If I had lots of money that I could spend on myself, one of my top priorities would definitely be to collect work made by colleague artists I know and admire. I think this is a great idea because in the somewhat selfish process of amassing a collection of expensive goods, this pursuit would make me appear more altruistic and supportive to my friends.
Of course I do have a little money I can selfishly spend on myself and recently CELLspace welder-in-chief Cory Best made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse: a very good price for one of his ruggedly elegant/elegantly rugged geometric steel sculptures.
It wouldn’t be cheap, so I took a few days to rationalize. Suddenly the offer hit me as monumentally worth it. Not only is this thing beautiful and going to last at least a thousand years and probably even longer than that, but I simultaneously get to help the most legitimate blacksmith I know pay his bills and continue welding. From either the aesthetic or the moral perspective, why the hell am I spending money on anything else?
(By the way, I think of Cory’s abilities as a true blacksmith not just in terms of shaping metal but also in always having a beer to spare. Thanks for everything, dude.)