These red-eyed aliens, insect creatures and half-human, half-animal monsters catch your eye from window displays along
The door is usually open at the
On this day,
Many tourists, such as the two young women from
Their eyes grow wide when they enter and see monster parts in all manner of peculiar disposition. Heads hang from stands and the ceiling. They're piled near a mirror. Green and yellow tentacles dangle from a clothes line. A giant, bumpy hand lies on the floor, next to monster heads.
"Feel free to try them on," Pinque tells them.
They try on an alien head and an insect-like monster head and laugh when they look in the mirror.
"I used to do stuff with you guys when I was a kid," Conway tells them. "I never forget it."
Corena tries on some heads.
The lab is where the Nazo creatures are made and one of the places they are stored. Pinque and the Big Nazo staff have been everywhere with their animated and original creatures: parades, television projects, ads, stage productions and festivals across
Pinque says he would like to see the tribe of assorted characters in a television program or film.
Big Nazo, which started in 1987, hosts internships at the lab, and its staff visits schools to teach students to create monsters and produce a performance.
In a corner of the lab, Brown is painting a Ping-Pong ball to make an eye for a bird-like creature. She is using pantyhose to make an eyelid. They use pantyhose for a lot of things because it is so pliable, especially to repair some of the monsters.
Brown leaves her eyeball behind and pulls up Grandma -- a big-headed, bumpy, green monster with a floral skirt. She is the drummer for the troupe's band and needs a little cosmetic surgery: Her foam is starting to peek out from the creases on her latex skin.
"When they get a little old, their foam starts to show," Brown says.
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