Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Went to the supermarket today to use one of those Coinstar machines. You know, the ones where you put all your loose change in. We're moving out in a few days and I thought it's about time to get rid of the two jars of change we have sitting here. One of the jars has been filled up for about 8 years, and I'm pretty sure some of that change is from when I was a kid.

So at the Coinstar machine, when it tries to process a coin and it's not U.S., it spits it out. I thought this was the coolest part, seeing all the weird coins and objects that get rejected.

I found a Chucky Cheese coin, no idea where it came from. Says it's from 1990 but I haven't been there since the 80's. There was a Concourse Bowling Alley coin- I remember oing there with my brothers about 5 years ago. I also found this thick coin that said $100, and I got all excited for a sec but I think it's actually 100 pesos. Cool looking coin though..

Found this San Diego penny. It's from one of those machines that smashes a penny (that you provide) for a couple bucks. I think it's from when me and my brother Jesse stayed on Coronado Island with my Aunt Debbie and cousin Amber. 89 or 90 I think.


Speaking of smashed pennies, check these out. I'm sure many of you have made these, they're flattened by trains. You just lay out a bunch of pennies on the tracks and wait for a train to come by then desperately try to find the coins which will be scattered all over. Dimes work real well too, they get thin as knife blades. Nickels and quarters don't work as well but they're thick enough that you can hear then getting run over. That penny with the half circle notch was from overlapping 5 or so pennies. We were hoping they'd fuse together or some shite but it didn't happen.
Then I found a weird coin that looked strangely familiar. I remembered what it was as I flipped it in my hand. When I was 10 I had this notion that I could flatten out nickels and make them into quarters. Turn 5 cents in 25. I spent a day smashing and shaping nickels, trying to get them the same circumference as quarters. I was going to use them in vending machines. I don't think it worked but this is one of the nickels that somehow over the years has stuck around. And it's actually pretty close in shape to a quarter.




Last I found these rejected "jems". A washer, a gear, a bead. And my old Target pin. It used to be white and red but it looks kinda cool as it has aged. It reminded me of how much I take for granted these days and how hard I've worked to get where I'm at. Pushing shopping carts in 106 degree heat really blew, it was hard labor- we didn't have a Cartmaster 5000, we had to actually use our muscles. And very under appreciated (rarely a thank you for my hard work), but I still took pride in my work. I could have easily blown it off and said the hell with it but for some reason I tried hard to do my best. I guess I felt lucky to even have a job. I always try to think back to working out in the elements, daydreaming about the future while pushing unending lines of carts to waiting shoppers, carving a J+J in the tree by the Garden center, seeing my breath float up in the cold rainy nights. Life was simpler eight years ago. Not that I would ever want to go back in time but it's always good to look back and see what happened.

Okay, some art stuff- many people have been asking about the giclee I have coming out, called "Savior of Nature". I will have more info soon, I'm meeting with the printers tomorrow, and depending on how the first round of proofs look, I may do a preorder. I am working on pricing, it will be between $400-$500 and the edition is 50 prints + 3 AP's. I will know more tomorrow. We're moving soon so I might be out of touch the next few days, but I'll get the info out as soon as I can. Here is the giclee....

Oh yeah, ended up we had over $100 of change sitting there. I had no idea, I estimated about $20 so I was pretty happy.
-Jeff

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Brotha, Tim here...

I was going to hit up that coin star yesterday as well. Got the coins in bag in my car and everything. Pretty strange :O Would have been really weird seeing you there for the same exact reason. The only reason I didn't go is because I'm lazy and WoW is addicting heh.

Got some of those smashed coins as well...Believe you taught me how to do it while at Corey or Jesse's basebal games (I remember a park with train tracks close by). That's pretty dangerous now that I think about it haha. Bad influence! Okok, you're not. You're the best brother in the world! (After Corey and Jesse) :O

S-14 said...

once me, my dad and my sister went and tried flattening coins on the track when i was a little kid. One quarter fleww of at like a thousend miles per hour an hit a nearby fence. It was loud. Probably could hace hurt someone. WE never found the quarter, i'm under the impression that in vaperized on impact. then again, mabe not.

please be friendly said...

You have coin sorting machines? Wow, what an age to be alive... in Australia my bank tried to charge me $6 to count my change, which would have been a significant portion of the change (probably). I had to sort it out into little baggies by hand and then take it back to the bank to get weighed - boy that was a fun day!
These days I have a growing collection of 1yen coins (I'm not in Australia now), I was wondering how to deal with them, but now I think they have a date with the train tracks.

bazooka radio said...

Hmm so you were pushing shoopping cars 8 years ago, now you're an artist of high esteem.

i'm pushing paper right now so. . .look out 2013!

That'sa really good idea with quarter nickel thing. You were a very enterprising kid.

Mr.Letterman said...

What about that thing you told us about making that step-by-step painting for us?.

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I too have have a great collection of coins and one of them is from ancient times, well that one did cost me a fortune.

Rasmus Moller said...

That's beatiful man!! Congratz on a job well done. Really enjoying the blog too...great behind the artist stuff

Chris Reeves said...

I was a target cart attendent for 6 years and I too am pursuing an art career..thank you for setting a standard for all cart attendants cum artists..