The Mecca of Streetwear: Dissecting Fairfax's Place in Street Culture

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The Mecca of Streetwear: Dissecting Fairfax's Place in Street Culture

When I was trying to think of a story to write for HYPEBEAST that was specific to my surroundings, I quickly decided on doing a story on Fairfax Ave. Not only did I have history on the block as my father and uncle went to Fairfax High, but I also found myself frequenting the neighborhood and I witnessed it rapidly changing. I pitched the story to HYPEBEAST and then worked to track down the people that best fit my story to try and get them involved. I couldn’t be more thankful to Bobby Hundreds, Dennis Calvero and Brick Stowell for participating in the story and taking it to the next level. I brought my camera every time I went to the block to try to capture the natural vibes of it and tell the story in words and photos the right way. I was excited to finish it and see the responses in the comments section when it went live as a featured story on HYPEBEAST. Check out an excerpt from Bobby Hundreds below:

“Do I think Fairfax has changed for the better? As far as making people money? For sure. With respect to the culture and community? I’m mixed. I think a lot of that beautiful creativity that welled up on Fairfax in the early years is now diluted with commerce. And the scene in general is much different now. Streetwear is the mainstream, the norm. There are cliques and politics that work against the vibe. There are so many new kids, new shops and brands, that it’s hard to maintain familiarity or community. In many ways, Fairfax is not unlike a typical outdoor shopping mall now, which has its advantages and drawbacks. It’s really cool to see what’s become of that street, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’m a little heartbroken too.”