Past Projects


September 5, 2008

Tony Clifton

Ferdinand Demara

imposter – a person who makes deceitful pretenses, faker, impostor, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer, pretender, fraud, fake, beguiler, cheater, deceiver, trickster, slicker, cheat – someone who leads you to believe something that is not true

name dropper – someone who pretends that famous people are his/her friends

ringer – a contestant entered in a competition under false pretenses

Have a close look at these stamps. Recognize anybody? Tony Clifton (Andy Kaufman’s alter Ego), Frank Abagnale (Catch me if you can!), and John Howard Griffin (Black Like Me) are just 3 of these famous historical imposters. So why are they on a postage stamp? Well, the stamps are fake, and thats the point!

The project “imPOSTer” was created by by Chicago designer TEWZ to honor and remember the most deceitful imposters throughout history by creating fake stamps, and then sending them through the United States postal system. The portraits of DAVID HAMPTON, FERDINAND DEMARA, FRANK ABAGNALE, JOHN HOWARD GRIFFIN, TONY CLIFTON, WILHELM VOIGHT, were all good enough to fool the United States Postal System. (for more information check TEWZ 1)

David Hampton

Frank Abagnale

Frank William Abagnale, Jr. (born April 27, 1948) is an American former check confidence trickster, forger and impostor who, for five years in the 1960s, passed bad checks worth about $2.5 million in 26 countries. During this time, he used at least eight aliases to cash bad checks. Currently he runs Abagnale and Associates, a financial fraud consultancy company. His life story provided the inspiration for the feature film Catch Me if You Can, based on his ghostwritten biography of the same name. (wiki)


Chicago graffiti artist TEWZ ONE and IKIL joined forces recently to capture and modify the free plastic publication boxes you normally see on street corners and in front of train stations.

The project dubbed “MONSTER BOX” took over 1 month to complete and culminated in the release of 15 altered “MONSTER” boxes placed and locked at key locations throughout Chicago including: The Art Institue, Millenium Park, Cultural Center, Museum of Contemporary Art, Wicker Park, Pilsen etc…

The boxes were unveiled last Thursday night somewhere between 2-5 a.m. Some of them had mysteriously dissappeared somewhere between 9-11 a.m. Friday morning. Many are still chillin.

We saw kids playing with this one pretending to be cowboys and aiming his arm. Also, Someone stole his hat!