Artsy Zip Guns

    Every so often I get an email from a conceptual artist who is obsessed with the artistic merit of putting a gun on display. Rarely do they exhibit beautiful guns, but instead poorly made, badly modified or kitschy blinged out guns. My theory is that eventually conceptual artists eventually run out of metaphors for genetalia and need to find the next thing to shock the public. The artsy crowd is apparently easily shocked by guns sitting inside locked glass display cases.

    One artist, Tom Sachs, claims to have made guns not for their artistic metric but for profit. After realizing guns could be made easily and cheaply, he run a small manufacturing racket producing functional zip guns to sell to a New York City gun buyback program for up to $300 a piece.

    These are a few of the guns he has displayed …

    Hand Gun, .45 Caliber, Breech-loading, Handmade
    Shotgun, 12 Guage, Breech-Loading, Handmade

    [ Many thanks to Max for emailing us the link. ]

    Steve Johnson

    I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!