Think Tank Gallery and Vans present Drinkin’ Smokin’ & West Coastin’ – A Group Love/Hate Letter to LA

We are happy to return to our old venue in DTLA with a month of art and events about our hometown, and all the stereotypes that come from it – especially the true ones. It's a reflection on classic Best Coast culture from the '84 Olympics to the Kings/Lakers rivalry, the period when we grew up with our city, and all the great and terrible things that happened in between. 
Opening August 19th. Runs until September 23rd.


Take a look at the calendar below to see your first glimpse of what to expect all month long at Drinkin' Smokin' & West Coastin'. 

Red events signify an alcohol bar, purple events mean cannabis product will be present instead, and blue are general West Coastin' events as dry as the Mojave Desert.

Some events are free with RSVP, and some are ticketed; prices range from $5 to $165.  Empty or blurred events are private or soon to be announced. 


The opening event will have a cash/card bar stocked by Lagunitas, El Silencio, Mixwell, and Nomadica Wine for 21+ with valid ID. Cannabis product will not be provided on nights with alcohol present, including the opening. 

See prior event recaps below.

Think Tank Gallery is thankful for the support of creative partners Vans, Lagunitas, Showgrow, Nanoleaf and more to help us build out a myriad of the art installations that our favorite artists have pitched us. Think Tank shows always add an immersive factor and it's thanks to these partners and artists that we can keep that tradition alive. Click on each image below for a preview (previews coming soon).


This show is about three things: Drinkin,' Smokin,' and West Coastin.' The smokin' aspect will be hosted by none other than the visionary dispensary and immersive 420 entertainment brand ShowGrow. A decked out video lounge in the back will provide gifting suites, experiential cannabis events, supper clubs, and a generally chill area to hang out and watch nostalgic content while bathed in purple light.

The 420 Lounge will be open during all public hours, to everyone, with no cannabis product available. 420-friendly events will be restricted only to patients on specific nights, under CA law. More info soon.

When we were tasked with experience designing a show around oldschool LA stereotypes, the most played out was the traffic joke.So we dove in headfirst and built a bar based on LA transportation. The eye test is the Lagunitas beer menu, the photobooth is a 1992 CA Driver's License (no smiling allowed), and there are ride sharing ads all over the place so you don't drink and drive. El Silencio mezcal and Mixwell are providing the cocktails, and Nomadica is filling out the wine shelves.

The DMV Dive Bar will be open during all public hours, to everyone, with no alcoholic product available. Bartended events will take place on specific nights, and depending on the event, will be restricted to 21+ or wristband access only. More info soon.


Scroll through images to see examples of our team's work.


Danny Heidner graduated with a BFA from Laguna College of Art and Design and then moved into Fine Art installation, Fabrication and Transport where he has worked since 2010. He has been lead installer on some complex works and has been a designer and fabricator for major projects like the Hotel Normandie and many Think Tank productions.


Bloody Gums Collective is partially headed up by Andrew Barsoum who has spent a decade in art installation when not working on his own exhibits. His last show "LA Is Trying to Kill Me" saw massive crowds and a gallery packed with work, and his team will lead install for our show as well as help with materials and art contribution.


Founder of the experiential production company, cARTel: Collaborative Arts LA (BROKE LA, No Budget Film Festival), Negin Singh is a producer, a creative in tech, a branding expert, and pulse detector for good events. She has been profiled on the White House Blog and was named one of the top 30 Indian Entrepreneurs under 30 by India Current Magazine.


Jacob Patterson has been the director of Think Tank Gallery aka Think Tank Productions for its seven years in the DTLA arts scene. With a background in arts marketing (deviantART) and PR (Hijinx) but a boots-on-the-ground approach to event production, Patterson has collaborated with artists worldwide to create immersive and interactive arts experiences that tend to draw large crowds. 


Dino Nama has been taught by some of the best creatives in LA, moving up through a billion dollar company, Quest Nutrition. Currently engaged in the DTLA art scene as well as many creative projects in different industries, he strives to bring innovation and success to Think Tank's endeavors. He is 100% responsible for the Think Tank's constant improvement in branding. 


Katelyn Partlow aka LITTLE FACE is disrupting the world of weed by putting on some of the most imaginative events in cannabis. Her Cannabis Cabaret shows art exhibitions, musicians, burlesque performers, comedians, and sensory experiences while the biggest brands in marijuana present their products to engaged audiences. She removes "stoner bro" culture from 420 culture, and has been highlighted in VICELAND and Rolling Stone for her efforts.