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TACO’s work was cut out for us at the abandoned Sunset Pacific Hotel last Saturday where street-artists’ posters had taken over like wild roots at Ankor Wat. Posters hung all over the place while rockin’ bands like Eagle and Talon and skilled DJ Troma 1 did their thing, keeping the costumed and faded crowd skanking and banging their cabesas.

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Each mystery room of the 3rd Floor had an installation or happening, from a headhunter’s jungle featuring a blood-red lake to live music, plus tons of new art by Justin Kees, Buff Monster, Branded, Project Rabbit, ENIK ONE, Urban Medium, Absent, Bunny Kitty, and many others whose work we love and respect. The drinks were strong (but expensive!) and the creepy old silent films kept us in our haunted mood. The hotel is being knocked down to make room for a yuppier boutique hotel called The Silverlake (baaarf!), but still might make a nice place to sleep in the present if your crew needs a dusty, asbestosed corner to crash in for a night or two.

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While gracious MC Julio did his best Tony Montana and made everybody welcome, a few bottles and cans flew from the rafters, narrowly missing masked and cowled heads. Sticky Rick, total stud of the sticker world, presented his exhibit Hallow Wheat Paste featuring Shepard Fairey, Kofi, Robbie Conal, Seizer, Skull Phone, 20 Mg, and mucho mucho mas. We were also introduced to Danny Venemous, who is a cool dude.

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The event was put together by the folks from Brite Spot, Malo, CD13, Clearwater Productions, and others to help raise money for Built, which supports transitional housing for youth, among other things. So much talent was on display and fortunately there were no tragic balcony collapses or lockjaw contracted during this creative Halloween Party. Even surrounded by images of death, Art=Life!!

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Headhunter’s Jungle Room

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Photos can not do justice to how cool this exhibit was, where divided images of birds made the ravens look 3-D. The artist’s name is Michael Storc. It’s like cruelty-free Damien Hirst.

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BRANDED

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Eagle & Talon

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We don’t know this kid’s name, but he is a fucking ripper!!!!

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Malo’s tacos were good!
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Danny Venomous

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Justin Kees

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