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Los Angeles has more stores than anyone could physically tackle, but somehow we always keep returning to the usual suspects. To break out of the rut, we've asked some local shopping and fashion gurus to provide their hidden retail gems—those unique stores around LA that we might not all know about. Cue the Beatles: We're about to get a little help from our friends.
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La Carmina is a professional fashion/beauty/youth culture blogger who also pens columns for both AOL Travel and Huffington Post. She has her finger on the pulse of all things niche and underground in both the art and fashion worlds. When she's able to enjoy some free time, she ventures to Hyaena Gallery in Burbank.
"I learned of Hyaena Gallery from LA-based artist Dienzo. He painted a bloody vampire portrait of La Carmina and exhibited it there. On my first visit, owner Bill Shafer mesmerized me with his bizarre collection of dark, lowbrow, outsider art. Among the morbid curiosities for sale: a 15th century Albrecht Durer engraving, pigment scratches on a real human skull and Charlie Manson's signature on a page of Exodus. Hyaena often has raucous opening parties for underground exhibits, such as Pinky Violence (sexy posters from 1970s Japanese bad girl b-movies). If you're a spooky type, swing by Burbank to visit this little art shop of horrors and say hi to Bill for me."
· Hyaena Gallery [Official Site]
· La Carmina [Official Site]
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