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June 16th, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE | Headout
 

Regretsy, I’ve Had a Few

How John Larriva became internet famous.

     
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Image Courtesy of John Larriva

Have you heard of Regretsy? The website that mocks the most tasteless, ugly and just plain weird items sold on Etsy, the online crafts marketplace? Started in September 2009 by April Winchell, the brutally funny site, and its Twilight menstrual pads, misspelled embroidery samplers and other “‘whimsicle’ fuckery,” was mentioned in Entertainment Weekly and The Wall Street Journal by the end of October, and Winchell had a book deal by November. She’ll be in town this Saturday, June 19, to promote Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF.

Oddly enough, the site has been embraced by some crafters, who have seen their sales skyrocket after being lambasted. One of them is Portlander John Larriva, a painter and sculptor whose wind-up creatures with miniature busts of actors have been featured on Regretsy three times. “You know the old adage, ‘At first I was like >:( But then I LOLed,’ It was pretty much like that,” Larriva emailed WW. What inspired the hopping creations? “The idea to sculpt a realistic head and affix it to a wind-up toy kind of struck me one night, as I was falling asleep,” Larriva said. “The first one I did was Bill Nighy. I chose him because he was still slightly obscure in the mass consciousness. If the likeness wasn’t just right, no one would recognize him and no one would know I failed.” All of the hoppers have sold, and Larriva isn’t cranking out new ones (“they are very time consuming and hard to make a living from,” he said), but his paintings can be purchased at johnlarriva.com.


SEE IT: April Winchell reads from Regretsy at Powell’s City of Books, 1005 W Burnside St., 228-4651, powellsbooks.com. 2 pm Saturday, June 19. Free.

Headout Picks

THURSDAY JUNE 17


[DAD-APPROVED MUSIC] SANDPEOPLE, ATOLE ETC.
The student-run Music in the Schools throws a doozy of a fundraiser show to get music education back into PDX’s schools: the best in local hip-hop, pop and electronic music, plus buzzy Seattle math-riff outfit Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band. Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 8 pm. $10. All ages.

FRIDAY JUNE 18


[DAD-APPROVED MOVIE] TOY STORY 3
Get a Buzz. Get a Woody. In 3-D. Multiple locations including Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema, 1510 NE Multnomah St., 287-0338. See Movie Times for other locations and times.

[SCREEN] TRASH HUMPERS WITH HARMONY KORINE
The director of Gummo and Mister Lonely visits PDX with his latest provocation, a film about, yes, old men who dry-hump piles of trash. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. Noon. $4.50-$6.50.

SATURDAY JUNE 19


[PLEASE-DON’T-TAKE-YOUR-DAD RIDE] WORLD NAKED BIKE RIDE
An estimated 10,000 riders roll with the largest nekkid bike ride in North America. Meet at Southeast Salmon Street and Water Avenue. 9 pm. Free. Find a ton more Pedalpalooza events at shift2bikes.org.

[DAD-APPROVED MUSIC] JOEY PORTER DOES MICHAEL JACKSON
Instead of crying all over our white glove, we’re going to dance like fucking crazy all night long to the sweet, funky sounds of the Joey Porter Band’s MJ tribute. Shamone! Wonder Ballroom, 128 NE Russell St., 284-8686. 9 pm. $15 advance, $17 day of show. 21+.

MONDAY JUNE 21


[DAD-APPROVED FOOD] THE CHEESE BAR SPECTACULAR
Cheeses of the world unite and take over Ten 01 at the Cheese Bar Spectacular, featuring 101 of the best artisan cheeses as selected by Steve Jones of Cheese Bar. Ten 01, 1001 NW Couch St., 226-3463. 6-9 pm. $39 in advance, $49 at door.

TUESDAY JUNE 22


[DAD-APPROVED MUSIC] <SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS, THE HEAVY
Perhaps the greatest bill of funk and soul to hit town since the late Isaac Hayes played the Blues Festival in ’08. Trust me—you’re gonna see some rad dad dancing tonight. Crystal Ballroom, 1332 W Burnside St., 225-0047. 8 pm. $23 advance, $25 door. All ages.
 
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