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Venice Beach: Dogtown

Explore the radical roots of skate, surf, and street art culture in Venice Beach with Atlas Obscura and Cartwheel Art Tours.

Step back in time to the 1970s, when motorcycle clubs ruled the boardwalk, local surfers dodged the ruins of a sunken amusement park, and the Z-Boys revolutionized skateboarding in empty swimming pools. On August 27, we'll explore the surprising past of this beach community with Cartwheel Art Tours founder, Cindy Schwarzstein and Juice Magazine’s Dan Levy, along with local icons of Venice skate, surf, and street art culture.

Highlights of this tour include:

Juice Magazine: Exclusive access inside Juice Magazine's Headquarters (closed to the public!) to view photos of the early Dogtown era featuring Jeff Ho, Craig Stecyk, and other legends of surf and skate culture. Juice Magazine is a publisher dedicated to skateboarding, surfing, and punk rock located next to the former P.O.P. pier, one of the best local breaks of the 1970s.

Venice Walls and Skatepark: Discover the history and importance of the Venice Walls and Skatepark as a hub for skaters and graffiti writers. Dan Levy will discuss Juice Magazine's role in the movie about the Skatepark, “Made in Venice."

Murals: Roam the alleys in search of street art, graffiti, and murals. See work by Chase, Speedy Graphito, Bisco Smith, Ralph Ziman aka Afrika 47, Wyatt Mills, Never 1959, and many others. Along the way, Dan Levy will point out some obscure points of interest, such as the locations of Jay Adams old pad and Eric Clapton’s house.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

  • Exact address will be sent to confirmed attendees.
  • This is a two-mile walking tour. Please dress for the weather. 
  • Parking: There is a pay lot directly across the street. Limited street parking, please read signs carefully and park at your own discretion.
  • Ages 12 and up. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
  • A signed liability waiver is required from all attendees.

About Cartwheel Art Tours

Atlas Obscura is thrilled to partner with Cartwheel Art Tours for this immersive, urban exploration. Cartwheel Art Tours eclectic team of knowledgeable and passionate district insiders are deeply connected to Los Angeles. Founder Cindy Schwarzstein lives and works in the Downtown Los Angeles Arts District and is involved with a diverse number of mural and community groups and serves on the board of the Los Angeles Artists and River Business Association (LARABA).

QUESTIONS?

Email Erin Johnson at [email protected]

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