The annual Zombie Walk dragged and shuffled its way through downtown Portland yesterday afternoon, congesting traffic and creating a trail of spectators as it went.
Jake and I ambled with them for a few blocks before breaking away and stepping into a store called Tender Loving Empire.
“Tender Loving Empire is a media and arts collective / record label / comics imprint / consignment store / gallery / custom screenprinter / concert production house / general purveyor of things artistic based in beautiful Portland, OR.”
Despite its multiple identities, the store was very well appointed and full of amazing, hand-crafted items. They really know how to hone in on artists who create high-quality goods. “Precious”, Jake calls it.
The window display featured hand-stitched instruments that reminded me of Michel Gondry’s film The Science of Sleep.
Whenever you Portland dudes venture downtown, pay a visit to this shop – I don’t think you’ll regret it.