Monday, May 04, 2015

Los Angeles

"Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice." - Will Durant
 Signs placed on the 5, 10, 101 and 110 freeways in Los Angeles.
"Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them." 
- Laurence J. Peter
 "80% of Republicans are just Democrats who don't know what's going on." -Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
 "If you don't change your beliefs your life will be like this forever. Is that good news?" - W. Somerset Maughm
 "The earth laughs in flowers." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
 "The Holy Land is everywhere." - Black Elk
 "Words are all we have." - Samuel Beckett
Signs Posted - 7,049

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Berkeley/Richmond

 “For 200 years we've been conquering Nature.  Now we're beating it to death.” – Tom McMillan
 Signs placed on Interstates 80 and 580 in Berkeley and Richmond.
 "There are only two ways to live your life. 
One is as though nothing is a miracle. 
The other is as though everything is a miracle.”    -Albert Einstein
 "There’s no big apocalypse. Just an endless procession of little ones.” - Neil Gaiman
 "Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." - Sitting Bull
 "We are not born for ourselves alone." - Cicero
Signs Posted - 7,040

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Sacramento

 "All persons, living or dead, are purely coincidental." - Kurt Vonnegut
Signs placed on the 50, 80 and 99 freeways in Sacramento.
 "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away." - Maya Angelou



"As struggles go, being an artist isn't that much of one." - Brian Eno
Signs Posted - 7,033

Monday, April 13, 2015

Save the Arctic: San Francisco


"Resist much. Obey little."
     - Walt Whitman
 Signs placed on the 101 and 280 in San Francisco.
 "The true method of knowledge is experiment." - William Blake
 "The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich." - Bertrand Russell

"The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Signs Posted: 7,027

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Save the Arctic: Orange County

 "The secret of getting things done is to act." - Dante Alighieri
 Signs placed on Interstates 5 and 405 in Orange County, California.
"We make our fortunes and call them fate." Benjamin Disraeli
 "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." - Heraclitus


 "Sometimes to remain silent is to lie." - Miguel de Unamuno
"Technology favors horrible people." - Doug Coupland
Signs Posted - 7,021

Monday, March 23, 2015

Save the Arctic: LA

"This is the way the world ends: Not with a bang but a whimper." - T.S. Eliot

 Signs placed on the 5, 110, 101 Freeways and La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles.


"Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so." - Douglas Adams




"This land is your land and this land is my land, sure, but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyway." ~ Bob Dylan
“The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion.” - George Washington

"Nothing leads to good that is not natural." - Friedrich Schiller

"In the long run, we're all dead." - John Maynard Keyes

Signs posted - 7,013

Sunday, March 01, 2015

7000 Signs - 0 Arrests: A Retrospective

 This is my 7000th political freeway sign, at least since I started counting. It stayed up next to ten lanes of the San Diego Freeway for three days - that's 1,800,000 eyes!
 My first signs went up immediately after Bush V. Gore: those dark, voiceless days when a 5-4 decision turned our democracy into the world’s most powerful banana republic. If you remember what that felt like, putting signs on freeways doesn’t seem so odd.


 I hate bombing and I don’t care who does it. Whether it’s dropped from an airplane, buried by the road or walking into a pizza parlor - I think it’s all just murderous cowardly bullshit.
 Especially when the people you’re bombing had nothing to do with it.
 These words came to me when I read “What I Didn’t Find in Africa” by Ambassador Joe Wilson, the first of many disclosures that our war against the wrong guy was bullshit. When I googled them there was only one hit, so I did what anyone would do - wrote a letter to the editor of my local paper, the LA Times. “Editor - Nobody died when Clinton lied.” When they didn’t publish it I said ok, fuck you then, I’ll do it myself, and proceeded to paint it up and post it on freeways all over southern California. This was my first real attempt at a campaign - to physically place a specific set of words in front of as many eyeballs as possible - and it worked spectacularly. Over the next six weeks I watched the hits on google go from 1 to 15 to 75 to hundreds and then thousands. Then I started seeing it on bumperstickers.
 I did hundreds of these. Not particularly witty, but short, and to the point. After two solid years of listening to the media go on about how Clinton lied (He Lied!) about a blowjob only to go silent when Bush lied us into a war, putting these up was a pleasure.
 Seriously, in the history of warfare has there ever been a conflict manufactured so entirely by men who were such demonstrable cowards?
 In 2004 there was this one shut down footbridge over the Santa Monica Freeway that still had a light burning in the middle of it. Getting inside was a bit tricky and scary, but once you were there anything you put under that light looked awesome and spooky as hell.
 The day after I put this up an AP photographer got a picture and by the next day it was in newspapers all over the world.

 Easily the strangest thing to occur during my lifetime was the replacement of Osama Bin Laden with Saddam Hussein as the perpetrator of the 9/11 attacks. And this without so much as a peep from the media. Meanwhile, the rest of the world went from “We are all Americans” to “We are all amazed at how profoundly stupid and manipulatable Americans are.”
 Honestly, you’d think the one thing Republicans would actually get right would be violent revenge. But no, they even fucked that one up. One of my most cherished memories was following an SUV with one of those “We Will Never Forget 9/11” bumperstickers as we passed by one of my “Osama Who?” signs.
 How many times do you suppose he said “Saddam Hussein?” Thousands.
 Some signs I'd do just for the fun of it...



 How to adopt an Adopt-a-Highway sign...
 (A polite way of saying George Bush jacked off on the entire country.)
 I’m not a big fan of state-sponsored torture. I’ve been trying to figure out why waterboarding was illegal in World War Two but permissible now, and all I’ve been able to come up with is that we’ve become shittier people.

 (Seriously, what is it with right-wingers and spelling?)
 These were done at the request of the families. They stayed up for a long time.
 I took a couple years off when Obama was elected, but started up again during the Occupy Movement and since then turned my attention to climate change. I’ve thought about quitting plenty of times, but old habits die hard. I’ve become addicted to the relaxation that comes from painting signs and the rush I get from posting them. I also love the photography.
Mostly what keeps me going though is when I’m driving and see one of my signs still up on a fence somewhere. I’ll look at it and think to myself, “I’m glad someone decided to do that.” So long as that keeps happening, I’ll probably keep doing it. It doesn’t even matter that the someone was me. 
Signs Posted - 7,000
Arrests - 0