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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 ELK

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41 Responses to
Stencil Art Wednesday
Thumper 11:59 am 15 Sep 10

It is a classic tactic of extremist groups to adopt existing symbols as their own, such as the Nazi adoption of an ancient Indian symbol

When did bogans become an extremist group?

Should we call the terrorist hot like because i saw a ute with a bundy rum sticker on it’s rear window?

Pork Hunt 11:58 am 15 Sep 10

PM said :

Skidd Marx said :

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

The word “scoundrel” isn’t used too often nowadays… I’ve never liked the word “bogan”. Can we use scoundrel from now on as a replacement for bogan?

That will only piss the scoundrels off. Then what?

JessP 11:46 am 15 Sep 10

What it is a d*ckhead with a stencil and a can of spray paint.

PM 11:30 am 15 Sep 10

Skidd Marx said :

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

The word “scoundrel” isn’t used too often nowadays… I’ve never liked the word “bogan”. Can we use scoundrel from now on as a replacement for bogan?

Skidd Marx 11:15 am 15 Sep 10

If I can elaborate briefly on the above quote, my take on it is that Johnson wasn’t saying genuine patriotism is bad, more that misguided types (scoundrels) will use it to promote their facist beliefs. Two hundred years on and he could easily have been talking about current Aussie bogan culture.

Skidd Marx 11:05 am 15 Sep 10

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

sirocco 10:43 am 15 Sep 10

Johnboy: only a few of those countries (Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa – and you forgot Brazil) feel the southern cross is important enough to them to choose to represent it in their national flag.

vg 10:37 am 15 Sep 10

I have a feeling there’s a lot of Southern Cross tattoos and car stickers that will be regretted in years to come.

Its almost as if the wearers have someone with a megaphone screaming ‘bogan’ walking around behind them.

Mind you the other day I saw the holy trinity. The back of a ute (with truck mudflaps) adorned with a Bundy Pig sticker on the rear window, being driven by a man in a blue singlet with a Southern Cross tattoo on the arm. He looked at me with a smug grin, a burst into uncontrollable laughter. He would down his window as asked ‘wtf are you looking at’. I replied ‘the bogan high commissioner’.

johnboy 10:33 am 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, when really it should be a symbol of all of Australia/New Zealand.

And:
Angola
Botswana
Burundi
Comoros
Lesotho
Madagascar
Malawi
Mauritius
Mozambique
Namibia
Rwanda
Seychelles
South Africa
Swaziland
Tanzania
Zambia
Zimbabwe
East Timor
Indonesia
Fiji
Nauru
Papua New Guinea
Samoa
Solomon Islands
Tonga
Tuvalu
Vanuatu
Argentina
Bolivia
Chile
Paraguay
Peru
Uruguay

PM 10:24 am 15 Sep 10

Also on the newer ALP logo… Is it bogan?

Krazee 10:22 am 15 Sep 10

It is a classic tactic of extremist groups to adopt existing symbols as their own, such as the Nazi adoption of an ancient Indian symbol (Swastika) to groups such as the Sons of the Southern Cross overt adoption of the symbol and the name.

I am disappointed that I now treat every display of the southern cross as highly likely to belong to a white racist, when really it should be a symbol of all of Australia/New Zealand.

Holden Caulfield 10:10 am 15 Sep 10

It’s disappointing that the Southern Cross seems to have been appropriated by the bogan element. More disappointing, though, is the fact there was no matching stencil art nearby featuring our beloved frangipani!

lumnock 9:56 am 15 Sep 10

Pretty much nhand42. Though I do know someone who got a southern cross tattoo many years prior to the cronulla riots, when they didn’t have a stigma to them. He’s pretty annoyed that people now associate him as a bogan.

Sammy 9:49 am 15 Sep 10

Yep, it’s the aussie confederate flag. If you display it, you’re a bogan, and you more than likely have country roots.

nhand42 9:19 am 15 Sep 10

I’m pretty sure the Southern Cross has been adopted by the bogan/racist/redneck elements of Australia. It’s like the Confederate Flag in the USA. The only places I see it displayed are on bogan utes, tattoos on bogans, and as flags waved around by drunk bogans.

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