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Friday, February 10, 2006


What look like abstract geometric patterns on this ocean-blue polyester tie turn out to be monkeys! I know they're monkeys because of the tails. But their mouths are oddly round, like fish mouths, and what's with all those circles? Are the monkeys juggling, or are they underwater and the circles are air bubbles? And are those fins on the monkey's heads? Or is this a modern depiction of Ozomatli, the monkey who symbolized the eleventh day of each month of the Aztec "sunstone" calendar, and was always depicted with a mohawk? Maybe that's it. No labels on the tie (but the fabric is obviously polyester), so no attribution possible. But it's more fun than a...barrel of monkeys!

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