We featured BOWLSLA on our old site, but recently BOWLS made the jump to Downtown Los Angeles in a little nook called Little Tokyo or JTown as locals like to call it. Not only did the location change, but the theme and atmosphere was altered as well. Vintage accents fill the new headquarters, front to back. Walking into the place might take you back to the 50s era where motorcycles and grease in your hair was the shit. Old antique license plates, couches, display cases, and other great decorations really bring this place to life. Not only do they sell out of their brick and mortar location, but they also sell most of their inventory online as well. Their online shop is dedicated for 24hr ordering, and these guys get business done by shipping out the next day on most items! That’s what I call customer service!
Be prepared to sit in some good ole Downtown LA traffic once you hit the Northbound 101 Freeway if you’re coming from the Southeast. But worry not, BOWLS’ exit is only one off-ramp away from where all the madness begins!
Welcome to BOWLSLA…you really cant miss it with the awesome neon sign lighting up half of JTown’s 1st Street. Right down the street is where the infamous Daikokuya, that everybody raves about having the best ramen, is located.
BOWLS carries a wide arrange of Men’s streetwear and accessories. Popular labels from the likes of The Hundreds, Stussy, Lovewright, and Upper Playground decorate the North side wall, along with bags, clearance items, and shoes. Brixton clothing dominates the center of the room, along with Red Wing heavy duty boots.
The labels chosen by owners Brandon and Ryan clearly make a statement of what the store is all about. Vintage has definitely made its way back into the 21st century.
On the South wall you can find an assortment of accessories for the Honda Ruckus, as well as little trinkets like stickers, keychains, wallets, and more in their display cases. G-Shock watches are some of the most sought after sports watches on the market, especially when they are featured in special colorways. These things always sell out.
The Honda Ruckus is one thing that always gets people in the door. Many people walking by notice the little scooter, and always make an attempt to figure out what it’s all about. For those who don’t know, the Honda Ruckus is a 50cc scooter that can be bought at most motorcycle retailers around the country. In Japan they refer to it as the Honda Zoomer. From the factory, these little guys aren’t the most appealing, but after having BOWLS put their spin on things, it can look beastly. Everything from motor swaps, chassis lengthening, JDM accessories, exhaust systems, and sick paint schemes can be done to the bike. Another big seller is the “fatty tire” modification, which really brings a whole new realm to the appearance. The 50cc motor can reach up to speeds of 40mph, and are obviously only driven locally. There are some individuals that go the 2-stroke motor route, and even some have gone far enough as to turbocharge their motors! In California, a motorcycle license is needed, as well as insurance.
This is Lynus, the friendliest guard dog known to man. It appears SPE isnt the only company that utilizes their furry companions to hold down the fort.
At the end of the day, what’s really needed is a good beer….or two….or four…..but hey, who’s counting?? Stay thirsty my friends.