The Best of Arizona: Kitsch

2011-10-30T00:00:00Z 2011-10-31T17:36:21Z The Best of Arizona: Kitsch Arizona Daily Star
October 30, 2011 12:00 am

Cholla lamps

Back in the 1950s every curio shop sold lamps and build-it-yourself kits of cholla wood topped with laced-together picture shades.

Scorpion bola ties

The bola is the official state neckwear, but a tie with a scorpion encased in plastic is the ultimate adornment.

Kokopelli

The flute player of T-shirts and statues bears little resemblance to its namesake, drawn on rock walls hundreds of years ago by native people.

Howling coyotes

They're our species-equivalent to flamingo yard art.

DeGrazia magnets

Critics be damned, Ted DeGrazia was an artist. But we come in praise of his magnets. Bearing drawings of angels and doe-eyed children, they clung to refrigerators across America in the 1960s and '70s.

- Selected by Bobbie Jo Buel

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