Art Initials Subtract Wall Space from, Add Wallet Space to, Gullible Hype-Hunters


We got a promising email dubbed "New web 2.0 art project" and arrived at the Art Initials website, a place where you can buy initials in all the combinations you can think of (about 676) and hope some wealthy sap 20 years down the line will go, "By Gad, I've been looking for that AN all over the place! I'll give you a thousand times what you paid for it."

The pressie soothingly states you are not obliged to buy your own initials, but popular ones do go for more money. Plus there's a nifty feature where, via Wikipedia, the website tells you what your chosen initials mean in contemporary life.

The hope is that by pushing a limited selection of initials, and selling popular ones at a higher rate, a "community" will flourish that outlasts the actual service. We can see that happening. Friendships are made over shared acts of stupidity all the time.

Initial art comes in midnight black, navy blue and Kashmir beige.

by Angela Natividad    Jul-30-07   Click to Comment   
Topic: Bad, Online, Strange   

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Hey, I've got a Sharpie and piece of TP (is that taken?) how much you think I can get?

Posted by: Edward on July 30, 2007 8:37 PM

If people pay $5000 for a handbag or $50 to name a star that they won't ever see...why not an abbreviation. Much of the requirements of this entire industry is to sell products that people don't absolutely need.

Posted by: adbrat on July 31, 2007 12:58 AM

People pay 5000 dollars for shoes. Why not 20 for a just as equally useless sense of emotion comfort.

Posted by: adbrat on July 31, 2007 1:00 AM

I bought my initials yesterday. I like the idea to represent my initials!

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