Street characters proliferate the Vegas strip working on a photos for tips basis. The people who inhabit them vary greatly. For some it’s a full time job, some part time as a second job. Others are homeless, some illegal immigrants. The costumes provide a thin veneer to our beloved super heroes and cartoon characters, the costumes often poor, disheveled imitations, held together with gaffa tape in places. They are a fitting metaphor for the glitz and bustle of the Vegas strip. Walk a few blocks off the Strip and large empty and abandoned lots are many. A reminder of failed ideas and dreams, that never came to fruition.