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DIY expressions of anti-war sentiment in PDX

stickers and stencils are great ways to reface our public spaces for political expression. we own 'em -- we should use 'em. the stickers are available at laughing horse books, which i'm sure would not condone usage as seen here. they can also be ordered from commondreams.org, that one liberal website.
DIY expressions of anti-war sentiment in PDX
DIY expressions of anti-war sentiment in PDX
nutha one 03.Oct.2002 00:33

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and anotha 03.Oct.2002 00:34

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one last sticker 03.Oct.2002 00:35

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Re-facing? 03.Oct.2002 13:56

Pissed

Its called vandalism dumbass. You dont own a fucking federal mailbox. You make anti-war sentiments look ignorant. Grow up and quit using the war for your childish "I want to deface and spray paint things" agenda.

Plus, who the fuck is gonna look at one of your stickers on a mailbox and think to themselves, hmmmmmm gee, I havent really given this war thing much thought until now. Thank god someone decided to wake me up by putting this sticker here. I was on the fence about going to war, but now Im saying NO!!

Take your energy and focus it in a more productive and effective means of communicating, instead of reaching for your spray paint can.

more productive means 03.Oct.2002 17:09

tagger

well let's see here, what are the more productive means of communicating? i can't go to a public place and speak through a megaphone without risking a citation for not getting a noise variance, i can't hand out flyers in pioneer square because it's illegal to do so, i can't get on the radio or the tv except in marginalized places like kboo and cable access because of the laws governing the "public" airwaves, letters to the editor don't get printed, letters to congressmen do next to nothing, if i stand on the corner with a sign i'm told to "get a job" and besides who's gonna read it as they speed by in their car anyway, and if i post to indymedia some jerk will just post a bunch of reactionary profane b.s. on my story and try to drive the level of discourse into the sewer.

so what exactly is left? there's more than one option, but one of them is public spaces where people naturally stand or sit and will notice a message left there. will it make a difference? sure, if enough stickers are out there and you can't help but see them everywhere, eventually you might think that the corporate tv, radio and newspaper are not telling the truth, and that there ARE people out there against a war in iraq. the big advertising firms have picked up these grassroots methods because they work. they've renamed it "viral marketing" and are trying to co-opt it. they wouldn't bother if it wasn't effective.

so that's why i sticker and that's why i'll keep stickering. i won't damage property owned by mom-and-pop places, but corporate and "public" places are up for grabs. that's one EFFECTIVE space i'll use for my messages. if you don't like it, mr. smarty pants, make a sticker of your own and put it beside mine.

to tagger 04.Oct.2002 14:05

dude

Political graffiti goes back to before the Roman empire, and the reason it sticks around is that it does have an impact. I need not tell you to not take the reactionary dude too seriously.

I remember back in the 1986 timeframe, when all throughout Los Angeles there were protest posters going up about Iran-Contra and the lies of the Regan Administration. Those posters were very powerful, and in the least they got people to know there were others that felt the same way, which is just as important as sending a message to the non-converted. I don't remember who the artist is, but he's still around and I've seen new posters from him now and then in LA