Tag: Interviews

Vaping Diaries #197: True Leaf Vapor Interview

Posted on April 16th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Last week, I went to Majestic Vapes in Beverly Hills to meet the owners of True Leaf Vapor. The company is working with the excellent Nirvana Vapor and has launched a line of naturally-extracted tobacco (NET) e-liquids. If you’re familiar with the Southern California vape scene then you know that the vast majority of local juice companies focus on fruit flavors, with savory dessert juices becoming popular in 2014. As a huge fan of NET e-liquids, I find it sad that most SoCal vape shops don’t carry NETs and … continued

Vaping Diaries #196: Nirvana Vapor Jay O’Brien Interview

Posted on April 11th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Posted above is a chat I had with Nirvana Vapor CEO Jay O’Brien filmed at Majestic Vapes in Beverly Hills. If you’re not familiar with the company, Nirvana Vapor makes some really unique e-liquids inspired by East Asian and Indian flavors. A few of the company’s juices have wonderfully atypical flavors that left me thinking, “Wow! I’ve never had anything like this.” Additionally, Nirvana Vapor makes several traditional flavors that stand out with their complexity and multiple layers.

During our conversation, Jay spoke about using East Asian and Indian flavors … continued

Vaping Diaries #195: Royal Vapour and ModTrades.com Interview

Posted on April 11th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Earlier this week, I caught up with Royal Vapour co-owners TJ Stephens and Ali Mumin at Vape Star Los Angeles. The two told me about their backgrounds, the Royal Vapour approach to making juices, their favorite juices, upcoming flavors, and theĀ ModTrades.com web site. The company started last year, officially kicking things off at ECC 2013. Since then, the company has become very popular in Southern California, with burgeoning national exposure.

Two of the hottest Royal Vapour e-liquids at the moment are The King’s Chew and Queen’s Custard. … continued

Vaping Diaries #194: Ragtime Vapor Interview

Posted on April 4th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

It was an absolute pleasure catching up with Ragtime Vapor owners David and Ellen Farentino. Their company makes some wonderfully complex e-liquid, they’re awesome people to hang out with, and they are extremely candid on camera. While the interview above is much longer than my typical vaping interview, it’s also one of my favorite vaping pieces I’ve put together. The amount of detail David and Ellen provided was fantastic. I’m confident that any vaper that watches my Ragtime Vapor interview will walk away knowing (at least) a little … continued

Vaping Diaries #193: Cyber Liquids Anthony Garcia Interview

Posted on April 4th, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

After meeting the Cyber Liquids crew at Vapetoberfest, it was great catching up with the company’s managing partner, Anthony Garcia at Vapers Exhibit. He told me about the company’s two new flavors — Elysian Fields and Vader. Going after the crowd that’s going gaga over Suicide Bunny’s hugely popular Mother’s Milk e-liquid, Elysian Fields is a milky blueberry blend. Vader is a sweet concoction that gives you the rich flavor of cookie dough, but without all the calories. (It may or may not be true that vaping Vader … continued

Vaping Diaries #192: Lost Art Liquids Interview at Majestic Vapes

Posted on April 3rd, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Earlier this week I was hanging out at Majestic Vapes for the Lost Art Liquids launch event. Company founders Ryan Thomas and Brian Worthy chatted with me about how this e-liquid venture got started, their approach to making juices, the four Lost Art Liquids launch flavors, and upcoming flavors. I’ve known Brian for quite some time and he currently owns one of the best vape shops in Beverly Hills, offering a chill atmosphere and some of the best prices in Los Angeles. Ryan, an awesome personal trainer by day, I … continued

Vaping Diaries #191: Vape Panda Victoria You Interview

Posted on April 3rd, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

Following up on my hard-hitting interview with a real-life panda, here’s an interview with Vape Panda logistics manager Victoria You. She talks about how the company got started from a conversation at a Riverside vape shop, the completely sweet Vape Panda clothing line, and the new Bamboo Elixir line of e-liquid.

If you’re not familiar with Vape Panda clothing, the company makes vaping-related t-shirts, hoodies, and more. The threads feature the adorable Ohmie the Panda. If you don’t find these clothes irresistibly cute, then you have no heart. Vaping … continued

Vaping Diaries #190: Vape Brewery CEO Ramon Pascua Interview

Posted on April 1st, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

It was fun meeting Vape Brewery CEO Ramon Pascua at Vapers Exhibit. I tried some of his juices at Vape Star Koreatown and enjoyed them. Then I learned a little bit about him and his family on the company web site. As a Filipino-American vaper that has been transplanted from New York to Los Angeles, I empathize with Ramon. Anyway, it was cool learning about Vape Brewery, its juices, and the upcoming Private Stock line (oak-barrel aged) at the show. Check out the clip above and let me know … continued

Vaping Diaries #189: What is Vapers Exhibit?

Posted on April 1st, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

I’ve posted a bunch of interviews from the first Vapers Exhibit trade show in Ontario, California. Now it’s time to learn more about the show itself. I chatted with LNG Investments (the company Vapers Exhibit) CEO Lino Geaga to learn how the show got started. Originally, it was going to be a fairly standard vape meet that took place at a store. Things grew so quickly that LNG had to rent space at the Ontario Convention Center. One aspect of Vapers Exhibit that makes it stand out is that some … continued

Vaping Diaries #188: Vape Maps Interview

Posted on March 31st, by raymond padilla in E-Cigarettes, Interviews, Vaping Diaries, Videos. No Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with the Vape Maps founders at Vape Star Koreatown. If you’re not familiar with Vape Maps, it’s a new service that’s kind of like Yelp, but specifically for vapers. Right now, Vapes Maps helps you find vape shops, read reviews on shops, get store info, and see photos of shops. It’s currently accessible through the Vape Maps web site, as well as mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. In the interview above, founders Alex Pessah and Michael Cardoza talk about … continued