Roger Gastman is a great collector of things. Weird classifieds, rare graffiti propaganda, children’s toys, vintage spraypaint, art by serial killers… he’s got it all and more. For TOOLS OF CRIMINAL MISCHIEF, his most recent show which opens tonight at The Seventh Letter Flagship Store and Gallery in LA, Roger has placed on display a robust selection of these artifacts for viewing and consumption. Since his instagram is about the only way we can observe Roger’s daily collectings, we pulled images of some of our favorite digital ephemera, and asked Roger to explain. What follows is the result of our online conversation also known as “explain this picture.”
How one Staten Island man’s small vending machine empire made and then eventually lost $1 million in the Homies trade.
Selections from Allen & Ginter Cigarettes Brands’ 1887 card series “Arms of All Nations”
Hoard d’Oeuvres by Rhonda Lieberman
Art collecting is the most esteemed form of shopping in our culture today
The curved 2014 National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin from the United States Mint celebrates the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The coin is the result of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Commemorative Coin Act, a law passed in 2012.
National Geographic’s vintage collection archivist Bill Bonner tends to over eight million images, each one special to him in its own way.
The price one man paid at an estate sale for a record that ended up containing Marvin Gaye’s passport from 1964.
And it is awesome.
The “Street Series” button pack features three of FUZI UVTPK’s unique characters—a graffiti writer dreaming of going all-city; femme fatale proclaiming vengeance; and an ultra-violent thug counting his money—rendered in his trademark Ignorant Style. The pin-back buttons are 1.25 inches in diameter and come in a plastic bag with an orange header card. Limited edition of 100, and only available here.
Collected by William Strobeck
Rise of the Art Insta-Collectors: Buying Big Names They Don’t Even Love by Richard Kirshenbaum