By  on May 5, 2014

LOS ANGELES — After 16 years of making T-shirts emblazoned with flying superheroes, legendary rockers and cuddly cartoon characters, Junk Food Clothing has unveiled its first store that evokes the same playful and nostalgic spirit.

Opened on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles’ Venice neighborhood over the weekend, the 2,500-square-foot space displays Junk Food’s knits printed with licensed and original graphics in what comes across as a midcentury modern beach hut decorated by Etsy. In the front room, candylike globe lights made for the 1904 World’s Fair hang from exposed rafters, metal pipes functioning as clothing racks are looped with big bright beads and a 10-foot-wide rug is woven from Junk Food T-shirts that were dyed every color of the rainbow. Local craftsmen commissioned by store designer Danny Gonzales customized weather-beaten signs and carved a cash register out of mahogany and white marble. In the back, a green couch and Fifties-era hoop chairs restrung with climber’s rope demarcate a living room, where customers can lounge and participate in weekend activities, like children’s art classes.

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