Inspiration LA

If I still lived in Southern California, I would love to go to next year’s Inspiration LA show. It’s happening on February 7th and 8th, and tickets just went on sale online. 

For those unfamiliar, Inspiration LA is a huge annual event for vintage American clothing. Think: the kind of stuff related to early rock-n-roll, motorcycle, surf, rockabilly, workwear, and hot rod subcultures. The show is organized by Rin Tanaka, who’s a leading authority in this field, and editor of a famous book series called My Freedamn!

Jesse and Noe Montes went to this past year’s show and took some photos. Looks like they had a great time, and I’m bummed I won’t be able to go next February. 

(Photos above by Noe Montes)

Here’s the final installment in our series of photos from Inspiration LA 2013. The Japanese pair in the next to last row won the award for our favorite company name of the day - Elvis 1950s USA. The guys all the way on the bottom won the award for best father and son team - they sell the contents of two European factories they bought out, including cotton suits from the 1920s.

(All photos by Noe Montes)

More great photographs from Inspiration LA by Noe Montes for Put This On.

The Inspiration LA show in Long Beach was full of remarkable stuff. Every kind of vintage was represented by dealers around the country. Here’s a few of the pieces we spotted.

Check back tomorrow for more of what we found at Inspiration LA.

(All photos by Noe Montes)

This weekend, our photographer Noe Montes and I visited the annual vintage menswear show Inspiration LA. Held in the Spruce Goose Dome, a huge, futuristic building on the water in Long Beach, it’s an extravaganza of Americana. The whole operation is run by Rin Tanaka, the king of Japanese fans of American vintage, and the editor of a whole series of books called My Freedamn!.

There were motorcycle guys, surf dudes, hot rodders, workwear nuts, old-school mid-century lifestylers, outdoorsy types and everything in between. There was tons of vintage at premium prices (the t-shirt I wanted was $65), plus tons of vintage recreationists, both Japanese and American.The show is held on a Saturday, the day before Japanese vintage dealers descend on the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, filling huge green canvas Army duffels with clothes to take back over the Pacific.

We couldn’t afford to buy much (though I did buy a sweatshirt from the Japanese repro brand Real McCoy’s), but we did have a grand time. We ran into a number of Put This On fans, and even a few subjects - our friend Mike Hodis from Rising Sun was there, along with our pal Raul Ojeda from Don Ville Shoes. We finally met Kiya, the owner of Self Edge, and a guy named Mustache Mike who owns a vintage shop slash barbershop in Minneapolis. Everyone with a great outfit got shot.

This week, we’ll share selections with you every day here at Put This On.

(All photos by Noe Montes)

Our lensman Noe Montes at Inspiration LA yesterday. We had a great time - we’ll get photos up next week. In the meantime, I posted a couple of my snapshots on Facebook.

Our lensman Noe Montes at Inspiration LA yesterday. We had a great time - we’ll get photos up next week. In the meantime, I posted a couple of my snapshots on Facebook.

Tomorrow morning, Noe Montes and I are headed out to Long Beach for Inspiration LA, the huge annual vintage Americana show organized by Rin Tanaka. Tanaka is a kingpin of men’s vintage - his “My Freedamn" books collect the most amazing subcultural clothing imaginable, from 1960s surfer gear to 1950s rocker wear… anything AMERICAN, all caps.
We’re going to be shooting some pictures and pressing the flesh.
If you’re coming out to the Spruce Goose Dome, and you spot us, do say hi!

Tomorrow morning, Noe Montes and I are headed out to Long Beach for Inspiration LA, the huge annual vintage Americana show organized by Rin Tanaka. Tanaka is a kingpin of men’s vintage - his “My Freedamn" books collect the most amazing subcultural clothing imaginable, from 1960s surfer gear to 1950s rocker wear… anything AMERICAN, all caps.

We’re going to be shooting some pictures and pressing the flesh.

If you’re coming out to the Spruce Goose Dome, and you spot us, do say hi!