Skating's King Of Bling
Long Beach jeweler Mark Barata is skate's king of bling
The revitalized eastern half of downtown Long Beach is known as the East Village Arts District. As its name suggests, the neighborhood is home to numerous artisanal boutiques, art galleries and artists' lofts. The East Village also happens to be where a store called The Deviant Design Group (DDG) opened its doors in 2005. There, Mark Barata -- DDG's 29-year-old owner -- labors at a truly unique art form: ornate, lustrous jewelry expressly designed for professional skateboarders.
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