This was my TENTACULAR Christmas gift from my dear partner, Ben Algaetarian Turney. He gets me. He commissioned artist Tom Buhrman (http://www.buhrman.com/) to craft this unbelievable Octopurse created from repurposed bicycle tires. I can also turn the Octopurse upside down and wear it on my head so that I look like an OctoPope (Tom’s term). What a great conversation starter and entry point for sharing a little octopus education too. First: “tentacular” is not an appropriate term since octopuses have only arms vs. tentacles. Squid have both tentacles and arms. Tentacles are only used for finding food; arms are used for multiple purposes. However, I really like using the term “tentacular.” If the house is ablaze, this Octopurse/OctoPope hat is what I’m tossing out the window toward safety.
And to learn more about fascinating cephalopods, read: https://orionmagazine.org/article/deep-intellect/.
Octopurse by artist, Tom Buhrman, 2017.
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