Vintage Vegas and Retired Lights

June 15, 2016 at 1:52 pm

Love it or hate it, there is no place on earth like Vegas. I was in the Arts District recently and found plenty to get involved in, outside the usual fan fair. I shopped at many stores specializing in 60s antiques and old relics of Vegas casinos. I bought postcards, playing cards and tumbler glasses of vanished casinos. The city makes a considerable effort to preserve the signs that have become an iconic part of Las Vegas. I appreciate the nostalgia of the 50s and 60s. And while tacky as hell, it was pretty fabulous.

If you have the time, I suggest leaving the strip and visiting the Neon Museum.  It is all the retired lights that have found a home in the Neon Boneyard.  I took the day tour, but there is a lighted night tour available as well.  Use the link at the bottom of the article if you are so inclined

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I find interesting how Vegas “reinvents itself” while still maintaining its core Vegas values of excess, debauchery and fantasy. In the 40s, the casinos took on images of the old west with hotels named Frontier, The Golden Nugget and El Rancho. In the 50s, when Vegas hit its stride, the themes acknowledged the fact that you were sitting in the middle of the desert. Casinos named Sundance, Sahara, Sands Dunes, and Desert Inn promoted the desert as an exotic oasis. Not many hotels have continued on with this theme, the only one I can think of is The Mirage.

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After that, in the 90s, it seemed people went to Vegas to be anywhere BUT Vegas. The Venetian, Caesars Palace, Paris, New York New York, and Rio opened. I think this was time period we officially lost the cheap buffets Vegas was notorious for.

Today, Dunes has been replaced by Bellagio, Sands replaced by Venetian, The Desert Inn is The Wynn; and Aladdin replaced by Planet Hollywood. We have all seen the demolition videos of the buildings. My favorite story is how they unearthed the old vintage Sands casino chips when they demolished the New Frontier (pictured below). It is also rumored that casinos used to dispose of their obsolete chips by tossing them overboard into Lake Mead, or dumping them in the concrete foundation of a new casino. I guess this shouldn’t be surprising with mobsters running the city.

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Those hotels must have been an experience back in the day.

Places to Visit:

Neon Museum:

Artform Studios – combo hair salon & record store in L.A!

September 11, 2014 at 9:36 pm


Wandered into this joint on one of my post Little Tokyo ramen fueled walkabouts. SURPRISE!! Wasn’t expecting what I saw. Full retro hair salon with full bins of vinyl in the front.

Turns out the shop is run by Sherry and Adrian Younge. Adrian, as you may or may not know, is an L.A. based music composer / producer who worked with Ghostface Killah and The Delfonics (!!!!) as well as did the soundtrack for Black Dynamite.

Love this find! I walked outta there with a pretty clean copy of The J.B.s “Doing It to Death” and , oh yea. Everyone there was like the opposite of uncool. Will def be back!

Check out ArtForm Studios. Their website is right god damn here and stop by the shop on 3rd Street at Alameda in Downtown L.A. – 701 E 3rd St. Suite 120 Los Ange­les, CA 90013

Tell them you heard about them from Neighborhood Love!

Giant Robot shop & Gallery – Los Angeles, CA

February 5, 2014 at 1:17 pm

I first heard of Giant Robot when they’re magazine first hit the shelves. Being driven by Asian culture and artists, Giant Robot has featured and brought up many artists that have turned into gallery and pop artist icons. They have since the magazine opened a store and also a gallery GR2.

I first went over to the Giant Robot store to take pictures, now I have to say the place is very cozy and down to earth, and doesn’t have an attitude at all, other than fun. My wife looked around while I snapped pics, and I saw the girl working the counter talking to a couple with a little asian  girl who was so cute, she looked like a cartoon come to life. I wanted to take a pic of the family in the store, but they jetted out before I made my way over there. Here are some pics of the Giant Robot Store.


Japanese toy display at San Francisco Airport

January 5, 2014 at 11:41 am

San Francisco has long been a progressive city, with a huge art scene, but even I was surprised when I saw this amazing, and huge display of Japanese toys while walking through the airport to catch my connecting flight. The display showed an amazing amount of toys from Japan’s history, from before the turn of the last century, to the golden age of Japan’s toy boom of the 1950’s and 1960’s, such as Godzilla and Ultraman. Plus their display included Hot Couture Hello Kitty dresses and even old park and Carnival rides in the shape of popular Japanese TV characters. And did I mention this was in an airport?

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did, and “ooooh”, and “ahhhh”, as much as the people walking by did on their rush to catch their next flight. For once I was glad I had some time between my connecting flights. Enjoy.



ELEMENT TREE / ART PRIMO Present: Yard Work S:3 Episode:5 Feat. TWERK

August 31, 2013 at 8:20 am


The Kanek in Newark NJ

July 8, 2013 at 10:24 pm


Skateboarding and Graffiti have a history. Before my time in the Dogtown, Venice beach days, where modern skateboarding took a turn away from goofy handstands and multiple 360’s, there was The Zefer team. I don’t need to re-hash the history, but I think this is where Skateboarding, Graffiti, Punk rock, and hip hop all started to mix. With Rat Bones logos looking spray painted, and The classic gangster fonts of Dogtown, to Glen E. Friedman taking famous pics of the pro skaters at Dogbowl, then Suicidal Tendencies, Public Enemy, and The Beastie Boys just to name a few. I think that was the cross over point, late 70’s into the early 80’s.
Having said that, its good to know it all still has a history, and there’s places like The Kanek in Newark where it lives and thrives. Please support these guys as part of the Neighborhood Love Family, and read as 4SAKN chops it up with the boys of Kanek. Enjoy.

Lowbrow Gallery Brooklyn – Brooklyn NYC

July 3, 2013 at 1:37 am



Lowbrow Gallery in Brooklyn is run and owned by Bishop 203 a graffiti artist turned street artist. I met him while in NYC, and I have to say he is a really cool guy who not only loves art, but does his part to help the art scene and his fellow artists. It’s always good when you see a person who is cool doing well, but things can always change in our up and down economy, so this is a person and a spot you should give some Neighborhood Love to and support, and if you are visiting NYC, you should put Lowbrow on your list of hot spots to check out! Enjoy.

Little Blue Gourmet Boutique – Calabasas, CA

June 26, 2013 at 6:22 am
Little Blue Gourmet Boutique
4774 Park Granada #7
Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 225-8078


May 9, 2013 at 11:56 pm

Once again my boy 4sakn  hits up a local East Coast spot in Jersey City. Serringe has been pushing his store Element tree for a minute, as well as putting out graffiti and hip hop videos from local East Coast Legends. I have talked with Ser, and he is a humble, good person, out there grinding and staying busy, the kind of dude Neighborhood Love likes to show! Read this quick conversation between 4sakn and Ser, and as always support these Neighborhood Hot Spots!




Cotton Candy Machine in Brooklyn NY – presents Buff Monster and Lamour Supreme In NYC

May 1, 2013 at 9:05 pm



My homie 4sakn and his girl along with their son went down to Cotton candy Machine to check out Buff Monster and Lumour Supreme. 4sakn talks with art director and co owner Sean Leonard who opened the shop with Tara Mcpherson. Tara Mcpherson is a well known pop artist who has been doing gallery shows for years now and has graced the pages of Juxtapoz and Hi Fructose, as well as producing famous band posters for music shows, to designing for toy super power Kid Robot. The girl is established! Tara has a unique style that is quickly recognizable and has cut out and crafted her own style that has grown over the years to have a strong following.


Neighborhood Love

When did the doors open officially for your place?

Cotton Candy Machine

We opened Cotton Candy Machine on April 9 2011 with our grand opening art show called the Tiny Trifecta. It’s has become our annual group show and the next one if on June 15th 2013. The theme for the show is that each artist is doing 3 tiny pieces of $100 art, making the perfect Tiny Trifecta from each artist.