Earlier this year, Hot Topic ripped us off and sold a t-shirt of our Intellectual Property. Uncool.
Bridge & Tunnel Trap, Studio Shot
Tea Party Trap, Studio Shot
Today we put out Tea Party Traps in Washington D.C. The traps included: the book “Give Us Liberty – A Tea Party Manifesto,” a mini version of the US Constitution, Don’t Tread On Me stickers, a NObama pin, a No More Taxes button, and Gun Cleaner. We placed the traps in several key Tea Party protest locations, including Lafayette Square, the Washington Monument, and the Mall close to the Capitol building.
For those of you interested, our production designer, Aaron Glazer, gave us his step by step process on how the urban traps were made from thick laminate paper board. 1. The board is cut into pieces. 2. The pieces are placed on plastic and soaked with water / soak both sides until soft (several hours). 3. The piece is wrapped over a form and masking taped. 4. The next day the pieces have dried hard. 5. The pieces are glued together. 6. The final form is stippled with water-base glue (slightly diluted) several coats. 7. A metalized water-base paint is applied. 8. When dry, flat black spray paint is misted and wiped (fills dimples on the surface). 9. The red paint is toss-applied with a brush and sprayed with water to dilute and drip. 10. The springs are coiled electrical cable cut to size. 11. Add real nuts and bolts. * The cut is important - use dangerously sharp hardened steel blades to get a clean slice. Aaron’s work can be seen at http://cargocollective.com/grid61
Last night we put some Bridge & Tunnel traps up around the city. The locations included outside Hotel Rivington, Pacha Nightclub, and Mason Dixon. The contents were: Drakkar Noir cologne, Hair Gel, Spray Tan, Gold Necklace, Path Train tickets and a LIRR schedule. At one point, an undercover cop walked by and asked us if the traps were real, and then told us how much he liked the idea. Reporters from Metro NY, Gothamist, & the Daily News also swung by to see what we were up to. It was a pretty successful night and we caught a few specimens for our social study.
Hipster Trap, Studio Shot
Today we put out some more “Hipster Traps” in Williamsburg proper. Here are some photos. Thanks for all the press.
Today was our first Urban Trap deployment. We installed a “Hipster Trap” in the East Village of NYC. The contents were: A can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, a pair of plastic neon sunglasses, a fixie bike chain, and a pack of American Spirits.