Cactus Pete

Submitted by Nessa March 15th, 2010
Certifikitsch Winner

Oh brother. This thing is a weighty, hand-built terra-cotta clay head rescued from the flea market this morning for $1. It’s going to be a good summer.

No signature or any clue as to where he came from except for a “D” scrawled on the back of his neck.

His.. uh.. mustache(??) seems to have a bit of a green tint, so it looks like he sneezed out a nose full of seaweed, or maybe he is chewing tabbaccy in the raw like a cow. It’s chipped off on the bottom so presumably it was at one time longer than it is now. Excuse my double-jointed thumb.

He is a little creepy.

8 Responses to “Cactus Pete”

  1. Allee Willis

    Cactus Pete is extraordinarily insane. When I first looked at the photo I thought it was a cactus growing out of his nose which is gross enough. But to think that someone actually formed the clay this way and then put that bumpy cactus texture on it and found it acceptable to leave it spewing out of the cowboy’s nose is Kitsch artistry at its best. Unless he or she rolled out a handlebar mustache and knocked the piece against the kiln as it was going in and the poor mustache held on as best it could to come out looking like seaweed that had been floating in the oil slick left by the Exxon Valdez.

    Your double-jointed thumb adds to the excitement.

  2. Douglas Wood

    This is one of those items where you just want to hear straight from the creator’s mouth (no pun intended) what exactly they had in mind. There must be some logic to it, but I can’t even begin to guess what it might be.

    • Nessa

      I have no idea. I think the mustache would look more mustache-y if his mouth weren’t so big, I have no idea what I’m going to do with him…

  3. windupkitty

    holy cow, what a find! whatever’s coming out of his nose is downright offensive! i think cactus pete is gonna take you places, not that you need the help with that insane thumb! how cool is that!? i confess, i instantly tried to bend my own thumb to see how little it measures it up…..:)