Pawn Stars and PopGrotto

Hi PopGrotto collectors,

The hit series Pawn Stars is back, and we’re reaching out to the PopGrotto community, collectors of some of the coolest stuff out there!

Pawn Stars is an actual live-sale show, filming transactions at a pawn shop in Las Vegas. If you’re planning a trip to Vegas, have ever wanted to feature an item on the show, or simply have some awesome pieces you’re looking to unload, we can get you to the front of the line — face to face with the shop staff.

A bit about our program: Pawn Stars is an actual live-sale show, filming transactions at a pawn shop in Las Vegas. You potentially would be filmed interacting with the shop employees, negotiating the sale of your item, and discussing the exciting history of the piece. All negotiations, payment, etc. are done directly with the shop. As the producers, we never know what will happen until the cameras are rolling!

Please let us know if you would be interested in selling one of your unique items, and if so, please include a recent photo and a price range you are comfortable selling your items for. All interested collectors should email contact@popgrotto.com. with submissions.

Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you!

Xany Rudoff’s Interview for PopGrotto

unnamedThe Los Angeles based artist Xany Rudoff has been part of the PopGrotto community for quite some time. In this interview, she gives us some insight of her creative process, the “lost art” of gilding, and much more!

Q: Could you tell us a bit about your background and how you came to be an artist?

A: Being an artist is something that I feel I never deliberately chose (believe me, being a lawyer would have been a much easier path than the one I took and much more financially stable I might add!), but painting was always a talent that came naturally to me- living in such a breathtaking and never ending landscape of horizons in the desert HUGELY influenced me as an artist. Growing up in that type of landscape, there are NO boundaries – to some it may seem like a barren landscape, void of life, but to me, It was like being a tiny fish being placed into a huge ocean where there were no limits to your imagination – with no limits, your creativity grows exponentially-your mind knows no boundaries, no limitations, and and the magic of the desert sunsets with their vivid colors and the dramatics of the summer thunderstorms all served to inspire and shape both my artistic talents and my outlook on life.

68ab3073-8aff-43ef-8b38-cd1cf1e55b1b_Aladdin-Sane--David-Bowie-My love for music comes from my brother, John, who from an early age, exposed me to EVERYTHING- Bowie, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Dylan, The Velvet Underground, he was a major record collector and I remember his collection of albums (he had nearly 2,000 records all perfectly organized and protected) and seeing how passionate he was about his vinyl, that had a HUGE influence on me that led to the work I am doing today.

Q: What do you feel makes your work unique and truly your own?

A: The interesting thing about the creative process, be it art, music, writing, film, etc. is that no matter what your own unique “voice” comes through in everything you do. Throughout the years I’ve seen my art evolve and have created many different series of work – different styles, techniques, materials- and yet, even though the art itself is very different from the previous series/ artwork, you still can tell it was done by the same artist. My current series of work, where I take vintage album covers and “iconicize” them by applying 24 carat gold leaf (or silver), watercolor, ink, and Swarovski Crystals (depending on the piece) is a modern twist using one of the oldest art techniques, gilding (gilding is the process of applying gold leaf to objects), and considered to be a “lost art” that the Old Masters of the Renaissance and Byzantine artists used to create religious “icon” paintings commissioned by either the church or royalty. It’s a very exacting and time consuming process, but the result is spectacular: Gleaming, lustrous paintings rich in both color and gold. Nothing else comes close to or compares to give it that look.

Q: What is your creative process like?

A: Surprisingly, very traditional and methodical due to the materials and techniques I use to create each work. What I love about it is taking say an “ordinary” object (in my case a specific album cover) and making it extraordinary by turning it into a precious piece of art using 24 carat gold, watercolor, paint, ink and Swarovski Crystals. I spare no expense on making each piece as I truly want to honor the album and the music that inspired it- no two pieces are ever the same but that’s what makes it so interesting and fun to do! Nothing feels better than being given a commission and seeing the joy on the client’s face when they receive the final painting! That’s what makes it all worthwhile!

Q: What inspires your artwork?

ba2d696f-e7a5-468e-a4e2-04707fc84c11_Metamorphosis--Rolling-Stones-A: Definitely the obvious influence is music-especially with this series of work that “iconicizes” the album/band. The music that inspired me, along with many fans and music enthusiasts of that particular artist or album is inseparable from the work I am creating. I am a self-admitted “perfectionist” and I will keep working and re-working on a piece for countless hours until I feel it is just right- I want to honor both the music, the artist’s vision creating the album, and of course, the fans who love it, so I try to push myself as hard as possible to create a object of beauty that will bring as much joy hanging on a collector’s wall as the music does listening to it.

Inspiration can come from anywhere, friends, a photograph, a song’s lyric, the music itself, even when I’m not actively working on a painting, I am constantly taking in everything around me- I could go for years without picking up a brush, and yet, my work still has evolved as it’s a combination of picking up so many things that inspire you on a daily basis that you store up and it just all comes out when you pick up that brush and begin a painting. My favorite is finding something extraordinary in the ordinary – magic is all around each and every one of us everyday, you just have to open up your eyes, your senses, and your mind to see the unique treasures that surround us everyday.

Q: What can we expect to see from you in the future?

A: World Domination! Immortality! Isn’t that the driving force behind every artist at the end of the day? But in all seriousness, I have some very special projects that are happening soon!

In fact, this is a POPGROTTO EXCLUSIVE (no one knows about this until now!) I just found out about a few weeks ago that a painting I had done of Billie Holiday back in 2010, is going to be used as the official album cover for a special box set of unreleased recordings of Billie Holiday that is being put out by ESP Disks this spring! This is a very special collaboration, as the owner of ESP Disks, Mr. Bernard Stollman, is a legend himself- he started his label in 1964- worked closely with Billie back in the day and has had a huge influence in the jazz and blues world. He discovered Sun Ra and has worked with many of the most influential and incredible musicians of our times including jazz legend, Albert Ayers.

To be attached with such an amazing historical label as ESP Disks, being represented in New York City by Spencer and Judith, and to have my artwork be the image for this very special box set, I am incredibly honored and grateful to have this opportunity and hope that I have done Billie Holiday’s legacy proud!

Q: Who are some of the people that you’d put in the street art Hall of Fame?

unnamed (1)A: Jean-Michael Basquiat, Keith Haring, Kenny Scharf, Futura 2000, and on a local level, Robbie Conal. I’m a child of the 70’s/80’s and having spent half of my time in Los Angeles and in the desert, the one memory I have of Los Angeles back in the glory days of Melrose in the early 80’s, was seeing Robbie Conal’s political drawings posted EVERYWHERE on the streets. He still works today and I admire his work immensely. There would be no Shepard Faireys, Bankseys, etc, if it were not for the groundwork that all the above artists (and many more that would take too long to list) did to pave the way for the current “street artist” rage that is happening right now.

Jean-Micheal Basquiat was a street artist going by “SAMO” writing political and often humorous sayings everywhere in NYC on the subways, walls, anywhere he could express himself, which deeply influenced his later work of paintings. He, along with Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf broke through the “street art” barrier and soon took over the fine art galleries that forever changed the history of art. All of them were also a huge part of the NYC 80’s scene, Haring did live painting at the MUDD Club, Scharf’s paintings were used on the album covers of the B-52’s- Jean-Michael Basquiat was a dj and a musician, their cultural impact was enormous and if it were not for them, I would never have been introduced to the art world and see it as a viable career to pursue.

Kenny Scharf still does AMAZING murals and paintings today, and I had the pleasure of meeting him through my friend Bryan Rabin- I was so excited to meet one of my childhood heroes, it’s funny because, I’ve been fortunate to have met many celebrities and rock stars throughout the years, but when it comes to meeting true artists such as Scharf or Francesco Clemente, I become speechless and shy as they are my true icons who inspired me to always stay true to my vision and have the courage and passion to be an artist myself. I wish I could have met Jean-Micheal Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring, but sadly, they have all passed away, much too young, especially in Keith and Jean-Michael’s case, it’s so tragic yet thankfully, they have all left a legacy of art behind that will inspire many more generations to come.

Q: Which piece or project have you enjoyed working on the most to date?

008370b2-0308-4dde-9ca9-8d54dd96f3d3_Lou-Reed-Sally-Can-t-DanceA: So many! Each piece is like a visual diary of where I am at that moment- I can remember exactly where I was, what music I was listening to, what events were going on in my life with each painting I’ve created- they all represent different times and changes in my life, so with that in mind, they are ALL very special and unique to me. There are some moments that have been extra special, for instance, back in 2008, I got a call from the musician David J (of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets ) to have my painting of Edie Sedgwick be a part of his musical he had written about her life called, “Silver For Gold”. It was shown at the RedCat Theater at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2011 and to work with David who I greatly admire, was a huge honor! Especially to see my painting be a part of this incredible production he created, that was a very special moment and further encouraged me to keep on my path and keep painting.

Q: What are you passionate about besides your work?

A: I have so many loves- of art, music, design, decorating, fashion, films and literature- any way I can express myself or see how others express their creativity I love! I’m super excited to have this amazing loft and storefront that we are currently in the process of remodeling, on Melrose avenue. It’s all come full circle since I was a young teenager walking down Melrose and seeing so much art, music and rock and roll, to now have a space that allows me so many opportunities- it’s a very exciting chapter of my life! My fiance, Stephane, and our two kitties, Keef and Calcifer, make each day fun and there’s not a day that goes by where we aren’t laughing and having fun here! It’s my own “Xanadu” so to speak (pun intended) and I love that I have this space to create and share with other artists too! We’ve created a gallery space , called “Revolution X” where we had an awesome debut show featuring the work of UK artist, Wild Cat Will, called, “Never Give Up” that was a great success! We also have a lifestyle accessories line called “Moroccan Roll” which has been my little baby for the past 8 years that we are getting ready to launch as well- I need a few assistants over here as there is SO much to do!!

Q: What’s your personal motto?

A: “Never look back, Walk tall, Act fine”- that’s a lyric by David Bowie in “Golden Years” and that says it all for me.2941b8f0-08ef-4385-8434-bb51b940c4e2_Amanda-Lear

Q: How do you like PopGrotto?

A: I LOVE POPGROTTO! It’s an amazing website that allows you to share your work, your passions, your collections, your love of music, art, everything! You can personalize your collections, attach videos to it, follow and be inspired by fellow passionate collectors- it’s got it all! I’m so happy to be a part of this from the beginning, and to be given the opportunity to truly express myself- to not only showcase my work, but also my life- what I love, special moments that I can share with others, its very personal and fun to be a part of! I love watching it grow and there are no limits to what you can do on it ! POPGROTTO for the win!

 

You can find Xany’s collections at the following link: https://www.popgrotto.com/Xany

Jason Sprinzen’s Interview for PopGrotto

PopGrotto would like to introduce you to the collector’s collector, Jason Sprinzen!

Q: How long have you been collecting and what inspired you to start?

263218_308982732568335_5523637_nA: My father shared his passion for collecting and passed along his enormous appreciation for nostalgic objects that are beautiful. It was a gift that’s filled with great memories, flea market adventures and quality father and son time. Exquisitely hand painted toy soldiers and Lionel Trains from the 1940‘s were my dad’s thing.

I began my first collection when I was eight years old. In 1978, Star Wars was THE toy at the time and I had them all. I was hooked man! In 1983, I turned thirteen and my enthusiasm for Stormtroopers and spaceships immediately dropped off. I discovered Led Zeppelin, guitars and rock ‘n’ roll. A new collection took shape.

Q: What do you collect?

10515184_521402324659707_8863562671809322375_oA: I collect SHOWCO crew t-shirts. SHOWCO- from Dallas, Texas was the main touring company throughout the 1970’s. They staged concerts for every major artist from Alice Cooper to ZZ Top. At the beginning of a tour, SHOWCO and a local t-shirt shop from Denton, Texas would get together to create a small run of shirts. They were the crew’s identity and “work uniform”. However, the musicians in Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Genesis and the Osmond’s (just to name a few) loved wearing them too!

Q: What’s the decisive factor when you purchase an item?

A: Absolutely none. If it’s a SHOWCO and not in my collection I’m going for it.

Q: How do you take care of and store your collectibles?

A: Fortunately, a good portion of the one hundred and seventy one SHOWCO tees I have are wearable. I love wearing them out until they’re grubby, toss them into the wash and hang ‘em up to dry just like the crew did back in the day. The shirts that don’t fit are labeled, folded and placed into storage bins for easy access.

Q: Do you ever sell off portions of your collections? If so, why?

A: I don’t sell anything. I believe every SHOWCO shirt has an important place in my collection. These shirts are extremely rare, so if one does reveal itself, the hoops I’d have to jump through to get it would forever make me think twice about selling it.

Q: What is the coolest piece that you found in the most unusual place, the total surprise, so to speak?

web-beegees-showco-shirtA: A few years back, I was contacted by a gentleman I didn’t know on Facebook. I was living in Brooklyn, New York at the time. He said he was doing a Google search on SHOWCO shirts and my name came up all over the place. It turns out he was living right down the street from me and had a SHOWCO tee he thought I’d be interested in. In the late 1970’s he worked for a small Brooklyn sound company. When the Bee Gee’s rolled into Madison Square Garden for their 1979 “Spirits Having Flown” tour, his company was contacted to bring in some supplemental sound gear. For his hard work, he was given a cool 1979 Bee Gee’s SHOWCO tee and an all access pass. I purchased both. I’ve searched the world for these shirts but never thought I would find one right down the street from me.

Q: What is your holy grail?

showco-rvz-shirt-finalA: My “holy grail” would be Ronnie Van Zant’s – the late, great lead singer from Lynyrd Skynyrd – SHOWCO shirt. It was Ronnie’s favorite shirt. If you do a search you’ll see him wearing it on and off stage more than any other shirt he owned. It’s been under my care since 2009 and I’ve touched it only a few times.

Q: We hear that you are doing a book, would you like to tell us a little about it?

A: I think I was like most kids growing up the 1970’s and 80‘s. My room was filled with rock posters from my favorite bands and I would stare at these images for hours. I started to realize a common thread and noticed that a few of the musicians I loved were wearing SHOWCO t-shirts. What’s SHOWCO? Was it a club? A bar? A gang? Man… there was something about that simple and undeniable logo that attracted me and I needed to find out more. It wasn’t until years later, I discovered SHOWCO- from Dallas, Texas was the premier sound, lighting and full rock n’ roll production company that started the concert touring business. Eventually, my curiosity grew into a research project to discover the history of this company. 12244687_749154465217824_3747871748137221128_oI began a worldwide search to track down the former employees and principles and hope for an interview. This was no easy feat. Most of these individuals never shared their road experiences with anyone. A long process of trust needed to be established. Over time, I was led behind the curtain and introduced to the inner-circle. A paradigm shift took place and the realization for a book began. I’ve been working on SHOWCO: 10,000 Nights on the Road- The Little Company From Texas That Invented Big Stadium Rock n’ Roll since 2006 and it’s been a journey of discovery, heartbreak, setbacks, excitement and most important- growth.

Q: How do you like PopGrotto?

A: I can’t say enough about PopGrotto. It’s a great place to organize your collection. The site is constantly evolving and it’s user friendly. I appreciate that because I’m a fan and contributor. It’s got that built in coolness factor. The site promotes passion, education, sharing and community. And if that’s not enough, PopGrotto showcases some of the greatest collections in the world. What’s cooler than that?

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You can find Jason’s collections at the following link: https://popgrotto.com/sprinz77

Joe Haupt’s Interview for PopGrotto

Joe Haupt

We are delighted to introduce Joe Haupt, one of PopGrotto’s most avid collectors. Joe’s collections consist of various items ranging from transistor radios and vacuum tube radios to tobacciana items and cigarette lighters, to name but a few.

Q: When and why did you start collecting?

A: My father was an avid collector and I picked up the collecting bug from him early in life.  His focus was on stamp collecting and that became my main collecting interest for 25-plus years. While I still collect Canadian and United States postal stamps, my collecting interests have broadened greatly, especially in recent years.

Q: What do you collect and what’s your most prized or surprising possession?

A: As reflected by my collections posted on PopGrotto, I have a wide range of collecting interests.  My favorite things to collect include transistor radios, vacuum tube radios, mechanical and automatic wrist watches, tobacciana items and cigarette lighters.  My most prized possession is an extremely rare Regency TR-1G transistor radio with a clear plastic case.  Many collectors consider this to be the “holy grail” of transistor radio collecting. It was made for demonstration and promotional purposes in the mid-1950s.  I have received numerous offers for it, but I will likely donate the radio to a local electronics museum at some point in the future.Vintage Somerset Mars Model 5A Battery-Powered Radio by National Airphone Corp.

Q: What is the decisive factor when you purchase an item?

A: I cannot reduce my buying decision to one decisive factor.  For me, it’s the rarity, price and condition of the item.  I don’t buy any items with the intent to resell them but only to retain them in my collections.

Q: Do your collections follow a concept or a specific theme?

A: Many of my collections fall under the theme of “Twentieth Century Technology” – transistor radios, vacuum tube radios, watches and the like.  I’m fascinated with technology especially innovations that had a short commercial life such as LED (Light Emitting Diode) watches which were largely a product of the 1970s.  Another example is the miniature reel-to-reel tape recorder which had a limited commercial life and was supplanted by cassette tape recorders which in turn were replaced by more modern recording devices.Vintage Electra Solid State Radio Phonograph

Q: How do you take care of and store your collections?

A: I have numerous display cases and cabinets throughout my house to protect and display the most prized items in my collections.  I also have a large basement to store other items; however, I carefully monitor this area for temperature and humidity.  In addition, all stored materials are raised above the floor to protect them from potential water damage.  There are two rooms in the house entirely devoted to the display of my collections including one used solely for the display of vintage radios.

Q: Do you ever sell off portions of your collections? If so, why?

A: As the old saying goes, true collectors only sell in case of one of the three “Ds” – death, debt or divorce, all of which I have been able to avoid so far.  I would add a fourth “D” which is downsizing.  While I have not sold off portions of my collections, I may be forced to do so in the future due to downsizing.  I will likely sell off duplicate and other items which I am less attached to through e-Bay or other online sites such as Etsy.0754238a-2a7a-4797-a30e-3b40237999d1_Vintage-Atari-Touch-Me-Electronic-Handheld-Game--Model-BH-100--Red-LED--Atari-s-Only-Handheld-Game--Made-In-Taiwan--Circa-1978-USE

Q: Products are so mass produced these days, is there anything we can be collecting now that could end up being the antiques of the future?

A: Many collectors have learned to beware of collecting fads such as Beanie Babies and specially limited and manufactured collectibles; however, I believe there are things that can be collected today that will be the antiques of the future.  Consider what is really hot in popular culture today, and there is a good chance that related items will be the collectibles 25 to 30 years from now.  Concert tour tickets and t-shirts, items related to popular television shows like The Simpsons, South Park, and SpongeBob SquarePants, and video games are all good candidates as future collectibles.e8724008-6f1e-4b3f-b94f-0e09b87939db_Small-Collection-Of-Vintage-Tobacco-Pipes

Q: It seems like everyone knows someone who knows someone who found an underpriced treasure at a thrift store or yard sale. Have you ever stumbled upon a valuable object like that and is it still possible to find them now that everyone seems to be keeping an eye out for them?

A: It’s still possible to find an underpriced treasure, but this doesn’t happen as often as it used to with e-Bay and other online sites now being available to sellers.  I recently purchased a vintage transistor radio at an antique store for $10 that was worth several hundred dollars.  Since the dealer had listed several cheap transistor radios on e-Bay and was unsuccessful in selling them, he was under the assumption that the radio he sold me fell into the same category of cheap radios.  Overall, I find that I still get my best buys at yard sales and flea markets.ed2e2f4c-6dc5-4536-b42e-ef762ab8eff5_Vintage-Star-Wars-Character-Watch-Featuring-Darth-Vader-By-Bradley-Time--Swiss-Made--Original-Black-Plastic-Band--Analog--Mechanical---Hand-Wind-.-Measures-29m

Q: What is your holy grail?

A: My “holy grail” is the Sony TR-55 transistor radio, Sony’s first transistor radio and the first to be produced in Japan.  It was introduced in 1955.  It would be a very nice addition to my collection of Regency TR-1 and other transistor radios.

Q: How do you like PopGrotto?

A: I like PopGrotto very much as it is a great way to display my collections to a wide audience.  It is easy to upload photographs to the site and to sort and organize my collections.  It’s a great resource for collectors.

 

You can find Joe’s collections at the following link: https://www.popgrotto.com/JoeHaupt

Olivier Jobert’s Interview for PopGrotto

We would like to introduce Olivier Jobert to you. He comes from France and his passion are the Android mini collectibles. In this interview he reveals more about his collecting habits.modified_pp

Q: When and why did you start collecting Android mini collectibles?

A: I started my collection at the end of year 2012 because I’m a high-tech enthusiast and fan of the Android mascot. Android Mini Series 3 was already released so I’m not an early adopter. I started with only one, then less than 10 and now I have about 150 (or more) collectibles at home.

Q: What makes collecting Android mini collectibles interesting?

A: I’m still a fan of the Android OS so I keep my support on these collectibles. The shape is pretty simple so I love to see how artists design these little guys to be unique an awesome. Only one series is released per year and there are some Special Editions. Thanks to all these designs, I discovered some amazing artists work and the chance to chat with some of them. Another cool thing is that most designers release Artist Proof edition (numbered and signed edition of a production design) and they add prints or accessories which are very cool. By contrast, because of a contract with Google, Andrew Bell (the boss behind Android toys) has to release some design exclusive to Google employees and the prices for those could be insane (more than 1000$ for a super rare design). So, these designs can’t be owned by a lot of collectors and they feel bad for not having the possibility to collect them all.

Q: Biggest regret (that Android mini you slept on and missed)?

A: When this custom was released, I was not in the game but the one that I would be very happy to own is the “Captain America” custom made by Gary Ham for SDCC 2011. The design is pretty simple but I totally love it!

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Q: How do you take care of and store your collection of Android mini?

A: At the moment, I am living in a tiny flat in France so I don’t have many places to store my collectibles. That is why I’ve bought a Detolf cabinet from Ikea and added some shelves to store more androids than the initial capacity. It protects them from dust and in order to avoid UV rays, I put it away from the windows. I leave the special editions and Google editions in their individual boxes because the antennas are very fragile, if they are dropped on the floor, they will get broken and lose all their worth and appeal J

Q: What do you think is the psychological appeal and cultural importance of collecting Android mini collectibles? Does it trigger some primal instinct that is futile to resist?

A: That’s a difficult question to answer! Yes, there is a primal instinct because like many other collectors, I want to collect them all even if I don’t like the design of some. But that’s the game of collecting. When you start a collection, you have a lot of place so you want to buy a lot of stuff. Then it becomes more and more difficult and you buy only your favorite designs.

Q: What is your holy grail?

A: I have the chance to own a “GearDroid” custom made by Doktor A from UK. Only 6 were made worldwide. This custom is really awesome, a lot of details and you can turn the head with the gear on the chest. The steampunk look fits perfectly on the robot shape. In my opinion, this is a great piece of art.

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Q: First Android mini purchased and when/why?

A: The first one I bought was the standard green because it’s the most known colorway. I think a lot of people (including me) just bought it because they love the Android mascot and that was the start of the addiction to collect them all.

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Q: If you could add any Android mini to your collection, which would that be?

A: I have the chance to already own a lot of them but I would be very happy to add a custom from Scott Tolleson or Gary Ham to my collection because I love their styles.

Q: What is the decisive factor when you purchase an Android mini?

A: As I said previously, I’m now addicted to this platform so I’ll buy every single released Android mini. In parallel, I started collecting designer toys from other platform as well and I collect only the ones that I love. So, the primary factors are the design, then the artist who made it, and finally the platform. My favorites are:

  • Mini Qee by the French artist Fakir
  • 8 inches Mahakala Dunny by Andrew Bell
  • Fatcap Totem by Kronk
  • And a lot of 3 inch dunnys from Ardabus Rubber, Scott Tolleson, Huck Gee, Sergio Mancini, Jeremiah Ketner, Andrew Bell, MAD, 123KLAN, Superdeux, …)

Q: Tell us a bit more about the custom series of Android mini which you are managing?

A: I’m an active member of the Android Mini Collectible community on Google+ that consists of a lot of collectors and artists. In parallel with the official release made by Andrew Bell, I had an idea to create custom series with artists from the community (and other artists that I like) to give the collectors possibility to grab some cool exclusive designs and to promote my favorite platform. I’m really happy because most of the artists I contacted answered ‘yes’ and joined the project. We are 10 artists and the actual deadline is to make the online sale at the end of March. If you want more information about the project, please take a look here or look for the #AMCCS1 hashtag on your favorite social media.5cbb1a41-dd09-4e7c-9599-d73663e28f7b_IMGP3223

Q: How do you like PopGrotto?

A: PopGrotto website is an amazing place to share our addictions to collecting and to see what other people collect. It also provides the possibility to meet members, from other countries or near you, who collect the same thing as you. Sharing pictures of our collections is an important part of collecting because we are proud of them; we are proud to show which collectible we have successfully hunted and which one we have added to the collection.

 

Ashley Glennon’s Interview for PopGrotto

We’re so happy to introduce to you one of our first and by far most devoted collectors,f9c26cc4-77f5-4973-b381-975d9fa3e0f7-AshleyG_ICON128 Ashley Glennon. Ashley has been collecting everything, autographs, pins, stamps, mini androids, skateboard decks, etc. In this interview for PopGrotto he speaks about his collections, collecting habits and collecting as a whole.

 

Q: When and why did you start collecting?

A: I have been collecting as far back as I can remember…even as a kid.  I remember collecting Wacky Packages trading cards, Star Wars Cards.  Among my favorite things to collect when I was a kid were the prizes you could get from cereal boxes.  In many cases the cereal company would make a series of plastic characters.  Another childhood favorite were Jack in the box bendy characters.9a491efa-48b7-4fd7-997c-a6f0bcf2f2be_stampcollecting600dpi

 

Q: What makes collecting interesting?

A: Collecting is really interesting to me because every item in the collection is usually attached to a story, place, event or some other connection.  Within PopGrotto you will see the diversity of my collections which range from Pokemon cards to Swatches to Do Not Disturb signs.  Every one of these items reminds me of when and where I got them, or evokes some other happy emotion.188762f8-9290-4ed8-bb06-2e1839e72bbc_IMG_0655

 

Q: Biggest regret (that item you slept on and missed)? 

A: There are so many missed opportunities for cool and interesting things that I miss all the time.  In the last few months I was at a garage sale and saw an interesting pamphlet in an old box of records at a garage sale.  It had some Elvis Presley stuff on it.  I came home, did an internet search and discovered this was an original program for an Elvis Presley concert worth a lot of money.  Went back to the garage sale just a short distance from my home perhaps 30 minutes later and the whole box of old records and the “program” had sold for something like $3!  Dang!  Seems like most of my missed opportunities happen like that!

 

Q: How do you take care of and store your collections?

A: My favorite and more formal collections, such as stamps and Pokemon cards are in albums or in plastic sleeves, organized and in some cases cataloged.   My casual collections like Pez dispensers or marbles are stored in plastic containers or shoe boxes.  Perhaps my most precarious collection is a bunch of old yo-yo’s that I store in a bucket in the garage.  I’m sure they’re a tangled mess!57131b4d-a91f-45e5-b680-b19f96e5ae7d_DNDMeininger

 

Q: What are your long term plans for your collections?

A: My longer term plans for my collections are to actually throttle back and just focus on a few things.  Seems to me like if I get two or three of something I want to gain more and start a new collection.  I am going to try and resist that urge unless it’s something really special.  Check back and see how I am doing in a few months! Ha!

 

Q: What is your trophy piece?

A: To my surprise I have many favorites within my collections and I can’t identify any item that tops them all.  It seems to me that whatever collection I most recently addressed contains my favorite things.  Last summer it was the addition of a few art glass marbles, then it was a new rolling ball sculpture, then it was a new Swatch I had been looking for.   This is among the things I like about having collections.  I can move from topic to topic and enjoy each item and story associated with each collection.

 

Q: First item purchased and when/why?

A: Among the first items I can ever remember purchasing for the sole purpose of adding to my collection were two, five cent postage stamps called the Gemini Twins.  Despite their face value at five cents, these se-tenent stamps made a picture when combined and had a collector value of five dollars.  I remember saving my five dollars as a kid and buying these two stamps (as a pair) at a stamp store in Dallas, Texas. I was really excited for a very long time to have made this purchase.  That was back in the late 70’s.  About a year ago I bought an entire sheet of that same set of stamps for THREE dollars.  The stamp collecting market has absolutely collapsed over the past 20 years with many stamps returning to their face value.

 

fa70bec4-cd6a-485f-aa9a-856c432d92d4_KSCN0022Q: For others who may be interested in either starting a new collection or building upon the one they already have, do you have any personal tips you would like to share?

A: For persons looking to start, grow, improve or further enjoy their collections, my advice is to simply have fun.  Collect what you want for whatever reason you want and don’t be ashamed of anything.  I’ve seen collections of old AOL sign up discs and, oil lamps, hotel keys and promotional ink pens.  If it makes you happy and is safe and appropriate, go for it!  At the very least it will make for a fun conversation piece if you ever share or show your collection to someone.

 

Q: What is the decisive factor when you purchase an item?

A: The decisive factor when I purchase an item to add to my collection is that it must be something that I have been looking a long time to find or that I believe is truly rare.  For instance, some items are abundant but are in high demand whereas other items are truly rare and in high demand.  In the first scenario, after a year or so, you should be able to get the item you desire for nearly nothing.  Look at Beanie Babies, Furbys, Tickle-Me Elmos and things like that.  They are dirt cheap these days.  I try to make sure I understand the difference in demand and rarity, then use tools like ebay and the internet to determine the value so that when I do get a chance to buy or trade, I get a fair deal.  Another tip is to be patient.  You rarely get a good deal if you move too fast.  bf56bb78-8555-4627-b32e-0c7373882676_OlympicPins2

 

Q: How do you like PopGrotto?

A: PopGrotto is a lot of fun.  As a collector and fan of pop-culture it’s a lot of fun to see what other people collect and how they present it.  There’s always something new popping up and I love it when someone sparks a memory from the past.

 

Oscars 2015 Review

The Academy Awards also known as Oscars are the oldest entertainment ceremony. The Oscars kicked off these last couple of days, since everyone and everything was about predictions in the different categories, red carpet, winners, speeches, stars etc. The 87th annual Academy Awards took place in Los Angeles and were hosted by the How I Met Your Mother star, Neil Patrick Harris. As BBC states his debut turn as Oscar host was one of the most forgettable for years although he made an appearance referring to a scene in Birdman appearing in “tighty whiteys.”

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Julianne Moore won the best actress Oscar for Still Alice, while British actor Eddie Redmayne was picked best actor for playing famous physician Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything movie. Birdman and Budapest won all the awards, four Oscars each. Pawel Pawlikowski’s latest movie Ida won the Academy Award for foreign language film, while the marvelous Boyhood only picked up the best supporting actress award which went to Patricia Arquette. After his last year “Adele Dazeem” blunder John Travolta was once again under the spotlight. Idina Menzel took to the stage and got revenge by saying “Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage my very dear friend Glom Gazingo.” Lady Gaga did her best Julie Andrews impersonation by singing “My Favorite Things”. One of the most emotional moments of the night was John Legend and Common performing their song “Glory” from the movie Selma. The team behind The Lego Movie, while performing “Everything is Awesome” made sure people in the crowd got Lego Oscars. All in all it was an amazing night aired from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

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While you’re summarizing the impressions of Oscar 2015 check out this PopGrotto collection for the award winning actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Revolver Gallery’s Collection on PopGrotto

We are really pleased to announce that Revolver Gallery has decided to become part of our collectors community.

marilyn-monroe-greenLocated in Beverly Hills, Revolver Gallery is a premier source of original prints and canvases by Andy Warhol. It is the ONLY gallery in the world that sells exclusively Warhols!

Andy Warhol was the most iconic artist to lead the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. His vision was to turn everyday objects, commercial images, and iconic personalities into striking pieces of artwork, challenging the public to reevaluate the meaning of art in a post-war consumer culture.

Revolver Gallery’s collection consists of over 100 original Andy Warhol pieces in his signature techniques – silkscreens, reproduced serially, and often painted with bright colors to portray subjects that combined his fascination with all things glamour and celebrity with his love affair with commercial production.
Whether visitors to the gallery want to buy Andy Warhol art – original screenprints or canvases, or simply viewing the artwork on display, they will enjoy the Pop Art aesthetic of the Revolver gallery.

You can find Revolver Gallery’s Collection on Popgrotto at the following link:
http://www.popgrotto.com/RevolverGallery

REVOLVER GALLERY

9459 Charleville Blvd.
Los Angeles, California 90212
Phone: 310 786 7417
Email: info@revolverwarholgallery.com

Ryan Evans’s Interview for PopGrotto

We’re so thrilled to introduce Ryan Evans to you. Ryan is a real Marvel fan and has shared his fascinating collections on PopGrotto. We had a talk with him about his collections and inspiration for collecting.

 

Q: When and why did you start collecting Marvel items?

A: It’s hard to say exactly when my collection started, because I’m not sure what’s in it and how big it is.

0878bda3-c26c-46b7-902c-1dbed196661c_imageThe oldest item in my current Marvel collection is about 6 years old.  Back then though, it wasn’t part of a Marvel collection, it was part of my DVD collection, as it was the first Iron Man movie.

I have always been a fan of Marvel, reading the comics in my childhood and teens, becoming aware of the characters and universe but moved away from comics in early adulthood until the Iron Man movie was released in 2008.

Q: What makes collecting interesting?

A: I’m slightly obsessive (maybe a little more than slightly) and when I start collecting I tend to want to collect everything in a set.  I have relaxed my obsession recently, mostly by collecting multiple strands and not concentrating on one genre.

I find the hunt for items fun, especially the acquisition of rarer items and then the displaying of them.

 

Q: Biggest regret (that item you slept on and missed)?43b22d86-6367-483c-a67a-4aec37a85e32_image

A: I was unable to get tickets to see Stan Lee at the London Film and Comic con and get an item signed in person. He’s such an amazing man it would have been amazing to meet him.

 

Q: How do you take care of and store your Marvel collections?

A: Comics are stored in bags with boards.  Funko Pop Vinyl and Iron Man (1/6th scale busts) are opened carefully and after kept safe in their boxes.  My Lego Marvel collection is unboxed, built and displayed and other collectables are on shelves or in a glass cabinet.

 

Q: What are your long term plans for your collections?

A: From what I can see it’s going to get bigger, so I’ve had to set rules for collecting, to ensure things don’t get out of hand. I’m not quite sure what the key parts of my collection will remain a constant but as long as I follow the rules, it should remain a collection and not a hoard.

My rules for collecting are:

Funko Pop Vinyl. Marvel only, preferably movie related (but not fixed in stone)

Comics: Variant covers, preferably whole series or sets

Lego: Marvel Superheroes sets and minifigures; Star Wars (original trilogy) sets and minifigures; London 2012 Olympic set (complete); and some Architecture sets (places we’ve been).

Other collectibles: Marvel related items.

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Q: What is your trophy piece?

A: My Stan Lee autographed artwork, closely followed by my Stan Lee autographed Funko PopVinyl. I wasn’t lucky enough to get them signed in person but I know they are genuine, as both certificated.300b01b2-6eb7-4576-862a-8300566ed2ce_IMG_0087

 

Q: First item purchased and when/why?

A: I think my most recent collection (Marvel) started with the Iron Man DVD (since upgraded to blu-ray). That is the oldest item of what I class as being in my collection.

The film is great, it brings the character to life with a far superior storyline to previous Marvel movies.  It was that movie that reignited my passion for Marvel.

 

Q: For others who may be interested in either starting a new collection or building upon the one they already have, do you have any personal tips you would like to share?

A: Collect because you have a passion for what you’re collecting and understand that everything has a value and can be an investment.c5b016cb-09c0-47ed-852e-6d64b1f63ee0_image

 

Q: What is the decisive factor when you purchase an item?

A: See “Rules” above, and “do I want this?”

Cost will also come into it, but some things, you simply have to have.

 

Q: How do you like PopGrotto?

A: PopGrotto is great. I was looking for a while for somewhere to share my collections, but couldn’t find a decent site or app. But thankfully PopGrotto tweeted me in reply to one of my collection related tweets and I joined immediately.

Movie Star News Joins PopGrotto

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PopGrotto is pleased to announce that Movie Star News has joined our collectors community.

Movie Star News is a collection of vintage pin-up, bondage, and Hollywood publicity photos amassed over the course of 73 years by Irving Klaw, his sister Paula Klaw and nephew Ira Kramer.

It was founded in 1938 as a used bookstore by Paula. After Irving discovered that teenagers were frequently tearing out photos from his movie magazines, he started selling move star stills and lobby photo cards. These sold so well that he stopped selling books and moved the store from the basement to the street-level storefront.

Irving Klaw became to be one of the first pin-up photographers and one of his models, Bettie Page, became known as the queen of pin-ups.
The majority of the collection covers the period from 1938 to 1979 with many items dating back to 1915. It counts nearly 3 million images and 250,000 negatives, including 1,500 prints of Bettie Page.

Movie Star News joins PopGrotto with their collection of vintage movie posters. You can have a browse through their profile at the following link:

http://www.popgrotto.com/MovieStarNews