The sweetest store in America lets you shop by brand, colour or theme

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Food and Packaging on Thursday 6 November 2014

If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there’s only one place you need to visit: Jack’s Wholesale. Located in downtown Los Angeles, this 20,000 square-foot space is stacked from floor to ceiling with nothing but sweet, sweet candy. How awesome can a candy store be?

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The abandoned sofas of Los Angeles

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Monday 24 March 2014

May I present to you the abandoned street couches of Los Angeles as compiled by Keith Plocek. Apparently ‘these artifacts say more about us than just laziness. They tell stories of butts and passion and bad television, and maybe even birth and death’. There’s quite a few different kinds of sofas here – ‘The whole […]

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LA’s tallest bike reaches up to two storeys

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 1 May 2013

The CicLAvia VI, which was recently held in Los Angeles, also played host to a fantastic 14.5-foot-tall handmade cruiser bike by Los Angelopes co-founder Richie Trimble that literally towered over the rest of the wheels. While Trimble didn’t win any awards with his Big Boy bike, LA Streets Blog carried an interesting interview with him […]

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Haim cover Hazy Shade of Winter

Coasts Reader Find

By Coasts in New Music on Thursday 17 January 2013

It looks like it’s going to be a big year for Haim. The LA girl group recently posted a video of them covering one of my favourite Simon & Garfunkel songs, Hazy Shade of Winter, at a karaoke bar. It’s pretty rad and, yes, Danielle is a total babe.

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Venice6114: the mechanic’s garage art gallery

Matt Warren Reader Find

By Matt Warren in New Events on Thursday 17 January 2013

Situated at Venice and La Cienega, Venice 6114 is a hidden gem amongst Culver City’s more established galleries. Run by Sergio Bromberg, the gallery shuns the traditional white cube space adopted by its neighbors. Instead it uses the locale, which still retains the facade and feel of the mechanics garage it once was, as a shell to transform into whatever environment is necessary for the featured artist. Bromberg doesn’t simply put on exhibitions – he puts on events.

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Atomically Incorrect Creatures: plush faux taxidermy

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By Matt Warren in New Products on Thursday 17 January 2013

As a taxidermy addict, I have become mildly obsessed with Atomically Incorrect Creatures. The funky hand stitched sculptures of unique hybrid creatures are the brainchild of Los Angeles-based artist Bree Y. The faux taxidermy resemble decapitated children’s cuddly toys mounted on walls, which will appeal to anybody with a sense of humor.

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Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead’s project on display in 2013

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By Paul White in New Art on Saturday 22 December 2012

A sad loss earlier this year, Mike Kelley was an artist who influenced a generation and helped bring attention to Los Angeles as a vital art capital. His Mobile Homestead’s project – a recreation of his childhood home mounted on a trailer – was only part completed at the time of his death. The Museum […]

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Epilogue: a fully immersive installation in Los Angeles

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By Hugh Leeman in New Events on Thursday 23 August 2012

San Francisco’s three most prolific vandals create a fully immersive installation inspired by America’s gun loving culture, its corporate behemoths, and a financial meltdown. Reclaimed billboards, fire stencils, carbon soot emissions, and hand-painted assault rifles take the place of canvas and oil paint at this timely Los Angeles exhibit. Epilogue opens Saturday, September 8 at Hold Up Art Gallery in downtown Los Angeles, two blocks south of the Geffen Contemporary MOCA.

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LA Creamery Artisan Ice Cream

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 21 July 2012

If you can’t bare the lines but crave a creative pint to dig your spoon into, then LA Creamery Artisan Ice Cream may be more your style. Delivered to your doorstep, this all-natural, organic ice cream collection has decidedly more adult overtones. Just check out their line of boozy ice creams in flavors like Chimay, Moonshine + Caramel Corn, Absinthe, and Tennessee Whisky.

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Cupcake ice cream sandwiches from Sprinkles

The Urban Grocer Contributor

By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 21 July 2012

The sun comes out, the temperature rises, and all of a sudden, everyone’s sporting an ice cream cone. But in cities where the sun shines on the daily, ice cream is more of an art to be perfected than a seasonal affair. Los Angeles is Exhibit A. Over in Beverly Hills, the fine folks that brought cupcake to its past glory, Sprinkles, have recently opened a white-tiled, neon-signed ice cream shop.

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Cut-Foot Hotline: the inside word on Eastside LA art shows

Gordy Grundy Reader Find

By Gordy Grundy in New Art on Wednesday 11 July 2012

My upcoming art show is getting some media attention, but I think the coolest is from the Cut-Foot Hotline. It’s very old school in all the best ways. Imagine a telephone with a rotary dial. When calling (310) CUT-FOOT, you will get a daily recording of what is happening on the Eastside of Los Angeles: […]

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Linoleum block prints by Dave Leftner

Jena Ardell Reader Find

By Jena Ardell in Video on Friday 4 May 2012

Artist Dave Leftner uses a 1950s technique known as reduction linoleum block printing to create one-of-a-kind prints of iconic, vintage signage, storefronts and architecture in Los Angeles. He also lives in a pretty bitchin’ loft.

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High Fashion Crime: a photo series by Melanie Pullen

Akvile Lesauskaite Reader Find

By Akvile Lesauskaite in New Photography on Tuesday 24 April 2012

Can crime, dressed as fashion, be an art form? It seems so. American photographer Melanie Pullen created the High Fashion Crime series which illustrates real criminals in Los Angeles between 1912 and 1950. She tells the cruel stories to society from her own point of view, working with famous models, actresses and brands such as Prada, Chanel and Gucci. She recovers documentary archives and gives the high fashion taste to crimes that most people tend to be insensitive to.

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LAEM store: art-driven apparel by Treacherous Minx

Alison Shepard Contributor

By Alison Shepard in New Products on Thursday 8 March 2012

Who ever thought that repurposed panty-hose packaging could be so hot? Thanks to the Intuition Line from Treacherous Minx, we have a new-found love for vintage hosiery. Or make that, the branding behind them. This art-driven apparel line from Los Angeles pulls inspiration from vintage packaging, films, and books, laying the art onto must-have modern […]

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The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles

Scratch My Nose Reader Find

By Scratch My Nose in Cool Travel on Friday 27 January 2012

At this unique privately owned museum in Los Angeles, one has to walk through a maze of corridors within the softly lit exhibits where you are introduced to an alternative history that you would not read in history books.

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