There was a time when the only things you could buy from a vending machine were cigarettes, candy, and preservative laden space food.  North Carolina artist Clark Whittington saw another vending possibility:  original works of art.  His company Art-O-Mat has taken de-commissioned cigarette vending machines and turned them into mini art galleries where original, signed pieces can be purchased for little more than the price of a candy bar.  And if you can’t make it to one of the many machines throughout the United States, Art-O-Mat offers a “carton” online that includes 10 pieces customized to your tastes.

An Art-O-Mat offering by San Francisco artist Johnny Botts

Click here for vending machines near you.  Visit Johnny Botts’ website for more information on the artist.

-Jayme Catalano