My LA to Z: Nikki Sixx

My LA to Z: Nikki Sixx

In addition to rock star, Mtley Cre bassist Nikki Sixx happens to be a radio show host, a New York Times best seller, a clothing designer, and a photographer with an appearance this month at the Annenberg Space for Photography. So how does he unwind?



Zuma Beach

I love coming here in the winter because it’s great for photography. I get here at six in the morning when the clouds are black and rolling.




Samy’s Camera Store

I get all my camera equipment for my photography here. It’s my go-to place when I need stuff for a shoot. It’s also a dangerous place to just hang out ’cause then I end up buying stuff and have to dodge bullets from my accountant. Let’s just say I have expensive taste.

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Museum of Tolerance

I take my friends here a lot. I’ve also been taking my kids here since they were young. It’s an important part of history and it is always eye-opening and beautiful.

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Sugarfish is fantastic. I go with my girlfriend and she always ordersshe knows the menu inside and out. As for dish names, I don’t pay attention. Best sushi I’ve ever had in my life.

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Chinese Foot Massages

I discovered a place about three years ago. When my friend first told me about it I thought it was shady, but now I love it. I go there all the time. I can’t tell you the name of the place because then the wonderfully classy parasites we call paparazzi will await me and my family. I will say this: There are many locations. I highly recommend any of them.



Funny Farm

My studio, nicknamed “Funny Farm,” is in a hidden location. It’s very private. Not only do I create my photography there, but it is also where I write my books and create music. When Im not on tour, I go there anywhere between two and six days a week. Like all artists, I go through creative spurts. All my lights, props, and camera equipment are there of course, but there is something else there that I can’t find anywhere else: solitude to create.




I’ve been coming here ever since I was a teenager. Sometimes I’d write poetry. I’d take the bus here and just take it all in. I also love shooting pictures of homeless people here. I try to be as inconspicuous as possible, and I talk to them first and give them some money. But most importantly, I try to give them some attention. I try to get a relationship going on before I take their picture.