??? Who wins at the Internet today? [ thisguy ]

IanMartin

we have a winner!

On Memorial Day, when I logged into Flickr, I found my stats had crossed 100,000 views. I have less than 2,000 images in my Flickr stream; still, people are looking. The most popular image? Ungun: Raspberry Ruger. I decided to give it away, via a lottery I ran from June 1 to the 21st!

As I wrote in the post announcing the lottery, when I started making the images that became the ungun project, I put them on flickr. I kept making them in part because of the positive response to the work in the photostream.  At the time I was working full-time in demanding, customer-facing work. Positive feedback from Flickr, and a handful of my customers, was my only encouragement to move the work forward. Their responses were so intense, and so personal, it gave me a huge push to keep making.

So here we are, with the winner – @oxthoughts from twitter, Ian Martin, will be receiving an archival giclee print of Ungun: Raspberry Ruger. The image is sized such that the glitched handgun mirrors that of the ‘real life’ gun.

I have some interesting things cooking for the ungun project. I can’t help but keep making the images, and more representations of broken guns are going to be appearing, in different forms, during 2014.

Thanks to all who signed up for the drawing!

Internet party! ungun giveaway flickr celebrate

On Memorial Day I logged in to Flickr to upload some video stills and noticed that my stats had passed 100,000 views. I decided to give away archival prints of whatever image had the most views. I’m really glad its an ungun! I make unguns by stealing images of guns from the internet, and using a variety of tools to ‘break’ or ‘glitch’ them.

I started making unguns on my commute to work, in response to a particularly bloody weekend in Chicago, November 2012. I posted them to Flickr, where they got an initial audience. I am thankful for that audience, and its feedback and support.

Conversations with non-artists has shaped the ungun project. After seeing the images, people have told me personal stories about guns, their complicated relationships with them, what they mean privately and publicly. I heard about the first time he was given a gun and what that meant to his family relationships. She told me of her fear of walking in isolated public spaces, since Illinois has a concealed carry law. A former US soldier told me about their utility, when he was serving in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also told me about the horrors they created.

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ungun : rasberry ruger

Limited edition print : 16″ x 13″ giclee print on archival rag
Image sized to match that of the actual handgun, a Ruger LCP pistol in Raspberry.

ungun, the animated short film, has screened in Bulgaria; been installed as a three-channel installation in Sicily, Italy; and screened in Naples, Italy. Last year it was featured in Pittsburgh Filmmaker’s Three Rivers Film Festival, in the Shorts competition, and has been hosted in several venues as part of the show, VIDEO>transcends.

The raspberry ruger image has almost 2,500 views on Flickr, and the most favorites of any image in my photo stream. This limited edition print has a paper size of 16″ x 13″. Printed giclee on archival rag, the image is sized to match that of the actual handgun. Lottery closes on June 21, 2014. Scroll down & sign up! Winner will be announced on June 24.

When I sell ungun prints*, they retail for 1/4 the retail price of the model of handgun the image is sourced from, since they are based on a stolen image.  In this case, the value of the print would float between $80 and $133, depending on the location of the purchaser. Because the way guns are priced depends on so many things.

Would you like the chance to get one? Provide your name and your email address to be added to the lottery! Tell me how you found this contest, and if you want to subscribe to my email list. The lottery has closed; if you would like to sign up for my email list, you can use this form, if you’d like.

[contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’How did you find out about this party?’ type=’select’ required=’1′ options=’twitter,smoke signals,flickr,google+,email list,referred by a friend’/][contact-field label=’Yes! Sign me up for the email list!’ type=’checkbox’/][/contact-form]

Lottery closes on June 21, 2014. Winner will be announced on June 24. Currently planning to give away just 1 print. If over 100 people sign up, I will give 2. More than 250, I will give 3. Thank you! And, tell the world!

*I have not sold this print.