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Everything that Happened at the Los Angeles HEREYOUARE Launch Party

We recap the HEREYOUARE Launch Party in Los Angeles, the local community involved and its very best moments.

On Tuesday the 16th of April, HEREYOUARE jet off to Los Angeles for our magazine’s launch party at Resident in DTLA.

As we always endeavor to do, going to the city of angels was important because we wanted to immerse ourselves in the local community. The energy at our Los Angeles launch party contrasted to our New York social experiment, with a DJ lineup of funk and groove DJs, including Dirtie B, Muezette and Novena Carmel. Everybody was dancing throughout the night, enjoying the Californian energy that accompanied the tunes.

We also had some incredible and interactive live music, featuring Nyallah, The Breathing Effect and Yoni. There’s something about live music that creates a feeling of collective effervescence, and everybody was connecting to the voices of their local talent. Tattoos were being permanently etched into people’s skin by Erie One Tattoos, there were massages and tinctures at Good Witch, vegan coffee made by Coffee Situation, thug portraits drawn by Thug Portraits, and of course, it wouldn’t be an LA party without a photo booth by Umbra Photo Booth.


LIVE MUSIC

 

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The Breathing Effect © Avery Brockwood/HEREYOUARE

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Novena Carmel © Avery Brockwood/HEREYOUARE

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Nyallah © Avery Brockwood/HEREYOUARE

 


ERIE ONE TATTOOS

 

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VENDORS

 

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UMBRA PHOTOBOOTH

 

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COMMUNITY AND JOY

 

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The energy was lively, and you could tell that everybody was thankful for being there and around each other. If there is anything HEREYOUARE tries to do, it is to bring people together to share their stories and their lives in a safe space. Our party in Los Angeles was special because of the exchanges of energy and the support of the local community. We hope to have many, many more.

 

Photos by Avery Brockwood

Michelle Zhu is a writer who talks about identity, culture and writes letters to their ancestors with the force of love.
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