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