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Express Yourself: Pee-Wee Herman

Okay, so we all know that story about the man behind Pee-Wee Herman, but let's forget about it for a minute so we can focus on the beauty that is Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. If ever there was a tale about Being Yourself and also Being Really Weird But Endearingly So, then Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is it. If you've been living under a rock since 1985, then let me tell you about the plot of this fine film: Pee-Wee gets his totally radical bike stolen by his mean and rich neighbor Francis; Pee-Wee goes hunting for said bike; hilarity ensues. Throughout the movie, Pee-Wee charms his way across the country on the hunt for his stolen bicycle, and throughout it all, he is always ~true to himself.~ Not even hot babes can stand in his way.


But seriously, Pee-Wee's reaction to Dottie is amazing. Who needs dumb ol' relationships anyway?

NOT EVEN MOTORCYCLE GANGS ARE IMPERVIOUS TO HIS CHARMS! For some reason, there's just something totally delightful about a grown-ass man in a red bowtie, hunting for his bike, and livin' his life in the weirdest, most joyful way possible. Basically, everyone's takeaway from this movie should be that it's okay to be a little bit of a weirdo. You might not get a movie deal in the end, but you'll feel pretty okay. No sense in trying to tame your wacky personality! So you see? PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE GAVE US A DEEP AND IMPORTANT LESSON. Also, this snake .gif. Thanks, Pee-Wee! —Katie

Get the essence of Pee-Wee:


Classic Bowtie
Duh.


Sole The OFW Bike
You've gotta have a rad bike. Just don't let it get stolen.


Jeffrey Campbell Jagger Platform Oxford
Gotta have some platforms for when you feel the urge to dance to "TEQUILA!" in a bar.


Giant Googly Eyes
Because furniture should be fun, too.