I decided to check on this website (DamonCarltonAndAPolarBear.com) a few times a week to see if anything else happened. And boy did things start happening. Unfortunately, I missed out on the first event they had. The event was at a club in Los Angeles with DJ AM and that is where they revealed the first website for the LOST Underground Fan Art Project. The first LOST print was revealed on actuallyitsketchup.com. A Hurley-centric print entitled, "The Numbers" by artist Tim Doyle. It was intriguing- with glow in the dark ink- but not something I wanted to drop $50 on. A few days later a new clue appeared on DCaaPB.com. Immediately I started googling the words- trying to decipher their cryptic meaning... Each day a new clue would reveal more information until finally a location, date and time was spelled out for the next LOST print website reveal. Somewhere along the way- I stumbled upon a blog called LostARGS.com. A place where others (not The Others) like me, were following this white rabbit down the twisty, turny road of fun and discovery.
I was able to attend the 7th reveal at Rusty's Discount Pet Center in Studio City, CA. It was great to meet some fellow LOST fans there and we all got an yellow "I <3 Shih Tzus" t-shirt like the one Hurley wore on the TV show. I am still kicking myself for not purchasing the print that was revealed there. At the time I was thinking that the print wouldn't really go with the rest of the prints that I had bought- but after seeing people's close-up shots of the amazing detail of the work, I am sad that I do not own "The Smoke Monster" by artist Ken Taylor. Maybe one day down the road I will be able to buy one for a reasonable price.
And speaking of reasonable prices- this is where I get into the ugliness of people buying these prints just to turn around and resell them for a profit on eBay. As this promotion has chugged along, print fanatics who are not even LOST fans are buying these prints. I guess I can understand if they are a fan of a certain artist and want to buy their work- but the the people who have no love of LOST or of beautifully rendered print art and are blatantly horning in on this promotion make me sad. Sad for the "real" fans. Prints have been selling on eBay for up to $500 or more for some. The latest prints have sold out in under 2 minutes. Long gone are the days of taking a moment to think about your purchase. Now it's either buy now or forever hold your peace- and pay up the wazoo on eBay.
This print "flipping" phenomenon seemed to happen right around when the 7th and 8th prints became available. I was actually standing in line at the DMV when the 8th print entitled, "The Hatch" by Kevin Tong was revealed. Needless to say, I panicked, jumped out of line and drove like a maniac back to work and got there in enough time to buy it. (And for my girlfriend who may be reading this- even if I had stayed in line, I would have had to go back to work before my number was called. I swear!!!)
So there you have it. I'm obsessed with LOST. If you read my last post, you probably got that already. But just in case you were wondering... :) And since the last post, I have finished framing my prints and have even finished cutting a special mat for my white LOST poster that was signed by Damon Lindelof. And yes, I did etch The Numbers on the frame myself. (nerd alert!) Oh, and I had a birthday- and my wonderful girlfriend got me a special Dharma ice cream cake. (Yeah, my girlfriend totally rules!!! ) Hope you enjoy the pics and my words. Toodles. Time to get ready for the next print reveal...