I had an idea to create signs and give them to bums. Everyone has seen a bum holding a sign which the bum author thought was pretty clever. They’re almost always black marker on a torn up piece of cardboard, and usually say something along the lines of “I’ll be honest, I’m gonna spend it on booze.” Sometimes a bum will opt for the more succinct “420”, or a more long winded “My wife was kidnapped and I’m a dollar short for the ransom.” These are all fine, but I’ve always thought there was a huge missed opportunity with bum signs. And why not put a little more craft into the whole thing?
These bastards are 100% hand drawn to evoke maximum emotion and giggles from the bourgeoisie trying their best to ignore the less fortunate.
I’ve drawn up a couple of options. They revolve around 1). Absurd reasons for the bum sitting on the ground (Unemployed mattress tester, retired juggler), 2). Excuses for unemployment or being poor (MySpace CEO, turns out my beanie babies aren’t worth shit), or 3). Ridiculous things for a bum to spend money on (invitro ain’t cheap, Ferrari fund).
If you or someone you know is on the streets, and in need of a decent sign, feel free to take one of these. The project that I was working on got killed, and I’m not homeless, so I have no use for these stupid little pieces of shit.