Here is a fun post from The Telegraph in the UK. In pictures: Pen testing doodles collected from stationery shops around world features a slideshow culled from the collection of Hiroki Terai of Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Terai has “visited dozens of countries to obtain the scribble-covered pieces of paper used by customers in stationery shops to test pens before buying them.”
Aside from being a great hobby, Mr. Terai sees his efforts as “an anthropological art study, having observed certain patterns among the different nationalities whose doodles have been immortalised in his collection.”
The Japanese even have a name for them. They are known as tameshigaki and a selection of Mr. Terai’s tameshigaki “is currently on display in an exhibition in Kyoto” and a book showcasing his collection is in the offing.
(Thanks to John Riley of Gabriel Books for providing ATG’s daily quirkies.)
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