You have probably already heard about the exploits of a group of Los Angeles-based Patriots fans that infiltrated the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLIX tailgate and later crashed the Pats’ postgame victory party. But you may not have heard about the community these Boston transplants are building on the West Coast.
Welcome to “BosAngeles.’’
The community can loosely be described as a group of Bostonians that have banded together in Los Angeles. These guys — musicians, actors, entertainers, you name it — are bringing Boston culture to the west coast.
BosAngeles.com arrived the week after the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX win, and its creators shared their vision and inspiration for the site with Boston.com.
“What we wanted to do was create a lifestyle brand that could open doors to everyone,’’ said Nat “Natural’’ Anglin, a hip hop artist hailing from Milton, Mass. “There’s a lot of Boston folks out here. So our tagline right now is kind of anything from Boston, but in Los Angeles. We really wanted to kind of set up a place where people could share their stories, their videos, their pictures, their music, their dreams and ideas and so forth.’’
“I think Boston has such a strong culture where we’re so territorial. I can speak from experience being from Dorchester,’’ said Brian Regal. “We kind of realize that Bostonians, we’re so proud and strong-minded that we get in each other’s way instead of helping each other, so this is really trying to eliminate that so we can bring everybody together that identifies culturally as being from Boston and New England, and not so much where you actually grew up.’’
BosAngeles.com is only in the soft launch stage of development and expects to roll out an official launch sometime next month. Walpole, Mass., native Mike Nicoll has helped with the site design and participated in the Super Bowl festivities.
“We were trying to figure out when to launch it and then with this story over the weekend we just had to do it,’’ Regal said. “The stars just aligned perfectly.’’
Anglin, Regal, Nicoll, and their friend Lucas Yancey have garnered plenty of attention with a rollicking tale of audacious party crashing after heading to Arizona for Super Bowl weekend, without tickets or access to any big time events. According to the enterprising BosAngelinos, they proceeded to save $700 on entrance fees to the Seahawks’ official tailgate, where they got some dirty looks before the Gronkowski brothers (yes, the Gronk brothers) arrived to provide some backup.
“When we showed up it got a little crazy in there, but when the Gronkowski brothers showed up it really got the party started,’’ Anglin said. “They were partying very hard at McFadden’s before the game. They were big, big stars when they walked in.’’
After the Patriots’ thrilling Super Bowl win, the BosAngeles guys rode their momentum into the experience of a lifetime: They decided to crash the Patriots’ postgame celebration.
“Crashing the party, we just thought, ‘worst case scenario, they say no.’ Worst case scenario we’d find somewhere else to party,’’ Regal said.
“We went home, everyone was still in jerseys,’’ Regal said. “We tossed off our handsome TB12’s, put on some black suits, just trying to look the part.’’
Both Anglin and Regal said they had minimal party crashing experience before Super Bowl weekend. Befitting their adopted home, Regal attributes the group’s success to its acting prowess.
Anglin credits a faked a phone call in which he angrily complained about a reservation not being met for allowing him to waltz past security and into the party. Regal cites simply acting like he belonged as the key.
“Once I got inside, one of the security guards looked at me and I just gave him the head nod like I was on the practice squad or some s**t, and he just gave me the nod of approval and I got in,’’ Regal laughed.
Once inside, the guys danced with the Patriots’ cheerleaders, celebrated with other fans, chatted with the players and even made their way onto the stage. TMZ footage showed Anglin celebrating behind Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Pats safety Patrick Chung.
“We had a couple people hit us up and say, ‘If you didn’t have those pics or that video I never would have believed you,’’’ Regal said.
The social media posts and BosAngeles.com debut article have sparked interest in the BosAngeles group, and Anglin said the founders of the site are already receiving inquiries from other transplants.
“We’re definitely going to contribute but we want other people to contribute to us. We want to hear from people,’’ Anglin said. “We’re going to post what people send and submit, all across the board. Whether it’s articles, whether it’s events coming up, whether it’s a Boston-based music group that came out here, an actor who might be doing big things, a comedian, producer, it doesn’t really matter, we want it to be completely open-door.’’
“We don’t fit vaguely into a box,’’ Regal said, when asked if BosAngeles.com would model itself after any particular website. “We’re trying to create something totally new. We’re trying to take different pieces of what people like in a certain website and bringing it all to one spot.’’
“We’re going to be throwing all kinds of different events, from comedy showcases to musical events, things like that. We’re trying to be an all-encompassing lifestyle brand,’’ Regal added, highlighting the potential for BosAngeles to grow from party crashers to party starters.
Anglin and Regal credit Patrick Pinto and Stephen Keane as the pioneers who started the Boston-to-Los Angeles movement. Pinto and Keane own Dorchester Window and Door (based in L.A.) which has served as the unofficial home base for the BosAngeles crew.
Anglin plans to remain involved with BosAngeles at a high level, but hopes a larger community will grow out of it. For the time being, he’s happy to have been a part of the party crashing that put their group on the map.
“$11,000 was the cheapest ticket we saw to get into the Super Bowl and you needed a ticket to get into the party. That’s a down payment on a house for guys like us, so you know, we went in there, we didn’t hurt anybody, we didn’t break anything, we didn’t do anything illegal. We just went in there and had a really good time,’’ Anglin said. “I got to breathe the same air as Tom Brady, so I can die happy now.’’