I have always been charmed by Ocean Beach. On Newport Avenue you can browse stores that offer a wide variety of wares. One store sells shells, the next bongs, nearby you can purchase a wetsuit or an antique record player.
In my opinion, the best thing about Ocean Beach is that their community it is littered with hippies. They’re everywhere.
I found Keme Chambers working at the Humble Hippie on Newport Avenue. The 21-year-old told me that she has not worn the same outfit more than once since July.
"I work at the Thrift Trader too so it's not that hard to wear something different every day," she explained.
Chambers pulled up the instagram feed on her phone and showed me photos of her in an array of different ensembles.
"My fashion choices are all over the place. I would label my style sense as mildly schizo."
I ran into Light on the OB boardwalk. He was sitting with some friends that were playing the drums.
The 29-year-old has lived in Ocean beach for nine years.
"I dress for comfort," he told me.
Vanessa Smith, age 20, is a Mesa college student and works at a Bead shop in Ocean Beach. Her favorite wardrobe item is the beaded necklace around her neck that she made while at work.
At one point during our conversation, she lifted her arms up to show me how fully she embraces the hippie lifestyle by not shaving her pits.