You Know You've Made it When...


...you're forever immortalized in velvet. Powells Bookstore has an art gallery on the third floor that is filled floor-to-ceiling with black velvet paintings. Luminaries like Snoop Dog, Jesus, Abe Lincoln, Kiss, and Kenny Rogers share a wall and blind us with their extra-luxe velvety likenesses. Oprah beams from the biggest, most guilded frame. Small, seemingly-abused children hold on to poles and weep. A devil sits on a toilet, smoking. Several large, almost 3-D breasts dare you to look away. A Powell's employee informed us that later a group of school children would attend a lecture in the gallery. I was a little worried for them, those breasts aren't for the young, or faint of heart.

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