It might sit in a far-off suburb of Atlanta, but there's nothing small town about the work being done at All or Nothing Tattoo. Staffed by a huge roster of award-winning artists — including the legendary Brandon Bond, Dave Tedder, Mike McMahon, and many more. If you doubt their credibility, one look at the huge collections of awards and trophies should put your mind at ease, and while they do accept walk-ins, they are also super-popular — among tattoo aficionados, celebrities, and professional athletes alike — so you might want to book an appointment first.
The tagline states "Exclusive Goods - Rare Clothings", and that's a pretty good place to start when attempting to understand the awesomeness that is Andreas Murkudis. This massive, 10,000 square-foot-plus space was formerly home to a newspaper printing press, but now offers high-end, ultra-minimalist wares ranging from little-known clothing brands, accessories, various home wares, and even some select booze and food products, to a store-within-a-store for Mykita sunglasses and an entire level devoted to furniture from the German brand e15.
It might not be the original location, but for sheer selection, you can't beat the Hollywood outpost of Amoeba Music. Hailed by the owners as the "biggest, broadest, most diverse collection of music and movies ever seen on under one roof," this massive store occupies a full city block, and offers two floors of media goodness. Inside, you'll find row after row of CDs, movies, and, of course, plenty of vinyl, as well as one of the most knowledgeable staffs of any store anywhere. As you'd expect from a record shop this size, it also serves as a venue for live bands and release parties, having hosted The Flaming Lips, The Roots, The Raconteurs, and many other artists over its 10+ years of operation.
Looking to do a little shopping on your lunch break? Take care of both with one stop into Friday Next. Located in the heart of the city, this unique shop combines a store with a great selection of furniture, housewares, and smaller items like bags, books, and knick knacks/gifts with a relaxing cafe and outdoor terrace with ideal Overtoom people watching. The cafe serves coffee, cappuccino, and lunches; and in the afternoon offers snacks and wine, which make hopping on the free Wi-Fi to check your email a little more relaxing.
Okay, so it's not really close to any surfing — unless you're thinking of throwing your board in the East River — but that doesn't stop Pilgrim Surf + Supply from being worth a visit. This Williamsburg shop stocks a surprisingly robust selection of boards, as well as trunks, hoodies, shirts, pants, jackets, bags, and other essential gear. And should you feel like a bit of spontaneous shopping when you're closer to the shore, stop by their new shop in Amagansett, which offers just as impressive a selection with an even beach-ier vibe.
Okay, so only four of its seven floors are of interest to guys, but when you consider that's more than half of the 43,000 square feet, we figure that's plenty. Excelsior is a must-see megastore near the Duomo, offering a third floor with an amazing sneaker selection, excellent suiting — this is Milan, after all, and outstanding leather goods, a ground floor overflowing with the latest gadgetry and fine fragrances, a mezzanine "food court" that will have you rethinking your concept of the term, and a bottom floor grocery store that puts your local Whole Foods to shame. Just don't forget to bring your wallet — odds are you won't be leaving empty-handed (or empty-stomached, for that matter).
It's not the place to go buy the latest and greatest releases. Nor is it a place to go buy CDs, DVDs, or other hard plastic discs. But if you're looking for vinyl, Groove Merchant Records is the place to be. This collectors haven has been operating in the Lower Haight for over two decades, dedicating itself to finding the best rare and obscure vinyl from around the world, then tossing it onto the shelves for your amusement. As you might imagine, the staff — including owner Chris Veltri, aka Cool Chris — are highly knowledgeable and friendly, so even if you're new to record buying, you'll feel right at home.
We've long been fans of Topo Designs' gear, and finally there's a place to browse their whole catalog at once. The new flagship Topo Designs Store gives you an opportunity to browse their range of bags, apparel, and accessories, from accessory pulls and wallets to klettersacks and duffel bags. Also on offer are some choice outdoorsy magazines, as well as a range of camping and outdoor equipment and a solid selection of sunglasses. And as you might expect from an outdoor-focused company, the store itself is easy on the environment, as it's built from two recycled shipping containers, giving it an appropriately rugged feel.
Sure, Michigan might not be the first place you think of for a surfboard shop, but anyone who's ever been out on the Great Lakes can attest to the surfing being just fine — if you know where to find it. Third Coast Surf Shop seeks to outfit these hardy lake surfers, offering a full compliment of wetsuits, leashes, wax, racks, carriers, surfboards, paddleboards, skateboards, magazines, books, surfing DVDs, and self-branded shirts, hoodies, sandals, and hats. In addition, the company runs another location in New Buffalo, so you have more than one place to get geared up.
Most people might know it better by the name of the TV show it was featured on — Miami Ink — but by any name, the artists at Love Hate Tattoo Studio are some of the best in the business. Owned by Ami James and Chris Nunez, this shop is located just where you'd expect — in South Beach — and is home to a dozen artists, each with their own strengths. While they still handle walk-ins, they're rather popular (as should be expected), so it's probably best to make an appointment if you plan on getting work done while you're in town.
Opened in 2001, Turntable Lab isn't just a store — it's a destination for DJs and music lovers alike. Set in the East Village, this tiny store offers an excellent of turntables (of course), speakers, and other audio equipment, as well as a vast collection of vinyl, ranging from new releases to undisputed classics. Having trouble making a decision on your purchase? Not to worry, as the store also boasts some of the most knowledgeable staff around. Oh, and be sure to keep your eyes open for well-known musicians — after all, they have to shop somewhere, too.
Did you know that Muléh means "to come home" in Javanese? Neither did we, until we made a stop by this Logan Circle shop. The name comes from owner Christopher Reiter, who returned to the states after four years in Southeast Asia to create a store that reflected the design sensibilities of the region. Inside, you'll find intriguing, original furnishings, including couches, chairs, tables, beds, dressers, and lighting, all with a distinctly Asian flair. Have a lady in your life? They also have a selection of women's fashion designed in NYC, LA, Paris, and Milan, and for out-of-towners, there's an outpost in Chelsea, as well.