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Herbie Hatman
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Neighborhood Tattoo by Herbie Hatman, Myrna Minx

December 26th, 2007 12:28 PM / Location: 37.749889,-122.4040

INSTRUCTIONS: Create a publicly viewable permanent tattoo for your neighborhood, on the sidewalk, for example.

On a wall in my neighborhood, there was a bunch of graffiti. The city decided that they ought to cover it over with vague rectangles of gray. This of course is much more palatable to the discerning plebeian.

One recent evening, while feeling a sense of pride and ownership over my homestead and its surroundings I found my self with one very large permanent marker.

Upon looking at each rectangle I reflected on how they were each unique and asymmetrical, yet all obviously similar. That sentiment reminded me of mustaches. Admittedly, mustaches are often on my mind. But I thought that it would be especially appropriate to highlight the personality of each rectangle by issuing a different variety of mustache to each one. It is an ongoing project and has turned into one which is collaborative. I have had guests to my home and roommates assign appropriate facial hair to the gray frames.

Most recently Mryna Minx was visiting from St. Louis. I handed her the pen and it seems that her pride for St. Louis overtook the artists appreciation for upper lip facial hair. Instead, my neighborhood is graced with an image of The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (aka: "The Arch"). Taking a step back she said with a shrug "It could be a really long Fu Manchu". I agreed, and I think that it suits that particular gray rectangle.

Having lived in the neighborhood for the last couple of years I feel that the mustache tattoo is particularly suiting. The myriad ethnicities and cultures provide for all sorts of mustache sizes and style.

The cohabitaters of my abode are considering other notions of modification of this particular wall. We've considered giving each rectangle a gold frame. Other suggestions are quite welcome.

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The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial.

AKA: The Arch AKA: "A really long Fu Manchu?"

Up and Down Mustaches

Up and Down Mustaches

Anti-Angiogenesis: This would be the Neighborhood Tattoo from our neighbors. The meaning? I'll let you figure it out.

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posted by The Vixen on December 26th, 2007 12:55 PM

Holy shizzam, you guys rock!

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posted by Fonne Tayne on December 26th, 2007 1:39 PM

Yes! Yes! YES

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posted by lara black on December 26th, 2007 1:46 PM


posted by Spidere on December 26th, 2007 1:55 PM

I hope this task remains in the new era.

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posted by Burn Unit on December 26th, 2007 11:04 PM


Simple yet satisfying
posted by Charlie Fish on December 27th, 2007 1:26 AM

Loving the moustache theme there, Hatman.

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posted by Ink Tea on December 27th, 2007 3:57 PM

I like moustaches on walls, and I would have never known it, had it not been for you.

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posted by Sui Generis on December 28th, 2007 4:36 PM

'stache-tastic. Moustaches look good everywhere.

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posted by Fonne Tayne on March 21st, 2008 5:47 PM

hmm.... you've painted other moustaches... more recently.... haven't you ?!

No way.
posted by Herbie Hatman on April 17th, 2008 12:33 AM


no way... have not? or, no way... would admit?
posted by Fonne Tayne on April 17th, 2008 12:35 AM

surreality / haberdashery vote