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Pin It: Our Favorite Local Pinterest Accounts

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We've been playing around on the website Pinterest for a while now and getting sort of addicted. (For the uninitiated, it's a social media site that lets you "pin" images to save and share with other followers on virtual boards.) While we noticed that a lot of pinners are using it to save DIY projects, fashion wish-lists and, of course, planning their wedding, we've noticed a lot of other local groups like us are jumping on board to share some of their favorite parts of Southern California.

You can check out our pins here, and see what people are pinning from our site here, but here's a (by no means comprehensive!) round-up of some of our favorite locally-oriented accounts and boards.


Some of the best Pinterest accounts come from accounts set up by libraries, and we love the Los Angeles Public Library's account. We already highlighted some of our favorite images from the Famous Menus of LAPL board, but the board keeps growing. We like their Los Angeles Maps board, and of course, there's a board dedicated to Los Angeles' stories. The California State Library is based in Sacramento, but one of its best boards is California Calls You: The Art of Promoting the Golden State 1870 - 1940, which is a collection of posters that created the California Dream.

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The J. Paul Getty Museum has several boards with cheeky themes that draw from the museum's sprawling collection, but one board is dedicated solely to (mostly mid-century) photographs of Los Angeles and we can't wait to see it expand. KCET frequently does segments on local history, its board L.A. History features vintage shots from stories like "Lost Tunnels of Downtown L.A." and "How Santa Monica Almost Became a Commercial Harbor." La Angelena aggregates pins of historical photos and maps from wherever it finds them, whether it's eBay or a local conservancy site.


Caroline on Crack keeps everyone up-to-date with what is going on in the local booze scene here. LA Weekly has a board dedicated to the local food scene including its Venn diagrams comparing what we think certain people (say, Mexicans) eat compared to what they actually eat. Where LA has a board for dining and for nightlife. KCET has a board for California Food & Booze.

The Los Angeles Times has a ton of recipes, many of them based on dishes at local haunts and they're broken up into board for main courses, vegetarians, vegans and many, many more. Los Angeles Magazine has a board dedicated to local restaurants and also recipes.


Many other local arts organizations, like the Getty above, are online and actively pinning images from their collections. LACMA is on Pinterest and of course there's a board dedicated to The Rock (KPCC also has a huge board dedicated to The Rock). The Pasadena Museum of California Art has boards dedicated to its California collections and Pasadena. The Hammer Museum has boards from its collections, events and reading series. Right now the California Science Center has a cool board of pins related to its current Cleopatra exhibit.

KCRW has the music scene locked down with videos from in-studio sessions and concert photos. LA Weekly has a great board dedicated to street art. NoHo Arts pins a bunch of work from the theatre and art scene, and we'd love to hear about more arts groups on Pinterest.


We're really glad that Los Angeles Magazine is out in front with a board dedicated solely to Angelyne, and LA Weekly has a board dedicated to weed. Hidden LA has an ambitious set of boards dedicated to each of the different regions in Southern California. (Some of them are empty for now but we can't wait to see them filled in.) The Los Angeles Times has photos from all its "Southern California Moments" on one board.

What did we miss? Tell us in the comments.

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LAist writer Gerri Gonzalez contributed to this post.

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