However, a new show from Inkygoodness showcases the more constructive and beautiful boozy by-products.
The Beermat Characters show, which opens in London later this month, was born from a night in a Belgian pub where creative types started idly doodling on beermats.
The logos formed faces, the spaces were filled in, and the seeds were sown to take the humble coasters and give them a whole new life.
Lisa Hassell, Inkygoodness founder and creative director, explains, ‘The idea that something as simple as a beermat could be transformed into a character with just a few strokes of a pen was a lightbulb moment’.
‘After our Character Totem show back in 2011, we were hooked on the idea of getting a bunch of artists together to customise a physical object, and the appeal of beermats was their accessibility – it meant that as a creative project, we could open it up to artists worldwide to get involved – for the price of a stamp’.
Hassell then set about organising a competition, where participants sent in their beermat creations to be displayed online. From these, 50 were chosen to be featured in the show. A further 30 pieces from invited artists will also be on display.
Among the artists showing their beery creations are Hattie Stewart, David Shillinglaw, Kristyna Baczynski, Michael Slack, Nate Bear, Osian Efnisien and Sneaky Raccoon.
Hassell says, ‘The results have been far beyond what we could have hoped for, the talent, skill and sheer imagination that has gone into the producing the artwork is incredible’.
Beermat Characters runs from 29 April – 4 May alongside Ammo Magazine’s exhibtion The Poop Deck at the Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London W1T. The show is sponsored by Sailor Jerry rum. For more information visit Inkygoodness.com