my crew: sandy kim’s squad makes music videos and trouble together

Sandy Kim captures her friends – including Christopher Owens, The Garden’s Fletcher Shears and actress Lauren Avery – in their happy places for the fourth edition of My Crew.

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Aug 19 2015, 6:35pm

Name: Christopher Owens
Age: 35
Profession: Songwriter
How do you know Sandy? Sandy is one of my dearest friends and we were sort of the enfants terribles of San Francisco.
What does friendship mean to you? Loyalty.
Who is your BFF? My partner.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Woody Allen.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Converse, create, destroy, suffer, smile.

Name: Lauren Alice Avery
Age: 23
Profession: Actress
How do you know Sandy? We met when she was on acid in the street.
What does friendship mean to you? Hermione, Ron, Harry.
Do you collaborate with your friends? We cut each other's hair.
Who is your BFF? My mommy.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Maybe, like, a healer with advanced powers.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Horseback riding.

Name: Tubby-ass Jesso Jr. [aka Tobias Jesso, Jr.]
Age: 29
Profession: Professional lipsyncher, baker of bread.
How do you know Sandy? Through producer and popsicle connoisseur JR White.
What does friendship mean to you? The bad news before the good.
Do you collaborate with your friends? If I beg them long enough.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? A therapist.

Name: Alison Peery
Profession: Student at the California Institute of the Arts
How do you know Sandy? She filmed me jumping around playing air guitar with a three-foot-long bong for a Girls music video. We have been friends ever since.
What does friendship mean to you? It's about a connection, but it also means showing up for each other when life happens.
Who is your BFF? My best friend and cherished collaborator is Dasha Nekrasova.
What do you are your friends like to do together? Watch movies, go to thrift stores, share bottles of wine in bed, share our ideas and endeavors, and go to crowded parties to stand in corners and talk to only each other.

Name: Grant Singer
Age: 29
Profession: Filmmaker
How do you know Sandy? We've been friends for years.
What does friendship mean to you? A lot.
Who is your BFF? My dog, Blue.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? David Fincher.

Name: John Tuite
Age: 23
Profession: I'm about to graduate so I'm figuring it out.
How do you know Sandy? We shot her for a music video and then she shot us for one of hers.
What does friendship mean to you? People who don't find each other boring.
Who is your BFF? My high school homie Charles Caesar, whose couch I lived on when I moved to New York City.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Truman Capote.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Smoke weed and take pictures.

Name: Carlos Santolalla
Age: 26
Profession: Boyfriend/artist/millennial
How do you know Sandy? We're both SF transplants that lived in NYC.
What does friendship mean to you? A family you weren't born into.
Who is your BFF? Sandy, obviously.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Britney Spears and David Lachapelle.
What do you and your friends like to do together? Create cute little things and help each other reach our full potential.

Name: Colby Hewitt
Age: 30
Profession: Butcher/musician
How do you know Sandy? She is my girlfriend. We met in San Francisco back in 2009ish. The attraction was immediate and intense, and I haven't left her side since.
What does friendship mean to you? A good friend can make any situation better. And I think we all need each other more than we care to admit.
Do you collaborate with friends? Yes, you could say that life is just one long collaboration with your friends.
Who is your BFF? Sandy.
What do your friends like to do together? Live.

Name: Fletcher Shears
Age: 21
Profession: Jester
How do you know Sandy? She came over to my house to take some pictures.
What does friendship mean to you? Friendship, in my mind, should bring a type of closeness that you can't reach with just anyone.
Who is your BFF? Sille Lund Karlsson.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Kermit the Frog.

Name: Rachael Finley
Age: 27
Profession: I have an advice column and two clothing lines and sometimes VICE lets me film stuff. I'm a true millennial woman.
How do you know Sandy? We met through Lee from Trash Talk. He brought her over to our house for the after-BBQ leftovers party that is mandatory during LA summers.
What does friendship mean to you? The understanding that if I don't text back it isn't earth-shattering, but also that if it's been longer than a month you should call the police - coupled with endless loyalty.
Who is your BFF? I have a circle of women who inspire me; they're my woes. You know, aside from my husb. and baby and myself. You have to be your own best friend too... that's super important.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Rihanna. This is the easiest question I've ever answered.

Name: Cheyne Thomas
Age: 24
Profession: Photographer
How do you know Sandy? I met her through our mutual friend Sky Ferreira at one of the shows Sky did with Miley for her Bangerz tour.
What does friendship mean to you? Friendship is everything. My friends are my muses.
Who is your BFF? My biewbiewbee, Miley. She's the ultimate muse.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? I think life brings the right people in and out at the right times. That being said, I do want to go on one of Ryan McGinley's naked road trips, if anyone has a signup sheet?
What do you and your friends like to do together? It could be "let's get stoned and do coloring books!" or "let's sit in the studio for a week straight and make music!" It's never boring.

Name: Jerry Hsu
Age: 33
Profession: Skateboarder
How do you know Sandy? I'd known about Sandy for a while and one day I just introduced myself. Now we share a studio.
What does friendship mean to you? Trust and fun.
Who is your BFF? Katina.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? Boris Mikhailov? He seems fun
What do you and your friends like to do together? Right now we are on tour and it's the best.

Name: Aurélien Heilbronn
Age: 24
Profession: Filmmaker/photographer
How do you know Sandy? We met on a campaign shoot. I was directing the video, she was the talent.
What does friendship mean to you? You can count on the person and they can count on you.
Who is your BFF? I have five. Friendship should not be exclusive.
Who would you like to be friends with more than anyone else? I discovered Casey Neistat's world recently. Let's go grab a beer, Casey!
What do you and your friends like to do together? Explore the unexpected.

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Photography Sandy Kim