Author: Jason Tippet
Publisher: Oscilloscope Laboratories (2019)
The first monograph from award-winning filmmaker Jason Tippet, Heading to Bill's for Cigarettes is a beautiful collection of 35mm, documentary-style photographs and a chronicle of the mundane absurdities that make Atwater Village in East Los Angeles both totally charming and utterly bizarre.
Those who know, know: Atwater was the L.A. haunt of the Beastie Boys back in the day and the home of G-Son Studios, as well as where they met resident turned long-time collaborator Money Mark, who provided the introduction to this very book.
Tippet could accurately be described as a sort of William Eggleston for the Instagram generation. With subjects ranging from a fed-up dude hurling a Big Gulp at a Tesla parked on Glendale Boulevard to the unique soul playing the melodica in his driver's-seat-cum-rehearsal-space, Tippet's photography documents the surreal, everyday happenings that permeate the neighborhood he calls home.