West Seattle weekend scene: Celebrating new magazine PMA

(Photos by Jason Grotelueschen for WSB)

In the spotlight tonight at Easy Street Records – the new magazine PMA. It’s the creation of West Seattleite Matthew Lee Johnston, who explains in the opening pages of PMA, “There are magazines that show you that you can bake a beautiful cake or plant an amazing garden, but what about a magazine that helped you build a more authentic life?” PMA – short for Positive Mental Attitude – is Johnston’s way of building one for himself, too.

He was among the speakers at tonight’s party for PMA, whose initial issue’s first run is already sold out online. He said PMA’s mission has just begun with the magazine and will go beyond. ESR’s Matt Vaughan (with the mic in the next photo) also spoke:

So did Ken Workman of the Duwamish Tribe, who not only noted that the tribe is in “the DNA” of everything in Seattle, but also endorsed the PMA inspiration of positive energy. The crowd also included two people featured in PMA’s first edition, Abigail McCarthy from Warm Current, which provides surfing gear and instruction to indigenous communities, and Skate Like A Girl‘s Kristin Ebeling.

7 Replies to "West Seattle weekend scene: Celebrating new magazine PMA"

  • Mike January 27, 2019 (7:05 am)

    This is a fantastic idea.  As somebody who’s pretty negative about a lot of stuff going on, it’s stuff like this that reminds me positivity will be what will keep things changing for the better.

  • Al January 27, 2019 (7:50 am)

    I spy West Seattle’s own Mark Arm (of Mudhoney) in that first pic as well. 

  • I’mcoveredinbees January 27, 2019 (8:59 am)

    I’m with Mike, this is sorely needed. Bravo, PMA!

  • flimflam January 27, 2019 (1:21 pm)

    so do the Bad Brains know they are being plagiarized?

  • Jeff Braimes January 27, 2019 (2:39 pm)

    Now more than ever! 

  • Kate Martin January 27, 2019 (11:14 pm)

    Matt is a one of a kind unique person. What I always hope will happen to me is that I will wake up and go to a meeting and MLJ’s style, spirit, and humor will just become me and folks will nod, chuckle, relate to my reasoning, and agree to do whatever I say.  He’s everyone’s friend and has always exuded amazing positive energy and human being acumen since I met him working on skateboard park advocacy in 2004. This PMA project makes complete sense. 

    • MLJ January 29, 2019 (5:19 pm)

      OMG! Thanks Kate! Thanks everyone!Thanks also to the WSB for always seeking out and supporting meaningful things in our community.  We would be much worse off without your support and hard work.@flimflam: We tried to get them to play the party but they were not available ;) Seriously though, we love the Bad Brains but the origin of PMA actually stretches back to a 1937 book by Napoleon Hill. It’s all good stuff and we are happy to share the credit whenever it’s due.

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