OK, I’m finally going to admit it– I need your help. Starting a dozen years ago, the infamous (and now, alas, defunct) Flame Rite produced an amazing series of Zippo® lighters by over 20 of the most cutting-edge “lowbrow” artists of the day, including Glenn Barr, Tim Biskup, Coop, Shepard Fairey (Obey Giant), W Kelley Lucas and the poster boy of the movement, Shag.
In late 2002, Flame Rite introduced The Signature Series – an ultra-collectible line of limited to ultra-limited runs in specially packaged editions that were signed and numbered by the artist. The first one released was Shag’s “The Vulture,” pictured above. The edition of 100 was released and immediately vanished.
I’ve been looking for “The Vulture” ever since. I’ve collected multiples of all the other Shag releases throughout the intervening years, including his second limited-edition “Tikipus,” but the Holy Grail of collectible Zippo’s® has eluded me.
After a decade, I have come to accept that I cannot do this alone. I need intervention, divine or otherwise, and your assistance if I am ever to find peace. Please help me find “The Vulture.”
About Michael Farver
Ex-print media publisher & art/design guru turned passionate social activist; semi-pro chef, writer, photographer, artist, trained handler of championship Dobermans and licensed firearms expert. I split up the hours of my day serving as a spokesperson and advocate for U.S. childhood hunger solutions, as a Dad, as a Husband, and when things get too intense, I travel the country following the latest reincarnation of the Black Crowes. I'm the Immediate Past President of the Board of Florida Impact, the state’s senior legislative public policy advocacy organization, serve on the board of directors of the South Florida Hunger Coalition and Women in Distress of Broward County, am a Trustee and Director of the Farver Foundation, direct a grassroots child hunger nonprofit in South Florida and also lead XS Media Ventures, a multi-media event, promotion, business incubator, new business startup and redevelopment consulting company. I'm into everything from modern art, tiki and pop surrealism to wine collecting to vintage guitars to all things touching, and touched by, technology. For starters.
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