OK, this video of a grafitti artist taggin Air Force One is a fake. Marc Ecko’s speech about “Why I Tagged Air Force One” is pedantic and boring. And instead of using the opportunity for message, he uses it for marketing.
But what a great idea, and what a challenge for some enterprising young tagger or political activist out there.
And don’t talk to me about security. Back in my days of Breaking and Entering for a Good Cause, I learned a variation on that old Godfather saw: “If history teaches us anything, it’s that you can always get around security.”
Roof of the Canadian Embassy in Boston? Fire escape could be pulled to ground level with a simple hook and rope.
Nuclear Test Site in Nevada? They relied on nothing but desert to protect that in 1983. Four of us walked over salt lakes and abandoned mining trails and we were in for a four –day camping trip. “A security guard out here would make the Maytag Repairman look like an overachiever” jested Jon Hinck.
Statue of Liberty? The guard watched TV in his trailer and made his walk around the base on the hour like clockwork. We landed zodiacs at quarter past the hour and put a Hiroshima anniversary message up.
The US Capitol building? We distracted security with a decoy and scaled some scaffolding to put an anti-nuclear message on the dome.
Others in Greenpeace have gotten into UK missile bases, nuclear power plants, and put banners on the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Pyramid of Ghiza, the statue of Christ overlooking Rio… you name it, Greenpeace has bannered it.
Monumental Banners are Free Speech Crimes: not unlike the art crime of grafitti.
So let’s consider. If we could tag Air Force One with any message, what would it be???
Weapon of Mass Deception
No Nukes (except for mine)
Osama was here 😉
If you can read this, you still live in a free country
I brake for nothing. Iraq body count: 35,000
Terrorist on board
Best I can do on one cup of coffee. Help me out here!
P.S. When news of my involvement in the bannering of the Statue of Liberty in 85 reached my mother, she told a friend that I did it “to prove how easily terrorists could get to the statue.” I still haven’t had the conversation with her that begins “Ummmm, actually, Mom.…”