Mail Art, Skate Art

Thrasher Cover

If you love mail art, and I do, you must score a copy of Thrasher Mail Drop: 38 Years of Envelope Art (2019), a publication of Thrasher Magazine. Almost since the magazine’s founding in 1981, response mail began arriving. The introduction to Mail Drop notes, “Readers sent compliments, complaints, tales of skate stoke and tales of sorrow. They also began sending art. At first, some envelopes included merely expressive handwriting. Then maybe a doodle in the corner. These format tweaks mutated into edge-to-edge works of art. The humble, ordinary envelope, which had been used as the transportation vessel of the message, became an artistic canvas. Over time, the art on the envelope was the message itself.”

Thrasher Brian Seber

Brian Seber

TH Rocky Dean Frozen

Rocky Dean Frozen

TH Matt Loomis

Matt Loomis

TH Ben Horton

Ben Horton

TH Baskee

BASKEE

Thrasher BC

This large format paperback has more than 1,000 pieces of mail art/envelope art/skate art. It’s a delicious, unexpected, fascinating compendium.

Lies

“You know I hate, detest, and can’t bear a lie, not because I am straighter that the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me. There is a taint of death, a flavor of mortality in lies — which is exactly what I hate and detest in the world — what I want to forget. It makes me miserable and sick, like biting something rotten would do.”

— From The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad