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Meet Steve Raymond

Owner & Master Mind

Rare And Odd LLC, established in 2023 by owner Steve Raymond, introduces “SteamPunkBugs™” brand. Steve’s journey began in 1994 when he earned an Honors degree in Visual Arts and later founded Rare Reptiles, the first home-based pet shop in King County, Wa, dealing with venomous snakes and alligators. He expanded into a private zoological and commercial facility, gaining global recognition for his work in importing, exporting, and networking with breeders and zoos.

The 9/11 incident prompted a pause in his endeavors, but Steve remained a hobbyist. Recently, he noticed a demand for oddities in the pet trade and started exploring various collectibles, including fossils, numismatics, autographs, and fine art. However, he needed something to capture the modern audience’s attention, and his son’s suggestion led him to discover a unique art form combining technology and entomology with a Steampunk twist. These creations featured deceased insects illuminated with LEDs, offering a mesmerizing visual experience.

Steve learned about the China project of 2020 and Mike P. Libby, the pioneer of Steampunk-style mechanical protozoan sculptures. Determined to respect other artists’ work, Steve reached out to Mike, and they formed a connection. Rare And Odd LLC proudly showcases Mike P. Libby’s sculptures and emphasizes the quality and value of these collectibles.

Recognizing the potential to merge nature, science, engineering, art, advertising, and taxidermy, Steve designed a series of meme and theme-inspired insect creations, adding a unique twist to the market. These creations aim to raise awareness about the underappreciated world of insects and offer a medium for creativity and expression.

Explore Rare And Odd LLC’s limited inventory, and keep in mind that wait times may apply, especially for custom orders. Steve’s vision combines artistry with innovation, making these tiny insects more than just collectibles – they are a testament to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

Discover the world of Mike P. Libby and stay tuned for upcoming products. Rare And Odd LLC is about art, not just commerce, and invites you to appreciate the history and creativity behind the scenes.

Mike Libby

Creator Of SteamPunkBugs™

Rare And Odd LLC, established in 2023 by owner Steve Raymond, introduces “SteamPunkBugs™” brand. Steve’s journey began in 1994 when he earned an Honors degree in Visual Arts and later founded Rare Reptiles, the first home-based pet shop in King County, Wa, dealing with venomous snakes and alligators. He expanded into a private zoological and commercial facility, gaining global recognition for his work in importing, exporting, and networking with breeders and zoos.

The 9/11 incident prompted a pause in his endeavors, but Steve remained a hobbyist. Recently, he noticed a demand for oddities in the pet trade and started exploring various collectibles, including fossils, numismatics, autographs, and fine art. However, he needed something to capture the modern audience’s attention, and his son’s suggestion led him to discover a unique art form combining technology and entomology with a Steampunk twist. These creations featured deceased insects illuminated with LEDs, offering a mesmerizing visual experience.

Steve learned about the China project of 2020 and Mike P. Libby, the pioneer of Steampunk-style mechanical protozoan sculptures. Determined to respect other artists’ work, Steve reached out to Mike, and they formed a connection. Rare And Odd LLC proudly showcases Mike P. Libby’s sculptures and emphasizes the quality and value of these collectibles.

Recognizing the potential to merge nature, science, engineering, art, advertising, and taxidermy, Steve designed a series of meme and theme-inspired insect creations, adding a unique twist to the market. These creations aim to raise awareness about the underappreciated world of insects and offer a medium for creativity and expression.

Explore Rare And Odd LLC’s limited inventory, and keep in mind that wait times may apply, especially for custom orders. Steve’s vision combines artistry with innovation, making these tiny insects more than just collectibles – they are a testament to the beauty and wonder of the natural world.

Discover the world of Mike P. Libby and stay tuned for upcoming products. Rare And Odd LLC is about art, not just commerce, and invites you to appreciate the history and creativity behind the scenes.

First Creation