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Probably the stupidest idea I’ve seen in a while:

2nd-Amendment-Money-Currency-Bill-Stamp

The original vision behind 2ABill.com was to promote support of the Second Amendment by rubber-stamping a stack of $2-bills and using them as tip-currency in everyday life (cafe, coffeehouse, barber, restaurant) knowing that folks would likely be caught off guard by the not-so-common denomination AND including a stamped-on reference to the Second Amendment. Our hope is that people will be drawn into conversation about why upholding our Second Amendment rights is an important conversation to have!

Yea you buy a retarded little rubber stamp from this company, and then you can deface all the $2 bills that pass through your hands in the name of the 2nd Amendment.  If advertising on money was actually legal, every shady little company under the sun would start this ignorant guerrilla marketing practice, because it’s basically free.  I like my dead presidents (when I use them) crispy and untainted, thank you.  Can you imagine the hassle if every bill you tried to spend had multiple stamps on it?  It would be a nightmare from a counterfeit detection standpoint alone.

2nd-Amendment-Money-Currency-Bill-Stamp-2AI love how they have that little “We don’t encourage defacing U.S. currency” blurb at the bottom of the page I linked.  *facepalm*  ‘MERICA!

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I am a sucker for art that is gun related.  Combine that with my favorite smell which is money, and it’s no wonder I had to wipe the drool off my chin when I first saw these:

American artist Scott Campbell most known for his tattoo art, creates these by laser cutting stacks of $1 bills.

I always thought that tampering with U.S. currency was a federal offense, and sure enough:

U.S. Code TITLE 18 > PART I > CHAPTER 17 > § 333. Mutilation Of National Bank Obligations

Whoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both. (Source)

I’m not quite sure how Scott dodges prison time while publicly taking hundreds of bills out of circulation for each one of these pieces of art, but frankly I’m glad the government seems to be turning a blind eye.

Scott Campbell’s Personal Homepage – HERE

He has an upcoming exhibit in NYC (April 29 – May 29, 2010) – INFO

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