I Am Los Angeles: Bodybuilding With Tourists

I Am Los Angeles is a video portrait series created by journalist and filmmaker Joris Debeij, showcasing the unique people and their ideas that make L.A. what it is. KCET Departures will be featuring these videos as part of our continuing coverage of the shifting cultures of Los Angeles.

The boardwalk is always crowded during the summer, and this continues during the weekends the rest of the year. The beach, the skate park, the pier, the bike-lane path on the beach, and the famous Muscle Beach are all entertaining attractions at the cultural center of Venice Beach.

Most people who have been on the Venice boardwalk have seen him. You would probably describe him as 'The Speedo-Guy' or 'The Tarzan Bodybuilder'. Fast-moving Amir Edwards makes his way through the crowds on the Venice Boardwalk, posing for and with tourists in return for small donations. But being a bodybuilder on the Venice Boardwalk isn't an easy life. Amir works hard to keep his physique and his sunny, social disposition in top shape for the Venice Beach crowds.

Amir is one of many artist and vendors on the two-and-a-half mile boardwalk for pedestrians. He came moved to Los Angeles to become famous. Amir is indeed a well-known figure on the boardwalk and has been posing with tourists for years.


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