Juan. Dad. Chef. San Rafael Farmers Market. Marin County. August 2014.
Something about Juan’s look, made me want to photograph him. His large gold cross and tattoo adorned arms, make him seem so tough – but Juan shared with me that his tattoos represent people he loves. His arms are filled with names – so beautiful, including the name of his mother and grandmother.
After seeing this, I demanded Neal and Liam take a good look at Juan’s arm, while repeating, this is how you show your mama love!!! They both promised by age 12, they will ink “Mara” on their triceps. (come on, I’m kind of humorous, no?)
I realize this is not my typical fashion shot, but Juan has a great look – one that needed to be documented. In addition to being a dad, Juan is a chef at Left Bank in Larkspur, California. Left Bank is a great place to connect with locals, especially sitting at the bar.
Larkspur is a quaint town in Marin County, California. The town has a really cool “old school” movie theater- it’s a special spot to see a great film. It also has a delicious Italian bakery and a “late” night bar (late for Marin County) called the Silver Peso. Larkspur is home to famed restaurant Picco, a happening spot in Marin County. The food is delicious and it has a vibrant scene, most nights.
Marin County has a reputation for being “wealthy bohemian”, (I just came up with that term) and the fashion is representative. People love to shop at consignment shops and big name thrift shops, like Goodwill.
Environmentalism is part of the culture, and the population is one that recycles and works hard to eliminate waste. But I love spotting serious designers in Larkspur, this upscale town has a Northeastern feel – and lots of Chanel and Celine are roaming around these streets – Which for collectors like me, is exciting – because I know what will be in the local consignment shops next season.