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We Dare You Not To Click Through The Party Photos From The “Tan Madonna” Premiere

You know you want to see all the carnage from Vans and Al Knost’s Costa Mesa blowout last night.

style // Aug 2, 2019
Words by Stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes

I don’t know why we hadn’t considered the very real chance that Al Knost’s premier for his new feature-length Vans film, “Tan Madonna,” was going to be a full capacity blowout. 

But coming around the corner and taking in the scene out front of 777, guests who had smartly RSVP’d to the free but sold-out event were met with a line, four-wide, around the block. 

Walking into the premiere, Stab was greeted by Beautiful Loser and this year’s Duct Tape artist, Chris Johanson, as well as Vans creative overlord Scott Sisamis, who were generous enough to slide us some extra wrist bands, as Eithan Osborne, Shane Borland, and a handful of our favorite Orange County ladies “hadn’t even thought to RSVP.” 

The scene inside the Costa Mesa event space was raucous, the bar well-stocked and generously open for all of age. In the thirty minutes Stab made their round we must have enjoyed greetings from a hundred of our favorites from around the world: Dane Reynolds and Nolan Hall (who shot most of “Tan Madonna’s” 16mm footage), Joel Tudor, Aritz Aranburu, Harry Bryant, Mikey February, Jimmy Jazz, Lola Mignot, Andrew Doheny, Matt Tromberg, and Metal Jimmy, to round out the Metal Neck posse, as well as the Gudangs, Vans groms Jett Schilling and Kade Matson. 

With the crowd crammed in tight, Al gave a quick introduction to the film and the night was off, quickly coalescing into one of the best film premieres we’ve attended this year. Filmed in Mainland Mexico and Baja, France, Indo, and elsewhere, “Tan Madonna” features incredible guest appearances from Mikey February and Harry Bryant, as well as a distortion-heavy original score from Knost and Lee Ann Curren—straight up bracket whatever preconceptions you might have about an Al Knost film, and give it a gander when it drops online soon. It’s damn good. 

Here’s the carnage:

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Mr. Alex Knost.

Photography

Sam Moody.

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Tosh Tudor has a posse.

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Sam Moody.

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Tanner Gudang, gladhanding.

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Sam Moody.

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There’s nothing quite liked a packed house (in a venue with a good and loud PA) for a surf film premiere.

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Sam Moody.

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Droid, Eithan, and crew.

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Sam Moody

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“Tan Madonna” editor Reagan Ritchie and Nate Geo, aka Nathan Florence, aka Maverick.

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Sam Moody.

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Say cheese, fuckers.

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Sam Moody.

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Metal Fuckin Jimmy.

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Sam Moody.

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Jett Schilling and Eithan Osborne.

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Sam Moody

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Wouldn’t be Orange County without a coupla babes posing in mint vintage.

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Sam Moody.

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The loveliest of Basque brothers and sisters, Aritz Aranburu (far right) and Ainara Aymat, with Stab’s Ashton Goggans and Metal Neck Matt Tromberg. Ainara’s new film Sambal Sambal will premiere immediately before our showing of “Go Easy On The Zambezi” tomorrow night at 7pm in Pacific City.

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Sam Moody.

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Two of the prettiest souls you could ever meet, Malibu stylist, ace photographer, and shaper Dane Peterson, and talented photographer and director Kayla Varley.

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Sam Moody.

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South Bay stunner Rebecca Pagan and friend.

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Sam Moody.

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Simply three very happy looking yet unidentified ladies.

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Sam Moody.

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Scott Sisamis and Joel Tudor.

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Sam Moody.

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Knost and friend.

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Sam Moody.

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Reagan Ritchie and Dane Reynolds, deer in Sam Moody’s headlights.

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Sam Moody.

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Mitch Coleborn, Al Knost, and Harry Bryant.

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Sam Moody.

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