Friday, January 29, 2010

Fooling the robbers

So, what do you think? Will the next bunch of heist-happy hooligans pass on my Honda? It's not easy to think this stuff up, people. Even if Magritte got there first.

If you want to see actual red cars, I understand there are shoals of them here, and a peripatetic interview with poet Nual Ní Chonchúir.

18 comments:

Tom said...

most can't even read english.

Eva said...

The pipe was not a pipe, because it was just a picture of a pipe. But what about this car?

Rick said...

Heh, for someone who was going to cut down on the "thinky" (unless I've completely misunderstood your meaning!) you're getting downright existential this week. I'm not complaining! In fact, this is not a comment...

Cláudia said...

Are you going to fool robbers with this? Maybe not. Most likely the French words will scare them off! Your Honda will be protected by an aura of glamour, art, erudition, surrealism, hermeticism - that will teach bandits a lesson!

I loved the link and the peripatetic interview. Your blog is certainly the perfect place to learn new vocabulary!

justdoodleit said...

For French speaking, Magritte familiar, hooligans only!

Kaetlyn Wilcox said...

Now that I've thoroughly appreciated the art historical reference, I'm getting practical. It's unexpected and a car thief (I'm just going to go ahead and stereotype here) probably won't understand it--a lot of people are uncomfortable with things that they don't understand. This one little out-of-the-ordinary touch might just be enough to make someone move on to another voiture rouge.

Charles Gramlich said...

You lost me.

Fresca said...

You know how public signage comes in different languages these days (here, the public signs, for instance, are often in some combination of English, Spanish, Somali, and Hmong, depending)?

Well, this crossed my mind as I read your anti-theft sign. Will the robbers know French? Perhaps it should be in multiple languages?

But mostly, it just made me smile.
You're a treat.

ArtSparker said...

Cláudia - Or it could get its shiny red a** kicked, that's the down side.

Charles - my car was stolen in November and used in a bank robbery, after which I had to pay hefty impound fees to get it back - not to mention the fine for the toll the robbers neglected to pay. This was an experiment in making it less attractive as an inconspicuous crime spree vehicle. I peeled the letters off. Now I'm thinking of a giant mustache on the hood.

Ginga Squid said...

No way - only in America!!!!!!!!!!!! That is so very not fair.

Totalfeckineejit said...

Ironically by turning your Honda (nice looking car, Sparkey) into an iconic piece of AutoArt it will be sought after by Art thieves around the globe!

Karen said...

I can't believe you really had to pay the impoundment fees! Love your car incognito.

Titus said...

Biggest smile all day! Even though the boys both got "Pupil of the Week" for reading with expression and showing great understanding. Of what, or who, one wonders?

Utterly delightful, and so, so clever.

Jasmine said...

If only those bank robbers spoke French! Very amusing.

subby said...

Tom has a point.

And along with of the giant mustache, add a big pair of glasses, heh, heh...

Too bad the crooks will never atone for this...

Bungy32 said...

I suppose a mustache is the next step. Or maybe a urinal on the hood? A quick skip from Magritte to Duchamp?

(50 Surrealist dollars if you illustrate "Red Car Descending a Staircase" and post it here!)

Jenny Woolf said...

You could always take the Honda to France

Isabel said...

pas rouge, huh ;)

This reminded me about one of of my first times in New York City, when I saw a handwritten cardboard taped to the inside of the driver's window that read:

"I don't have a radio"