Choose Your Own Adventure in Graffiti
July 13, 2007 9:22 AM   Subscribe

The mission stencil story is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure story that takes place on the sidewalks of the Mission district in San Francisco. Via
posted by jonson (14 comments total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Haven't looked at it yet, but I'm looking forward to checking it out later. I'm assuming it'll somehow include running down wandering mariachi bands while trying to buy drugs at the Bart Station. Am I wrong?
posted by miss lynnster at 9:32 AM on July 13, 2007

viral advert for a burrito stand?

seriously, this is cool, and I'm surprised it hasn't been done before.
posted by desjardins at 9:37 AM on July 13, 2007

I'm hoping it ends with them drunk off their asses at 3am and stumbling into a taqueria for burritos.
posted by Hicksu at 9:40 AM on July 13, 2007 [1 favorite]

THis is very cool, and a part of the all of the sidewalk graffiti which until now has consisted of odes to love, e.g., "With hope anything is possible" and "I've waited my whole for you" and so on, and rants against gentifrication "Mr. Seahorse knows that gentrification kills souls" (with a delightful, delicate picture of a seahorse).

Its a love story. And really fun to follow. I keep running across it in my travels around the mission.
posted by zia at 9:41 AM on July 13, 2007

It does have them meet in Tartine at the corner of 18th and Guerrero, but no burritos or mariachi bands.
posted by zia at 9:42 AM on July 13, 2007

Hicksu, I think it will end at Elbo Room waiting for teh tamale lady or bacon hot dogs at 3am.
posted by subaruwrx at 9:43 AM on July 13, 2007

I'm surprised it hasn't been done before.

Desjardins: it has, actually. Take a look at Implementation, a novel by Nick Montfort and Scott Rettberg. And I doubt they're the first.
posted by honest knave at 10:07 AM on July 13, 2007

Desjardins: it has, actually

A choose-your-own-adventure overlaid on a physical place? I think thats what desjardins meant and if not, it what I mean when I agree. Implementation doesn't seem to be the same thing at all.
posted by vacapinta at 10:11 AM on July 13, 2007

While not a choose-your-own adventure, Implementation is a story overlaid on urban space, so it's similar in that sense. But you're right in that Montfort and Rettberg don't tell readers where to go.
posted by honest knave at 10:15 AM on July 13, 2007

I love Mr. Seahorse and the other stencils; I'll go look for these in my Mission wanderings.
posted by gingerbeer at 10:22 AM on July 13, 2007

This is fantastic. The way the fpp was worded, I thought this was an online game that is set in San Fran.
posted by empath at 11:06 AM on July 13, 2007

But you're right in that Montfort and Rettberg don't tell readers where to go.

They also don't tell people where to put the stickers, wheras the authors of the Mission project obviously have full control over the location.
posted by desjardins at 11:15 AM on July 13, 2007

Neat. My dad was in the Mission the other day and stumbled across a few of these randomly. He was intrigued and took a few pictures, but didn't know what the hell they were about. I'll pass this along.
posted by brundlefly at 12:20 PM on July 13, 2007

Hmm. It sounded interesting ... until I read some of them on Flickr. Does it get any better?

What's funny is that I live right in the middle of this story (and I love that house I think they're talking about on 21st/Guerrero), but I've seen nary a one of these on my sidewalks. Perhaps I've been tainted by all the lame "Marriage - Gay Shame" or "All I Think About Is You" stencils and just ignore them.
posted by mrgrimm at 2:00 PM on July 13, 2007

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