In an unassuming suburb of Buenos Aires sits a sportswear shop frozen in time. Wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling, the store is stacked with unopened Adidas shoe and apparel boxes from the 1970s, all closely guarded by a 75-year-old shopkeeper with a tragic story who lost everything and holds onto this time capsule as a form of personal therapy. Thirsty for a glimpse into the trove of rare goods, some of the most enthused Adidas collectors journeyed across the Atlantic to gain entry into the dusty shop of their dreams. Their story unfolds, below.
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.”
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.
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