|"They often look authentic, right down to their size, coloring
and perforated edges. But upon closer inspection, their design elements
betray the artist's mind. These miniature masterpieces purport not
to commit fraud, but rather to adorn, officialize and simply make cool
whatever mail you happen to be sending." --Rubberstampmadness
Why do artists make faux postage?
It's fun, it's relatively easy, and as art goes, it can be fairly inexpensive.
Like graffiti, it's also public--no gallery owner will pass judgment on
your work and you're guaranteed to have your art seen by at least 3 people:
your postal clerk, the recipient, and the postal person who delivered your
You can issue stamps to commemorate an event, a person, make a political
or spiritual statement, get a giggle out of somebody. Some do postal
parodies, taking a commemorative stamp and "tweaking it" in a humorous
way. The U.S. Post Office's H stamp became my G stamp
with my favorite kid Gracie wearing the hat.
||The James Dean stamp became the coffee-flavored James Bean stamp.
There are more than 1,300 artistamp designers worldwide with an important
contingent in Canada. The Artistamp News, a newsletter for
this esoteric art form, send sample stamps with every issue. Special
exhibits of artistamp work have been held in major European cities and
in many U.S. cities. Alyce's artistamps have been exhibited in San
Francisco, Brazil, Italy and Germany. To find out more about artistamp
exchanges, shows and exhibits and to contribute your own, go to the back
of any issue of Rubberstampmadness and check out the Bulletin Board
If you want your mail to get attention, design your own stamp...or buy
faux poste from a designer (usually $5 to $15 a sheet).