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Currency of the Future

All the bottle tops.

In 2012 I visited Kansas City, and in Kansas City lives Just Colcord. Just is an artist who uses found objects in his sculptures. I took photos of him in his apartment, and posted those photos as a blog post here.

I asked him about buying a piece of his artwork, but he said he doesn’t sell his pieces for money. Money is too easy to earn and use to buy unique pieces of art, and someone should have to put in more effort to buy something Just has put effort into making.

He’d previously mentioned that after the apocalypse, bottle tops with the anti-tamper rings turned inside out and wrapped around them would become money. “The Currency of the Future” he called it. I proposed a deal. I’d collect 100 such bottle tops, and he’d see if that was enough to “buy” a piece of his artwork.

So that’s what I did. From September 2012 to December 2013, if I bought and drank out of a bottle with the right kind of anti-tamper ring, I wrote a number on it, and took an iPhone photo of it in the location I finished the bottle.

It’s been a fun project. The results are below. The 100 bottle tops are currently in the post, on the way to Kansas City.

Currency of the Future: New York laundrette, September 2012.

New York laundrette, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: US Open Final, New York, September 2012.

US Open Final, New York, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: New York Metro, September 2012.

New York Metro, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: JFK Airport, New York, September 2012.

JFK Airport, New York, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: Gullfoss, Iceland, September 2012.

Gullfoss, Iceland, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: New York from New Jersey, September 2012.

New York from New Jersey, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: Athens, September 2012.

Athens, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: The Acropolis, Athens, September 2012.

The Acropolis, Athens, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: Athens, September 2012.

Athens, September 2012.

Currency of the Future: Dinner with family, England, October 2012.

Dinner with family, England, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Matilda The Musical, London, October 2012.

Matilda The Musical, London, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Gibraltar Airport, October 2012.

Gibraltar Airport, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Istanbul Airpot, October 2012.

Istanbul Airpot, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Kusadasi, Turkey, October 2012.

Kusadasi, Turkey, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Bodrum, Turkey, October 2012.

Bodrum, Turkey, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Santorini, Greece, October 2012.

Santorini, Greece, October 2012.

Currency of the Future: Berlin Zoo, November 2012.

Berlin Zoo, November 2012.

Currency of the Future: Napoli, Italy, November 2012.

Napoli, Italy, November 2012.

Currency of the Future: Lanzarote, December 2012.

Lanzarote, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Cape Verde, December 2012.

Cape Verde, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Mindelo, Cape Verde, December 2012.

Mindelo, Cape Verde, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Tarquinia, Italy, December 2012.

Tarquinia, Italy, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Pisa, Italy, December 2012.

Pisa, Italy, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Bercelona, Spain, December 2012.

Bercelona, Spain, December 2012.

Currency of the Future: Aqaba, Jordan, March 2013.

Aqaba, Jordan, March 2013.

Currency of the Future: Petra, Jordan, March 2013.

Petra, Jordan, March 2013.

Currency of the Future: Santiago Airport, Chile, April 2013.

Santiago Airport, Chile, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Valparaiso, Chile, April 2013.

Valparaiso, Chile, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Lima, Peru, April 2013.

Lima, Peru, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Lima again, Peru, April 2013.

Lima again, Peru, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Manta, Equador, April 2013.

Manta, Equador, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Quito, Equador, April 2013.

Quito, Equador, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, April 2013.

Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, April 2013.

Currency of the Future: A Coruna, Spain, May 2013.

A Coruna, Spain, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Dover, England, May 2013.

Dover, England, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Wildau, Germany, May 2013.

Wildau, Germany, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Dutch Juggling Convention, 2013.

Dutch Juggling Convention, 2013.

Currency of the Future: Warnemunde, Germany, May 2013.

Warnemunde, Germany, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Tallinn Airport, Estonia, May 2013.

Tallinn Airport, Estonia, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Bird nest in my back yard, Berlin, May 2013.

Bird nest in my back yard, Berlin, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Potsdam, Germany, May 2013.

Potsdam, Germany, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Wildau, Germany, May 2013.

Wildau, Germany, May 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Potsdam, Germany, June 2013.

Potsdam, Germany, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin Juggling Convention, June 2013.

Berlin Juggling Convention, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Victoria Park, Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Victoria Park, Berlin, Germany, June 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin Zoo, July 2013.

Berlin Zoo, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Victoria Park, Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

Victoria Park, Berlin, Germany, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Heathrow Ariport, London, July 2013.

Heathrow Ariport, London, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, July 2013.

Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2013.

Reykjavik, Iceland, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Muse concert, Berlin, July 2013.

Muse concert, Berlin, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Trier, Germany, July 2013.

Trier, Germany, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Luxembourg, July 2013.

Luxembourg, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Reims, France, July 2013.

Reims, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Paris, July 2013.

Paris, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Paris again, July 2013.

Paris again, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Amboise, France, July 2013.

Amboise, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Montlouis-sur-Loire, France, July 2013.

Montlouis-sur-Loire, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Chenonceaux, France, July 2013.

Chenonceaux, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Villandry, France, July 2013.

Villandry, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Villandry again, France, July 2013.

Villandry again, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Blois House of Magic, France, July 2013.

Blois House of Magic, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Manoir de Clenord, France, July 2013.

Manoir de Clenord, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Dune de Pyla, France, July 2013.

Dune de Pyla, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Condom, France, July 2013.

Condom, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: I'm not kidding about being in Condom, France, July 2013.

I’m not kidding about being in Condom, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: European Juggling Convention, Toulouse, France, July 2013.

European Juggling Convention, Toulouse, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: EJC again, Toulouse, France, July 2013.

EJC again, Toulouse, France, July 2013.

Currency of the Future: Toulouse, France, August 2013.

Toulouse, France, August 2013.

Currency of the Future: Sete, France, August 2013.

Sete, France, August 2013.

Currency of the Future: Avignon, France, August 2013.

Avignon, France, August 2013.

Currency of the Future: Pont du Gard, France, August 2013.

Pont du Gard, France, August 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin, September 2013.

Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin again, September 2013.

Berlin again, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Henrys shop, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2013.

Henrys shop, Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Durlach, Germany, September 2013.

Durlach, Germany, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2013.

Karlsruhe, Germany, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Karlsruhe again, Germany, September 2013.

Karlsruhe again, Germany, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, September 2013.

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, September 2013.

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Bode Museum, Berlin, September 2013.

Bode Museum, Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Olympiastadion Berlin, September 2013.

Olympiastadion Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Stasi Museum, Berlin, September 2013.

Stasi Museum, Berlin, September 2013.

Currency of the Future: Color Run Berlin, October 2013.

Color Run Berlin, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Palermo, Sicily, October 2013.

Palermo, Sicily, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Olbia, Sardinia, October 2013.

Olbia, Sardinia, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Fontvieille, Monaco, October 2013.

Fontvieille, Monaco, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Monte Carlo, Monaco, October 2013.

Monte Carlo, Monaco, October 2013.

Currency of the Future: Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, November 2013.

Tempelhofer Feld, Berlin, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Berlin Zoo, November 2013.

Berlin Zoo, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Nürnberg, Germany, November 2013.

Nürnberg, Germany, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Nürnberg Juggling Convention, November 2013.

Nürnberg Juggling Convention, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Madrid Airport, Spain, December 2013.

Madrid Airport, Spain, December 2013.

Currency of the Future: Teatro Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil, November 2013.

Teatro Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil, November 2013.

Currency of the Future: Meeting of the Waters, Amazon River, Brazil, December 2013.

Meeting of the Waters, Amazon River, Brazil, December 2013.

Currency of the Future: Barbados Airport, December 2013.

Barbados Airport, December 2013.

Currency of the Future: JFK Airport, New York, December 2013.

JFK Airport, New York, December 2013.


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Photo shoot with Pola

Pola needed a 1:1 photo of herself in her studio for an art catalogue. I popped around this morning and snapped these:

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Cats and Cars – Strip Search #ElimComic

Elimination home challenge!

The topics were cats and cars. My comic depends on knowing Transformers characters, but I’m not sure that’s a problem for anything published on this geeky little backwater of the internet. While I’m not sure my comic is funny, at least most people will get the joke.

And learning from last week’s attempt (which probably didn’t need the middle panel, the one which kinda spoiled the joke in advance), I decided to not include an extra panel at the end, about a “fur ball” containing bits of cars, and Megatron getting angry about it. Opening with the Bumblebee pun, and having the Decepticat’s name as Snowflake, is funny enough. The start of the unused panel:

Yet again the drawing took only a few minutes, but scanning and other shit made the whole thing take about 45 minutes. If I had art skills, I’d spend more time on it, but after about 10 minutes on drawing I hit the my limit of making any picture better.

For confused readers, you need to keep up with Strip Search, the web comic artist reality talent show. Every week two of the artists face each other in a head to head challenge. They each have to draw a comic strip in 90 minutes, based on the combination of two randomly drawn words, with the loser going home and the winner staying in the contest to win the big prize. Viewers at home are encouraged to do the challenge themselves.

Here are some other home elimination challenge entries I like:

By Blake Blue – @photoroller on twitter

By Alicia S – @superpuzzled on twitter

Disappointingly, almost every other comic is a variation on two or three basic jokes:

1. A cat is driving a car… and cat’s cant drive cars!

2. Someone else is driving a car… and they had an accident involving one or more cats!

3. A car that looks like a cat is funny!

This wouldn’t be a problem if I found these jokes inherently funny. Unfortunately for Tavis (spoilers!), Mike and Jerry didn’t find the idea of traffic accidents involving cats inherently funny either.


Dinosaur Roller Skates – Strip Search #ElimComic

I spent only 25 minutes drawing this, with one attempt at each drawing only. It took me longer to scan each piece of paper and arrange it into a singe image.

For confused readers, you need to keep up with Strip Search, the web comic artist reality talent show. Every week two of the artists face each other in a head to head challenge. They each have to draw a comic strip in 90 minutes, based on the combination of two randomly drawn words, with the loser going home and the winner staying in the contest to win the big prize. Viewers at home are encouraged to do the challenge themselves. This week the words were Dinosaur and Roller Skates.

You can compare my attempt to the winning strip:

And other home challengers:

My favourite among the entries I’ve seen so far, from cakeburger.com:


Just Colcord’s Apartment

Just Colcord's Apartment: Who's this little guy? Zongo. He's a hard smoking wooden robot, made by Just Colcord.

Who’s this little guy? Zongo. He’s a hard smoking wooden robot, made by Just Colcord.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Just invited me around to check out his apartment, and I must admit it was the most interesting place I visited during my stay in Kansas City.

Just invited me around to check out his apartment, and I must admit it was the most interesting place I visited during my stay in Kansas City.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Just has been making toys, and experimenting with stop motion movies featuring those toys, for only one year. He's always been an obsessive collector of interesting trinkets and small bits of junk, and making them into toys is one way of channeling his energies.

Just has been making toys, and experimenting with stop motion movies featuring those toys, for only one year. He’s always been an obsessive collector of interesting trinkets and small bits of junk, and making them into toys is one way of channeling his energies.

Just Colcord's Apartment: I took all these photos over the course of about 10 minutes. I wish I had better lighting, and had more time, because these few snaps don't do justice to Just's massive collections and artistic creations. This is Nozog.

I took all these photos over the course of about 10 minutes. I wish I had better lighting, and had more time, because these few snaps don’t do justice to Just’s massive collections and artistic creations. This is Nozog.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Meet Onzog. Or was this Oznog?

Meet Onzog. Or was this Oznog?

Just Colcord's Apartment: Maybe this is Nozog, not Zongo.

Maybe this is Nozog, not Zongo.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Not only has Just been making toys, but also many, many sets for his stop motion movies.

Not only has Just been making toys, but also many, many sets for his stop motion movies.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Boxes and boxes of… things.

Boxes and boxes of… things.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Just began displaying his art and toys in local markets, but doesn't sell any of them. Instead he takes donations to support his creative endeavors, and makes donors small gifts in return.

Just began displaying his art and toys in local markets, but doesn’t sell any of them. Instead he takes donations to support his creative endeavors, and makes donors small gifts in return.

Just Colcord's Apartment: This one is called

This one is called “Attack of the wheel nuts.”

Just Colcord's Apartment: A close-up of a box scene.

A close-up of a box scene.

Just Colcord's Apartment: His apartment contains many cabinets of curiosities. And what are some of those curiosities?

His apartment contains many cabinets of curiosities. And what are some of those curiosities?

Just Colcord's Apartment: A miniature cabinet of curiosities inside a curiosity cabinet.

A miniature cabinet of curiosities inside a curiosity cabinet.

Just Colcord's Apartment: All the mini bottles contain used yoyo strings, coiled inside in a very precise manner. Many bottles have notes, reminding Just of the day and reason he put the string in the bottle. Literally, bottling memories.

All the mini bottles contain used yoyo strings, coiled inside in a very precise manner. Many bottles have notes, reminding Just of the day and reason he put the string in the bottle. Literally, bottling memories.

Just Colcord's Apartment: More toys made from found objects.

More toys made from found objects.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Buttons, bullet casings, shotgun rounds...

Buttons, bullet casings, shotgun rounds…

Just Colcord's Apartment: R2-D2 vs Dalek.

R2-D2 vs Dalek.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Sunglasses fairy.

Sunglasses fairy.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Priceless, of course, because none of Just's artwork is for sale.

Priceless, of course, because none of Just’s artwork is for sale.

Just Colcord's Apartment: All the work takes place in the kitchen.

All the work takes place in the kitchen.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Opening a kitchen cabinet, I found yet more scenes with toys.

Opening a kitchen cabinet, I found yet more scenes with toys.

Just Colcord's Apartment: These are the currency of the future.

These are the currency of the future.

Just Colcord's Apartment: Thanks for showing me around, Just!

Thanks for showing me around, Just!


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