Venice Beach is a great big wonderful and messy display of humanity: skaters, stoners, drifters, breakdancers, bodybuilders and wide-eyed tourists all crossing paths in this iconic beachside town with its irresistible, freedom loving appeal.

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In the 50s, beatniks, artists, poets are converging on the sunny and cheap town. A couple decades later, Venice has an emergence of musicians, like The Doors, Jane’s Addiction and Suicidal Tendencies. Around the same period, the Z-Boys start to gain notoriety in the area and nearby South Santa Monica (Dogtown), bringing a surf style to skateboarding.

Today, Venice Beach has a new nickname: Silicon Beach.  Not because of superficiality, but because the town is now home to Google, Snapchat, BuzzFeed and many other tech companies. Upside: The city it safer than it’s been in years.

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