Hot Mess Vintage*

I got some text down! This is more of (and literally) a yelp review than an autobiographic cell (or whatever it is that I’m doing).  Thank you  Artznet, Michelle Kogan, and Exokotoks for your feedback regarding text boxes!

Here’s the text (full of links!):

Hot Mess Vintage and Hot Mess Café mix fashion, art, and coffee.  The front of the small but long store is filled with vintage clothing and accessories with some cool looking framed art painted on the pages from books.  The back space is dedicated to a café and Susan Zebi’s Gallery.  There’s also a lovely outdoor patio in the back.  The local artists emphasis (and woman power) of this place excites me!

I went to an opening there on Saturday showing the art of Susan Zebi and Drica Lobo, two native Brazilians.  Zebi’s art features functional ceramics and bold contrasting colors.  Drica’s art uses mixed mediums to fill large canvases with images that reveal her love for riding, painting, and getting injured by mountain bikes (which explains her cast in my drawing).  She also paints some friendly looking cats!  I spotted a few familiar faces at the opening.   The conversations of locals, the smell of beer and whiskey, and the sound of the musician’s guitar flooded the lengths of the indoor and outdoor spaces at the venue.

I’m working on the text for this.  I’m not sure where to put the writing or how to size it.  I suppose I could just put a caption box at the bottom.  The artwork featured in the background is by the two women in the drawing. 


*I originally posted this on July 31, 2012.  At this point, I was getting the hang of drawing in Photoshop, though I still wasn’t really aware of dpi and document size.  This patio has since become a significant part of my life.  I go there a few times a week.  The place has turned into “The Stop-In Station” which includes the vintage store, a coffee shop/art gallery (Cafeina Galeria), the Eco Apothecary (which I recently drew), and Eden Condensed.  If you’re in the Silver Lake area you should stop by and draw/think/story tell with us.  3318 W Sunset Blvd. 90026


  1. text looks good. It doesn’t distract from the image and the motion of the women in the picture

  2. Wow! I’m honored! The location is Cafeina Galeria which is in the back of Hot Mess Vintage in Silver Lake (3318 W Sunset Blvd). I hope that helps…

  3. This is my favorite drawing. Love everything about it.I really have tried to do any drawing in Photoshop, but your work is an inspiration to perhaps give it a shot. I like the artist community potrayed here. Bohemian rules.

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