Monday, April 09, 2007

Kicking Ass - Chicago Style


Those folks in Chicago really know how to Freewayblog. Full story here.

15 Comments:

At April 09, 2007 11:08 PM, Blogger thepoetryman said...

Sweet Jesus! When I entered your blog I wasn't laughing, but after witnessing such a beautiful thing I'll be laughing long after I leave...

 
At April 10, 2007 12:45 AM, Blogger sumo said...

I'm simply amazed!

 
At April 10, 2007 6:32 AM, Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

This makes my entire day! Thanks.

 
At April 10, 2007 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I was one of the (2) people who put up this banner in Chicago. Thanks for your supportive comments. We used a roll of cheap plastic white tablecloth, available at party supply stores or websites. Using a Sharpie I traced out the letters with a digital projector (you can also use an overhead or slide projector) using Adobe Illustrator (Word or Wordpad is fine too). I tacked and untacked the roll to the wall as I moved down the roll. After tracing, I rolled it up and took it to my comrade's house. There, we laid it out on his very long driveway, held down edges of the plastic with a few rocks and painted the letters in quickly with cheap red latex paint. Don't spend too much time being perfect with the letters, because from 10-20 feet, nobody can detect those imperfections. Then we duct-taped some pieces of wire to the edges: on the corners and about every 8 feet or so. All in all, it took about 2 hours (results may vary). At the pedestrian overpass at Bryn Mawr over I-90 (inbound to Chicago loop at rush hour) my comrade unrolled as I fastened the wires to the chain link fence. Once unrolled, we went back and further secured the sign from the wind by stretching duct tape from the top to the bottom about every 4 feet (if you look closely at the pic you can see it through the light plastic). It took about 3-5 minutes to set up with two people, but I recommend 3. If it had not been for Illinois Dept of Transportation road clean up guys seeing it so quickly, it could have stayed up for a lot longer. While we were putting it up, the supportive honks from the hundreds of cars passing by was DEAFENING! It was so visible, that people in the opposite 4 lanes were honking as they read it in their rear-view mirrors. Try this at home kids! Thanks again for posting your comments of support!

 
At April 10, 2007 12:44 PM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Anonymous Ass-Kicker in Chicago,

This is the kind of stuff we're trying to get people to get out there and do. There's only a handful of us doing it, but we hope someday to get the highways and byways of this country plastered with free speech.

See if you can get a website or blog up and running so I can link to you. You guys are awesome.

 
At April 10, 2007 9:58 PM, Blogger Butchieboy said...

That is fucking hilarious!

 
At April 11, 2007 12:16 AM, Blogger Graeme said...

Awwwwwesome!!!!

 
At April 11, 2007 12:56 AM, Blogger Donnie McDaniel said...

My first response when I opened the link on the mail from Scarlet was HOLY SHIT!!!!!! That is freaking awesome! I don't see how anyone will compete with that one for the contest. Way to go people!

 
At April 11, 2007 6:28 PM, Blogger dada said...

Totally awe inspiring. Thanks for posting it pt.

 
At April 12, 2007 7:53 AM, Blogger azgoddess said...

just amazing -- great!!! yea and thanks for sharing!!! love the comment from chicago....

 
At April 12, 2007 8:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dad,
Kurt Vonnegut died last night!!! I'm so depressed. :(

~other daughter

 
At April 12, 2007 10:42 AM, Blogger thephoenixnyc said...

BRILLIANT! I am going to borrow it and post it.

Ra!

 
At April 12, 2007 9:32 PM, Anonymous mdhatter said...

Awe. Some.

 
At April 13, 2007 11:20 AM, Blogger Psychomikeo said...

I get a B______r every time I look at it

 
At April 13, 2007 11:36 AM, Blogger PTCruiser said...

Me too, Mike.

 

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