the vibrant hues of downtown: @LAArtsDistrict1

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we had a hour so took a trip downtown to see what this place the Arts District is all about in what was a vast orchard of citrus groves, once upon a time.

and now? lots of artists, the smell of oil paint (we made that up, but perhaps we Did sense the Industry upstairs in the lofty eaves just behind the slightly open doors from ironwork balconies festooned with lavender plants and brushes drying in the sunlight), Many british accents (all creative directors have one – or acquire one – together with the traditional precision frameless glasses and a modicum of interesting face hair shaping) and the roasting of coffee beans.

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literally?

The Artform Studio – a melange of vinyl, gentle sunlight creeping through the glass doors and a hair salon out back and a deep feeling of true soul (musically and the other one that’s all about being authentic and True).

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and we also liked peeking into the Little Tokyo Mall because there was an entire boutique of Hello Kitty (a symphony of PINK) and a suspiciously-packed-arcade (for a Friday afternoon) with teenagers – sadly the Time Crisis machines were all taken, or we would have slipped inside and looked Rather incongruous in a white linen shirt, Jackie O sunglasses and shiny-shiny-black-patent-leather-Doctor.Martens.

or not.

maybe there were Lots of people dressed like us in the back playing those racing car machines (we like those too).

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10 comments on “the vibrant hues of downtown: @LAArtsDistrict1

  1. a photographic journey. j’adore. that’s not what you usually see in LA-themed travel reports.
    sending lots of love across the globe x

  2. Isn’t this the best city? The BEST. We have a whole Hello Kitty STORE! Just because we can. And entire areas we designate art districts that are like Brooklyn with better weather, and then other areas also full of art and graffiti and stuff we don’t even designate but have them anyway as back-up, just in case. It’s so great!

  3. oh, dear!!!
    streetart in LA!
    THAT is my kind of post.
    can’t wait to discover it myself.

    have you seen the BANKSY movie “exit through the giftshop”?
    do watch it. it’s very clever*

    love from sunshiny BERLIN*
    j.

  4. Docs! Je ne suis pas la seule alors… ;)
    And I must say it has been a while since we have had a photocentric post from you and what a lot of good it does–gave me a big dose of vitamins like one of Julia’s juices…
    *bisous*

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