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Photo illustration by Ben Park. 

In This T-Shirt, You Will Write a Sick Psychedelic Rock Hit (Or Not)

Chris Black

This t-shirts pays homage to a Laurel Canyon classic where Mama Cass, Jim Morrison, and Joni Mitchell used to hang.

Photo illustration by Ben Park. 

If I am keeping it real, the Canyon Country Store is a dusty relic located on the traffic-heavy Laurel Canyon Boulevard that takes you into the San Fernando Valley (pretty lame). It’s a neighborhood canteen where mistresses go for Marlboro Lights, locals drink bad coffee and blast cigs, and tourists get a mediocre pastrami sandwich. But the glorified bodega holds a special place in history because in its '60s and '70s heyday, the store’s front porch hosted legends like Carole King, Joni Mitchell, the Byrds, Frank Zappa, Mama Cass Elliot (she even lived in the basement for a little bit!), and Jim Morrison who wrote The Doors song "Love Street" about his beloved corner store. (Do people actually like The Doors? I don’t.)

My friend Jordan put a photo of this new Canyon Country Store t-shirt on his Instagram story, and I instantly hit his DMs with a “WHERE 2 COP?” The colorful logo is total hippie throwback, and the colors really make it jump off the black Hanes blank. This is merch done well: a timeless logo printed on a regular-ass blank for a low price. He was kind enough to pick one up for me at the store for the paltry sum of $15. Like all my best t-shirts, this one will most likely get added to the piles and piles of neatly folded t-shirts that I store in my kitchen cabinets, because I am real New Yorker who doesn’t cook in my apartment or own any plates.

Editor's note: Chris refuses to tell us where to get this shirt.

This is the t-shirt!!! Who knows if you'll ever get it???