jim shaw is an american artist best known as a founding member of the protopunk band destroy all monsters. in 2000, shaw staged thrift store paintings, a show consisting entirely of works made by amateur (and usually anonymous) american artists which he purchased in thrift stores. his first retrospective took place in 2012 at the BALTIC centre for contemporary art in gateshead, england. he lives and works in los angeles. this is shaw's second self-produced book, published in 1986 in an edition of (most likely) 1000 by the end is here publications.