The Art of Letter Writing

The art of letter writing may be relegated to the ¬†activity list of anachronism societies, but we still love the accoutrements that go along with it — like postage stamps. I used to have a postage stamp collection when I as a kid and remember when they were only $.25. But I never really paid attention to the postage vending machines they came out of until I met Ignacio. He’s had this one for years — it’s for sale at Artists and Fleas now. I’m sure he’ll have a hard time parting with it. I know I will.

The super secret library bar next to it is one of our most recent finds. It has decanters for Scotch, Vodka and Rum and six shot glasses all hidden behind leather reference book spines. That’s the old-fashioned way of keeping the booze away from the kids. Or from your boss. Although the three martini lunch was still de rigueur when this made so I’m not sure you would have had to hide it. We think it would look great anywhere — in a sleek loft downtown or cozy classic six uptown.

I think the vending machine and bar not only look great together; they complement each other too. Some letters require liquid courage to write. Some require liquid courage to read. But the real art is in the writing — if it comes from the heart that’s all that matters.

In the Hood: Howl Festival 2011

Since the L train wasn’t running this morning Ignacio had to walk Monty and Saki super early. That’s the only way he could open the shop at Artists and Fleas by ten. When he came home he insisted that I spend some time checking out the “Art Around the Park” at the Howl Festival in Tompkins Square Park.

I’ve always enjoyed this festival and this year it didn’t let me down. I took my time admiring the expressions of my neighbors and other local artists — some just for fun and some powerfully political. These photos show a few of our favorites — we posted more images and links to the festival and some of the artists on our facebook page.

Please enjoy! We certainly did.