Even if you are from the same neighborhood as someone else, you might still be coming from different places. Where you are from is a complicated question and it elicits complicated, but interesting and thought-provoking responses. We’ve shared some of those responses below.

Thea Limon | Photographer & Writer

I’m from Big Bear Lake, California. A cute mountain town that many might see in Hallmark movies or on a weekend getaway to nature. I was born in California but raised in North Carolina until I was 12. My father moved my family back to California because of his love for the state, and we ended up in the San Bernardino Mountains. We’ve never left twenty years later. My background always involved a camera; I was the person who wouldn’t put a camera down and wanted to take photos of every precious moment we had. Read more>>

3TAN | Artist & Owner of Ash-Lab

Seattle, WA, where it’s almost always wet. I wanna move back up there someday, and I want it to be done when my financial situation finally gets better. My upbringing wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows. Fortunately, Neil Gaiman, Tim Burton, Gorillaz, Modest Mouse, Linkin Park and many other talented individuals and groups existed when I was growing up. They helped me survive, and they still do. They’re probably the reason why my portraits and other photos mostly have that grungy kind of moody feel to them. That and why I wear black haha. Read more>>

Liliana Reynoso | Treasure Hunter

I was born in Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico and came to the USA at the young age of 5. My mom was a single mom of 6 kids who had very limited means which meant that we had to get all our necessities from the thrift store. I quickly learned how to browse the isles and pick the best quality items which of course happen to be vintage. My eye was naturally drawn to colorful 60’s and 70’s graphic designs and patterns. Over the years I collected a lot of retro / vintage items to the point where I knew it was too much to keep so I decided to start selling my finds. Read more>>

Eden Slezin | Regional Director of Southern California, Sports Basement, Fashion Designer, Backpacking Guide/Business Owner

I was born and raised in San Francisco, California. My family was very working class, with not a much extra income for anything too special. I grew up watching my parents work long hours in fairly unfulfilling careers. I knew growing up that this was not what I wanted. I knew from an early age, that I wanted to go to college (I was the 1st in my immediate family to graduate) and pursue a career that I was passionate about. Early on I decided on Botany and got a degree from UC Davis in that. Towards the end of school, I had gotten into working out a lot, and realized that sitting in a lab was not my path Read more>>