Lucky Buck for Diane Keys' Irish Guide Dog by Lucky Pierre (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

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Mail art by IUOMA member Lucky Pierre (Charleston, South Carolina, USA)

July 18, 2015 - This is slightly convoluted. Queen of Trashpo Diane Keys (Elgin, Illinois, USA) posted a comment saying she might be losing her eyesight or at least I, representing DKult New York, thought that is what I read. So I began a campaign to raise funds to buy her a seeing-eye dog. This would not be just any seeing-eye dog. This would be a seeing-eye dog from Ireland. Somewhere I got the idea that Irish seeing-eye dogs are superior to all others. Any questions? The campaign is closed because DK did not lose her eyesight after all. Crisis averted.

But the ever-compassionate and always resourceful Lucky Pierre responded quickly.

Mail artists have a fascinating tradition of printing fake currencies. Fluxus Bucks are probably the best-known example. Given the alternative art concept, exploration of alternative economies seems almost logical in the network. And DKulters have explored the idea of a D-Konomy (an alternative economy based on Diane Keys’ theories) although both theory and practice are vague at this point in time.

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So, while Diane Keys’ brush with blindness – fortunately – proved to be a false alarm, the Lucky Buck – also fortunately – was born. I hope to see more and that they become a part of the various kinds of trash dollars (trash dolls) that are in circulation. Lucky Pierre put the Lucky Buck in what appears to be an old wedding invitation. Recycling, after all, is a core value of Trashpo:

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Lucky Pierre’s kind message:

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The Lucky Buck came in a FAB envelope:

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And the reverse:

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As ever, many thanks to Lucky Pierre!

A Note on Fluxus Bucks

Fluxus Bucks were created by Julie Jeffries (USA) in the 1990s. They are a world unto themselves or at least a mail art genre. Make sure to take a look:

http://iuoma-network.ning.com/group/fluxusbuckscreators

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Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 19, 2015 at 12:34am

D-Konomy - Trash Dollars, D-Dollars, Trash Dolls 

Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 19, 2015 at 12:27am

DK, fundraising for the Irish guide dog was discontinued as soon as I learned you hadn't lost your vision. I'm going to get thrown off FB for running scams. Someone else can handle the fund for your malaria treatments. Meeah maybe? I notice none of those people stepped up to the plate when you were in trouble (or seemed to be). In fact, they were nowhere to be found.

Comment by De Villo Sloan on July 19, 2015 at 12:23am

Comment by DKULT on July 18, 2015 at 9:26pm

this is such a kind gesture, but I STILL have not received the Irish Guy I was promised My eyes are fine but I now have malaria from procuring trashpo for DKULT in a forest infested with turbomosquito gangs. When will his Irish eyes be smiling on me? I don't even care if it's a leprochaun

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