Secret Masters of Add & Pass: Joey Patrickt +! More (Oakland, California, USA)

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Mail art (a&p sheet) from Joey Patrickt (Oakland, California, USA) including contributions by Joey, Mike Dickau (Sacramento, California, USA); The Sticker Dude (New York City, USA); “Opal Moiety” (San Francisco, California, USA) & more explained below


My investigative mail art series documenting & exploring the current add & pass mania (add & passion?) sweeping the Eternal Network continues with this very interesting mailing from Joey Patrickt in California.

I have noted in previous posts in the series that “Old School” mail artists seem to be drivers of the a&p nouveaux, based on what lands in my mailbox & what I see posted online.

Make no mistake! Many new generation artists are contributing to contemporary a&p. In my opinion, the sheets (and books!) are becoming increasingly creative & sophisticated. Usually, though, I will recognize a veteran or two among the new names on any given sheet. (Often, a veteran launches the a&p.)

This is a pleasing continuity of tradition because – of course – the “Old School” folks can often be traced to associations with Ray Johnson & the New York Correspondance School. Ray Johnson & his cohorts pioneered the a&p we know today.

This a&p from Joey Patrickt boasts longtime West Coast mail art stars (as well as The Sticker Dude from the East) and a Rocola endorsement from the great John Held, Jr. I am afraid Opal Moiety (Jonkar Alex Nu-Jetson) is too cryptic or insider or esoteric for me to offer a comment of any use. The sheet has great pedigree but seems to be begging for additions. Here is the reverse side:


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Joey Patrickt also included additional items in the mailing including these amazing stamps:


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Previous installments in the “Secret Masters of Add & Pass Series”


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MinXus Mail Bag: Stamp Vispo by William Mellott (Tainan, Taiwan)

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Mail art by William Mellott (Tainan, Taiwan)


We extend a secret MinXus handshake & a hoot & holler a big “Howdy” to William Mellott on this, his first Mink Ranch appearance. May we look forward to many more!

This wonderful card came all the way from William Mellott’s current headquarters in Taiwan – another Mink Ranch first DW says. But we understand he was actually raised in the Seattle (or Portland?) area of the United States West Coast and has participated in mail art for some time.

William Mellott is a vital contributor to the contemporary mail art scene. Here at the ranch we have been admiring his work from afar via the IUOMA-Ning gallery & blogs. We have even had the opportunity to exchange some electronic banter; but as the great Grigori Antonin used to say, “The proof is in the paper!” And here we have some material culture.

William is doing notable & very creative work with stamps (a foundation of mail art). This stamp vispo is a treasure, perfect for MinXus-Lynxus in every way. It certainly works as visual poetry.

Deepest thanks!


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Can Trashpo Endure in a Green World?: Cor Reijn (Zaandam, Netherlands)


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Mail art by Cor Reijn (Zaandam, Netherlands)


We are elated to have received this wonderful card from our good mail art friend – Cor Reijn – in the Netherlands. With this elegant and highly conceptual piece, Cor Reijn expresses an issue that we are confident many are pondering at this moment. (Yet no one before has been able to express it so perfectly!) Thank you Cor Reijn.

We believe the question is: Can Trashpo (solely based in found, discarded material) endure in a world that is growing increasingly conscious of being “green” (attuned to the environment; avoiding consumer wastefulness). We present no answer but are aware that Trashpo is, indeed, being tested in changing times. Yet is not all art tested to see if it is worthy of being passed to the nest generation and beyond? Trashpoets, Kulters and Jaynists must look into their own hearts for answers.


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Secret Masters of Add & Pass: Sticker Dude, Jon Foster, Ed Giecek, Fleur Helsingor, Debra Mulnick

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Mail art “add & pass book” including The Sticker Dude (Joel Cohen) (New York City, USA); Jon Foster (Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA); Ed Giecek (Concrete, Washington, USA): Fleur Helsingor (Oakland, California, USA); Debra Mulnick (Boise, Idaho, USA). Thanks to Debra Mulnick for sending!


Tenderfoots might recall we are applying our Investigative Mail Art skills at MinXus-Lynxus to the current Add & Pass (A&P) phenom that has embraced, engulfed and enthralled the Eternal Network. Formidable waves of paper (and now entire books) are circulating the globe. We would like to know who (to thank!) and why. Debra Mulnick kindly sent this very nice “add & pass book” (more on the use of this term later). This is certainly a fine example of contemporary A&P. We are thrilled to document this and other examples from the current mania.


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Our previous installment of “Secret Masters of Add & Pass” focused on the great mail artist Jon Foster. Based on his numerous appearances in this book, we can only conclude he is a central figure in the current “movement.” Jon Foster seems to have initiated this piece.


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We do not wish to serve in the role of Network Language Police nor Defenders of Eternal Network Heritage nor Network Nit-Pickers. BUT a recent, lively discussion on Facebook alerted us to the concept so apparent in this blog of “Add & Pass Books” and that the practice is not without controversy. These a&p books seem to be growing in popularity. We are making no attempt to thwart what might prove to be a natural evolution of a genre or a fad blossoming like a mutant puffball that expires in dust on a lonely midnight lawn. Practicing Investigative Mail Art, we seek only to report facts and/or draw conclusions based on evidence and reason.

Without reconstructing the lengthy discussion that took place among veteran and Tenderfoot mail artists concerning a&p books, we will now present the Official MinXus-Lynxus Position on Add & Pass Books based upon thoughtful meditation: We prefer not to call them “Add & Pass Books.” They are “Collaborative Mail Art Books” or “Collaborative Tacky Little Pamphlets (TLPs).” Mail artists, of course, should call them whatever they like. Should you want to know the reasoning for our position, contact us and we will be glad to explain. Otherwise, “no big deal.” Carry on.


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MinXus Mail Bag: Postal Joy by Cherub Ayers (Oxford, Ohio, USA)

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Mail art by Cherub Ayers (Oxford, Ohio, USA)


We are thrilled to welcome a rising star in the mail art constellations to our humble blog. We extend the customary “Howdy,” wink and secret MinXus handshake to a bright-eyed Tenderfoot who is practically a neighbor over yonder in Ohio: Cherub Ayers.


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This wonderful mail art by Cherub Ayers represents the general style and attitude we see in her work showcased at IUOMA-Ning. She emphasizes the friendship and encouragement found among mail artists. She exudes an optimism we probably all can appreciate right now, the world being as it is. We find her approach refreshing. Cherub Ayers’ work tends toward the vintage, which is prevalent in contemporary mail art.


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Deepest thanks to Cherub Ayers!


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MinXus Mail Bag: “Uproar” zine first issue by Jayne B. Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)

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Mail art by Jayne B. Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)


The resurgence and vitality of Add & Pass in the current network is being duly noted many places. Zines are enjoying a revival as well.

Bonniediva’s Bon-Zine is one such new wave publication receiving much-deserved praise along with Jayne B. Lyon’s Uproar. In fact, despite only one (triumphant) issue, the Uproar cover has already achieved network-iconic status. But we believe we would be remiss not to document the emergence of Uproar, even if other zealots have scooped us on reporting this mail art Happening. (However, we resist presenting the zine in its entirety since that kind of publishing is really not in our prevue.)


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Uproar zine by Jayne B. Lyons


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The evolution of the contemporary mail art zine from the underground press of the 1960s, Punk fanzines of the 1970s and the “Golden Age” of network zines in the 1980s onward to the digital is a fascinating history to trace.

Contemporary zines tend to be smaller and content is usually provided by the zine’s creator, whereas zine predecessors easily included the work of dozens of other contributors in an issue (often patched in from mail art received) and subjects covered were literature, music, politics and a mix of related subjects.

The “Me Generation” focus of contemporary zines is not surprising and provides exposure to individual artists and writers in a field that is far more crowded than it was in previous decades. (Nor do we see anything negative in this shifted focus of zines.) Thus, it is interesting to note that both Jayne Lyons and Bonniediva are reverting to a more traditional magazine-like format that is broader in editorial focus (although the current zine elements remain pronounced).

Below, for example, Jayne Lyons includes a section of mail art received. This includes Amy Irwen (Minnesota, USA) and the great genius De Villo Sloan (New York, USA). On a practical level, we are sure the Old School zinesters quickly learned that empty space could easily be filled from entertaining mail art received.

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Excellent packaging as well:

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MinXus Mail Bag: Retrospective-In-A-Bag by Jayne Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)

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Mail art by Jayne Lyons (Lakeville, Minnesota, USA)


Recently Jayne Lyons celebrated her first year in the Eternal Network. This was, we think here at the ranch, a cause for celebration indeed because Jayne Lyons is a Tenderfoot who is emerging as an engaging “mail art persona” & sharing art that crosses a wide spectrum & appeals to many friends.

The significance of one year in the network appears to shrink in comparison to the decades of accomplishment we see in, for example, John M. & C Mehrl Bennett, Richard Canard, CrackerJack Kid, Ficus strangulensis, Sinclair Scripa (Tania), Carl Baker… you get the idea. Yet even a relative veteran knows a year is a long duration (sentence?) in Mail Art Time, which is not conventional time as experienced by “Normals,” as the SubGenius folks say.

Jayne Lyons has made important contributions to Trashpo and DKult; vintage, crafts, folk art-oriented mail art ( known as Mail Art Nouveaux at the Mink Ranch); and now she is involved in vispo & asemics. The pieces on display in this blog are a mailing of scale that provides a convenient retrospective of her work in the network thus far. The pieces are large & numerous.

This is yet another occasion to mourn the cost of mailing art. Once mail art was an inexpensive, egalitarian way to share material art lavishly with an appreciative audience. We understand this is no longer the situation & thus appreciate more this tremendous collection from Jayne Lyons done in classic mail art form.


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Stamp collage on the reverse:



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Mail Art by Jayne Lyons (Minnesota, USA)


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“Ode to Sloan” February 27, 2019. By Jayne Lyons


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Mail art by Jayne Lyons (includes asemic vispo by De Villo Sloan)


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