“You're not going to be able to get another of these anywhere...I think it will be pretty special.” - TaraThis is Hipster Paradise. Localvore Heaven. The Artist’s Dream. A palace of individually designed and handcrafted keepsakes made by local artists, all with a preternatural love of monsters. Tara shows me hand-painted ties, game piece earrings, and Revival Ink, her own line of silk-screened organic cotton shirts. “The pirate ship’s been flying off the rack. I can’t make them fast enough!” The brick wall above seven dozen racks of fantastic socks is covered in Tingler’s work. Like the other guest artists, he was welcomed during the monthly Art Walk with a festive reception: food, music, drink and an aerialist (last month: Barbarella).
“We want to be a vessel for these artists to get out there and get discovered,” she says, pointing out delicious prints, avant-garde postcards, and bodacious barrettes. She’s tastefully packed the place to the tentacles with blissfully unique items from 30 PNW artists: reversible leather wristcuffs, sweet resin belt buckles, reclaimed and reimagined vintage art frocks. She shows off her personal favorite, a wallet by Sown Designs: a peerless design of reclaimed leather, hand-stiched in playful patterns and colors. “You're not going to be able to get another of these anywhere,” she tells a customer, “it will be pretty special.”
Bella Sisters fabulous reclaimed vintage art frocks, custom designs with the hoodie sewn in ~ $140
Revival Ink, Tara's hand-designed pride and piracy ~ $55/hoodie, ~$35/tee
Hats by Maxx Designs: The Ballard Octo is a “wool octopus with vintage button eyes” ~ $48
Strange Child tees: Dr Seuss couldn't do better on an acid trip ~ $24
So many socks! Their sister store is the Sock Monster in Wallingford ~ $9/pair or $22.50/3 pairs
Monday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
'til 8:00 p.m. near the holidays