Openinkstand Art & Calligraphy

Annoy A Postman

So I was doing one of my overly-flourished envelopes last night, and wondered… how far can I push it? Just how many more flourishes can I add before the postman throws up his/her hands in despair? Will they give up and send it back or will they persevere to mail it? Therefore.. with your help, I propose a little experiment!

99% of my envelopes arrive to their recipients (shocking, I know), but only because I always restrain myself, or else my pen pals would never hear from me. But.. if I could have some volunteers who don’t mind their names and addresses shared on the blog, I could really go crazy, mail it out, wait a few days and see if it actually arrives, and in what condition. I will then post a Before and After picture to see what makes it through and what doesn’t. Wanna help me?

How to join:

  • Mail me a letter to:
    Schin Loong, 631 N. Stephanie St #510 Henderson, NV 89014 United States
    Please include an unused USPS Forever stamp, a note with your name, full address and email address. Mark clearly that this is for the Annoy a Postman project. You can include a letter too!
  • I will email you before sending the envelope to give you a heads up. You must respond to this email!
  • Within 10 days (usual timeline for a first class usps letter to arrive), please let me know if you have received your envelope.. if so, please scan it in along with any markings, yellow stickers or notes on it and email it to me. That’s the fun part, I want to see the scars! I will check my own postbox too in case it returns to me… and if it does, I will likewise scan it in and post about its failure to complete its mission.

Rules for US participants:

  • You must consent to your name and address being published on the envelope (if it arrives). It could be a mailbox, business or PO box address.. as long as it is valid. This means I won’t blur or edit out anything.
  • You must keep in contact via email with me and scan the envelope without tampering and email it back to me. Sometimes the postman will scrawl the address on, or stick a sticker on, or something.. I wanna see it all! Then I will post a before and after comparison.
  • You must have a scanner.. no camera photos please. To make sure you are reading the rules in full, write the password ‘OrangeInkStand’ somewhere in your note.
  • I will only do one envelope for each state, so please do not send a letter if your state is already listed at the completed annoys or in progress list, instead you can see how your state did!

Rules for International Participants:

  • All the above apply, the only difference is you don’t need to send me a stamp. Bill M. from Alabama and Sandy W. of California has 21 of you covered!
  • You must send me an English version of your address in full, and date your envelope!
  • I will only do one envelope for one country.

So what do you think? Wanna see if you will receive a Openinkstand-goes-bonkers envelope? Or maybe it will not arrive at all and bounce back to me! No matter what, it will surely at least annoy a postman!

  • Completed Annoys

Atlanta, Georgia

Spokane, Washington

Haddonfield, New Jersey

Boston, Massachusetts

McKinney, Texas

Sunnyvale, California

Platte CityMO

Lafayette, Indiana

  • In Progress


  • Requests Received











13 Responses to “Annoy A Postman”

  1. gledd91

    Hello! I would love to join in with this, but I live in the UK. Would you consider writing to me over here? I’d love to get in touch!
    Charlotte ♥

  2. Chloe

    Hi Schin,
    Hope you are lovely! Did you ever receive an Annoy A Postman from Hawaii sent in September? Take care and happy holidays!

    • Openinkstand

      Hi Chloe,

      I do remember a Hawaii envelope. Alas I had to put Annoy a Postman on hold for a few months as work is getting extremely busy. Once the holidays are past and projects at work slow down, I can resume.

      • Chloe

        Oh wonderful! I’ve annoyed a few postal workers of late and some envelopes have gone missing so I’ve been checking around. Best of luck on your projects, I hope your holidays are delightful.
        Cheers, Chloe x

  3. rgperedo

    Hello! I would love to join your project! I am from New York, and it looks like no one from here has participated. Let me know and I’ll send a letter out in the next few days. Cheers!

  4. Megan

    Hi! I’m from Warner Robins, Georgia and would like to participate if you’re up for another! :)

  5. keysayearim

    Hey! I know the post here in Spain is particularly picky when delivering mail. They refuse to read. Let me know if you’re still doing it. It’s a great excuse to send you a letter and receive one from you haha. :)

  6. David

    I love this! I’m sending you a request to annoy an Arizona postman! Actually I really our postman who just retired, so this will be a test for the new one…assuming it gets that far!

  7. David

    Oh dear! I forgot Orangeinkstand in my letter…I hope you will still consider me

  8. David

    ….But I did use an orange inkstand for the orange ink on the envelope!

  9. Karen

    OK so here’s one from Hong Kong! I’ve heard they’re pretty good with deciphering calligraphy (lots of flourish forum pals over here), so fingers crossed it could work! Let me know and I’ll mail you :)


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