Walking towards it from the subway, you start to see increasing numbers of cut-off denim jackets covered with patches and badges, leathers with gnarly hand-painted tributes to favourite bands. Camo, long hair, tattoos, piercings. Lots of people are wearing MÖTLEY CRÜE x Def Leppard t-shirts (their world tour will hit the nearby Foro Sol later that night and the sense of anticipation is palpable).
Vendors line the sides of the walkway, crammed closely together, selling all manner of wares from CDs and records to posters, patches, band t-shirts, leathers, Dr. Martens, fake Fred Perry, bondage gear, bootleg skate stuff, bongs, Slipknot-esque masks and teddy bears with bloody fangs and evil eyes. Harder stuff is up for grabs too, with covert murmurings of cocaine, marijuana, and peyote from tough looking guys placed throughout the thoroughfare.