Kitsch is usually synonymous with being gaudy and glaringly obvious, but sometimes what makes a particular piece of kitsch fabulous lies in the subtleties. Take the equine mascot of North Hollywood’s Silver Saddle Inn for instance: the plaster horse sitting atop these terra-cotta roof shingles exemplifies kitsch, but what makes the fella absolutely kitschtastic is the fact that he’s neither wearing a saddle nor any other trace of silver. His brown paint is chipped in places, and the way the white markings on his midsection are worn make me wonder whether he was wearing a saddle (perhaps even a silver one) a long time ago. Whether or not there were ever any traces of silver in this horse’s past, I hope you enjoy these glimpses of my motor-lodge-speckled corner of the world.
Psst: Have you ever stayed at a motel that had a mascot like this? I’m trying to remember if I have, but all I can recall is a hotel in Santa Clara with a bunch of robot statues in the lobby. I’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment.