This week’s pick is an oldie but goodie from Jim York and Albert Tanquero at the The Found — their very first line of greeting cards, journals, coasters, buttons and magnets called, appropriatedly enough, BUSTED.
The starting off point was Albert’s collection of 1950s mug shots, bought from a Chicago crime photography collector. “We fictionalized their names and crimes,” Albert told me. “I bought about 500 over the course of a year. Jim and I were looking at them one day when the idea of making them into greeting cards came about. Five years later we are still at it!”
These magnets and buttons are definitely worth their price simply as conversation starters. Magnets are just $1.25, buttons just 95 cents! Tell inquiring parties it’s a relative.
Journals incorporate actual police reports, fictitious bio and other crime information. Each is 5″x8″ with 128 pages of light grey grid paper and includes a black elastic enclosure band and a back pocket. Some are $5.05, others $8.25.
Cards include a cameo from none other than Old Blue Eyes himself. Inside: “You’re the best! Happy Birthday.” Meanwhile, the back features arrest details. $3.95
But wait, there’s much more (much of it on sale) — like this card, just $1.95.
Enough of me waxing on, go check out the line yourself. There’s certain to be a fabulous felon that speaks directly to you.