Merry Karnowski, West Hollywood
When I left my parents home, I moved into a 400 sq ft studio in the city. Just like my previous home, this one had everything I needed, with the exception of living space and room to roam.
Abandoned after the new LA Zoo was built in Griffith Park, the Old Zoo is a literal Urban Jungle, home to junkies, runaways and the mentally ill.
It also has picnic tables.
Griffith Park, Los Angeles
I found this vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk in Beverly Hills. You can own it for the price of a new Corolla, without the shame of owning a new Corolla.
WELCOME, TO JURASSIC RESTAURANT
Jurassic Restaurant is a bootleg Asian joint that shares space in a strip mall with one gun range and TWO “Gentlemens Clubs”, deep in the SGV
The restaurant borrows it’s theme (without permission) from Jurassic Park. It’s amazing what a determined man with chicken wire and cement, can create with less money than the catering budget of the Spielberg epic. It serves questionable (but tasty) Taiwanese food, and is delivered by girls in Native American (or Cave-woman?) costumes.
There is an underlying theme of over-serving with “drunk crossing” signage and a 15% surcharge for intentionally vomiting. The bathroom wash basins are fitted with garbage disposals, and signs over them ask patrons politely to “puke in the sink”.
Why hasn’t Jurassic Restaurant been shut down yet?
Chaos Theory in effect.
City of Industry, CA
TO UNLEADED & BEYOND!
Union Oil is retro-futuristic filling station designed by Kanner Architects.
The only thing missing is a landing pad and a Rocket Fuel pump. Jet Pack accessible.
In the hood on Slauson and LaBrea.
INK & IRON
The SoCal Hot Rod scene is strong like no other.
Every year some guy outgrows his $150 hipster jeans and admits his 20’s had a drinking problem. The Greaser scene is one that you can still feel relevant when you’re post 30, chubby and receding. As a bonus, your drinking problem can ride shotgun instead of on the back of your fixie.
Long Beach, CA
United Artists Theatre
The United Artist Theatre was created in a pre multi-plex world.
This massive theatre was designed in a Spanish Gothic Style, and built in 1927 by Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks (google them). The Ace Hotel recently opened it up as a concert venue.
Everytime I enter one of these cavernous spaces, I always hope that the big-one doesn’t hit while I’m in there. But then again, I guess there are worse places to be buried alive.
Jelly Fish Eyes
I’m a big fan of Takashi Murakami. His factory of artists create amazing paintings, sculptures, and animation under his direction.. I like almost everything “he” creates. Almost.
Last night I went to the LA premiere of his first full-length, live action movie, Jellyfish Eyes. At $20/ticket, I could forgive him for making Poké-Murakami: The Movie. However, if you were part of an elite group of Super-fans who shelled out for the $300 tickets, Murakami introduced you to his new concept, SuperFlat Broke.
Still a Murakami fan…in a gallery setting.