Tucker Nichols’ issue, which was a bonus surprise issue, consisted of four different beermats (also known as coasters). All of the copy on the mats is from real businesses Tucker encountered on a recent trip to Eureka, California (except for “Denise” - he made that one up).
Assistance with Tucker’s issue came from Scott Thorpe. Thanks, Scott.
LETTER FROM THE EDITORS / SPRING 2008
Welcome to issue 3½ of THE THING by Tucker Nichols. Are you surprised? We hope you are surprised. After shipping Kota’s issue, we realized that we had some extra shipping funds. We got excited about making a bonus issue with the extra money. We started talking to Tucker Nichols about doing something and he got excited and then we got even more excited about what he proposed, and before long we had several thousand beermats all around the place. These beermats were made in England, which is why they are beermats and not coasters. Simply put:
Coasters = Beermats
Fedex was nervous about the word beermats and almost didn’t ship them to us. We wondered what they thought they were, or what we might do with them. We hope that you will use them as beermats…or maybe even milk or hot teamats. We’d love to see pictures of how you use them. Send them to us at email@example.com and we will post them.
All of the copy on the mats is from real businesses Tucker encountered on a recent trip to Eureka, California. (Except for “Denise.” He made that one up.)
Will & Jonn, Editors of THE THING
- TUCKER NICHOLS
Tucker Nichols is a visual artist based in Northern California. His work has been featured at the Drawing Center in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Denver Art Museum, Den Frie Museum in Copenhagen, and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco.
His drawings have been published in McSweeney's, Nieves Books and the Op-Ed pages of The New York Times. He is co-author of the books, Crabtree (with his brother Jon Nichols) and This Bridge Will Not Be Gray (with Dave Eggers).More information on Tucker Nichols can be found here.