getting the message out… but which one

A few days ago, while hiking around Ann Arbor, I noticed that a local non-profit had bolted several small signs, concerning domestic abuse, to existing signposts. Given the fact that these posts are all over town, holding up everything from bus schedules to stop signs, and that each has several unused holes into which other things can be bolted, I can’t believe that someone hadn’t had the idea before. Even without the sanction of the city (which I’m sure this non-profit has), it seems to me like someone would have gotten it in their head prior to now to make their own official-looking signs and bolt them around town… So, I’m sitting here tonight wondering if it might be fun to make some signs and then send them around the U.S. to be put up in similarly conspicuous places. The puzzle, of course, would be to design something that would, at the same time, cause people to think, while not raising the suspicions of city employees. (How about signage for a fictitious creationism museum, using those pterodactyl images we’ve been working on? Or, how about a quote of some sort on the role of mankind in the universe? Maybe something from Kurt Vonnegut. Or, maybe an image of a yellow ribbon over someone’s mouth that says, “Patriots don’t ask questions.”) So, do you have any ideas?

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5 Comments

  1. Posted August 1, 2005 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    I like the idea of the ribbon over the mouth. Run with that.

  2. chris
    Posted August 1, 2005 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    Yeah!!!!! That’s fuckin’ cool. Now that this is said their is evidence. In fact, I want that sticker.

  3. Tony Buttons
    Posted August 1, 2005 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    “Stooges Wax Museum this way.”

    “Sir Mix-a-Lot writes the classic, Baby Got Back, on this spot – July, 1992.”

    “Trademarked Vantage Point – no photos”

  4. Teddy Glass
    Posted August 1, 2005 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    I think my office needs a “fisting ahead” sign like the one in the photo. Any chance you could tear one down and mail it to me?

  5. mark
    Posted August 1, 2005 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    OK, I’ll work on a sketch for the “patriots don’t ask questions” sign… Look for something in a few days.

    And, speaking of the “trademarked vantage point” thing, I was just in Chicago not too long ago and I seem to recall being told by someone that “professional” photos in a particular area were off-limits due to “copyright protection.”

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