The Hip Cat
Native to the Silverlake area of greater L.A., you can find The Hip Cat at local coffee shops, thrift stores, or dive bars. He's easily identifiable by his Buddy Holly-style glasses, skinny jeans, and strategic, yet messy hair. There's something sexy about the silent type, so give this guy a chance even if he seems standoff-ish. Beware of the Faux Hip Cat, which is nothing more than a guy who shops at American Apparel and hangs out in Hollywood.
He may seem too cool for school, but try not to get intimidated. Ask him questions about his favorite band or artist and he'll instantly open up.
Diablo Taco, 3129 West Sunset Boulevard (near Silver Lake Boulevard); 323-666-4666.
Cha Cha Lounge, 2375 Glendale Boulevard (near Brier Avenue); 323-660-7595.
El Prado, 1805 West Sunset Boulevard (near Lemoyne Street); 213-483-8609.
Café Stella, 3932 West Sunset Boulevard (at Santa Monica Boulevard); 323-666-0265.
The Geeky-Sweet Guy
Though he didn't get the memo that sexy's back, his knowledge of anime will make the right woman's toes curl. The Geeky-Sweet Guy can be found at home playing Diablo III or online, immersed in World of Warcraft. And occasionally, he ventures out from behind the computer screen to pay the Apple store a visit.
You may think you're too cool for the Nerd, but keep in mind that they're oftentimes the nicest of the bunch. If you end up with one of these guys, he will adore you. Your coolness will also rub off on him, and he'll likely scale back on the Star Trek
Golden Apple Comics, 7018 Melrose Avenue (near North Sycamore Avenue); 323-658-6047.
Magic Castle, 7001 Franklin Avenue (near Sycamore Avenue); 323-851-3313.
Landmark Theatres, 2222 South Barrington Avenue (at West Pico Boulevard); 310-473-6701.
Hi De Ho Comics, 1431 Lincoln Boulevard (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Broadway Street); 310-394-2820.
Aero Theatres, 1328 Montana Avenue (between Euclid and 14th streets); 310-260-1528.
Photographed by Molly Cranna