The Art of Darkness

Punk Sofa

March 8th, 2016 by Cobwebs

Punk SofaOkay, I was originally going to only comment on this sofa, but the more I look at this Etsy shop the more I’m convinced the whole thing is a colossal prank. So let’s start from the top.

An Etsy shop called Ultra Violet Production House offers the Crust Couch, which they describe as “large black couch decorated with white paint pen, sewing supplies, patches.” Prices begin at $5,000US, which is spendy, but okay, fair enough; it’s an “art piece” and you’re paying for the workmanship. However, UVPH’s About page consists entirely of these two sentences:

Ultra Violet Production House provides customers with high quality sculpture materials and fabrication guidance for all original works.
Buyers assume responsibility for the realization of materials received based on tutorials sent to them at the point of purchase.

So you don’t get a couch that looks like the photo, you get a plain couch, sewing supplies, white paint pens, punk band patches, and instructions for decorating your own damn couch. This is the part where I was going to be outraged over the idea of paying a ridiculous amount of money for a DIY project (not to mention the fact that generations of punks are rolling over in their graves at the notion of paying $5K for a couch), but as I look through some of UVPH’s other listings there’s no way this isn’t a joke. If the Upcycled Canon Lens Mug wasn’t a tipoff, the Justice Fedora would be.

So, um, ha, I guess? It’s such an Andy Kaufman-esque set of listings that it isn’t so much funny as just sort of bizarre.

However, the couch is kind of cool and there’s no reason why you couldn’t actually DIY one with a bunch of band patches and a (preferably thrifted) couch or armchair.

(via BoingBoing)

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  1. kaitlin michelle Says:

    fucking weird

  2. Pixel Pixie Says:

    Slightly related: when The Boyfriend and I went to Berlin, we visited The Ramones Museum/Bar. As expected, it was decorated with punk memorabilia and had classic punk music playing. The seating? Ripped and beaten to shit couches and chairs, that had gotten that way through age and use, rather than through deliberate damage. I think that embodies the punk spirit way more than this ridiculous item.

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