I had mentioned at one point that I’d like to start doing some things with this blog that may become regular features. Well, I think this is the beginning of one of said features. Good Advice. Because, let’s face it, people like me shouldn’t ever give advice… but does that stop me from giving it anyway? Nope. So, here is my first piece of good advice for the masses:
Go Vandalise Something!!
Dictionary.com defines vandalism as “deliberately mischievous or malicious destruction or damage of property.” Isn’t that already sounding like a good time?! What they fail to mention, however, is that vandalism is a great form of political/social protest, and can even be a beautiful art form in itself. Here’s an example of beautiful vandalism:
Yes! Writing/drawing on money is illegal, pretty much everywhere you go, and therefore considered an act of vandalism. But what do you think of this Canadian 5-spot? It’s not that beautiful or anything, but if you got it with your change from the grocery store… it would make you stop and think, even if just for a second. That’s the part that makes me feel good: vandalism almost always provokes a thought that wouldn’t have otherwise existed.
And I don’t know how you feel about it (I’d like to know, please do tell), but I personally believe that far too many people walk around like zombies nowadays. Get up. Go to work. Make money. Spend money. Save money. Spend more money. Work more. Drink away problems. Resent your friends and family. On and on. On and on. Most people can go a week without having any real reason to open their eyes. And almost everyone I’ve ever met is a lot more lonely than they’d care to admit. So what do we do? How do we add excitement to our lives and the lives of strangers? How do we push the human brain to start working just a little bit harder? Vandalise the shit out of something ugly!
This one above, this was probably more difficult to do than most vandalism needs to be. Safety first! Until you develop certain acrobatic skills, it is probably best if you deface ugly things from the ground for now. But yes, isn’t it lovely? Boring guy is driving along, daydreaming about an Egg McMuffin, and then dude sees this sign? Maybe he will start daydreaming about supporting his local family-owned deli that makes phenomenal breakfast sandwiches. Maybe he’ll feel his stomach turn, and he’ll decide to get a fruit smoothie instead. Maybe he’ll just chuckle quietly to himself about “damn hoodlums,” but everyone who sees this sign is going to have a slight change thrown into their train of thought.
That’s a powerful idea, no? And I’m just giving you silly examples here. The reason for this is because I want you to know that you don’t have to Go Big with vandalism to make an impact on folks around you. Take a dollar out of your wallet and write a nice quote on it. For an example, today I wrote this Einstein quote on a $20 bill: “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
I wanted to provide a small list of resourceful links for ideas on what/when/where/how to vandalise things, but apparently… everything on the internet is against this idea. Which is weird, no? I had figured there’d be tons of proponents for vandalism. Well. I’m disappointed. So I will give you these two links for now, and I’ll have to post updates as I find more good things to share.
Free PDF Posters at unamerican.com
Free Downloadable Stencils for Spray Paint
Okay. I don’t want to beat this topic to death. But really, kids. Go vandalise something. Promote the evolution of the human brain. Perpetuate new ideas. The fate of the world is in your hands. I’d like to leave you with a video of another kind of vandalism that I WISH I was talented enough to do… but I just realised that this thing now has 6.5 million views, and so now I’m assuming almost everyone has seen it already. But maybe you (yes YOU, in particular!!) haven’t, so this is for you and yr brain: