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August 10, 2008 12:21 AM   Subscribe

New uses for skips. Skip recipes. Find a skip. Public domain occupation with skips. Guerrilla art skips. Skipcar. [Via]
posted by parudox (11 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
Ok, I get that you can do hecka cool things with these random hexagonal containers.

Now what were they initially used for? I have never seen anything close to resembling a skip.
posted by clearly at 12:58 AM on August 10, 2008


Apparently it's a ubiquitous (in UK and other places) small dumpster thing.
posted by parudox at 1:21 AM on August 10, 2008


As someone who still skateboards, I can't imagine skating a minipipe made out of one of those.

Boy are those some tight trannies.
posted by loquacious at 1:49 AM on August 10, 2008


alt.genderFilter: Boy are those some tight trannies.
posted by subgear at 3:01 AM on August 10, 2008


Kevin Harman's skip art is fantastic. The other piece for his degree show was good, too: he pinched doormats from houses on rather well-to-do streets, leaving a note suggesting that people should ask their neighbours what had happened to the mat, then later invited his victims to a party at the Edinburgh College of Art to claim their property. (The involvement of the police and a few threatening letters aside, most folk loved it.)
posted by jack_mo at 3:46 AM on August 10, 2008


I found a homeless guy sleeping in the door-type skip eons ago. Freaked me the heck out, I even called the cops reporting "dead guy in dumpster", but he was just sleeping giving me enough of a scare to make me stop dumpster-hopping cold turkey. (One could often find great furniture in them back then)
posted by dabitch at 4:04 AM on August 10, 2008


I used to get called 'skip' a lot.
posted by pompomtom at 4:37 AM on August 10, 2008


Are skips always open-topped like that? How do you keep random people from throwing in their own trash?
posted by octothorpe at 7:27 AM on August 10, 2008


Some of those are pretty clever.
posted by eratus at 12:24 PM on August 10, 2008


Are skips always open-topped like that? How do you keep random people from throwing in their own trash?

There's one in my street just now that has a roof and doors, so to speak, and it's locked up at night. I've never noticed that one like that before, though, and it's kind of a given that when you hire a skip, chancers will come along and fill it up with their rubbish (or, if you have cool rubbish, people will make off with it - that's how I got the chest of drawers that's in my bedroom).
posted by jack_mo at 3:33 PM on August 10, 2008


Are skips always open-topped like that? How do you keep random people from throwing in their own trash?

By filling it before they do. Or, more often, you don't.
posted by pompomtom at 5:27 PM on August 10, 2008


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