You know what my favorite thing about the Pokemon TCG is? The attack names:
And my all-time favorite:
Yesterday I had the opportunity to visit a store a friend of mine just opened in Seattle, called Aquarium Zen. Today’s grand opening has been a couple years in the making, and I was privileged to be asked to come in before the crowds to capture the energy of the place. The boutique is less a fish shop than it is an experience. In his words:
My goal when designing the space was to create a sort of alternate universe where the contrast between the chaos of urban street life would juxtapose with the tranquility of the aquatic life held within. The idea was to create a natural sanctuary that is artificial but still resonates with the healing vibes you might associate with a walk in the forest or sitting by a stream. The space itself is nearly a hundred years old and is loaded with character – exposed brick walls, skylights, old growth Douglas fir exposed beams and hardwood floors. Not your typical pet shop.
We cater to a style of aquarium keeping that originated in Japan called the “Nature Aquarium,” which tries to elevate the aquarium to an art form.
I wanted to create a space that celebrated nature and love for aquariums and to create an experience for our community. In my mind, it’s a living art installation disguised as a pet shop. The aquarium can be a lens into normally unseen realms of nature that are magical. When executed with an artistic intention, the aquarium can create a transformative experience for the viewer, a timeless space and moment that is not soon forgotten.
My friend Steve is a mad genius and I absolutely love his store to death!
If anyone is with in a couple hour drive of the Seattle area I highly suggest going to check out Aquarium Zen.
Hnnggg- I need this.
Adding this to my fish tour of the west coast…
This place is absolutely beautiful. WOW!!
The lights in the skies are stars. Yeah, they’re stars. Stars where our Spiral cousins are waiting for us.
"I love playing someone who has so much integrity, who has so much joy and so much life—even though her life is now in prison. She’s locked up, but she’s able to build up joy anyway."
- samira wiley for brooklyn magazine