This may be my all-time favorite I Heart Guts tribute – super dope lady claws! How boss is that? Thank you, Black Coffee, we are honored with your lacquered homage to your innards. I am blown away by the level of detail — how did you do it?
Archive for August, 2011
Oh, how I love cute teeth! My personal obsession with teeth perhaps began in earnest with a page of kawaii Japanese teeth stickers, and was later compounded by tooth fairy Princess Tina. Later, my friend Tiffany made a short film, entitled “The Wrong Toothbrush,” about a time I had a toothbrush mishap (you’ll just have to watch it, won’t you?). Add to that the fact that teeth are not even organs to the many reasons I should not make anything tooth-related. However, we HAD TO MAKE TEETH, so here we introduce a toothy trio, incisor, cuspid and molar, all together on a “Flossin’ Ain’t Just For Gangstas” cardboard backing. Hopefully you will like these too!
Eye can’t believe it, we finally have eyeball lapel pins at I Heart Guts. Over the years many of you have pointed out our neglect of this most important optic organ, and I’ll admit I was a little unsure about putting eyes on an eyeball — it just seemed a little too strange, even for us. However, I finally drew one I felt good about, and once I got over what color eyes this eyeball ought to have — brown? black? blue? purple? — we got it made into a pin. Thanks to everyone who voted on “Party Pupil in The House” (it won by a landslide — 54% of you liked that better than “Easy on the Eyes” and “Some Nerve”) that was my favorite slogan, too!
Just a reminder that the guts shop will be on vacation August 17-25, any orders placed between those dates will ship August 25th. Truly sorry for the inconvenience! If you urgently need guts, we hope you are in the care of a doctor, but if you are desperately in need of plush organs, you can get them at a store near you. Don’t be shy about asking shops for a particular organ, they can special order any plush or pin from our distributor even while we are away!
Is it a worm? An orange slug? A stuffed tilde? Nope, it’s a soft and squishy oversized appendix, which, believe it or not, people have been asking for around here. While your appendix is about the size of your pinky finger, this one is somewhat larger, about the size of a bottled beer. Even though there’s already one attached to our plush intestine, we’re pretty excited about it, especially the hangtag art, which is, in part, like an online dating profile for your appendix. A sample:
Likes: E. coli, collecting fingernails
Dislikes: appendectomies, tapeworms
Books: I only read the appendix
Wants to Meet: other vestigial organs
Forget Spotify, check out this ancient Victrola playing a 78 LP of Louis Armstrong and his Hot Five’s “Gut Bucket Blues.” Sounds wonderfully warm and scratchy. Need more? How about “My Heart“?
Beyond excited about bringing guts to Renegade Chicago this September! This mother of all craft fairs started out in the Windy City, so we are thrilled to pay homage to one of our favorite independent craftperson gatherings, now in its 9th year, in person. See photos from last year’s event, or visit the Renegade Chicago vendor page to see all the amazing vendors! Come to Division Street in Wicker Park September 10-11th, 11am-7pm, we’ll see your guts then and there.
The Museum of Questionable Medical Devices lost its leader last year when founder Bob McCoy passed away in May of last year. Before donating his collection to the Science Museum of Minnesota in 2002, McCoy had the good sense to create an online archive of “the world’s most inane and useless information about how to cure…what may ail you,” which includes the Prostate Gland Warmer (pictured), Foot-operated breast enlarger pump, and phlebotomy (bloodletting) and phrenology (the study of head bumps to determine personality).
Collectors Room Berlin has a ton of great stuff going on right now, so if you happen to be enjoying a stint in Europe, head on down to check out their exhibition The Wunderkammer Olbricht, which has a number of “cabinets of curiosity” on display, including this intricate lady pictured here. The collection once belonged to Thomas Olbricht, a chemist and endocrinologist who also loved interesting contemporary art and curios. You gotta love a museum that has a children’s scavenger hunt to go along with an exhibition called All Cannibals?