With Pride season already begun and the yearly celebrations of NYC and L.A. right around the corner, you’re likely in need of “supplies.” You know, a subversive tee that’ll make those holy-roller protesters cringe; maybe a new serum so your skincare game is en pointe for the big festivities; maybe even some fabulous queer art to spruce up your loft before inviting the gang over for your annual pre-Pride celebration. All those Pride supplies — and more — will be found at Fruitcake, a queer pop-up shop taking place at Downtown L.A.’s Globe Theater on Sunday, June 3.
This weekend marks the second installment of Fruitcake, produced by L.A. nightlife king Mario Diaz (you’re likely well-familiar with his party BFD, the longest-running weekly queer event in all of Los Angeles) and L.A.-based streetwear line Lockwood51. Taking place from 11 a.m.–6 p.m., this “Gay Pride Edition” of Fruitcake is your literal one-stop shop for the work of 35 independent queer artists.
Expect to find leather goods, mugs, pins, art pieces, candles, scrubs and more — all in the spirit of Pride month and supporting the many talented queer people of L.A.’s local community.
“For me this was an opportunity to help give my friends a place to show off their work,” Diaz tells Hornet. “To help local queer artists and designers get some more exposure, and ultimately help everyone involved make a few bucks. Let’s face it, our people have great taste, and we love to shop! It’s sure to be a fun day. We felt like an all-queer pop-up was something this town was missing. Lockwood51 proposed we make it happen, and I was happy to help him get it off the ground. So here we are —round two!”
If you’re looking to attend Fruitcake this weekend, your best bet is to purchase $5 advance tickets. Tickets will be $10 at the door on Sunday, or $5 with a canned food donation. All donations will go to support the L.A. LGBT Center‘s elder outreach program.
Now let’s take a look at 10 of our favorite Fruitcake designers, artists, and vendors:
Lockwood51, “purveyor of in-your-face queer streetwear,” will be at Fruitcake offering a wide selection of tees, hats, swimwear and more.
Artist Trevor Wayne was most influenced by Saturday morning cartoons, and his multimedia art reflects it. He’ll be at Fruitcake selling his pop art, magnets, mugs and pins like the one above.
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In addition to its all-natural skincare line, this “alternative luxury” brand specializes in candles, incense and more.
Self-professed “California-based artfag” Nathan Rapport deals in cleverly crafted, subversive tees, patches and other printed items. We’re most enamored by his popular “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved me” explicit coloring book.
The L.A.-based Go-Go Amy is responsible for some of the sexiest, slinkiest attire you’ve seen sported on local go-go gods, and she’ll be at Fruitcake offering up some of her self-made wares, from slinky short-shorts to custom-made pillows.
It’s “all tee, no shade” at Huntees, the local T-shirt line specializing in the merch of several Drag Race queens and the clothing, mugs, pins and more of several talented artists.
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This place has long been L.A.’s go-to spot for kinky gear and more. Pick up a harness, toys and other sexy accoutrements on Sunday at Fruitcake.
This vintage shop located in L.A.’s Silver Lake neighborhood is a mainstay of the city’s gay party scene, and is no stranger to a pop-up. Come to Fruitcake to sort through their wide range of rare, sentimental and eclectic mix of vintage goods.
Check out the prints and T-shirts of Homo Riot, guaranteed to get you a few double-takes while walking down the street. (And check out Hornet’s recent episode of queer artist docu-series Sound + Vision all about Homo Riot here.)
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L.A.-based Sissy Boy Clothing is a purveyor of fun tees, crop tops and tote bags, all of which are perfect for donning to your upcoming Pride celebration.