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You Can Now Wear Silver Lake's Iconic Happy Foot/Sad Foot

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Happy foot! (Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)
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Silver Lake's rotating Happy Foot/Sad Foot sign has achieved a cult status among the locals—and now you can pledge allegiance to said cult with your very own pin!The Sunset Foot Clinic sign (which happily/sadly spins at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Benton Way) will foretell how your day will go depending on which side you see first. Here's a hint: you probably don't want to see the side with the foot walking with crutches and its big toe bandaged up. Whichever side you prefer, you can now wear them as really cute pins courtesy of L.A.'s own And Pens Press. Sadly, they are not sold as a pair (but you'll want the pair anyway).


To give credit where credit is due, Nightly Show writer Cord Jefferson was a trailblazer as far as Happy Foot/Sad Foot accessories go. Two years ago he got his own custom-made HaFo/SaFo charm.

The sign is so engrained as a landmark that some have referred to its neighborhood as "HaFo/SaFo." It has been immortalized by the likes of David Foster Wallace and singer-songwriter Eels.

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Sad foot :( (Photo by Atwater Village Newbie via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr)