DIY, or How To Kill Yourself Anywhere in the World for Under $399 SOLD OUT

DIY, or How To Kill Yourself Anywhere in the World for Under $399
By Joe Scanlan
Designed by Miko McGinty
Edited by Kurt Vanbelleghem
112 pages, perfect bound, with 3 color and 92 b&w illustrations
21 x 15 cm
ISBN 90-72191-99-4


DIY presents—in extremely dry and methodical detail—a plan for how to go into any IKEA store in the world and buy materials with which to build your own coffin. As is the case with all Do-It-Yourself projects, some basic skills and tools are required. In the most basic sense, then, DIY is a shopping guide, a manifesto for how to get what you want from the world of commerce rather than having to accept what it wants give you, an epic tale about the transformation of mundane merchandise into a transcendental escape vehicle. DIY was the 65th artist’s book published by the esteemed Imschoot Uitgevers in Ghent, Belgium. It also features a guest appearance by AnnLee, a Japanese manga character owned, operated and ultimately put out of commission by Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno.

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Letting DIY speak for itself isn’t a cliché. It’s a testament to the passion and talent behind everything we do. It means we stand behind our DIY research and experience with actual problems we’ve defined, measured, and solved. Therefore, no decision, from strategy and development to design and user experience, is made lightly. And you’ll always see it in our DIY.

We made this artist’s book to provide collectors with the most innovative, creative, and flexible artist’s book possible. It engenderes an atmosphere in which your own creative talent can flourish. We believe that great talent will do great work, so we only sell to collectors who want the opportunity to shine. It’s our guiding philosophy, our promise, and our business model. We:

  • Craft provocative experiences
  • Push beyond the comfort zone
  • Take risks to move things forward
  • Stay away from cookie-cutter solutions

From idea to production to viewing, collaboration is (and always has been) part of our DNA. By exploiting our talents and your savvy in mind, we’re able to produce DIY work that is functional yet elegant. We’re an open book. We know this artwork is probably not the safe choice for most collectors, and we’re 100% fine with that.

For related content see Coffin

For a recent interpretation see Kent State School of Art

Weight 14 oz
Dimensions 11.5 × 9 × 0.625 in