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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Knit Wit For Japanese Tourists

Yes… that is a real tour bus covered in knitting yarn.

Parked in front of the  northwest corner of the Plaza Luis Cabrera at Colonia Roma, México D. F., you might wonder what the hell this has to do with Japan. Well… check out its route destination at the top front of the bus: Japanese!

This knit graffiti was the brainchild of Maga Sayeg, who founded an art group called Knitta Please, back in Houston, Texas in 2005. Her and her cadre of rebel knitters are known for wrapping public architecture like buses, lampposts, parking meters etc. with knitted or crocheted material.

Known as 'knit graffiti', 'yarn storming' and 'yarnbombing', Sayeg's group took it upon themselves to make street art more warm and fuzzy. Along with patience and skill, the group has a sense of humor.

Now, I'm no expert, but I do believe that the bus in the photo above (taken by Cesar Ortega) is a crocheted slipcover.

I assume they took the measurements of the bus, crocheted the hell for a week or three and came back one night to place it over the bus. I can imagine them standing there and crocheting the slip cover directly onto the bus.

"Hey vato! (Mexican Spanish slang for 'dude') what are you doing to my bas (bus)?"
"… (Speaks Spanish but doesn't realize thats what they speak in Mexico)."
"Do I come to your neighborhood and mess it up?"
"You know this is going to mess up the air-conditioning inside!"
"This serape (Mexican blanket) better be made in Mexico!"

Okay, that was a lame attempt a humor, and I apologize. 

Anyhow… membership in the Knitta Please grew over the years with sister groups popping up all over the U.S., South Africa, Scandinavia (Damn you, Wikipedia! I assume this means some of the countries in Scandinavia because Scandinavia is not a country), and Japan.

Anyhow… you can check out a website with some information on Magda Sayeg HERE.

Andrew Joseph

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