Los Angeles, United States
Arion, 31
Art Director / Photographer
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What are the Los Angeles spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

In-N-Out, Laugh Factory, Bars with secret entrances & restaurants located in a strip mall next to a 7-Eleven.

Do’s and don’ts in Los Angeles: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Uber or Lyft, never get into taxis. The metro rail lines are also a good way to get around. Use caution when biking, L.A. isn't quite the safest place for bikes. Look into Bird electric scooter rentals if you need to travel short/medium distances around specific parts of town. Always tip 15-20%.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm an Art Director in advertising. My job is to come up with ideas and give them a visual look and feel. I love it because I'm able to create things from the ground up and see it come to life.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

$80-$150

Which Los Angeles shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

Record Parlour, Record Surplus, General Admission, Deus ex machina.

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Pink Floyd, Radiohead, Daft Punk, Dr. Dre, Kanye West.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Venice/Santa Monica for the day. Downtown LA for the night.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

The valley, otherwise known as north of the wall.

What’s the one place in Los Angeles you think is underrated?

Little Ethiopia.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

A quiet rooftop bar.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Los Angeles?

Taco Zone in Echo Park, Leo's Tacos, Tacos 1986.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Put on a jacket and go for a hike. It doesn't get that cold here.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Takao for dinner and then to a concert or show somewhere.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Breakfast By Salt's Cure. More of a breakfast spot than brunch.

Your perfect night out in Los Angeles includes:

A concert, a stiff drink, and a late night taco truck.

Which local creators do you admire?

Thundercat, Flying Lotus,Frank Ocean, Roy Choi, Jonathan Gold.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

Top floors of parking structures in Santa Monica.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Leo's Tacos. It's a bit out of the way but if you're ever near a location you should always go for it.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Los Angeles. How do you spend it?

Eating multiple meals on the beach.

You’re meeting the mayor of Los Angeles - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Better public transportation.

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