Words and photos by Albert Thomas. Please do not repost, replicate, or otherwise share these photos without prior permission as they are copyrighted. I'll admit that I felt a bit out of the loop a year ago when I first heard of Rin Tanaka and his "My Freedamn!" book series which covered Americana elements from the 30s-70s of motorcycle, surf, hot rod, and hippie fashion scenes. It was a bit like finding out that Steve McQueen, Elvis Presley, Brian Wilson, and Jim Morrison had made a home movie documenting their road trip weekend binge in Las Vegas. When I got the call about the two-day show, I knew it wouldn't take much coaxing to get me to trek down to that hangar in Santa Monica. Inspiration wasn't just about recreating the Rose Bowl swap meet. Sure, there were quite a few vendors of vintage clothing, guitars, and furniture, but the show also included modern touches that, too, embraced the past. The result was stores such as RRL and Mister Freedom feeling natural next to brands like Stevenson Overall Co. and Flat Head. With the help by Pabst Blue Ribbon, language barriers soon turned into minor speed bumps with celebrating a shared passion. A couple of beers later and I could quickly feel my Japanese improving. Denim totes by Beams. Entrance of Barker Hangar. Kiya of Self Edge talking to Mr.Freedamn himself, Rin Tanaka. Rin's photo gallery. Yes, there was even a surf safari tent.