The Dark Bird Palace

One of the first days I was in Santa Fe, I was referred to go check out the Tesuque Pueblo flea market. So glad I did, not only did I find some amazing gems I also go to meet this rad inspiring artist behind the Dark Bird Palace, Kelly Moore. His booth sits right in the middle of the flea market you can't miss it! I walked by and was immediately stunned. The palace is a collection of just about everything in raw form! From paintings, to postcards, cow skulls, to can openers, bottle tops, old credit cards, license plates, dolls, bird houses, straw hats, etc... you name it, it's in there. As I walked inside I met the man behind all of this beautiful chaos who was just as I pictured him to be, extremely laid back and very friendly. He had a very welcoming vibe. I enjoyed my conversation with him, his stories and adventures were all very inspiring. Just before I left he gifted me with his book, "Absurdity is my friend," the collection of his art and stories from the desert. What a masterpiece. Every Monday he adds a new piece to the collection, so there's always something new to check out. Put this flea market on your list for a must visit if you go to Santa Fe! My favorite piece - captured in the last photo, the "4 dead cowboys." Check out more of Moore's artwork and collections here//