Like everybody else with an e-mail account, Linzie Hunter gets a lot of spam. It might be a little more unusual that she sometimes finds the subject headings so amusingly absurd — “No More Lonely Nights for Linzie,” for instance — that she forwards them to friends.
More recently, when Hunter, who is an illustrator, was experimenting with hand lettering, she did something extremely unusual. She found a way to convert commercial entreaty and flimflammery into something pleasing. That is, she made spam into art.
Working quickly, with a tablet and stylus attachment that allows her to draw in the computer program Photoshop, she gave each a unique treatment, like a hand-painted sign.
After a day and a half, she uploaded about 20 of these to her account on Flickr, creating a set of “Spam One-liners.” Two weeks later, one of her Flickr contacts, the illustrator John Martz, posted a link to the set from the popular illustration and cartooning blog known as Drawn! at drawn.ca. It quickly ricocheted — via art blogs, design blogs, tech blogs, personal blogs...In the space of a little more than a week, the number of views of the Spam One-liners set went from about 500 to more than 50,000. And more than a few people were asking Hunter to make prints or postcards that they could buy.
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