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Monster Market is an annual curated pop-up retail experience curated by Holtermonster. I carry a juried selection of art, apparel and novelties from weirdo makers, artists, designers, and small brands all over the country. The store appears somewhere new in Memphis, TN each year and is open only for the month of October.

In 2017, I hosted it at 88 N. Main, a cramped downtown storefront courtesy of the DMC (pictured here). In 2018, we hosted in the Retail Hall of Crosstown Concourse.
If you’re interested in hosting us for 2019, click here.

In addition to curating the stock, arranging the store, and manning the register, I also brand Monster Market and design all the collateral throughout the year!

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There is a 13th dimension beyond that which is known by man. It is a dimension as hairy as hobgoblins and as yellow as yeast yogurt. It is the middle ground between September and November, between odd and the macabre, and it lies between Concourse Ave and N. Watkins St. This is the dimension of crafted goods. It is an area which we call The Monster Market.

This video spot, inspired fully by Rod Serling’s classic intro to The Twilight Zone, was a collaborative effort— Blaine Garrard (Garracula) wrote the script and acted in the spot, I created the animation sequence, and John Pickle (Pickle TV) filmed and edited the whole dang thing.

Screenprinted Grand Opening posters

Screenprinted Grand Opening posters

The Monster Market brand includes silkscreened art prints, signage, t-shirts, several stickers, an enamel pin, souvenir badges, business cards, and stamped bags.

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Resident Monster — Manny vanGrendelstein guards the shop each October

Resident Monster— Manny vanGrendelstein guards the shop each October

In 2017, I turned a cramped downtown storefront into the shop of my wildest nightmares! The first Monster Market lived at 88 N. Main Street.

88 N. Main — the site of the first Monster Market pop-up during October 2017, and one of many chalkboard designs from the month

88 N. Main— the site of the first Monster Market pop-up during October 2017, and one of many chalkboard designs from the month

Inside 88 N. Main — a peek at the poster and zine corner

Inside 88 N. Main— a peek at the poster and zine corner

In 2018, I kicked off the pop-up program at Crosstown Concourse in one of their retail bays— with easily triple the floor space from the previous year!

Accent surfaces are adorned with bright yellow fur in Monster Market

Accent surfaces are adorned with bright yellow fur in Monster Market

I projected and hand painted some distorted text to go along with 2018’s  Twilight Zone  inspiration

I projected and hand painted some distorted text to go along with 2018’s Twilight Zone inspiration

Manning the shop at  88 N. Main  in October 2017

Manning the shop at 88 N. Main in October 2017

Stoked to be closed one night at  Crosstown Concourse  in October 2018

Stoked to be closed one night at Crosstown Concourse in October 2018

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