The Big Bang, for all your Rock, Punk, and New Wave Needs…

Here is a rare 1993 image of the exterior of the Big Bang on SW Park Ave., located downtown next the the Brasserie Montmartre during the eighties and nineties…
A lot of people had been asking for a photograph of the Big Bang,¬†and we looked everywhere; so I was surprised and excited to find this slide in a stack of random Portland street pictures at Tom Robinson’s Historic Photo Archive. It was a little over exposed at the top, but once we cropped it, we were able to make it work. With the “Back to School” neon sign in the window, the Big Bang is the perfect selection for “Miss September.”

Read what Kevin has to say about the Big Bang in the 2012 Calendar, then share a Big Bang memory or comment of your own below…
Located on Park Ave. in the late eighties and throughout the nineties, the Big Bang was a favored destination for all your rock, punk, and new wave needs. From hair die to piano ties, from tutus to leg warmers, band buttons to bongs, the Big Bang was like a Halloween store that was open all year. An upstairs annex referred to as “the bins” featured second had and vintage clothing haphazardly arranged. On a good day, you could find leather half-gloves, aviator glasses, and a dirty top hat, and usually for ridiculously low prices.


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8 Responses to The Big Bang, for all your Rock, Punk, and New Wave Needs…

  1. Erin July 2, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    oooh, the big bang is where I got my first bottle of hair dye in the 90s! I remember going there with my mom and her being freaked out that a woman who worked there had a tattoo on her head under shaved hair. Fun times! Wish it was still there.

  2. Melissa February 21, 2014 at 2:46 pm #

    I first discovered Big Bang as a freshman at Reed College in 1993. It was one of my favorite places, along with Ozone! Thanks for posting the photo; Big Bang just popped into my head randomly today!

  3. om September 11, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    Thank you. Don’t forget rock and roll fashion now dead and buried under banana republic .

  4. Jenn December 20, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    I bought my first leather jacket there!

  5. Ron Wanner (Weiner) August 19, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

    Man O Man–there’s a TON of pictures & memories on this! I have to thank LuAnn Sawyer Brown for telling me @ this site!!!! ;=)

  6. Noelle March 8, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    the upstairs annex was “the big bang warehouse”.

  7. Beth December 12, 2011 at 9:36 pm #

    Thanks for keeping the Big Bang alive! (my “trying to be cool after taking the bus all the way downtown by myself when I was 14″ hangout in 1986)

    Any pictures of the Metro? (I think where Columbia Sportswear is now)

    • JP June 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm #

      ooh yeah, i like beth’s request–a pic of the Metro.

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