@RiotDemon@sammydog01 The hanging pieces are supposed to balance each other, which you can’t really tell because they hang lower than their base. I’ll see if I have a pencil to mount it better. Everything from the Art-O-Mat is purchased with a $5 token.
@RiotDemon The Locations map can be horribly inaccurate. We were in Raleigh NC recently and went to a small coffee shop that was supposed to have one, but they had NO idea what we were talking about and it definitely wasn’t there. It kind of turns into a Scavenger Hunt in some cities we’ve visited, but that makes finding all the more fun!
@RiotDemon They usually are, but as we found on the NC Museum of Art a few weeks ago, it was in a really horrible location - inside of a conference room in the “Education” wing but luckily one of the staff knew it & led us to the room. Ask around if it’s not obvious, somebody will hopefully help!
@llangley@RiotDemon@sammydog01 None in my state, nor the one I just moved from. One in Houston not so far from MD Anderson Cancer center though. I can check it out when I next go. It’s 450ish miles away. That qualifies as a road trip. Right? I never knew these things existed.
Ahhhhh, Art-o-Mats!! We’ve been collecting them for 15+ years now I want to say. One of my wife’s cousins had a coffee shop in Charlotte, VA and it was the first place we saw a machine. We were totally hooked after that and now every vacation we take, we make sure to find (or try) the most Art-o-Mats available.
@ruouttaurmind I placed an order for a couple of the stockings, one for a friend who I think will go crazy over it, and one for a special someone who it looks like will be having a birthday sometime around Christmas (maybe).
Anyway, I was not charged postage, so that’s nice, although they seem to charge postage. Perhaps I live close enough to wherever these are sent from, that postage was cheap and was absorbed in the cost? Nah, postage is never cheap.
@Barney Apparently s&h are included in their pricing for stocking, art-by-the-carton, and artists materials.
BTW, I contacted them to inquire about their vending location placement process. The town where my office is located has a giant artist, gallery and arts & crafts presence, plus huge tourism traffic, so I’m curious if I could, with my contacts in this community, cultivate a location or two for these machines. Several galleries, arts & craft shops (creative merch in the a&c style, not supplies for the crafty soul), the library, visitor’s center, even the town halls (two different towns). There are 20 or 30 potential locations within a two mile strip which would be ideal for Art-o-Mat.
@ruouttaurmind I found mine! The photo is dated 2012 so I dunno. It’s maybe a mile from Penzey’s and I was heading there for free hot chocolate mix tomorrow so I’ll wear my comfy shoes and see if it’s still there.
I found my local Art-o-mat! The selection was limited, mostly little journals and poems and things, but I bought one of these:
It had a tiny little book full of scribbles like this:
There’s a note that says they’re “weakhand blind countour drawings” which means you draw with your bad hand without looking at the paper. He says “When drawing with my left hand blindly I’m freed from expectation, able to create work that is immediate, raw, and revealing.” And maybe crappy? I like it.
Sensing how distraught I was due to a lack of Antsy in my life, @MrHappypants took pity on my wretched soul. After receiving a duplicate Antsy in his holiday Art-o-mat order, he very kindly offered to fill this void in my life. I received my very own Antsy in Tuesday’s post!
As if parting with this treasure wasn’t generous enough, he refused to accept any remuneration in exchange, not even permitting me to tender the cost of shipping!
Ladies and gentlemen, the sun shines a little brighter, water tastes a bit sweeter, and the birdsong from the trees is more melodic now that I have Antsy in my life. I am now whole.
I offer most humble, and heartfelt appreciation to my very generous benefactor, @MrHappypants. Truly a king among men.
So, without further prorogatio, I am pleased and proud to introduce, for the first time in public… ANTSY!
@Kidsandliz These little guys down in the tunnels really crack me up too. If they emerged to the surface they would be as large as a tractor. It’s like the giant ants in the Warner Studios 1954 classic Them!.
Although not quite the same (although some are scenes in boxes) here is a collection of 144 scale (eg 6’ in real life is 1/2 inch) creations. You can buy kits for furniture, houses, etc. in that scale (most are laser cut). I make stuff in that scale (don’t use kits).
My LMR v1a (Lego-Mat replica prototype, first attempt):
I’ve made a couple modifications from @MrHappypants’ original since I’m not constricted by the size requirements of the Art-O-Mat vending system. Once I optimize the details and streamline the design, I plan to order individual bricks at Lego.com in specific sizes and colors.
@sammydog01 This is kluged up with miscellaneous bits from my Black Friday sale Classic assortment. Once I order the correct pieces in complementary colors, and print the display insert, I think it’ll look ok. Of course I’ll probably have about $10 invested in LEGOs, but I’m having fun, so that’s worth the extra fiver.
Once I’ve finalized the design I’ll post a parts list and brief assembly instructions in case anyone wants to do their own.
@lseeber The organizers at Art-o-Mat buy and refurb the machines, organize the independent artists and handle the distribution of the art, as well as marketing. Independent artists create the art, package it in Art-o-Mat approved packaging, and send it to the distribution channel. Art-o-Mat reps stock vending machines and collect the cash.
For their troubles, artists receive 50%. The businesses hosting the machine make 25%. Art-o-Mat retains the balance to pay for operating overhead. This sort of seems like a reasonable split… until you consider vend price for the art is fixed at $5. An artist gotta sell a ton of Lego-Mat machines to make a living wage.
@lseeber@ruouttaurmind The one here is at an art co-op so it seems to be stocked with local stuff. At least the one I got- I showed it to the guy at the desk and he knew the artist. I need to stop by this week- I have tokens left over.
@lseeber@sammydog01 The Art-oMat mission is written such that an artists work would be stocked in any location in the distribution channel based on the type of art and the local tastes of buyers. In practice though, I imagine Art-o-Mat cuts corners to save shipping and stocking costs and often stocks machines based on convenience rather than ideals.
I’ve been trying for a few months to arrange a vending location with them, but they are difficult to communicate with. Slow to respond and unresponsive to my questions. I’ve reached the conclusion that “they” is really one guy, Clark Whittington, and maybe Clark is overwhelmed with workload, or possibly has lost the vision, or real life has derailed his interest and intentions.
@ruouttaurmind Thanks. I’m presuming the location gets 25% of profit, not gross. That’s the norm anyway for a larger machine. I ask because my dad still has a lot of older machines stored away somewhere and there may be (hopefully) some old cig machines. I would presume that there is nothing preventing someone from doing the same thing independently with a different name. He can trademark the name, not the concept.
Most likely it is one guy or maybe 2. That’s the usual wizard behind the curtain.
WHen you are saying that you are trying to arrange a location with them, are you saying that you have a business that you would like them to put a machine in?
I knew a guy yrs ago that had a few countertop snack machines but what he did was placed them in locations near schools where a lot of the kids stopped by after classes and he put baseball cards, pokemon, cabbage patch… whatever was popular at the time and he could barely keep the machines filled they were so popular. A little ingenuity goes a long ways sometimes. Thanks for the info!
are you saying that you have a business that you would like them to put a machine in?
The community where my office is located has a very strong gallery and artist presence. It’s a popular shopping and tourist destination for art (among other draws). I thought it would be an ideal area for one or two Art-o-Mat vending locations.
My own office isn’t ideal, but there are several galleries and shops, and a couple museums any of which would be perfectly suited. In my position I’m well connected with the community leaders and business owners and wanted to broker a relationship between the community and Art-o-Mat.
Unfortunately my interest seems to exceed that of the Art-o-Mat folks.
Oh, and my understanding is the hosting business gets 25% gross. $1.25 per sale.
@ruouttaurmind Oh, ok. 25% of gross is actually a pretty good deal then. Usually it’s of the profit. If it’s 1 or 2 guys (they should at least contact you back) they may have to wait until they have one or an installer (locator) in your area (if they don’t already) in order to do that. I would think they’d be scrambling to get one in otherwise.
It’s actually a pretty cool idea for recycling those machines. I know a few places around here that would be good too.
@ruouttaurmind Yep, he’s painted. I really like him. He’s by a guy named Brandon from Albuquerque that adds an anarchy sign to his name. He’s a “punked-up spirit penguin”. I found the twitter account of the person who made the cat thing and she makes the cutest stuff, mostly for the Art-O-Mat.
@mossygreen I only learned of the buried torsos after reading a Nat Geo article about 7 or 8 years ago. I was amazed. But more shocking was the fact that archeologists knew about the buried bits since 1919. TMYK…