Word of Mouth, LA: Designer The Blk Smith Has A Coffee Shop Tip

Word of Mouth is a series where we get you guys onto cool things, via cool people. We’re talking to our favorite creatives, artists, and athletes about their favorite stuff in their lives right now—cool apps they’re addicted to, new albums they can’t stop bumping, new health regimens… anything goes. Prepare to be put on. 

David Smithbetter known as @TheBlkSmith by the 84,000 people who follow him on Instagramgrew up an hour inland of Los Angeles and found himself in San Francisco after graduating from art school. There, he spent two years designing for hometown label Benny Gold before a brief stint at Dropbox. But the design life called, and Smith quit his job, and headed south to LA to open his own design studio, finally starting the career he’d always hoped for.

Smith is currently living in the Arts District of Los Angeles—it’s a “noisy place with a lot to get into,” he says, but he truly loves it and credits his new environment for pushing him to be a better designer.

As Green Label descends on LA for the last stop of the Dew NBA 3X tournament, as well as our very own Fairfax Block Party (with giveaways, food and more, info here), we hit up Smith for his favorite people and places.

Stumptown Coffee

I live and work in my studio, so I don’t get out much. However, every day I look forward to walking two blocks to Stumptown. Their coffee is solid, but it’s not about that: it’s the folks that work there. They’re all doing their own unique thing and I appreciate the hell out of it.

LA Trap Nights

It’s funny; among my friends I’ve kind of become this meme that only cares about hunting for trap nights. I just love finding random hip hop shows. My favorite so far is at Resident in Arts District. Probably because I found the spot on my own one night walking around and this live show was going on—it felt very LA. I’m trying to let my hair down a bit while I’m here. Hit me up if you know a spot.

Every LA Designer’s Best Kept (Book) Secret

Another local staple of the Arts District is Hennessey + Ingalls. Hands-down the most robust and eclectic design/art focused bookstore I’ve been to. It kinda has that bougie, affluent vibe so don’t expect the employees to be real warm but the selection is undeniable. Plus, I don’t like to be bothered when I’m hunting for inspiration so I guess I’m down.

Green Label is coming to LA! This Saturday we’ll be celebrating the sixth and final stop of Dew NBA 3X with the Fairfax Block Party, with live performances (Jerreau and IamSu!), free food, games, and tons of giveaways from DOPE, Crooks & Castles, Pink Dolphin and more. For more information about the Fairfax Block Party on 10/15, click here.    

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