“If things in the music biz continue to fall apart,” says Manganista singer Matt Rhea, “maybe we’ll have [X-Ray Babies] to fall back on. People may stop paying for music, but they’ll never stop having babies.”
Rhea explains: “My wife Rachel and I just started a new company called X-Ray Babies. When expecting parents go in to get an ultra sound, the doctor will give them a bunch of black-and-white photos of the images. We’ll take one of those photos, and we turn it into a colorful framed piece of art, kind of reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s pop art.
“I made one of these for my wife when she was pregnant with our first son. She loved it, and we quickly realized I had stumbled across the perfect baby-shower gift. Soon, she had me start making them for all our friends who were pregnant. After a few years, we decided to start an actual business out it, and now here we are.”
The Rheas can make portraits from ultrasounds shot during any month of the pregnancy. The three-frame portrait (10.5˝ x 26˝) costs $65; the four-frame (15˝ x 19˝) is $75 (xraybabies.com).
“We’re more than happy to create [portraits at the same cost] for twins, triplets, or quadruplets.”
Manganista appears October 11 at O’Connells.