I went to Portland Oregon recently! It's a really nice place where folks can live cheaply and so there are lots of artists, drunks, stoners, lowlifes and random weirdos. And cheap beer and strip clubs. AND a place called Freakybuttrue Pecularium that I happned to wander by one day. And so here it is!
This guy sits outside all day scaring kids!
He almost looks human, even close up.
Here's the outside...what mysteries reside inside?
There's actually a ton of wacky stuff to buy in this shop ranging from cheap novelty gags to ice cream to higher end art installations.
But the real fun, obviously, is running around looking at all the rad stuff. Like this 10 ft tall bigfoot! For reference, I'm six feet tall!
Bust of a nerd monkey.
This is the gross baby monster from It's Alive!
I don't know what this is.
I like the weird wide-eyed little blobby guy to his lower right better.
HAHA! I think this is one of the guys from the Muppet band. Or a Furry Freak Brother?
They also have lots of neat art hanging around.
A lot of the art is pretty reasonable. This is only 25 dollars, which is pretty good.
But many things, like ths cat/dog painting are not for sale. Just for blargs like this.
This is the centerpiece of their store--the Alien Autopsy! When I was looking at it a funny little kid with a mohawk was staring at it laughing his head off.
The detail is really good!
This is a prop from B movie about time travelers. I fergot the name, though!
This is an installation about spontaneous combustion. Can you believe some people still believe in this sort of thing? It's true!
What did this dummy do?!
Gross giraffe monster!
Much of the art in here was really neat.
The nice thing about the store is it wasn't pretentious in any way. I've been into a few similar shops in San Francisco, and they were really pretentious. But the Peculiarium is really fun and down to earth.
And that's probably because Portland's affordable enough for eccentrics to work and own businesses there without paying 5 zillion dollars a month for rent. Or even worse, being closed down by greedy landlords or developers who want to open a shitty chain or bullshit yuppie joint. (R.I.P. Gold Dust!)
I mean does this lady (and owner) look like an insufferable hipster to you?
Nope, just a nice lady with a cool boyfriend who likes weird stuff and opened up a store full of it! Long live the Freakybuttrue Peculiarium! If you go to Portland, stop by, there's plenty more stuff to see then what's in this crummy blarg entry!