Stop Drop And Shop

December 27, 2007 at 1:35 pm (amazing things) (, )

Isabel sent me a link to an interesting NYT article about shopdropping. Shopdropping is the opposite of shop-lifting, though sort of in the same spirit; instead of stealing an item, artists and activists carefully leave them behind. Sometimes this is in the name of self-promotion, like leaving copies of one’s self-published book or CD, or slipping one’s card between the pages of books and magazines.* Other times the intentions are more overtly political.

This week an arts group in Oakland, the Center for Tactical Magic, began shopdropping neatly folded stacks of homemade T-shirts into Wal-Mart and Target stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. The shirts feature radical images and slogans like one with the faces of Karl Marx, Che Guevara and Mikhail Bakunin, a Russian anarchist. It says, “Peace on Earth. After we overthrow capitalism.”

“Our point is to put a message, not a price tag, on them,” said Aaron Gach, 33, a spokesman for the group.

So awesome.

And this swings both ways, of course. There have also been instances of Christianists putting flyers in LGBT and science sections of bookstores.

This sort of activism is definitely something I would like to more of, and more aggressively than we have before. We’ll surely blog it if we do, unless it’s something so incredibly hardcore that blogging about it would be unwise.

* Emily and I have done this! it was a lot of fun, though I have no idea how successful.

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