On the Vienna Stencil Project: Dreams of Anarchy and Violence

08Jan09

In which The Gay Recluse goes abroad.

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We’ve always loved stencils (especially of Andy Warhol), so when we were in Vienna, we spent a lot of time checking out the graffiti stencils. Some of it was maybe really cute? Except does anyone know what this means, or why this girl is laughing, or why 2×3=4? We hope it’s not neo-Nazi propaganda. (h8 skinheadz.)

[Update: Jeff from Gay Power Living writes: The girl is non other than Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Långstrump, aka Pippi Longstocking! Pippi is THE poster child of the punk movement, the anti-Shirley Temple. Astrid Lindgren wanted to create a child character to introduce the concept of dissent, especially against rules of society that children were taught to obey as the truth and never question. I’m guessing the 2×3=4 was Pippi mocking adult logic, her favorite target of rebellion was against adults…]

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This one is maybe a lil more obv. It’s a picture of Barack Obama Ronald Reagan an evil capitalist. Note that this stencil has two colors. Black and Blue = symbol? (h8 u, u$a.)

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This one is sending a message: ___________ . (miss u/h8 u elvis)

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If this were ten years ago, we’d say this was a waste of film. (h8 baseball.)

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This guy is throwing a Molotov cocktail even though one of his hands has already been cut off and he will quickly bleed to death. A pessimistic commentary on revolutionary violence? (h8 when u get ur arm cut off and u bleed 2 death.)

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Don’t you wish more graffiti in Wahi was done with stencils? (miss u Vienna/h8 you Wahi.)



One Response to “On the Vienna Stencil Project: Dreams of Anarchy and Violence”

  1. OMG!!!!

    The girl is non other than Pippilotta Viktualia Rullgardina Krusmynta Efraimsdotter Långstrump, aka Pippi Longstocking! OMG, so sweet that you captured her!

    Pippi is THE poster child of the punk movement, the anti-Shirley Temple. Astrid Lindgren wanted to create a child character to introduce the concept of dissent, especially against rules of society that children were taught to obey as the truth and never question… I’m guessing the 2×3=4 was Pippi mocking adult logic, her favorite target of rebellion was against adults…


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