The Pairabirds

The Pairabirds offers a mix of retro and contemporary art by Tabitha Bianca Brown.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Tabitha.
I always enjoyed drawing, but I didn't become really interested until I was in 8th grade. That year, I bought Stan Lee and John Buscema's drawing book How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. From there, I soaked up all of the illustration styles I could find; watching cartoons, reading comic books, looking at art on DeviantArt.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I would say drawing, but to me that's equivalent to breathing. It's something I could not (or would not) stop doing if I tried.

So, I will say shopping at thrift/secondhand shops is one of my favorite things. You can find so many bizarre, funny, useful, pretty, and kitschy things digging through those shops.

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Promoting. I'm a really shy person.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
I think that piece is the one that I relate to the most. It includes all of my favorite elements: nature, retro style, movement, and boldness.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Most of the things I wanted to be somehow tied into art.
Special Effects artist (back when they didn't rely on computers as much), an animator for those cartoon shorts on Sesame Street, a comic artist.... and a paleontologist.

What other shops out there do you love?
There are so many!

I love Stamp's work. I visit her store and dream of wearing any (or all!) of her jewelry pieces.

Illustrator Strawberryluna is another favorite. She makes great gig posters.

And, Shop66. The best collection of vintage fun and games.

There are plenty more. So, I encourage everyone to go browsing in my favorites. There are too many wonderful artists to name them all here.

What does your future hold?
Hopefully, mellow days.

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