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  • Introducing The Calibre Collection

    HEX is proud to announced the release of the Calibre Collection, a 4-piece collection of travel bags available in two colorways.


    “The Calibre Collection brings rugged, street styling to a great selection of travel bags for Fall,” says Dan Maravilla, Co-Founder. “The matte finish and deep color palette bring a forward feel as we prepare for winter weather.”



    The collection includes the slim profile Alliance Backpack, the full sized Origin Backpack, the Workbag – which is a great carpenter style bag, and the Overnight Travel bag.


    The bags feature heavy PU coated canvas in a matte finish that feels great and provides water resistance. The bags are available in HEX’s custom camo or all black and features genuine leather zipper pulls and surplus grade web strapping. As you have come to expect from HEX, the bags are super versatile, but are also well-designed to accommodate transportation and protection for laptops, tablets, and phones in padded device pockets lined in faux fur. The Calibre Collection is edgy and raw, but classically inspired to compliment even the most discerning wardrobe. The Calibre Collection is priced from $79.95 to $129.95.


    The Calibre Collection is available now for purchase at and other select high-end retailers near you.





  • Road Trippin' - The Salton Sea


    Everybody knows I love a good road trip.  So me and my buddy, Nick, headed out to see what we could see at the Salton Sea.

    salton sea postcard
    Vintage Postcard

    Once billed as California's next big thing, the Salton Sea attracted celebrities, developers, and average people too, who flocked to the place and snatched up property as quick as it could be released.  It was going to be paradise - like Palm Springs with a coastline.  But it didn't quite work out that way.

    I was surprised at how big this thing is

    For starters, the Salton Sea is 234 feet BELOW sea level.  And it's wicked hot.  Although it is the largest lake in California, it's salinity is high - higher than ocean water, and it increases in salinity by 1% every year.  This, coupled with pollutants from agricultural runoff, oh yeah, and the smell, led to the area's decline.



    Anybody home?

    Many areas have been abandoned and what we are left with is an eerie post-nuclear, meth-lab kind of vibe.  Very Mad Max, this is a place where you constantly feel as if you are being watched.  There is ample evidence of a vibrant squatter presence as well as lots of abandoned homes and buildings, and plenty of just plain weirdness.  




    But it's also this urban decay with a hint of nostalgic once-greatness that makes the place so interesting.




    So we hope you enjoy these images from our trip.  Check it out for yourself if you are ever near Palm Springs and have a day to spare.  Just remember to bring lots of water and your imagination...  And did I mention the smell?

    Also took a little dogleg out to Salvation Mountain and Slab City. Somehow it makes perfect sense out here


  • Ghost Writer: Jamie Thomas - The Long And Winding Road


    Opener (1)

    Jamie Thomas:  Chief, Dad, Mentor, Friend.  The list goes on and on and on.  If you’ve followed his career and how he’s built his empire with his bare hands, you would probably agree that to try to put one label on Jamie is impossible, but maybe the closest one would be Visionary.

    Most know Jamie for his drive and passion for perfection in skateboarding.  From how things felt while doing a trick, versus how it was filmed, and vice versa.  The guy will travel the world to get that last shot for a video part, and put blood, sweat and tears into it until that hunger is fed.

    But there is another side of Jamie that many don't know about...yet.  He has just as much passion for art (photography in particular), and travel as he does for skateboarding.

    For this installment of our Ghost Writer series, we have the pleasure of presenting that side of Jamie.  The aspiring photographer, always working to blend patience, with his perfectionist eye.  Decades of being in front of the cameras of some of the best photographers around, like Daniel Harold Sturt & Grant Brittain (to name a few), provide him a unique base of influence.  But then Jamie takes it from there to capture his own emotions and moments in a style all his own.

    We hope you enjoy these exclusive images of family, friends, and legends, as well as a few of Jamie's thoughts on the subject.

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    As an aspiring photographer, I thrive on the different feeling you get from capturing experiences on different cameras.

    Whether it’s the spontaneity or convenience of an iPhone, the anticipation of a Polaroid, the versatility of an SLR or the engagement of a Rangefinder; each format provides a different and unique emotional experience.


    It's often said that 'the best camera is the camera you have with you', so as Apple continues to improve the quality of the iPhone and companies like Olloclip make high quality lenses for our phones, the iPhone will continue to be the camera I use most.

    iPhone Lien Air

    John Rattray blasts a lien melon in Winnipeg on a Canada tour in 2011 | Shot with an iPhone 5S with an Olloclip wide-angle lens 

    iPhone Louis Mendes

    Louis Mendes, street photographer NYC 2014 | Shot with an iPhone 5S

    iPhone Motorcycles

    Brian Hansen & Tommy Sandoval entering the Sequoia National Forest on the Road Less Traveled trip 2012 | Shot with an iPhone 5


    Similar to digital photography, you get the satisfaction of your photo experience relatively quickly, but that few minutes of mystery is just enough time to build the anticipation for the result, and when it’s good, it feels so good.  It’s also an amazing that you can be holding a small but good quality print in just minutes.


    Kurt Hodge, pole jam in Encinitas, CA | Photo taken on a Polaroid 195 Land Camera with FP 100 film


    Ruby watching | Photo taken on a Polaroid 195 Land Camera with FP 100 film


    Steve Caballero with one of his boards from the 1980's | Photo taken on a Polaroid 195 Land Camera FP 100 film


    With auto focus and a high speed shutter, new DSLR cameras seem to do a lot of the work for you.  While this may seem like cheating, it actually enables you have more headspace to focus on lighting, composition, and getting creative.  With unparalleled efficiency and feedback, the learning curve of photography is shortened and you’re well on your way in just a few short weeks of shooting manual.

    SLR Cat Ba Vietnam

    The 'Cat Ba Imperial' in Halong Bay, Vietnam | Shot in the water with a Canon 5D MK III and a 24-105mm lens

    SLR Umbrella Sunflare Vietnam

    Vietnamese woman walking with her herd of water buffalo in a small village in Northern Vietnam | Shot with a Canon 5D MK III and a 24-105mm lens


    Dane Burman frontside ollie on the Northern California coast | Shot with a Canon 5D MK III and a 24-105mm lens


    A rangefinder camera is a camera with a split-image focusing mechanism that allows you to measure the subject's distance in order to help obtain sharpness.

    This focusing process is 100% manual and takes some practice to perfect, so the result is a slower more intimate photo experience, which requires your undivided attention.  It’s also often hard to tell if your photo is tack sharp on your LCD screen and since the process is more limiting, it feels very rewarding when everything comes together and the photo turns out just as you imagined.

    Leica Otis Tracks

    This is the first photo I shot with my Leica and it may be my favorite. My dog, Otis, on the tracks, Cardiff, CA 2014 | Shot with a Leica M9 and a 35mm lens

    Leica Afghan Girl

    Young Afghan girl with soulful eyes in the alleys of Kabul, Afghanistan | Shot with a Leica M9 and a 50mm lens

    Leica J Roy & His Dog

    J-Roy and his dog Molly Los Angeles, CA 2014 | Shot with a Leica M9 and a 50mm lens

    I like to have options, so I try to have at least 2 cameras with me at all times.

    The beautiful thing about photography is that you don't have to know much about the technical side of the craft to experience the joy of the process.  Once you just start taking photos regularly, you begin to see life as a photographer.  Whether it be the opportunity of amazing lighting or the intrigue of an interesting person, everything is a photograph waiting to be taken.

    - Jamie Thomas

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