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.
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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.