Asif first made a cardboard gun on July 31, 2007—on the one year anniversary of the death of his closest friend. Mr. Farooq’s friend, Will, was a gun enthusiast, and on that night, Asif went out and gave out his first cardboard guns. The guns reflect the impermanent nature of life. Asif wanted something tactile; something he could be on camera walking into a gas station with, and with the ergonomic familiarity of an old friend.