bartender!
Spirit Mother ready to knock the socks off your feet
All eyes were looking up on the heavy riffs of guitar and violin
Friends and family all around...is that a GRBG made hat?
Great capture of the crowd and Spirit Mother jamming on the second story
Warm hearts and cold beers- Ben Kilpatrick, Cameron Strand, and Nick Brown
Sean McCormick slaying the shred stick from above
Long Beach turning into LA with the OG street dogs
Newly Weds! Shonn and Marianne Oquendo
Long hair whips throughout the set!
Supra footwear's Joe Donovan...Thanks for the Gold kicks my dude!
Camera's all over the place - Cody in the Infuse burnt woven
Spirit Mother got them in a trance!
Danny from Ezekiel was in the building!
Ben Kilpatrick and De Marquis McDaniels came to peep the goods
PHX girls, Macie Alana and former Polymer Intern Kailee Ackman
Christine Mai Nguyen blessing us on the one's n two's
Two peas n pod, Willy Mammoth and Bo Boses
Ain't no Long Beach party without the doggs!
Christine Mai Nguyen and Polymer_'s main man, Eric B
Bo Boses and Alex Galles didn't like what they were about to see...
And that's what I call a good ending to the night!
Thank you to all that came out! Hope you Enjoyed Yourselves!
Spirit Mother @spiritmotherband
Christine Mai Nguyen chrissstttiiine
Brandy Wayne @brandy.no.wayne
Tony Bawk @bawkwards
Ian Bragg @leskid
Cole Strem @colestremtattooer
Gunther Estrada @grbgmade
Hely Omar Gonzalez @helyomargonzalez
Branden Tighe @tigheyay
Ignacio Villanueva @ig_draws
Kelsie VanWuyckhuyse @ kelsielane
Larsen Sotelo @larsen_sotelo
Linnea Stephan @linneastephan
Martin Etem @mase.studio
Michael Ziobrowski @xistheweapon
Nick Simonelli @nicksimonelli_
Nick Zegel @zeegisbreathing
Pinky Taylor @pinkytaylor
Ryan Ward @ryanrussellward
Shaina Turian @shainaturian
Sylvia Strem @stayadorned
Taylor Mousaw @t_lord