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January 6, 2013

Recycling

Aspuddens tunnelbana 
Sergelgången 
The ticket system for Stockholm public transport has been considered rather oldfashioned for quite some years now, with stamps, paper tickets and paper cards with magnet strips on them. But now we finally seem to be catching up with the rest of the world. It is all about plastic cards, credit card payments, sms tickets and whatnot. It´s getting so modern that you can´t even buy a single ticket on a bus anymore. (Good to know if you ever visit Stockholm.)
Stockholm Centralstation  Stockolm Centralstation 
The last remnant of the old system is the 16 coupon paper strip, which will only be available to March this year. I have been using up some of these strips the last few years, and for some reason I didn´t throw them away, they all ended up in a little plastic ticket cover in my wallet. A while back I started doodling on one while waiting for a train, and this has turned into a favorite pastime while commuting to work. The strips are incredibly small for drawing, but I like how everything I sketch end up looking like comic strips.
The last two strips are from today´s sketching rendez-vous with two fellow sketchers at Stockholm Central Station.

12 comments :

Diminished Sanity said...

The contents of your wallet must be fascinating with all those drawings. very cool. DS

Joel Barnes said...

Kinda depressing to the rest of us when you refer to these as "doodles"......but love them all the same....wonderful "little" people drawings Nina.....

Shari Blaukopf said...

I think this has to be the start of a graphic novel for you Nina. Something about an incident that happened on a train. They are just too good.

Rolf Schröter said...

wonderful.

sad that those strips vanish, hope you still got a lot of those stored

Marcia Milner-Brage said...

What a great way to immortalize these soon-to-be-obsolete paper tickets with these excellent drawings! I hope you've squirrelled away lots and lots or the transit system bestows you with whatever is unused. You're on to something really exciting.

INMA SERRANO said...

I love them Nina. Specially the second one. Yes this could be a good way to start a comic.

Vicky said...

Love these tiny, exquisite compositions.

mj said...

Awesome illustrations. I love your style and I really like the effect of the tickets in the background. Great job.

Don Low said...

Good memory and good way to recycle and record. Fantastic sketches.

VHein said...

Wonderful how the limitation of the size made you create such gems--and doubly valuable now as they become scarce!

Judith Dollar said...

Use of the tickets adds another layer to the story of your sketches. Nice.

Nina Johansson said...

Thanks a lot for your comments, I appreciate them! :)