Los Angeles Club Kids: Where Are They Now?
|Courtesy of Chris Balian|
Back then: Growing up in Silver Lake, he met a group of young club kids who were "fun and colorful and free," he remembers. They urged him to join them; he had a darker edge to his style and began hanging with fashionista Ernie Omega. Rave promoters started seeking him out, and he was featured on rave flyers. In the morning he would have to decide, "Which shade of black do I wear today?"
Present: In 2002 he opened bakery Sweetopia, at downtown's Alexandria Hotel, but it closed in 2007. He continues to bake at other spots.
Wildest memory: At a Las Vegas party in 2002, a group of club kids including Balian were arrested, in full regalia, after upsetting some police officers. As they were taken into the holding cell area, he recalls, the people in the cells started hooting and screaming at them. But while they were being booked, a fashion show of sorts broke out. The kids hopped onto a desk and posed while the police used the booking camera to snap shots, and the inmates cheered them on.