She’s from the Valley, he’s not…

ValleyGirl

I finally watched the whole of this movie Valley Girl, about Nic Cage, a major cornchip (a “punk” from Hollywood) and this pastel pink betty from the Valley. Naturally there’s more than the literal mountain range that they’ve got to overcome to be together. The plot holes are so 80’s, and the music ranges from kickin’ New Wave to the truly bogus Josie Cotton. With totally tubular lines like “fuck you for sure” and “Bitchin’ is this movie in 3D?”… “No, but your face is”   you gotta see this movie!

Nicolas-Cage-Valley-Girl

For a glossary of the Valley terms employed please see this trippendicular lexicon:

http://www.inthe80s.com/glossary.shtml

Pepsi: Design Changes

So this is Pepsi. Remember her from before? She’s changed a bit… she’s got some tattoos. She’s bad-ass. I was looking back at pictures of Mexican cholas that inspired me at the beginning of the project, they’ve got wicked style. Pepsi has serious LA street-cred. don’t mess with her.

 

 

Thrashin’

A still from Thrashin’ a movie about L.A. skaters. The Daggers (badass tough guys who spray-paint their bedroom walls) can’t stand the dudes from The Valley (the tanned ones with clean hair). The soundtrack was mostly lame 80’s synth stuff, and the message was a bit “it’s ok to skate as long as you don’t look like a punk” but the dialogue was funny! Everything was “gnarly” they weren’t kidding. The downhill race had people crashing their boards at every turn. One guy even had an inflatable skeleton in a noose on his wall! Seriously.

Heroes

Thanks for being Awesome! These are some of the people who inspired Give Trip A Break. Yeah, that is Sabrina The Teenage Witch next to NOFX. Makes sens to me!

Hollywoodland

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(It’s My Life. Performed by No Doubt. Directed by David LaChapelle. References to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane… et alia)

 Sunset Boulevard

 Mulholland Drive

Inspiration for the mood and the characters. I’ve been looking back at some of my favourite films and music videos that contain some of the themes I’m thinking about, especially the strong references to an ‘old Hollywood’ feel.

 The Grifters

 Death Becomes Her