Nina Garduno started FreeCity in 2001 after a visit to Christiania, a freewheeling hippy enclave in Copenhagen. This trip to what she describes as a “free city” within a city—a place that felt lawless and free—got her thinking about other places she’d been that had the same feeling. Tassajara in Northern California, the community in New Mexico, Marfa, Texas—all places where like-minded people were living an alternative lifestyle. “Instead of moving to a place like that, I wanted to live that feeling in Los Angeles. So I made my t-shirt to tag myself as having a “free city” spirit”.