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Sharpie Magic

By Lauri Apple in Arts & Entertainment on Sep 28, 2009 8:20PM

boey.jpg Sometimes when we're on Craigslist, searching for "single male 50-85 heir Monte Carlo casino vacations D/D-free," we take a break from our romance quest to click on the "Artists" clicky. And every so often, we encounter cool stuff like these elegantly crafted Styrofoam coffee cups by Newport Beach, Cal.-based artist/animator Cheeming Boey. According to a June 2009 article by the Orange County Register, Boey is originally from Malaysia and has been making cup art since a day in 2006 when, sitting in a cafe and looking for something to doodle on, he grabbed an empty cup from the trash and started drawing. Nowadays, Boey sells his tricked-out styro-vessels for a few Jacksons ("aaaaaaaa," seen here, is $230); cups come packaged in a sturdy case. If you'd like to watch him at work, this time-lapse video features Boey making one of his ornate pieces. Score another point for resourceful recycling.