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Above sent to Cernjul Viviana in Argentina Above sent to Dustin Hamby in Texas Above sent to Frieder Speck in Germany Above sent to Stephanie Blake in Alabama

Zine Review Number 2

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I have made and sent out two zines. One zine was about my trip to China and the other about Misty and I’s trip out west. They’re nothing great, just an account of what happened, some thoughts, some feelings. They’re quite predictable travelogues, but that’s the idea. I wrote them because I could. I ended up sending forty or fifty zines to people all over the globe, not to mention sending them to friends and family. I doubt most people read the thing, but I heard some nice things from a few people, most of them half-way across the world. Of close friends and family I think three people made their whole way through the whole thing. It’s just part of it, you make the thing to make the thing, not expecting anyone to care about what you made or even pay attention to it…read it, or look at it past a couple minutes. I sent both zines to a zine maker in New York and he had the following to say in his own zine. I think it’s a good review? I guess he read it, so that’s something. Anyway, it’s…

Sent To...

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Above sent to Catherine Petre (Belgium) Above sent to Janine Weiss (Switzerland)

The New Incoming

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Above from Tallie Jones (Washington USA) Above from Michael Orr (Georgia USA) Above from Richard Canard (Illinois USA) Above from Carmela Rizzuto (California USA) Above from Carina Granlund (Finland) Above from Mariana Serban

Sent to Stephanie Blake (Alabama USA)

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Sent to Dean Marks (France)

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I sent this to Dean Marks in France. While I was looking at the scan he made and posted through the IUOMA site, I was struck by a few things. First off, I really like colored tape. I spend so much time looking for strange tape, strong tape, and odd sized tape, that it’s kind of an obsession. It’s all the tape a wise man once said. Secondly, I like my source material to deal with the body. I consistently buy textbooks about anatomy, especially old textbooks where all of the images are drawn. Real pictures just don’t fit my palate; I like old images, images on cheap paper that rip very easily. Old paper always produces the best dissolves between images and gives the effect I really enjoy. So yeah, this is a card that I think best exemplifies what I like to make.

Lots of New Mail Art

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From Sarah Churchill (UK) From Richard Canard (USA) From Kim Jungyoun (South Korea) From Claudia McGill (USA) Vizma Bruns (Australia) Moan Lisa (USA)

Found at CVS Pharmacy

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Ever since I started making my tape things, I’ve been a fine connoisseur of tape. I know brand names of tape, the ones that work the best for my projects. Target seems to have the strongest tape in the business for some strange reason. Target tape just sticks better. A few weeks back I found a wealth of colored and see through tape that I love working with. Thankfully I stocked up on the colored tape since it all seems to be gone from that particular junk store. Tape is now my friend. Just yesterday I found these little darlings while picking up some pictures at my local pharmacy. I haven’t used them yet but I can imagine how much fun the dispensing of sticky plastic is going to be with these monsters. I bought all they had.

The Rise of the New Address Book

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When I started making mail art, I decided to keep somewhat detailed notes about what arrived in my mailbox and what I sent out. I did this from day one. In my notebook I would write down the artist’s name, and beside their name I would keep a tally of the amount they sent to me, and how much I sent to them. This way, I kept a one to one balance. There’s one person out there that I cannot possibly catch up with, damn Buckeyes! Overall, I was even with each sender or maybe a couple up. When I got three or four pieces up on someone I usually stopped sending, expecting that they’d gotten out of the game, or weren’t interested in sending to me anymore. I would much rather spread the work around to those that seemingly want it than to people who see my items as a complete nuisance. The longer I sent things out, the more types of information I started to collect. I had a section of the names of people I sent zines to, a section for Nostrils recipients, a section for bigger items I sent o…

The "Horse Stamp" - Scanned in Greece by Mom Kat

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I’m not sure when I started to get into stamps? I mean, it’s not that big of a deal and I’m kind of saddened by that last sentence, sounds so silly. There’s something about an ink pad and a carved rubber image that’s fun. It feels like magic when you press the thing down to the ink and there you go, you’ve got something that looks like something. All of the stamps I’ve purchased were at thrift stores, or discount stores, or something of the like, never anything I’ve made. I know quite a few people on IUOMA that make their own, which also feels like a type of magic. I just buy mine, and I just bought this one of my face and an almost undecipherable horse off to the left. It’s the infamous picture of me in Hawaii, sitting in Nick’s truck, looking at the foliage and the “wild” horses. As one of the equine bastards poked his head into the cab, I decided to take a picture. At the exact moment the camera went off, the neck-beast chomped down on my right arm. Fortunately the picture came o…

Both Sent to Dean Marks (France)

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Sent to Kim Jung Youn (South Korea) + Sent to Carina Granlund (Finland)

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Above sent to South Korea Above sent to Finland