Look! : Surf Art in San Buenaventura

Look! : Surf Art in San Buenaventura

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Maxwell Ryan
Jan 29, 2007

On a one week visit to the Golden State, the apartment therapist is ready to soak up the sights, carry around the camera and try not to be too much of a tourist. Yesterday it was Franky's Place. An above average restaurant, long established on main street in Ventura, it sports huge pancakes, tall glasses of orange juice (from concentrate) and the most unique display of surf art we've yet to see. The upper wall is filled with a huge wraparound mural of frogs representing all the employees and the lower walls have classic woodcuts of surf scenes. The boards are totally wild and evocative of a certain kind of coloring and aesthetic that transcends the everyday. While we're not saying you should rush up there and buy anything tomorrow (BTW it's all expensive), we love the vibe and the aesthetic. You won't find this anywhere else on earth. This was an apartment across the street. The faded color of the building reminded us of photos we'd seen of Cuba.
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