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“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.

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Audrey Sept. 25, 2008 @ 9:02 a.m.

Sounds like a great idea! I'll suggest it to my family for sure!


amk Sept. 24, 2008 @ 5:21 p.m.

What an awesome idea!! I'm getting one for my friend!


StairsAndFlowers Sept. 24, 2008 @ 7:21 p.m.

Great!!! I love it. It makes me want to go out and get pregnant right now!!!


bouncer94 Sept. 24, 2008 @ 8:16 p.m.

Great concept! Now I just need some pregnant people in my life.


lylalouise Sept. 25, 2008 @ 12:15 a.m.

Now all I need is some sperm ;o) No, in all seriousness this is such a great project and I really hope it takes off. The pieces look awesome!


Jay Allen Sanford Sept. 24, 2008 @ 9:18 p.m.

Be careful what you wish for, bouncer94........

BTW, shipping is $15, though Rhea says “You can get a $10 refund if you'd like to arrange a local pickup.”

Also, Chris Wise from local ska band the Amalgamated designed the X-Ray Babies website and logo.


edwordmusic Sept. 24, 2008 @ 10:07 p.m.

That is a brilliant friggin' idea from a brilliant friggin' family...


mateo Sept. 25, 2008 @ 1:41 p.m.

Don't fear! If you're not pregnant or know anyone having a baby anytime soon, we also have X-Ray Baby t-shirts for sale at www.xraybabies.com. The shirts were also designed by Chris Wise (Duke Duel).


melichag Sept. 26, 2008 @ 2:34 p.m.

that's a great idea! my sister had a really good ultrasound image and we used it to make baby announcement cards to send to all our family. It would be great to get that ultrasound pic framed for my sister! wow! i can't wait now!!!


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