4566 North University Drive
Lauderhill, Florida 33351
+ 954 748 0181
Open hours: 11a-8p m-thu; 11a-9p f-sat; 12n-6p sun
For all of the bitching about the cultural vacuum in South Florida—Cubans, Haitians, Wynwood, and all of South America excepted, of course—I’m constantly stumbling on some of the best things I’ve ever seen. Take Tate’s Comics, for instance. In a totally undistinguished strip mall in the sprawling area west of Ft. Lauderdale, Tate Ottati, his wife Amanda, his dad Tony, and a phalanx of staffers run one of the coolest comic and underground culture stores I have ever set foot in. 6,000 square feet of cool, not including the nearby Gamer’s Satellite. To make the story even better Tate opened the store at the ripe old age of 17 with money he got from playing the stock market in his high school economics class. (The stock he was playing? Marvel, of course.) This place is packed with the coolest stuff from Japanese Anime, to vintage comics, DVD’s, art supplies, clothes, toys, posters, and geekery galore. Don’t make the mistake of thinking this is only for the dark and greasy types. The place is full of affordable pop-culture surprises, and much of the stuff they carry would be equally at home in BASE—Miami’s trendy temple to early adopters–at three times the price. They have the absolute best selection of handmade graphic ‘zines I have seen anywhere including NYC, and a very robust book selection. Upstairs in the loft, Tate’s wife Amanda curates Bear & Bird Gallery, a super-hip exhibit space and gift shop. Threadless T-shirts, toys, indie housewares, original artwork, jewelry, cute bags—object d’ amour all. And, that doesn’t even cover the amazing exhibitions they do. The current show by Devo frontman Mark Mothersbaugh (up only until 3/16) was worth the trip alone, and their schedule is just as strong moving forward. Convinced? You should be. The whole place is awesome.
POSTSCRIPT: Sadly, the Mark Mothersbaugh show is done. You can read a show report here. But, the exhibition schedule moving forward is equally kickin’. Check it out:
Gatherings of the crafty inclined. StitchBird April Workshop: Make a Stuffed Creature!
Sunday, April 13th from 1:30-5:30pm
Group show exhibiting photographs in the lomographic style. What does that mean?
Opens May 2, 2008
Yokai in Your Eye
Japanese Ghostly Zoology as seen through the eyes of a variety of North American artists. List of Japanese Yokai
Opens June 14, 2008
Skot Olsen’s Frankenstein
Hundreds of individual painted panels from a soon to be released Graphics Classics Volume 15. Book will be available at the opening and Skot will be on hand for signing. Click to see cover art!
Opens August 2, 2008