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Feeling prickly: The Cactus Album.

I don’t know if it’s because of the time I recently spent in Marfa with Daniel, or it has to do with all of the still-living (!) plants in my apartment, but lately I can’t get enough of cactuses. Cacti. Whatever. Or maybe it’s succulents in general, since I can never seem to remember what makes a succulent a cactus.

Anyway, I put together a little collection of some of my favorite cactus-themed stuff. I want all of it! Greedy, so greedy…


1. Amelie Mancini / Cactus tote
2. Budi Satria Kwan / Cactus print
3. Sea & Asters / Geometric Cactus Planter
4. Simka Sol / Cactaceae leggings
5. Confetti Riot / Cactus print tea towel and pillows—white and peach
6. Visual Cities by Mariadiamantes / Cactus print


1. Banquet Atelier & Workshop / Ten Cacti and Paddle Cactus screenprints
2. Sian Keegan / Cacti phone case
3. The Kingpins / Michael Cera Cactus button
4. The Black Vinyl / Early-1800s illustrated cactus chart
5. Nuukk / Cactus stamps
6. Make-Ready / Cactus print

Speaking of cactuses (I’m having a hard time with the word “cacti” for some reason), when was the last time you listened to 3rd Bass? I had The Cactus Album on heavy rotation during 1989 and 1990, and then 3rd Bass just kinda…evaporated. It’s a FANTASTIC album, though, and it still sounds great (maybe even better) 26 years later.

As an interesting (debatable) aside, did you know that 3rd Bass and The Smiths have something in common? Other than being white guys with tall hair, I mean. They both used the same sample! If you skip ahead to the 22:18 mark above, the beginning of “Triple Stage Darkness,” you’ll hear it: You are sleeping, you do not want to believe. You are sleeping… Now, if you’re a Smiths fan who appreciates Morrissey’s excellent use of samples, you’ll know that this is the very same sample used at the end of “Rubber Ring” (3:33 mark). Crazy, right? And considering how obscure the source of this sample is—a flexi-disc included with a 1971 book about communicating electronically with the dead, written by a Latvian psychologist named Konstantin Raudive—I think it’s mayyyyybe safe to assume that someone in 3rd Bass was a Smiths fan, and that mayyyyybe they actually took the sample from a Smiths record and not from the original source…but what do I know! Those crackles sure sound like they line up, though. Cool.

(How’s that for a tangent?!)

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  • Reply Kyriam March 31, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    OMG i want them all! so cute!

  • Reply Erin March 31, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Yes to cacti forever!!! If you ever come out to LA, you have to visit the desert garden at The Huntington. It’s out of control.

    Or, you know, just drive to Joshua Tree, that works too. 🙂

    • Sarah April 1, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      I second the fact that The Huntington is always worth a trip! The Chinese Garden is insane and the whole thing is such a beautiful walk. And the museum/library always has something interesting going on.

  • Reply Evan March 31, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Now THIS is a Cactus album:

  • Reply Laurie March 31, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    nice post, I hope you’re enjoying sharing them and writing as much as I’m enjoying reading. This one especially was not only full of cute consumption, but the tangent! So much quality content that I wouldn’t have seen anywhere else (yet?)

  • Reply louie and coco March 31, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    Awww i love succulents! I didn´t know cactus was a succulent though.
    Number 3 is sooooooo chic!!

  • Reply Mateja April 1, 2015 at 1:30 am

    another one you might like:
    (I bought it and am planning to have it framed. does it make me a weirdo because it’s a kitchen towel? 🙂
    Love you blog, Anna! Keep up the good work. xo

  • Reply Jane April 1, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Yikes, I always thought cactus and succulent were just interchangeable words—thanks for making me smarter…

    Love that pillow! And your new blogging schedule!

  • Reply Laura C April 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

    I love that linen pillow. I may have to get it. Inanimate cacti are the only ones I can keep “alive” – a fact that I have proven time and time again.

  • Reply Neza April 1, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    There’s a new cactus tote here:

    I love it when you post often, must be the spring 🙂

    • Anna @ D16 April 1, 2015 at 5:59 pm

      Hi Neza, we were just discussing the new Bookhou tote on my Instagram yesterday! 🙂 It’s so pretty—I hope it’ll be for sale online soon.

  • Reply sarah April 3, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Love this collection. I too am obsessed with cacti (and also think adding the i is weird!). I have a little handmade line of knit and sewn ones: and keep thinking I need to make you a black one! Haha.

    • Anna @ D16 April 3, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Those are so cute, Sarah!!

  • Reply Paige April 5, 2015 at 3:49 am

    This is one of the best round-ups of all time! Nothing better than cute cacti!

    I recently launched a watercolor collected called Technicolor Botanical, full of rainbow cacti prints! I’d love if you’d check it out 🙂

    x, Paige

  • Reply toni April 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Blondie supporting Morrissey at MSG 2015… just announced but I’m sure you already know this 🙂

    • Anna @ D16 April 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks, Toni! Yes, I know—and I’ll be there. 🙂

  • Reply Amy April 7, 2015 at 12:21 am

    I wanted to share this fantastic duvet cover/bedding set that I have been wanting/needing/coveting for the past 6 months. Sadly, the items were only available in AU and has since sold out. It gives me the sad feelings. I think you may like it as well.

  • Reply Amy April 8, 2015 at 1:47 am

    A woman after my own heart…I agree that you can never have too much cacti!

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