Wednesday, December 25, 2013

The 'Portland Santa' returns, with 'hemp milk egg nog' and more

Last year, the creative folks at Portland's Bent Image Lab animation studio sent out a holiday card with a very distinctive version of the Jolly Old Elf. The "Portland Santa" was a hipsterish dude who looked more like a refugee from "Portlandia" than a guy who hangs around with elves.

This year, the Portland Santa is back, in a new Bent Christmas card, and he's as alternative as ever, with an "Eat Local" T-shirt and animated christmas cards online frame eyeglasses. He's up in the skies over the city, in a flying sleigh -- er, wait, make that a flying food cart -- led not by reindeer, but by what look to be two urban goats. An attractive female elf is dispensing "Hydroponic Mistletoe," and a sign indicates that Santa and his team have other treats to offer, including "Hemp Milk Egg Nog" and "Gluten Free Fruit Cake."

So enjoy this bit of seasonal cheer, with a Rose City slant, illustrated by Brett Superstar, and conceived by Chel White, Solomon Burbridge, Greg Arden and Superstar.

-- Kristi Turnquist

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