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by Caroline Haack (subscribe)
Fine art student and freelance writer from Paris, living in London.
Published May 29th 2017
The most Camden shop of all
Image by Fenvoe, from Wikipedia

Camden Locks is the place where gothic, punk, emos, cyberpunks, steampunks, fetishists and tourists armed with their camera meet. In the old stables, there is a market where you can find everything: food and drinks, clothes, Doc Martens, Creepers & vintage. In Camden, there is above all Cyberdog, this enormous shop guarded by two statues of giant robots, has crazy music, flashes of fluorescent light and cyberpunk staff.

The first impression you have when you come in is the feeling of being on drugs. The shop is plunged into the dark and the only lights are neon lights and fluorescent hair from the vendors. Inside you have to forget that you have ears, as a deafening beat and techno music are hammering over everything.

In the first room on the ground floor, there are gadgets of all kinds: robot-shaped USB keys, fluorescent foam bracelets, fluorescent caps and smileys lighters. Dancers are having fun in this cage near the ceiling. To continue the visit, you go down and plunge into the depths of the earth using an escalator.

At the first basement, it gets even darker and the music is even louder. I spot the cosmetic corner where glue eyeshadows, wigs, fluorescent nail polishes and hair dye are in almost every colour that exists. In the centre of the room, a DJ is on the brink of epilepsy on his turntables. To the right, I go into a small room followed by two others in a row. These are the rooms of clothes for men and women. I twirl with amazement between the fluorescent pink hoops cosmic dresses, the fluorescent green vinyl backpacks and the padded silver leggings.

At the end of the last room is an escalator to the second floor. This is where you go for serious things: latex tops and shorts with moulded breasts shapes, multiple leather harnesses, vinyl slingers and riding crops - the tone is given! At the back is a separate back room with sex toys as crazy as one can imagine! Fetish masks, bondage ropes, and sexy extraterrestrial uniforms are some items. But I had enough for the day, I came back from the abyss and left the store with a fluorescent pink hair dye.
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