When I go shopping I keep an eye peeled for mail art supplies – things that I use to repurpose into postcards or for collage for use in my mail art activity. Mail art can be seen as a irreverent commentary on certain other (clears throat) network technologies. Basically mail art supplies tend to be flat or made of thicker paper, stickers, tape or unusual marking devices and paints. Swap-O-Rama offered all but three of the items you see here; I decided to supplement my adventure with a trip to American Science and Surplus. If you’ve never been, ASS is a Chicagoland institution. They have catalog ordering and a website, but their Jefferson Park (Chicago) retail store is a frenzied wonderland of the weird, offering everything from gag gift items like bacon shaped Band-Aids to actual military surplus (like Howitzer shells). Shopping there should be on every artist’s resume. Mail art is a fascinating art form somewhat related to ‘zine publishing of the ’80s. You do have to put a real stamps on objects to legally send them via US post. It helps to know US postal laws for mailing strange objects (in these post-anthrax times). A related art form, artistamps, is also a fascinating parody or subversive commentary on government art.