Many people like to collect theatre tickets to remember where they have been. But I also love to collect tickets that have interesting design on them. Believe me, it’s not an easy hobby. There are very few tickets that have truly interesting designs on them. But nevertheless there are!
Since I travel to China often I get to go to a lot of performances.. (they force me to have fun between work!) and that’s pretty much where my collection started. Somehow I though that these tickets would be accidental design but it turns out that in China people give perhaps more value to these little slips of paper than in other countries.
Also the strange characters on them are equally fascinating. Like these wacky chaoyang theatre tickets I got from Beijing.
In fact I believe that no ticket design can be cool enough if it’s not a little bit “tacky”. Wild colors and dissymmetry are the kinds of traits I am looking for when I consider the decision if to throw the ticket away or not That ticket from chaoyang is my absolute favorite. Depicting acrobatic performers in tacky uniforms. How awesome is that!
One idea would be to make a wall or a poster with a collection of these tickets. That would be almost psychedelic in a way.
Opera is another one that’s great with tickets. I’m looking forward to finding interesting ones outside of China too! If you know of any, please share.