about the yarn bombing - this’ll be my last post on it
i grew up with kids who did graffiti - some of my best friends - for a while i did myself but i thought it probs wasn’t my medium because of all the fumes and how i can’t run from the cops for too long without having a coughing fit. still now yearly somebody we all know has a run in with the pigs, maybe gets roughed up, definitely gets run in, faces fines, charges, community service, some people jail time. ive seen ppl yarn bombing in my neighborhood in the middle of the goddamn day on the main strip. everybody all smiling and waving and shit, like “oh hey, wow that’s so nifty you made a tea cosy for where a bike sits at! how quirky, that’s just what this neighborhood needs!” it’s socially condoned graffiti which should be an oxymoron. graffiti is protest, not sweaters for trees.
we had to look at that shit for a few months before we burnt it off one night. judging by the amount of support i’m getting in messages and re-blogs that act of burning the yarn was a WAY BETTER art piece than that rained on rainbow sod to some people. it definitely was too us. it was our neighborhood too and that was literally one street across from my house, right outside the cafe we frequented, where i washed dishes at.
acting super upset cause another kid fucked up yr old ass piece just goes to show how disconnected yarn bombing is from graffiti. maybe before you put your shit in the street you should accept how sort lived & transient that art could end up being. “oh no someobdy ruined that thing i left in the street for months :( :( :(” is that how the logic goes?
we burnt the yarn on concrete a safe distance from all other flammable objects in the area. it was a steel spiral bike rack with no bikes attached. within a few weeks they had restored the bike rack’s horrible soon to be mouldy dinner jacket. honestly these ppl do it to the BODIES OF TREES in my neighborhood. you start taking away my cities trees, i eat a pizza while my friends burn you down. :)
it’s not like it was some massive protest we had been working up, we got onto the subject and a friend of mine said she just wished she could burn it and then we realized it would be safe in that spot to do so, so we did and had a great time.
let’s not pretend this isn’t the socially acceptable way to “vandalize” yr neighborhood. let’s not pretend it doesn’t relate to class and race (see: Knitta! Please, ugh). let’s not pretend rainbow yarn fire in the night isn’t the light by which we all hope to party.
BESIDES WHO CARES LOOK HOW GOOD WE ALL LOOK BURNING THAT SHIT 2 BITS :) :) :)
i wrote this cause i have a hard time not engaging questions sincerely - it just wears me down after a while, lol. it was fun to be a silent selfie brat for a few days. thanks to my supporters - thanks for all the nice messages.
p.s. no more anon, if you wanna talk to me about this write me properly and with transparency. <3 <3