California Dreamin’

Graphic designer, photographer and filmmaker Dirk “The Pixeleye” Behlau doesn’t do things by halves. And so his latest work, Squeezed Up, is not only a cool book of his photographs but also a documentary film.
Text Iris Soltau
Photo Dirk Behlau

What’s it about? Everything that’s fun: hot rodding, Polynesian pop, Tiki culture, tattoos and Kustom Kulture. The native of Bonn, Germany, traveled through southern California with four friends, meeting painters, surfers, tattoo artists, bartenders and other strange birds. The film isn’t premiering in L.A., as you’d might expect, but in Helsinki. And you can definitely count on the Leningrad Cowboys being there. When Behlau photographed the Finnish rock band several years ago, they didn’t let him go back home but took him straight to Mexico where he accompanied them for three weeks at the Carrera Panamericana.

Dirk Behlau: Squeezed Up: Tales of Polynesian Pop and Kustom Kulture, documentary film and photo book, both to be released in February → →

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