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It’s Friday... let’s have a good time!! A photo from @crstecykiii from his latest “Pop, Not POP” available in the shop! #crstecykiii #stecyk #popnotpop #pacificoceanpark #zine #zinereport #photozine #photobookjousting #deadbeatclubpress

“Nero fiddled while Rome burned. We surfed while America went down the tubes”
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Our homage to Pacific Ocean Park or P.O.P. the nautical themed amusement park built on a pier in the Ocean Park area of Santa Monica in 1958. P.O.P. closed down for good on October 6, 1967 and for six more years it would crumble into the waves, a fitting symbol of the no man's land between Venice and Santa Monica that generations of skate rats would come to revere as Dogtown
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Jeff Ho found a receptive audience at the pier, where his high-performance boards proved useful for dodging the pilings and other wreckage of Pacific Ocean Park. He earned a reputation as an iconoclast both in and out of the water. While Ho had heard of Craig Stecyk and Skip Engblom, they had yet to meet, at least in person. They did, however, share the pages of Surfer magazine in 1968. Ho was captured in the center spread, while Stecyk and Engblom published photos and a story on Santa Monica surfers like Mickey Dora and Johnny Fain. It was an early testament to the roots of the Dogtown vibe titled, in typically cryptic Stecyk fashion, "The Crackerjack Conspiracy."
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The demise of POP represented the last innocent days of the '60s, before America came apart at the seams and the Doors replaced the Beach Boys as the soundtrack to the California Dream. Underneath the pier hippies, gays, drug addicts, surfers and hustlers sought sanctuary. Cops from either side, Santa Monica to the north and Venice to the south, were loath to claim jurisdiction and the area would soon come to be known as DOGTOWN
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By the middle of the 20th century, Polynesian — or “tiki” — culture had swept through the United States. The end of World War II, coupled with Hawaii’s burgeoning statehood and newly established air travel to the Islands, propelled the nation’s interest in all things tropical. So when an amusement park called Pacific Ocean Park opened in July of 1958 in Santa Monica, California, it made sense to have an exotic, South Pacific-themed attraction.
Called the Mystery Island Banana Train Ride, it was widely considered the park’s best ride and it predated another famous tiki attraction, the Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland, by five years. For a mere 90 cent admission, you could enter the sprawling park — which had more than two dozen rides when it opened, including the Sea Serpent Roller Coaster and Deepest Deep, which simulated a submarine voyage.
Mystery Island was located at the end of the pier, overlooking the Pacific ocean, which fit well with the ride’s overall theme. The ride had six rattan trains, each with two cars and one engine at the back, that traveled across a tropical island, replete with pylon-covered waterfalls, jungles filled with parrots and cannibals, bubbling volcanos, and caverns full of bats. During the ride, an earthquake would rock the train as it trundled across a rickety trestle bridge and passengers also traveled through a massive sea storm. At the end, an animatronic bird would announce when the ride was over.
Sadly, the park closed down less than 10 years after it opened. The city of Santa Monica began an urban renewal project on Ocean Park in 1965, which led to a lot of construction and closure of streets leading to the park. As a result, park attendance plummeted and so, too, did sales. Pacific Ocean Park officially closed on October 6, 1957, and today nothing remains of it, except for a few underwater pilings.



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It doesn’t look like there will be a sunset tonight - so this is from a couple of day ago. #santamonica #pacificoceanpark #socalsunset

Color options, with @crstecykiii from his zine "Pop, not POP" available in the shop!
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@__howyadoing__ is down for life with skin and @boneswheels! 🐀👊🏽 @crstecykiii drawn Vato Rat! #pacificoceanpark

#TBT: Pacific Park.
Pacific Park - Santa Monica - California - USA 🇺🇸


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#TBT: Santa Monica Beach desde el Pacific Park.
Pacific Park - Santa Monica - California - USA 🇺🇸


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#TBT: End of the Trail.
Pacific Park - Santa Monica - California - USA 🇺🇸


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