Marko DeSantis @markodesantis

http://www.twitter.com/SugarcultMarko

Welcome to my shooting gallery! I view through the distorted lens of rock n roll, kids, California, adventure, counter culture & all things radical!

  • markodesantis

    March 23rd at 8:20am
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    Sayulita, Mexico Vol. 4
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    #sayulita #sayulitalife #nayarit #mexico #springbreak2017 #locals #beach #people #portraits #food

    millions_of_colors

    1 day ago
    Loving this!

    romanticrock

    2 days ago
    I've heard this place is amazing!!

    vizcayaswimwear

    2 days ago
    โคโคโค

    artincarter

    2 days ago
    ๐Ÿ’ช

    myelitelifestyle

    2 days ago
    Fabulous !!
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  • markodesantis

    March 22nd at 7:03am
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    Sayulita, Mexico Vol. 3
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    #sayulita #sayulitalife #nayarit #mexico #springbreak2017 #playadelosmuertos #flowers #sunsets

    bootsonstage

    2 days ago
    ๐Ÿ‘ข
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  • markodesantis

    March 22nd at 7:02am
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    Sayulita, Mexico Vol. 2
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    #sayulita #sayulitalife #nayarit #mexico #springbreak2017 #locals #sunsets #people #portraits #food

    seizingbeauty

    3 days ago
    ๐Ÿ˜
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  • markodesantis

    March 22nd at 12:35am
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    Sayulita, Mexico Vol. 1
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    #sayulita #sayulitalife #nayarit #mexico #springbreak2017 #huichol #sunsets #rockstacks #rocksculptures #rocksculpturesbythesea

    gusinmexico

    3 days ago
    @markodesantis - Hola ! Hope y'all had a good time in our little town . I've just arrived from traveling.. Hit me up next time your in Sayulita ..

    elisegabriel

    3 days ago
    Love it.

    ditzinpink

    3 days ago
    Sayulita is BEAUTIFUL! I was only there a few hours and just fell in love. Gah... It's gorgeous. Have fun!

    markodesantis

    3 days ago
    @karencuda thanks! We only have 1 more day, but who knows plus, we'll definitely be back again. It's lovely here. Hola @gusinmexico what's good!?

    karencuda

    3 days ago
    My buddy @gusinmexico lives there!! Hit him up if you want an awesome tour guide. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love Sayulita!
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  • markodesantis

    March 9th at 10:41pm
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    #tbt my first band: illiterate

    Inspired by more seasoned local groups in our hometown (Santa Barbara, CA) like RKL, Rat Pack, NOFX, & Threatend Hope, I formed illiterate at age 14 w/ my childhood best friend Banks Albach (vocals) & neighborhood pals from school, Derrick Plourde (not-pictured on bass) & Dave Hanacek (drums), I played guitar & we practiced every day after school; first in Dave's bedroom, then in his parents' garage. This photo was taken at a space called the Red Barn in Isla Vista at our second show ever (our 1st time ever playing live was the night before.) For $25 & a $100 cleaning deposit kids could throw DIY punk shows there. No security, no rules, all ages, barely a stage, graffiti covered walls, terrible sound, underage drinking, young & ragged bands from out of town. It was glorious, chaotic, messy, loud, unadulterated fun.

    Heavy hearted to report that Banks, who I've known my whole life (since 1st grade!) sadly died yesterday due to internal organ complications. I didn't even know he was sick. Derrick, who would go on to success as the founding drummer of Lagwagon, also died 11 years ago (this month) after years of struggling w/ drug addiction. Dave & I still remain closer than ever & share in the joy of watching our own young sons & daughters growing bonds of friendship with each other.
    Life is fragile & finite. Lean into it. Savor every beautiful day & every precious moment. Do stuff, create, think, love, learn, teach, forgive/forget, be compassionate, listen/speak up, let go/hold on, succeed/fail & make as many memories as you can. Be well. Peace. โ˜ฎ
    #RIPBanksAlbach #RIPDerrickPlourde #BanksAlbach #DerrickPlourde @boswelltrish @davehanacek @lagwagon1989 @sbindependent #music #punk #bands @nofx @fat_wreck #rkl #threatendhope #ratpack #nardcore @onlyinislavista @goletathegoodland @santabarbaranews @929kjee

    eastventurarocks

    10 days ago
    Sad news and so many friends departed too soon. So much talent came from IV bands during our high school days.

    paul.wheatley

    13 days ago
    Condolences, touching words.

    markodesantis

    14 days ago
    @80forty Truth! Much love brother.

    80forty

    14 days ago
    @markodesantis you write with passion, but let's have the sad truth that Alcohol destroys a liver, sometimes quickly sometimes slowly. BANKS my old Roomate and friend like many who's choices took him out, is the REAL HEARTBREAK. Derrick, also old Roomate and friend died by suicide gunshot to his head after depression was only addressed by self medication/ addiction. Neither one of our great friends truly wished to die. The message need never be sugar culted (see that?) let it be a wake up call if possible. If your in this struggle ALLOW HELP to come. We all are one. HEALING is KEY.Love you Marko.

    emilemillar

    14 days ago
    So sorry to hear about Banks amigo. I still have his vest from that infamous ill-fated bachelor party camp out of yours whereafter getting escorted out of the park by police we all crashed at my dad's condo (hilarious). Banks was special, a good person. I really enjoyed seeing him and wish I kept in touch. I'm saddened by this, a reminder how precious life is. Take care brother and pass my condolences onto his family and friends for me.

    marykatemcm

    15 days ago
    ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

    joshgoolnik

    15 days ago
    Great post as always @markodesantis. RIP Banks, RIP Derrick. Thanks for making the world louder

    billymfgill

    15 days ago
    @markodesantis great words man

    fairekat

    15 days ago
    Yes!!!
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  • markodesantis

    March 4th at 7:34am
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    More treasures excavated from my own personal pop culture junkyard. I recall finding this haul of new-old-stock 80's era trading cards at a great little shop I used to walk to whenever we would play a show at the Metro in Chicago, which was just across the street from Wrigley Field & not too far from an amazing late night food destination called Wieners Circle, where you famously got insulted, berated & cursed at by the ladies behind the counter as you ordered classic Chicago style hot dogs! Anyway, in addition to food conquests, weird records and such, I used to avidly collect all kinds of stuff like this from all over the world. I got such a head rush from the thrill of the chase & then bringing them home like kills from a scavenger hunt. I once found a vintage eyeball lamp in a trash heap by a venue we played in Farmingdale/Long Island, NY; I tossed it in the bay of our tourbus & brought it all the way home & cleaned, rewired & refurbished it. These days I've toned down my desire to acquire stuff (for the most part!). As time goes on it gets too heavy. Now, it's more about collecting experiences that can appreciate in value as they eventually become memories. Conversations, laughs, connections, ideas, adventures, inspiration, etc. But with all that said, there's nothing that cheers me up like the smell of stale bubblegum & a still-sealed pack of beautiful Three's Company cards. .
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    @threes_companypics #Ateam #mrt #cyndilauper #threescompany #magnumpi #michaeljackson #duranduran @duranduran @michaeljackson @parisjackson #knightrider @davidhasselhoff @tomselleckofficial @cyndilauper #tradingcards #1980s @80stoys @80sjukebox @80s_renegade #80s #cards โ˜ฎ

    datooch

    15 days ago
    Here's an idea. Make a new Sugarcult record. I'm not even asking for a tour. Just new Sugarcult tunes. Those are bubblegum for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    yannirazsuccess

    19 days ago
    Such a great post!

    lordbones138

    20 days ago
    ๐Ÿค˜๐Ÿฟ

    80forty

    20 days ago
    @markodesantis simpler times.

    thejulianatheory

    20 days ago
    top row is ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

    bobbyalt

    21 days ago
    ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

    kevinbaldes

    21 days ago
    Best post on Instagram goes to @markodesantis - dude, you nailed it. You are me or I am you. Same story...kinda. Ps-I love the smell of that gun, too. Except it's in my Kiss cards. I smell it every time I come across them. Hope you're well man
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  • markodesantis

    March 3rd at 1:53am
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    #tbt Sugarcult show review from SXSW in Austin, TX circa 2000. We were still an undiscovered local band from Santa Barbara, CA & I still remember sitting around as a band filling out the application to play South By Southwest while we were recording some demos at Orange Whip Studios in SB. We dropped it in the mail & hoped to get selected to play; a few weeks later we got notice that we had been accepted. Now we had to figure out how to get to Texas. We begged some local businesses to help sponsor us; Balance Bar gave us a few boxes of bars which we pretty much lived on. We hustled a few side gigs in Austin & nearby in Dallas & Houston to turn it into more of a tour. We crammed our gear into a rented minivan & hit the 10 East for what seemed like forever & finally got to Austin. My hometown pal Louisa Spaventa had been living in Austin w/ her filmmaker/artist BF so she let us stay at their house. They knew a lot of people in the Austin art/music/counter culture community & we were warmly welcomed into their world for the few days we were in town. Our shows went well & the entire experience produced many formative & indelible early band memories. We caught the attention of CNN & got some good press, including this snarky-yet-loving excerpt. About a year later we signed a record deal & headed into the studio to make what would become our debut, Start Static. #sugarcult @sxsw #sxsw @missrubylamb

    heyimwatson

    22 days ago
    100 fucking percent awesome.

    claireless_whisper

    22 days ago
    ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    shawnaromasanta

    22 days ago
    Badazz!!

    paullanza

    22 days ago
    I love these little stories you share. Keep em coming.

    colorjunkie718

    22 days ago
    I truly was Sugarcult's biggest fan. Lol. I even went to the show in Brooklyn at The Temple,

    teeenagerfrommars

    22 days ago
    Bring this band back for a tour, dammit!!

    eltangodelaur

    22 days ago
    ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’œ

    blakevmedia

    22 days ago
    ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

    iamstevezapp

    22 days ago
    Come on man where's the b-sides! ๐Ÿ˜Š

    madscientistgt

    22 days ago
    Damn dude! I wanna hear more of that story!!
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  • markodesantis

    February 28th at 7:05am
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    I returned to the Corey Helford Gallery in Downtown LA on Saturday night to deejay opening night of artist Alex Gross' new show, "Antisocial Network". He applies classic portraiture technique to present day subjects such as smart phones, multitasking, social media, VR, etc. To my eyes this serves to emphasize how troubling it is that in our well-intentioned quest to become connected, hyper-efficient & informed, we might in fact be experiencing the very antithesis; instead becoming more isolated, disenfranchised, scatterbrained & inhuman. I'm probably being melodramatic (I hope!), but either way, you should see this guy's work. So good & thought provoking! After my set I beelined to the Old Towne Pub in Pasadena in the nick of time to catch Joey from the Briggs & his crew doing their annual tradition of covering Bay Area ska-punk legends Operation Ivy's "Unity" record from start to finish, w/ a sweet impromptu encore of my favorite Rancid song "Olympia" to boot (pun intended.) It's been too long since I heard those wonderful songs & man they sounded glorious in a beer soaked dive bar filled with a rowdy & sweaty congregation of die hards & true blue punks. Friday I got back to The Riff & did a fun set along w/ the usual homies there, & one of Seattle's finest rock groups Acceptance & a new music lady on the scene called Tillie. We danced to the rocknroll music & it was allllllllright...
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    @coreyhelfordgallery @theriffmovement @joey_briggs_larocca #alexgross #artwork #art #antisocialnetwork @artofalexgross @hihicaro @sherrijtrahan @oldtownpasadena #operationivy @thebriggsla @acceptanceband @whoistillie @kylehulett @grizzleemartin (thanx Grizzlee for the rad CA bear pin!)

    sweatboxla

    24 days ago
    โค ๐Ÿ™
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  • markodesantis

    February 24th at 10:16pm
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    Playing some wild records this weekend at 2 fun (& free!) events:
    The band Acceptance's party at The Riff, a rocknroll bar in Hollywood tonight/Friday. Then, Saturday night downtown at the always rad Corey Helford Gallery for the opening of the new "Antisocial Network" exhibition by visual artist Alex Gross. Come say hi! @theriffmovement @coreyhelfordgallery @alexrossart @sherrijtrahan @acceptanceband #sugarcult #theriff #artwork @happeningindtla @los_angeles_art_scene @hellodola @artofalexgross #popsurrealism #surrealism

    rushorderapp

    26 days ago
    ๐Ÿ‘Œ

    djaekaye

    26 days ago
    ๐Ÿ‘Œ

    carolinegodwinmedia

    28 days ago
    ๐Ÿ”ฅ

    sherrijtrahan

    28 days ago
    Thanks for the shout out @markodesantis ! We can't wait for your rock'n djing๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ”Š๐ŸŽธ
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  • markodesantis

    February 23rd at 6:15pm
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    #tbt Sugarcult, Nashville, TN '02... way before all y'all moved out there! What a glorious music city Nashville is/was. Despite identifying as rocknrollers, we're at the core just all around lovers of music. Whenever I'm in that city I hit as many of those classic honky tonks as I can find; diggin well travelled journeymen & session cats doing their thing, playing for tips, cans of cheap beer & shots of well whiskey. So great. ๐ŸŒน
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    #nashville #theendnashville #slack #sugarcult @nashvillescene @visitmusiccity @indyrecordshop @grimeys @endnashville #kissmakeup #concertposters #art @printmafiaofficial #printmafia

    injii

    29 days ago
    โœŒ

    jonsnodgrass

    29 days ago
    Fun Club.

    scottrusso

    29 days ago
    Rad

    strat_mojo

    29 days ago
    Say it with me: Sugarcult reunion

    toteslaura

    29 days ago
    I love Nashville!! I always stop into Robert's Western World bar when I'm there. They always have the best music and the food is great and cheap!

    ameliabedeliaaa

    29 days ago
    Be still my young emo heart hahah
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