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Celebrating 10 years with 120 magazine covers

Photo galleries represent a year in the life of America’s Finest City.

Spend two minutes taking 120 second looks.

Print is dead, which means you’re reading this in the afterlife. If you were alive in San Diego at any point since January 2007, however, perhaps you’ve seen one of PACIFIC’s 120 monthly magazine covers, which appear on the following 10 galleries – each representing a year in the life of America’s Finest City. Life’s cool.

Notes for each gallery from PACIFIC founder/Editor-in-Chief, David Perloff.

2007

JANUARY: Rosemary Delgado Cassidy, a deputy design director from Glamour magazine, designed PACIFIC’s first issue (the cover story of which was shot at Catamaran Resort Hotel). It was like getting Michael Jordan to play on our pick-up hoops team.  FEBRUARY: We painted those cupid wings on the wall of our Pacific Beach office. Can’t believe they’re still there. APRIL: That’s me in the astronaut suit I rented from Buffalo Breath. Only time I appear on the cover in 10 years, I’m wearing goggles and a helmet. You’re welcome. SEPTEMBER: We dropped the “Beach” from Pacific Beach Magazine and became PACIFIC.

 

2008

APRIL: Fashion Careers College students competed in designing eco-friendly couture for PACIFIC’s “green issue.” This trash bag dress won. OCTOBER: Nearly two years in, we have our first male-only cover, Chef Clay Bordan of Clay’s La Jolla.

2009

APRIL: Turns out photographing public art doesn’t give a magazine publisher the right to publish said photograph on the cover of a magazine without permission from the artist. Who knew? Apparently, lawyers representing the late Niki de St. Phalle (whose Escondido installation in Kit Carson Park is featured on this cover) did. AUGUST: This was the first issue Kenny Boyer (PACIFIC’s current art director) designed for PACIFIC. Wouldn’t have made it here without Kenny. City Ballet’s agreeing to play along for the day was so cool.

2010

FEBRUARY: Our first celeb! We shot Dr. Drew for the cover of the Love issue.  During his nationally syndicated Loveline radio broadcast, he said he was pissed we had superimposed a Loveline logo vs. a 91X one on his t-shirt. Miscommunication = no free rehab :(. NOVEMBER: That’s real food and ingredients the dashing Chef Scotty Wagner staged on a 4’x5’ table at his Eden restaurant in Hillcrest. Jeff “Turbo” Corrigan captured the image from a ladder above the table.

2011

JANUARY: Chargers star Antonio Gates welcomed PACIFIC into his home for this cover shoot by photographer Brevin Blach. AUGUST: Cheech! We shot him eating fake ice cream at the private restaurant in the penthouse at La Valencia hotel. He was dressed for golf and Torrey Pines and didn’t seem high. DECEMBER: I love this original art by San Diego artist Court Jones.

2012

FEBRUARY: San Diego native Kendra Wilkinson and her husband, Hank Baskett, posed for the Love Issue at their home in Calabasas – sweet couple with the cutest kid. MARCH: We shot Miss California USA at the magnificent home of late architect Graham Downes. R.I.P., Graham – you are dearly missed by many. APRIL: PACIFIC commissioned this mural on University Avenue in North Park for the annual Art Issue. SEPTEMBER: Dancing with the Stars’ Karina Smirnoff spent a day with PACIFIC for the automotive/fall fashion issue cover shoot.

2013

FEBRUARY: Playboy Playmate of the Year and San Diego native Raquel Pomplun modeled lingerie at The Lafayette Hotel in University Heights. We shot her again for June 2016’s Beaches Issue. JUNE: PACIFIC sent photographer Donald Mirale to Hawaii to shoot San Diego native Ocean Ramsey, who’s famous for swimming with enormous Great White sharks. NOVEMBER: Comedian Anthony Jeselnik appeared on the cover in advance of his stand-up show at San Diego’s House of Blues. DECEMBER: The Hills star Audrina Patridge sparkled.

 

2014

JULY: Batman kissing Spiderman seemed like the perfect concept for an issue covering Comic-Con and Pride. FOX News called PACIFIC’s illustration “the controversial kiss” and broadcast an image of it in cities nationwide. AUGUST: Spent an afternoon with Ziggy Marley at his offices in Beverly Hills. He played guitar, sang and smoked joints during the shoot. Coolest day ever.

 

2015

FEBRUARY: Crystal Hefner posed for the Beaches Issue under cloudy skies at L’Auberge Del Mar. MARCH: Stars of E!’s hit show Total Divas WWE’s The Bella Twins spent a day with PACIFIC at Montgomery Field. APRIL: PACIFIC commissioned this original work by Mission Federal ArtWalk featured artist Christina Leta for the cover of the Art Issue. DECEMBER: Arrow (popular show on The CW) star Katrina Law.

 

2016

JULY: Scott Eastwood (Clint’s kid) appeared on the cover of PACIFIC to promote the upcoming release of the action flick Suicide Squad, in which he co-stars. SEPTEMBER: The Bella Twins returned (they also appeared in PACIFIC’s March 2015 issue) to promote their new E! show, Total Bellas. DECEMBER: Santa smoking a J on the cover. Not clear if that was coal or ashes in our stockings, but the cookie plate was definitely empty.

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