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They’re all over town today, these images of teeth, like the flags of an occupying army. I’m not sure what the campaign is about, but I suspect that it’s the work of a lonely, fragile man who found himself rejected by a lovely young dentist. The way I see it, he spent every dollar he had undergoing extensive and unnecessary reconstructive surgery only to be near her. Then, once he’d gone through his savings and maxed out his credit cards, she stopped talking of taking him to dental conferences and the like. And, left with no recourse (a restraining order having been imposed), he takes to the streets of Ypsilanti at night leaving these large images that only she can decipher…

Or maybe it’s just a guerilla advertising campaign by a toothpaste company.

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  1. mark
    Posted November 1, 2006 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I spotted four today. I was going to bring one of them home, until it occurred to me that it could have been drawn in blood.

  2. murph
    Posted November 2, 2006 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    I saw one on a vacant/condemned house on W. Cross, one on the vacant gas station at Cross/Washington, two in the parking lot behind the transit station, and one lying on the sidewalk in front of the Vu. Most of them seemed like very unhappy teeth. Some were crying.

    I had been guessing that they were a commentary on things around town that somebody was unhappy with – but I don’t know where the pirate tooth fits in to that…

  3. Ted Glass
    Posted November 2, 2006 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I think we have a new super hero in Ypsi – a vigilante with a pair of pliars who rips the teeth for evil-doers.

  4. UBU
    Posted November 2, 2006 at 11:50 am | Permalink

    you know what John Lennon said: Just give me some tooth!

  5. edweird
    Posted November 2, 2006 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I like the picture on the left. I’d frame that for my bathroom to remind me to brush every day. Then my teeth wouldn’t ever be sad.

  6. egpenet
    Posted November 2, 2006 at 5:27 pm | Permalink

    As a partial payment for the opportunity to commit a felony in Ypsilanti and not going to jail … because there’s no cell space … I propose the offender has to surrendeer a tooth to the judge/magistrate. Teeth so rendered will be returned to the offender on the first day of occupancy at the County jail and/or at the Greyhound terminal along with a one-way ticket to Trenton, if the offender volunteeeeeers to self-banishment never to return.

    The posters around town are just a warning that the tooth fairy carries pliers!

  7. mike_1630
    Posted November 2, 2006 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    Hmm – Amanda is in Ypsi for the week… I’ll have to tell her to look for one of these and bring it home with her :)

  8. Hillary
    Posted November 2, 2006 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    It’s not an advetisement for The Teeth?

  9. mark
    Posted November 3, 2006 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Hey, Mike, have Amanda look us up. We’ll buy here a beer…

    Or, better yet, we’ll have her buy us beers.

    As for the teeth, I’m thinking about drawing some of my own with Clementine this weekend. I’m thinking that ours would be super hero teeth, dedicated to fighting the evil smeet.

  10. mark
    Posted November 3, 2006 at 1:09 am | Permalink

    And it hadn’t occurred to me, Hillary, that it could be your local band, the Teeth. While I hate viral advertising, I’d prefer it to be a local band than a multi-national toothpaste company.

  11. edweird
    Posted November 3, 2006 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    I thought The Teeth broke up.

  12. kez
    Posted November 3, 2006 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    mark, i like the toothbrushes on the left, forming “cross bones” on the windshield, like if the ramones were dentists, singing “the kkk brushed my plaque away”… or “my dentist lives on 53rd and 3rd”.

  13. mark
    Posted November 13, 2006 at 12:30 am | Permalink


  14. rebekah
    Posted May 9, 2007 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    Just came across this:

    and I still see new teeth about town sometimes. Or are they just new to me?

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