Los Angeles Club Kids: Where Are They Now?
On the West Coast, the club kids popped up around 1991, the local counterparts of the New York City Party Monster types, attending the types of underground raves your parents explicitly forbade. It wasn't all about drugs, but there were certainly plenty: ketamine, acid, cocaine, ecstasy, and more, sometimes washed down with beer or liquor.
Courtesy of Travis Pates
They took great creative pride in developing their looks, which sprung from gothic and industrial styles but began to feature candy-colored fashions. They developed a cache and were hired by various party promoters as "entertainment," twerking it on dance floors across L.A. As the rave scene began to peter out in 2003 -- largely due to police crackdowns -- the kids moved on with their lives and grew up. Many sought to bring the spirit and creativity of their club days with them, and many succeeded.
We recently caught up with five of the best-known Los Angeles club kids, who reminisced and brought us up to speed with their lives.
Name: Travis Pates, aka Travisty
Courtesy of Travis Pates Travisty
Back then: Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Travisty dropped a bunch of acid and rode a bus to California, where he took on a robotic style. Frequenting underground clubs like The Romper Room in full make-up, he met Kris K-os (below) and several other club kids on the Leeza Gibbons Show. It was, of course, an episode on the new "club kids craze." Back then it took months for him to build his costumes for parties, he says.
Present: Travisty is now Travis Alan Pates, a makeup artist. He has worked on Jane Lynch, Larry David, and other celebrities, and currently works on the CW show Hart of Dixie.
Wildest memory: After a party in Las Vegas 2002, he was carrying flame-throwing equipment -- for a show -- when a woman screamed "He has a bomb!" Someone threw a bottle at him, and a group of guys started beating him. So he took off his 14-inch platform shoes, covered in nails. "It was a fabulous weapon," he says. Long story short: He walked away OK.