This place has been on my to-do list since I moved to London nearly 3 years ago, but for some reason I kept postponing it. Maybe location? In any case, I blame myself and myself only for not visiting it before, cause it was damn AWESOME.
Paramount feelings went through as I stepped into Chris Bracey’s neon world. How long has this been here? Does he do this for pleasure? What does he get out of it? Which one is his favorite piece? How long did it take to make it? I mean, did he make it? I wondered.
The artist wasn’t there on our visit, but we got to talk to some nice people who helped us answer these questions.
God’s Own Junkyard is the one of the oldest sign makers in the city, and the largest stockist of vintage neons and signs in the EU. They make most of the lights on display at the artist's garage, and a project usually takes a minimum of 2 weeks to get done, depending on difficulty. Prices vary quite a lot, from a standard neon light of £1,500 to an artwork piece of £25,000. ARTSY.
You know how much I love colourful and blinky stuff, so this felt like my very own Wonderland. Moreover, a little café has been set up recently, to enjoy your visit even more: alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages are served here, so feel free to stay as much as you like, they’ve got you covered.
As I thought about what to wear for the occasion, only very ‘showy’ looks seemed appropriate. And for some reason, Rihanna’s 'cockiness' song came to mind, and the outfit selection came very quickly after that. Vintage sunglasses, shiny disco pants and FUR FUR FUR.
Let’s play with the lights, shall we?
WHAT I WORE:
Giant Vintage Sunglasses
American Apparel Disco Pants
Miista Wedge Boots
Choker from NYC Brodway Market (similar here)
Aritzia Babadot Blouse
Marc Jacobs Handbag
PDPaola Ear Loop