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The Mind Behind Those Rad WCI Money Boxes

May 26, 2010

E&I: The Mind Behind Those Rad WCI Money Boxes

The spring tradition of watching snowboarders slide the set-up in the Village at Mammoth’s West Coast Invitational rail jam has gotten to be a really good show. snowboardmagtraci

I love that art finds its way into the festivities, with the Still Life with Snow in ‘09 and the I am Snowboarding exhibit this year.

And thankfully local artist Traci Hartless is here, or else the winners wouldn’t get  their big 10-grand prize handed over in a custom money box.

“[In 2007] Heather worked for Unbound and she suggested that I could make something cool to give out the money in instead of a boring old briefcase,” said Traci. “Oren liked them and has asked me to keep doing them every year.”


“My first year was on Cinco de Mayo and it was a box that I painted Day of the Dead.”
Jonas Michilot, 2007


Chaz Guldemond, winner 2008


Dan Brisse, 2009


“They keep getting more and more difficult. But I like doing it. Pretty fun, but definitely stressful.”
Ryan Paul, 2010

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