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Pink Gaffes

For a couple of years beginning in 1989, a trio of Italians made several hundred postage stamps and used them to send letters through their country's notoriously slow and inept postal service. The hand-drawn stamps tended towards the satirical and the comic: one that featured a picture of an Italian porn star called for protection of endangered species.

Boggs, JGS

JGS Boggs is an artist known for making meticulously rendered drawings of currency. Instead of selling these one-sided "Boggs bucks" for money, Boggs attempts to use the art as money, in exchange for goods and services. He does not consider the artwork complete until such a transaction has taken place with one of his bills (or "notes", as he prefers to call them).

F.I.R.E. [first issue reserved edition]

F.I.R.E., or First Issue Reserved Edition, is a "unique collection of U.S. postage stamps" created by a self-described "terrorist/artist living and working in New York's East Village." The F.I.R.E. web site displays its  stamps under three categories: life, people, and commemoratives. Most enshrine ideas, people, or objects of American culture that would never appear on official U.S. postage stamps: guns, the homeless, friendly fire, Jack Kevorkian, Waco. A stamp commemorating the atomic bomb is captioned "shame on US".

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