That vintage-style t-shirt you’re wearing? Chances are pretty good that it’s made by Junk Food Clothing, a Culver City-based company that’s been printing vintage designs on cozy tees since 1998. Inspired by old logos and packaging, Junk Food has acquired licenses to more than 800 images whose subjects run the gamut from musicians and movies to sports and food. “Our style is always seated in vintage Americana,” says Mike Palermo, creative director of Junk Food.
When Junk Food outgrew its previous office in west Los Angeles about a year ago, the team relocated to two adjoining spaces in Culver City. Design Director Demetrius May and Palermo took on the challenge of decorating the office in the brand’s style. “We wanted the office to be grounded in a fun, open place that at the same time pulled from our aesthetics of feeling comfortable and inviting,” explains Palermo.
The previous tenants of the space used editing equipment that required darken rooms, so nearly all of the windows were covered up or obscured by small offices that divided the large room. Palermo and May had the room gutted and the windows uncovered, which allowed natural light to flood into what would become the design area.
Palermo says the gumball machines are locked for health reasons — not only are the machines vintage, but the candy is as well. In preparation for a Disney presentation, Junk Food created distressed signage for the candy dispensers to highlight the vintage appeal of Disney. Palermo admits that there is plenty of edible junk food around the office — one staffer regularly brings in inventive baked treats, such as chocolate chip cookies baked around Oreos.