Take a look to your left. Take a look to your right. Studies confirm that one of you three will lose a loved one to the low-rent shrubbery of Portland, OR. But take heart, because P-town is giving something back: kickin' wallets.
Portland's DB Clay is commemorating a decade of billfolding radness with a line of 18 photographic- printed wallets made from custom-engineered, water/heat/abrasion-resistant tope. Each is inspired by a life experience of the founder, "Mr. Diggles". Prime examples:
Adult Chores: This piece revels in the singular pleasure of crossing items off a to-do list with magic marker (do laundry, pay rent, make some lucky woman "Mrs. Diggles").
Slow Bugs: During '07, Mr. D collected insects (bees, ladybugs, moths, dragonflies and a crab) that had died before they could escape his brick warehouse. Bugs honors these fallen soldiers, and the clearly substandard sanitation policies of the synthetic wallet industry.
Time to Swim: A meditation on Diggles' lifelong fear of the sea, printed with a lap clock, a lifeguard stand, and an indoor pool. Implausibly absent: sneakily excreted urine.
While 12 of 18 wallets are out right now, the other six are only available for preorder -- a stay of execution before they travel to SF, for an exhausting career of being constantly gutted to pay your ever-escalating rent.