I would gladly trade all of the casinos near my house for a ton of folks that were into toys and a place like Toy Art Gallery to put them on display. You can have all the elderly women in their sequined sweaters that guard rows of slot machines like a pit bull in a junk yard while they chain smoke and gamble away inheritances. You can have the barrage of prostitutes and drug dealers that peddle their wares with a tenacity of a used car salesman. You can't have the Ripleys Believe It or Not Museum though, that place is worth keeping. But you can take the bootleg t-shirt shops and the guys whose hair gel weighs more than all of the books in their house. Let me know when you're ready to deal.
I am envious of anyone who is lucky enough to live near Toy Art Gallery, and I remind you of that every time I write about them. Tomorrow they will be opening their new show, Rock 'n" Roll Uamou with special guests RealxHead and Skull Toys. I love those Nirvana inspired toys pictured below featuring a body clad in the best thrift store fashion and a face with that iconic smiley face logo. I really started to get into music in the '90's, so the grunge era will always hold a special place in my heart. They always post the remaining pieces from their shows in the days following the opening, so maybe I'll get a chance to snag one. Keep the dream of the '90's alive!