Prints Prints Prints

A few weeks ago I mentioned my new addiction hobby of investing in artist prints. The collection is still in full swing but during that time I only owned 3 prints. Now? 11. All of which are centered around The Dark Knight Rises and Breaking Bad. Initially they were meant to be mounted on the stark walls of my new condo but now that I’m no longer moving in, it’s created a bit of a dilemma. The walls of my room are already laden with framed posters, most of which are lithographs contained in the dreary confines of standard frames. I could always take them down but it would still leave a few prints unmounted–I’ll probably need a bigger room…or a new home if this “hobby” carries on.  So for now  they’ll idly rest against my walls. In the mean time, here are my prints in all their glory–at least the ones I have so far, waiting on 4 more.

A New Addiction — Sort Of

Growing up I’ve had my share of addictions; from endless hours of living playing World of Warcraft, to veritably binging on Jersey Shore marathons, it’s rather preening to admit these obsessions. Most recently, I’ve become an avid fan — not an addict; but slowly getting there — of collecting minimalistic movie/pop culture posters. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve already purchased 3 collectible prints. Unlike official mainstream posters, they are extremely limited and are even individually numbered — ranging from 50 – 9000. There are many appealing factors of the these prints: limited quantity, exceptional quality, and its simple theme — the artistic work on these prints are ineffable.

With a lot of mainstream posters, quality is a common issue . Many of them are printed on lithographic paper, which is the basic quality that everyone is familiar with — it also allows for cheap mass production. However, the quality of the print erodes over time — giving it a oddly saturated color. The limited edition screen printed posters are constructed on variety of different materials. From cream stock, to serigraphs, it allows for more durable prints that withstand rays of exposure.

Kevin Tong’s Iron Man print

Getting a hold of these posters isn’t an easy task, though. Imagine it being 1998 and the Backstreet Boys just opened their gates — virtually speaking — for a concert that only occupies 200 people. Good luck getting in.

It’s a similar situation with these posters. The artist only prints, at most, 200 prints … and it usually doesn’t end well for everyone. And to make it even more difficult, the artist designates a random time throughout the day via Twitter/Facebook to when he/she sells these posters. So if you’re on the can or away from the internet, you’re chances of being 1/200 have been flushed down the toilet.

But if you’re lucky enough to snag one, you also have the option to scalp it. Go on eBay and do a quick search for ‘Mondo posters’ … they fetch for a good penny or two. But let’s be real — why would you want to sell such a beautiful piece of art?

The scalpers account for only a minor percentage of the entire community. As fans, we choose to support these artists: as long as its poster of a movie we love and we like what we see, we have no problems with throwing all our money away — as long as we get one, of course.

I want more. I need more. I own only three — only three. I’ve been eying a certain Breaking Bad print for awhile, but I’d have to pay good money for it. And there’s an Avengers print … and a Captain America print … and an Iron Man print and …

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