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Stencil Art Wednesday

By johnboy 15 September 2010 41

Southern Cross

Our theme of the week for Images of Canberra is stencil art. Above is an interesting one found by Holden Caulfield.

Below is P1’s favourite, followed by ELK’s entry to the australian stencil art prize, which is still in contention as a finalist.

We’re looking for your photographs of stencil art all week, just send them in to images@the-riotact.com

Photo by P1

Photo by ELK


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Jim Jones 3:30 pm 16 Sep 10

Thumper said :

You aren’t seriously equating the swastika with the southern cross symbol are you?

Really?

Only in that they are both essentially meaningless symbols that have accrued cultural significance through the uses they’ve been put to.

I really like the ‘who or what does this represent’ stencil, because it’s questioning the ownership of the southern cross by the bogan-bigots and implying that the symbol could still be reclaimed by the rest of us (unlike the swastika, which is now completely tarnished as a symbol … at least in Western society).

Lucky Grills 3:11 pm 16 Sep 10

Sh!tty tattoos chronologically:

1993 – sketchy soundgarden logo
1996 – awful bad religion logo
1997 – 2004 – Anything dolphin/ying yang
1999 – 2007 – band around arm, either barbed wire/celtic
2001 – Red Hot Chilli Peppers logo
2002 – 2006 – crucifix on lower arms
2004 – onwards – southern cross tattoo

sirocco 10:51 am 16 Sep 10

I dunno Thumper, the Cronulla riots were pretty ugly and there were plenty of Southern Cross tattoos and flags-for-capes at that little shindig – I’m guessing that’s where it all starts unless we as a society take measures to stop it.

But the swastika/southern cross comparison is a bit of wild, ridiculous hyperbole

Thumper 10:23 am 16 Sep 10

You aren’t seriously equating the swastika with the southern cross symbol are you?

Really?

Jim Jones 10:01 am 16 Sep 10

Thumper said :

Got to feel sorry for the folks who got tattoos before the symbol was associated with racism.

It’s only associated with racism because certain people wish it to be so and continue to push the myth.

Not on any, you know, facts or anything.

You could say the same thing about the swastika – originally it was a eastern religious symbol, until it was laid claim to by the Nazis. Much in the same way as the Southern Cross is nothing more than a bunch of random stars in the sky that has been laid claim to by bigoted bogans.

Thumper 9:24 am 16 Sep 10

Got to feel sorry for the folks who got tattoos before the symbol was associated with racism.

It’s only associated with racism because certain people wish it to be so and continue to push the myth.

Not on any, you know, facts or anything.

Jim Jones 9:21 am 16 Sep 10

p1 said :

georgesgenitals said :

A bogansy perhaps?

Bogan pansys are called frangapanis.

I just snorted coffee through my nose.

cleo 12:41 am 16 Sep 10

Ronnie # 20

These low life’s are what you call ‘the ugly australian. ‘

BundahBoy 10:19 pm 15 Sep 10

Any of those countries on Johnboys list want to fight for the SC: invasion time

p1 9:16 pm 15 Sep 10

georgesgenitals said :

A bogansy perhaps?

Bogan pansys are called frangapanis.

justin heywood 9:13 pm 15 Sep 10

Krazee said :

I am disappointed that I now treat every display of the southern cross as highly likely to belong to a white racist

A racist is someone who makes negative assumptions about people because of their ethnic grouping.

So what do you call someone who does the same based on the sticker on their car? A Rioter?

no idea 8:23 pm 15 Sep 10

A pansy and a bogan … odd mix, but whatever floats your boat I suppose.

pansy?? you must be tripping hippy

georgesgenitals 7:59 pm 15 Sep 10

Jim Jones said :

John Moulis said :

gospeedygo said :

I saw a ute yesterday with a southern cross sticker in the back window with the words “Proud Australian” or words to that effect. The guy was driving a Nissan.

I drive a Suzuki Swift hatchback with a Southern Cross sticker on the back window. Go ballistic over that.

A pansy and a bogan … odd mix, but whatever floats your boat I suppose.

A bogansy perhaps?

DBCooper 7:17 pm 15 Sep 10

Got to feel sorry for the folks who got tattoos before the symbol was associated with racism.

I remember driving around in rural west Virginia with my dad and the car infront of us was a blue volvo It didn’t have any bumper stickers but it’s license plate was WAFFEN SS (as in Hitler’s special forces). We couldn’t believe it. You’d have to be a really dedicated racist to have that as a license plate. Beyond creepy

Jim Jones 6:12 pm 15 Sep 10

John Moulis said :

gospeedygo said :

I saw a ute yesterday with a southern cross sticker in the back window with the words “Proud Australian” or words to that effect. The guy was driving a Nissan.

I drive a Suzuki Swift hatchback with a Southern Cross sticker on the back window. Go ballistic over that.

A pansy and a bogan … odd mix, but whatever floats your boat I suppose.

el 5:54 pm 15 Sep 10

Skidd Marx said :

“Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel”. Samuel Johnson

Nice quote.

He was great in The Secret Life of Us, and I’m really enjoying his role in ‘Rush’, too.

Not so big on his voiceover work (Hungry Jacks ads etc) but you can’t win ’em all I guess.

John Moulis 5:06 pm 15 Sep 10

gospeedygo said :

I saw a ute yesterday with a southern cross sticker in the back window with the words “Proud Australian” or words to that effect. The guy was driving a Nissan.

I drive a Suzuki Swift hatchback with a Southern Cross sticker on the back window. Go ballistic over that.

p1 4:02 pm 15 Sep 10

Ronnie said :

….and all was fine until my female student friend from Hong Kong stepped out from the back seat. One of the beflagged idiots shouted out “Here’s one boys!” and they all turned and hurled vicious abuse at her.

I hope you called the police and pressed charges for racial vilification.

Woody Mann-Caruso 4:00 pm 15 Sep 10

To me ’soundrel’ implies cunning, and perhaps a little naivety

I’ve always thought of ‘scoundrel’ as a lesser charge, but the OED disagrees:

A. n. ‘A mean rascal, a low petty villain’ (J.). Now usually with stronger sense: An audacious rascal, _one destitute of all moral scruple_.

The ‘audacious’ bit could go either way:

1. Daring, bold, confident, intrepid.
2. Unrestrained by, or setting at defiance, the principles of decorum and morality; presumptuously wicked, impudent, shameless.

The first one makes for something a little more rogue-ish, a Han Solo type. Most bogans are more the second one, though.

Thumper 3:25 pm 15 Sep 10

I saw a ute yesterday with a southern cross sticker in the back window with the words “Proud Australian” or words to that effect. The guy was driving a Nissan.

You are kidding? What is the world coming to? I’m simply lost for words…

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