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Only Here Podcast: San Diego Photographer Focuses Lens On Punk In Tijuana

Photographer John Brady stands in front of an Oxxo convenience store in Tijua...

Photo by Arlenne Salazar

Above: Photographer John Brady stands in front of an Oxxo convenience store in Tijuana in this photo taken Nov. 11, 2018.

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Only here can you find a San Diego photographer whose inspiration lies in the dark, crowded punk venues of Tijuana.

All music in this episode is by Tijuana punk band San Pedro El Cortez.

Aired: June 12, 2019 | Transcript

Punk music is both John Brady's passion and escape.

He's a musician and a photographer in San Diego. And for the last few years, he’s been documenting the punk scene in Tijuana.

Not a lot of San Diegans dive so deeply into subcultures in Tijuana the way Brady has. But the way he grew up — the difficult things he experienced at a young age — made him more independent and willing to explore things most others won’t.

In the latest episode of "Only Here," a KPBS podcast about the place where San Diego and Tijuana meet, we follow Brady to a bar in Tijuana and he explains how he found his inspiration in the dark, crowded punk venues of TJ.

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