Southern Whatnots & Other Ephemera Frozen In Time

Lexington, Kentucky On Etsy since 2010


Southern Whatnots & Other Ephemera Frozen In Time

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    Coleman Larkin

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    Coleman Larkin

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    On Etsy since 2010


    Welcome aboard the mason jar mothership. I'm Coleman Larkin. As an artist, I've been messing around with epoxy resin--basically a two-part liquid plastic that cures into a solid--for a while. I'd always used it as a coating and never fooled with encapsulations. But not long ago I had an idea. I thought it'd be funny to see if I could preserve a cat turd in a small cube of resin. You know, just for the hell of it.

    It was a total disaster. But it seemed doable. And it occurred to me that I wasn't dreaming big enough anyway. If I could preserve a HORSE turd that would be way cooler. And if it was a Kentucky Derby-winning horse turd that would be way WAY cooler. And it would also be the perfect product for my friends at the offbeat retailer Kentucky for Kentucky.

    I spent a couple months and wasted a lot of practice turds trying to get the process and materials right. I eventually settled on the mason jars to give it that extra Southern flavor. I scored some turds from the 1997 Kentucky Derby winner. And we unleashed them on the world in May 2019.

    They blew up. Dixieland Preserves "Derby Turds" were featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, The Washington Post, USA Today, Southern Living, and just about everywhere else. People loved them.

    Now, I'm putting the very strange expertise I've acquired as the world's foremost turd preservationist into use as a canner of all manner of Southern whatnots and pop culture ephemera. Cult-favorite snacks and candy, regional delicacies, fast food weirdness. It's all preserved for eternity in a strangely beautiful object that blurs the line between art and novelty, one that's guaranteed to captivate for generations to come.

    I hope you find something that tickles your fancy. If not, holler at me and I'll see what I can do. Thanks for shopping.

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    Frequently asked questions
    Is that really the real stuff in there?

    Hell yeah it is. No models or approximations. Everything is the real deal, preserved for an eternity of enjoyment.

    I want something preserved but I don't see it in your store. Do you do custom orders?

    For sure. Hit me up and we'll talk about it. It's a tricky process, and every item is different, but if I think it's possible I'll give it a shot.

    They seem kind of expensive. Why is that?

    Preserving things that don't want to be preserved in a beautiful way is a time-consuming, laborious process that requires some costly materials. Not to brag, but they're worth every penny. Just look at them!