Califronia Tour

SO, IT'S BEEN FIVE YEARS SINCE BARRED FOR LIFE HAS SET FOOT ON CALIFORNIA SOIL. 2009 FOUND US SHOOTING PHOTOS AND DRIVING ALL OVER THE STATE JUST TO CAPTURE IMAGES FOR THE BOOK. ALONG THE WAY WE MANAGED TO BE INVITED TO THE HOMES OF KIRA ROESSLER, CHUCK DUKOWSKI AND KEITH MORRIS WHILE IN LA, ALL PROVIDING INTERVIEWS WHICH FOUND THEIR WAY INTO THE PAGES OF THE FINAL COPY, AND NOW ON THE WEBSITE IN AN UNEDITED FORM.

A YEAR LATER WE RETURNED TO LA FOR A SECOND INTERVIEW WITH KIRA, A FRESH INTERVIEW WITH EDWARD COLVER, AND AN INTERVIEW WITH RAYMOND PETTIBONE THAT JUST NEVER MATERIALIZED NO MATTER HOW LONG ME AND MY COMPANION SAT ON HIS STOOP WAITING FOR HIM TO GET HOME.

2015 BRINGS A NEW ERA. BARRED FOR LIFE HAS BEEN IN STORES FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT A PROMISE TO A FRIEND BRINGS BFL TO SPREAD THE WORD AND PROMOTE THE BOOK THAT WAS SUCH A HUGE PART OF MY LIFE FOR SO MANY YEARS, AND CONTINUES TO BE. A FEW MONTHS AGO I WAS ENLIGHTENED BY MY FRIEND RON (YES, RON REYES; BLACK FLAG'S SECOND SINGER) THAT HIS NEW BAND, PIGGY, WAS TO BE TOURING DOWN FROM VANCOUVER, AND WOULD BE SPENDING A FEW DAYS IN THE LA AREA. AS SOON AS I RECEIVED THEIR SCHEDULE I REACHED OUT TO AS MANY CA FRIENDS AS I COULD ABOUT DOING EVENTS TO CORRESPOND TO PIGGY'S TOUR. A FEW RESPONDED. SHOWS WERE SET UP.

BARRED FOR LIFE WILL BE SHARING A SPACE WITH PIGGY AND, ANOTHER OF MY SO CAL FAVORITES, BLACK FAG, AT TWO SPACES; ALEX'S BAR IN LONG BEACH (AUGUST 5) AND THE GARAGE IN VENTURA (AUGUST 7). OF COURSE I WILL BE THERE SELLING AND SIGNING BOOKS (AND TAKING PHOTOS OF TATTOOS THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE BOOK) AND RON HAS AGREED TO HELP ME ALONG AS WELL BY SIGNING WITH ME WHEN HIS BAND IS NOT PLAYING.

FINALLY, BFL TEAMS UP ONCE AGAIN WITH OLD FRIEND PHILLIP ALCALA AND CHRIS AT PROGRAMME SKATE SHOP IN FULLERTON. BY FAR, ONE OF THE MOST AWESOME PHOTO SHOOTS OF THE 2009 TOUR, PROGRAMME NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE. NOW A SKATE SHOP AND ALL AGE VENUE EXTRORDINAIRE.

HOPE TO SEE YOU AT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
AUGUST 1: 1234 GO RECORDS, OAKLAND (FORMAL READING & ART SHOW)
AUGUST 2: THRILLHOUSE RECORDS, SF (FORMAL READING & ART SHOW)
AUGUST 5: SEVENTH WAVE SURF SHOP GARAGE, LONG BEACH
                    (FORMAL READING & ART SHOW)
AUGUST 5: ALEX'S BAR, LONG BEACH (SHOW WITH PIGGY AND BLACK FAG)
AUGUST 7: THE GARAGE, VENTURA (WHOW WITH PIGGY AND BLACK FAG)
AUGUST 8: PROGRAMME SKATE SHOP, FULLERTON
                    (FORMAL READING, ART SHOW AND BANDS)

Regards,
Stewart Dean Ebersole
Project Creator and Photographer