You might think the new Short North shop Evil Twin is for the average vintage toy or comic collector. A quick journey around the secret society caskets and under the dangling voodoo heads is sure to change your mind. While Tim Schopler, founder of the one-stop-shop for all things awe-inspiring, said he loves the look on your face when you see his items, the store’s not a shock museum. In fact, it’s an extension of his own collection, one that includes an embalming table in his home office. Alive sat down with the business man-turned-business man to get a more in-depth look at what else that macabre brain enjoys.
I like to travel the country and go picking and antiquing. It’s a great place to go to get pop-culture items, vinyl, lunch boxes, trading cards, vintage toys, international antiques from the past 200 years. I can always find something.
Cincinnati’s Horror Hound
I’m an avid convention-goer, but I have a loyalty to [Horror Hound]. I started volunteering there and watched it grow to one of the biggest horror/sci-fi conventions in the country, so I feel I was a part of its beginnings.
Personally, I have 80-100 different specimens, like two-face cats, a pig with a third leg, a goat head, West African tarantulas, various birds and amphibians. But everything I have passed away in nature or was stillborn. I don’t condone mistreatment of any animal.
Dayton’s Scene 75
My favorite thing to do is hang out with my daughter, and her favorite thing to do is play arcade games. We go to Scene once a week. She especially likes the shooter games where she gets to hold a gun and kill things.
Sunday Brunch at Circus
The cook stopped in and told me about it last week. I walked over and there were burlesque dancers and a drag queen on the mic. You don’t get that back home in Dayton. I plan on making it my weekly brunch.
He honors cinema from the ’70s, my favorite time-period of film, when cinema was much freer and risqué. Back then, film was made to express yourself, not make money.