not a larsonPosted: April 25, 2011
i’m digging into thrifting history for this post because i have nothing new to say.
as you may or may not know, i’m no cat person. i don’t like them.
and yet, cat-stuff finds its way into my life. (you recall the bitossi cat which i loathed at the time, but now just makes me laugh.)
years ago while absorbing all things mid-century modern, danish modern, vintage scandinavian, etc. i remember briefly seeing a lisa larson lion in my internet clicking: (lions i like, i’m a leo.)
which led me to scroll through more of her works, which are awesome. and expensive. out of my price range.
but again, i was in a learning phase and familiarizing myself with desirable works of art from the past and things were not tattooed in my brain back then.
so off i go to a thrift store and i could not believe my eyes when i spotted this cat:
did i have a larson on my hands?
now, i knew something weren’t quite right.
what were those holes?
and why the plastic at the bottom?
for 50¢ i figured i had to buy it.
was it an incense holder?
what did i have here?
despite similarities, obviously it wasn’t an authentic larson. i threw it in a box and forgot about it. thrift fail.
only recently i spotted a couple of these cats posted on flickr, which cracked me up.
it’s a chia pet.
i gotta get busy growing my chia garden for spring. not to mention, chia seeds are LOADED with health bennies. chia pets, chia seeds. all good. even when it’s a knockoff larson.