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« on: September 07, 2008 07:10:46 PM »

The mouse is back!

I decided to put the mouse up right around the corner on a gate in the alley.  I'm still a little nervous since the gate belongs to a restaurant I frequent all the time- I hope all the kitchen crew like it, since it's out by their dumpsters!  I'm a little scared they will hate it  Roll Eyes  I should have taken a picture with a wider frame, but anyway, here's a close-up of the new location!

Here's my original post:

I had a strange experience recently after putting up my last knit graffiti piece, and I'd really like to get everyone's take on it.  Here's what happened:

I thought that it would be really cute to make a little mouse and sew it to the drainpipe on the side of the building I live in.

Here is a closer shot:

After the mouse had been up on the wall for a few days, someone wrote next to it "9-11 was an inside job."  The side of the building has never been graffitied on before, so it seemed like my graffiti was spawning more, only it wasn't the pretty kind.  Luckily the words were in chalk so they wiped off easily, but I didn't want to wait around for the building to get spraypainted.  Especially because my good friend's dad is the landlord, and I wouldn't ever want to contribute to his building getting ruined in any way.  So I ended up taking the mouse down, and there has been nothing on the wall since.

I just wanted to share the experience to get other people's take on this.  I mean, I still think that seeing an unexpected knit cozy makes the world happy enough to be worth it.  But what do you think about the possibility that putting up a cozy could spawn other types of graffiti?  I have so many thoughts, and I'd like to hear yours...  Has anyone else had something similar happen?
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2008 07:24:21 PM »

I think knit graffiti is a fantastic idea. perhaps you should place him in a busier place that's less likely to suffer from your mousy, somewhere more in the open with no buildings to write on. maybe around a street sign that you pass by often.

« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2008 07:25:47 PM »

I find it strange that something so cute would encourage the less appealing graffiti.

Your little mouse looks so happy up there.

« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2008 07:32:49 PM »

Your mouse is just too cute...
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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2008 07:33:50 PM »

I love your mouse!  As for the dilemma, I feel that a blank wall is more enticing to a person than a mouse.  Also I think it was a random coincident because the other graffiti was in chalk.  Who does graffiti in chalk???

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« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2008 07:57:28 PM »

Personally, I'd love to see this little guy around. Question, what kind of yarn lasts longer in a graffitti piece?
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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2008 08:31:48 PM »

I'm going to venture a guess and say that the two were unrelated.  I  mean, we call it knit grafitti, but if I was milling about a building and saw a pole that had been... cozied... I think the word "grafitti" would be very far from my mind.  I would assume it was a strange sort of lawn ornament- which I guess it kind of is.  Anyway, I wouldn't worry about it.

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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2008 09:40:34 PM »

I agree with camoovas in that knit grafitti is more like a cozy or decoration. It's not harmful. Whereas a political message like the one that was written in chalk can be harmful.

In regards to your incident. They were probably taking advantage of the fact that your piece is eye catching and they wanted people to see their message. =(
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« Reply #8 on: September 08, 2008 12:01:30 AM »

Your graffiti is so cute! I don't think they were related <3
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« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2008 05:33:23 AM »

Wow, knitting Graffiti is an awesome idea, though I see it more as "site specific art installation" rather than Graffiti, as your work requires more effort and planning than most graffiti
If I saw something like that it would make me smile for the rest of the day. i think the additional chalk comment was probably just a way of bringing more attention to your work.
Keep it up, you could be as famous as Banksy!

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