I've been kind of laying off of the mail art for the most part as Halloween arrived, I had company, and I needed to get a jump on my Christmas cards. (It initially looked like I'd be doing close to 200 this year. YIKES!)
About two weeks before Halloween, I went into Seattle to be a guest (What??) on TIKI WITH RAY, a tiki YouTube show that has quite a following. Ray (Wyland) asked me to be a guest because I have my tiki blog, MONSTER-A-GOGO: THE TIKI TOURIST. (The episode with me can be seen HERE.) My friends Erich and Amy were there. Amy is a mail artist and she brought up the whole mail art thing to Ray. He was curious, so we showed him some examples. He said he wanted some mail art. So, okay... Time to churn out some mail art for Ray.
TIKI BAR OF TERROR: Wanting to incorporate tiki for Ray...as well as Ray himself...I came up with the title, tag lines, and some tiki bar pictures. I looked for a picture of Ray online that could pass for him being scared. This was the best I could come up with. I couldn't find a good ghost anywhere...so I just reused one. "So scary you may find a 'pu pu platter' in your shorts!" Zowie! (D)
Instagram, saying "This is The COOLEST gift ever!! Thank you@mister_monster_a_gogo for this incredible piece of Mail Art. I love it so much." Groovy!
Zowie! That sounds fun. (It even advertises "tiki drinks"!) But, although I'm sure they thought my mail art was some sort of product I could sell, I regretfully had to tell them I had nothing to "vend". I'm sure they were just looking at any and every account that had some sort of "product". But how nice to have even been asked--all based on my silly mail art. (And you KNOW some of the elements in their ad are going to be worked into my mail art at some point. Ha!)
Time went on. I didn't work on any more envelopes as I was frantically trying to get my Christmas cards done before Thanksgiving. I had started before Halloween and finished a week before Thanksgiving. There are 206 (so far. A straggler or two that I'll remember at the last minute usually pops up before Christmas.) cards here, all including personal hand-written notes (with the exception of the cards I had made--but stupidly forgot to leave space for a note. Those had typed-out letters included.). Why so many? I sent cards to everyone I had an address for. EVERYONE! You do not know the person's situation. My card may be the only card they get this year. It just lets them know someone is thinking about them, despite having minimal contact. It's always nice to get things in the mail. Hopefully, they'll enjoy receiving a card, as silly as that sounds.