It looks like the peripatetic Cobra Snake is sinking his fangs into bricks-and-mortar retail -- at least temporarily.
On Wednesday we got word that local photographer, occasional fashion-show fixture, gadabout, and petri dish of pop culture Mark "the Cobra Snake" Hunter is opening his own vintage-clothing store in the Hollywood & Highland Center.
Dubbed the Cobra Shop and slated to officially open on June 16, we're told the 2,000-square-foot space with "crazy high ceilings" (Hunter's words, not ours) will be located on the mall's fourth level across from the Hollywood Grill.
Offerings will include a selection of vintage
clothing (personally scrounged and sourced by Cobra Snake) similar to the screened Tweety Bird T-shirts, crushed velvet dresses and Mexican ponchos he's been selling through the online incarnation of the Cobra Shop for awhile now, as well as archival pieces by fashion designer Jeremy Scott, screen prints by Shepard Fairey, limited-edition books by Todd Selby, T-shirts from Dim Mak collection and Steve Aoki's personal shoe collection.
If the merchandise mix sounds mind-bending, hold on to your brain pan because the interior decor matches it. The press materials call it a "combination retail store-art gallery-secret clubhouse-video game arcade-photography studio-hot spot-recreational facility" decorated with cardboard cutouts of '90s-era celebrities and taxidermied animals (apparently on loan from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County -- who knew they did loaners?) accessorized with sunglasses.
If you can't wait until mid-month to marvel at the mayhem, make sure to beat feat to the grand opening party slated for June 8. Hosted by Jeremy Scott, it doubles as the exclusive Los Angeles
book signing for Todd Selby's new book "The Selby Is in Your Place" and will feature a DJ set by artist Shepard Fairey and a live performance by someone who calls himself Beardo.
Also in attendance will be "Grandmasnake" and "Grandpasnake" (we're assuming those are Hunter's grandparents, no word if they're "maternalsnakes" or "paternalsnakes"), and a veritable Woodstock's worth of the wingnuts that populate his trippy Cobra-verse.
"[The shop] will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.," Hunter informed us by e-mail. "At least until September. And then we will either continue at that location or move to something more crazy,"
Consider yourself forewarned.
-- Adam Tschorn
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Photo: Shutterbug Mark Hunter, a.k.a. the Cobra Snake, is opening a vintage-clothing store/rumpus room called the Cobra Shop in the Hollywood & Highland Center on June 16. Credit: Marvin Scott Jarrett.