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For Thirty Euros, A Palestinian Artist Will Tag The West Bank Wall For You
February 25, 2009 9:24 PM   Subscribe

For €30, a Palestinian artist will tag the West Bank wall for you.
posted by Fiasco da Gama (36 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I wonder if he does advertisements, like "Eat Bernstein's Pork Products."
posted by jonp72 at 9:30 PM on February 25, 2009 [2 favorites]



For €30, a Palestinian artist will tag the West Bank wall for you.

...in kidprint font.

For another €30, he will spell your name right.
posted by clearly at 9:31 PM on February 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


For another €50,000 he will write your name on the other side.
posted by clearly at 9:33 PM on February 25, 2009 [12 favorites]


I wish I knew about this before christmas.
posted by pompomtom at 9:37 PM on February 25, 2009


For another €50,000,000 he will write your name on the western wall.
posted by blue_beetle at 9:58 PM on February 25, 2009


This is terrorism, right?
posted by dhartung at 10:01 PM on February 25, 2009


And for less than €30 he won't do anything at all.
posted by TwelveTwo at 10:35 PM on February 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


For €29 I'll photo shop a picture of the the west bank wall and say I tagged it, but you're welcome to hop down to the west bank and verify it yourself!
posted by delmoi at 10:43 PM on February 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


And just to get the joke out of the way: €30, same as in town.
posted by Fiasco da Gama at 10:47 PM on February 25, 2009 [2 favorites]


Be cool if he could paint one of those Wiley E. Coyote tunnels on the wall. Or a Deathrace 2000 detour.
posted by salishsea at 10:53 PM on February 25, 2009


For €30, I want the Wailing Wall.
posted by grobstein at 11:37 PM on February 25, 2009 [1 favorite]


I wonder if he has discounts on Simon and Garfunkel and Pink Floyd quotes. Or a Robert Frost Commemorative Special.
posted by darth_tedious at 1:04 AM on February 26, 2009


How much to coordinate an event where people back up a truck and pull over some of the concrete wall segments?

you'll want some media present.
posted by dunkadunc at 1:49 AM on February 26, 2009


Banksy did it for free.
posted by twoleftfeet at 1:54 AM on February 26, 2009 [2 favorites]


For 30千, an army of laid-off migrant workers will spray paint an entire section of the Great Wall for you. For 30万, the project will get government approval.
posted by klue at 2:07 AM on February 26, 2009


For £3, I'll spray paint any Natwest Bank wall of your choosing and mail you a rendition of the work in oil, used Zimbabwean currency and elephant dung.
posted by MuffinMan at 3:37 AM on February 26, 2009


Huh. I think it's an amazing idea. It made me think about the wall and the people inside it a little differently than I have in the past, and I think this guy might be €30 richer from me in the near future.
posted by ~ at 3:57 AM on February 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Future archeologists will assume that Israel and Palestine were divided by a mysterious organization known simply as "Golden Palace."
posted by Stonestock Relentless at 4:12 AM on February 26, 2009 [17 favorites]


How much extra do I gotta pay if he gets shot in the process?
posted by gman at 4:13 AM on February 26, 2009


This is one smart guy.
posted by orme at 4:22 AM on February 26, 2009


This is one smart guy.

Yeah, and that's part of the meta-story, too. Who knew that hustling web dorks could be humanizing?
posted by ~ at 4:48 AM on February 26, 2009


Israel should support protestors painting the wall. Art lets them express their grievances without killing people. Isn't the whole point of the wall to force people to chill out & eventually talk?
posted by jeffburdges at 5:35 AM on February 26, 2009


Will he paint "We, Palestine, offer our surrender" for €30?
posted by Pod at 6:01 AM on February 26, 2009


If you get you and your lover's name spray painted there, is it optimism that you think you'll want your beloved as long as the two sides fight, or is it pessimism that you think their war will never end?
posted by Phalene at 6:22 AM on February 26, 2009 [4 favorites]


We need "the people on the other side of this wall are liars and cannot be trusted" painted on both sides of the wall.

Then we can bring in a few busloads of 8th grade math students to conclude the peace process.
posted by snuffleupagus at 7:01 AM on February 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


And for $4 billion a year Israel will paint the ground with him.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 7:17 AM on February 26, 2009 [2 favorites]


I, I can remember
Tagging by the wall
And the guns shot above our heads
And we kissed, for €30 is all
posted by digsrus at 7:20 AM on February 26, 2009


... Isn't the whole point of the wall to force people to chill out & eventually talk?

... sarcasm?
posted by odinsdream at 8:19 AM on February 26, 2009


No, dhartung, this is art.

The two are often confused, but only one sends a message.
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 9:42 AM on February 26, 2009


No, dhartung, this is art.

The two are often confused, but only one sends a message.
posted by Mr. Anthropomorphism at 12:42 PM on February 26 [+] [!]

I am generally not confused by this, though the idea of a Gallagher like terrorist crushing the skulls of innocents with a giant mallet for his art is amusing to me.

And though I am sort of cynically derisive of this "tagging" idea (as I picture all the smug people "supporting both art and a liberation movement, at the same time!"), I think that this is probably a good thing. Dialogue, plus sending money (hopefully) to those who need it is a win.
posted by rosswald at 10:36 AM on February 26, 2009


And not to derail but:

And for $4 billion a year Israel will paint the ground with him.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 10:17 AM on February 26 [1 favorite +] [!]

is (imho) unfair, uncalled for, and just plain stupid. A person (an idiot) could just as easily say "and for 72 virgins, a palestinian will paint the walls with israeli blood" HARDEE HAR HAR. Both of these statements are retarded, inflamatory, and very loosely based in reality. .02
posted by rosswald at 10:41 AM on February 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


I remember in primary school (must have been like 91 or 92 at the latest), a boy in my class brought to school a small chunk of the Berlin Wall his father had bought. Not only was it actually pretty cool in itself, but it had half a German word scrawled on it in electric blue. Nobody knew what it was meant to say, but I get some great satisfaction from believing it was a crude word that a group of ten year olds were poring over.

In that vein, I think €30 for the chance that in 40 years time there will be a chunk of my West Bank Wall graffiti in a museum, being photographed and stared at by schoolchildren is well worth it. Especially if the only half the word survives, and the kids have to ponder just what word the letters 'Tat-' were meant to be spelling.

Either that, or I ask them to write, 'Ceci n'est pas un mur.'
posted by Sova at 10:56 AM on February 26, 2009


I suppose plaintext is all you get in a region where "bombing" has unpleasant connotations...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 11:00 AM on February 26, 2009


How much is a photoshop registration in Palestine?
posted by fistynuts at 3:34 PM on February 26, 2009


A person (an idiot) could just as easily say "and for 72 virgins, a palestinian will paint the walls with israeli blood"

Well that would be idiotic because it's terribly delivered. Doesn't flow right. If you went with "and for 72 virgins, a Palestinian will paint the walls with himself", you'd have something. You have to emphasize the concept of the splatter, not the blood. This is Middle East Peace Process Comedy 101, people.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 4:30 PM on February 26, 2009 [1 favorite]


Plus, my government isn't giving the Palestinians any virgins.
posted by Baby_Balrog at 4:55 PM on February 26, 2009


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