On December 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Tretorn -- the Swedish footwear kings famous throughout the universe for their outdoors-inspired, urban-friendly rubber boots and sneakers -- will host the most oddly awesome contest ever: hit their Soho American flagship and take a picture with their celebrity spokes-bear, Oskar. The picture will be immediately uploaded to Facebook, where users can "like" it; whoever's pic has the most likes as of 11:59PM on December 9th wins a two-night getaway for two at celebrated Catskills resort The Roxbury, plus two free passes to their Shimmer Spa and discounted lift tickets to Belleayre or Hunter ski mountains
To prepare you for what's probably your first ever photo-op with a large Scandinavian animal, we sat down with Oskar and his bashful-yet-loveably condescending sidekick Karl the Moose (also Swedish) for a gripping tell-all interview.
So Oskar, you're a big fan of Roxette. Do you prefer the infectious energy of "Joyride", or the gorgeous lament of "It Must Have Been Love"?
I am a bear of many complexities. I enjoy hearing "It must have been love/But it's over now" while dancing tenderly with someone who is in love with me in the present tense. With me, irony does not hibernate.
Karl, you've said your hero is Stefan Edberg. How does his example help you deal with the pressures of being a famous moose?
Stefan was always cool under pressure. This helps when you're partnered with a bear who is constantly singing songs from the American film Pretty Woman.
Speaking of great cinema, Oskar, you've expressed a desire to be "bigger than Yogi" with your acting career. How do you think Hollywood will react to a Swedish bear?
I think Hollywood has already welcomed one Swedish bear with open arms. Maybe you've heard of him: Dolph Lundgren?
Karl, you're shaking your head. You're not a fan of Ivan Drago?
Oskar goes for the "It" actors, and I suppose Mr. Lundgren's very hot right now. But I prefer true artists: Ingrid Bergman. Greta Garbo. Oskar can have his Red Scorpion; I"ll take Casablanca.
You could probably get a little acting work yourself -- those antlers are the cartilaginous equivalent of Jennifer Aniston's hair, or Omar Epps' abs in Love and Basketball.
I am fortunate, I know. But the lifestyle...Oskar enjoys the models, the paparazzi, the stylists kneading his fur. I prefer a nice hot tub in the woods. Also, children sometimes burst into tears around me, which could cut into box office receipts.
Children are overrated. So, Oskar: whose royal family's more attractive, Sweden's or England's?
Prince Daniel and Princess Victoria are the envy of the world, but who am I, a genetically perfect member of the family Ursidae, to judge the nobility? I will say that, rather than boxers and bare feet, Prince Harry might have gone with a pair of Tretorn Klipporone boots. Was that too forced
No, it was perfect. Gentle Ben has nothing on you.
Check out the majestic footwear collection at tretorn.com. Make sure to stop by for your photo op, and vote on your favorite ursine shots at their very Swedish Facebook page. Skál!