Ant Nostalgia

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Ant Nostalgia
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By Pat Fish

Forty-three years ago Mark Secosh and I did a mad series of antics, installing thirty-eight 38" ants on buildings all over Santa Barbara. The best one was on the 8th floor of the Granada Theatre, accomplished by leaning out the window of the KTYD radio studios.

We brought along other people on the Ant Patrol events, telling them we wanted them to brag about being chosen to participate but swearing them to secrecy about who the Ant Crew were. The stencil was originally brought from Wisconsin, where it troubled small town America, and then it began the reign of confusion in a new slightly more sophisticated place, that we chose to re-christen Anta Barbara.

Yes, it was a bit like tagging, but it was also performance art and tonight I am in a reminiscent mood for a more innocent time. Locals may remember having seen some of the other locations, all were very public.

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ZeroHawk Jan 03, 2022 02:01 PM
Ant Nostalgia

interesting....and now i am seeing the same thing around town in various odd places...with a pterodactyl stencil

Blue Onion Jan 03, 2022 03:18 PM
Ant Nostalgia

I remember driving up State Street, seeing ant for the first time, dark black - looked like a real ant climbing up the building, so cool! - Perhaps I was on my way to State and Valerio, home of the original Blue Onion (home of current IHop)

Minibeast Jan 03, 2022 05:21 PM
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TIL: Some species of Pterodactyls were the size of F-16 Fighters Jets (wingspan = 33 feet). Other Pterodactyls were as small as paper airplanes.

Minibeast Jan 03, 2022 05:22 PM
Ant Nostalgia

Dang it. "Fighter," not "Fighters."

ZeroHawk Jan 04, 2022 10:22 AM
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Mini, THAT is really cool info!

ParvoPup Jan 03, 2022 08:34 PM
Ant Nostalgia

Needs to be updated.

May I suggest stencils of the common spiky coronavirus?

3P14159 Jan 04, 2022 06:56 AM
Ant Nostalgia

New Orleans has "celebrated" their cockroaches for as long as I can remember. But, I hear that Miralago takes the cake.

Luvaduck Jan 04, 2022 07:49 AM
Ant Nostalgia

Graffiti is graffiti and draws more "artists". I have a SOH but it doesn't involve painting things that don't belong to me.

ZeroHawk Jan 04, 2022 10:20 AM
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ok Luvaduck...you sure like to pee on the party don't ya...

Ahchooo Jan 04, 2022 03:59 PM
Ant Nostalgia

Sense of humor =SOH. I had to look it up.

Phantom Blot Jan 04, 2022 08:44 AM
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The Statute of Limitations must have passed on this one, Oh Mystery Artist! Thank you for your bit of renegade culture, adding a touch of spice to our lives, causing us to wonder.

a-1641384598 Jan 05, 2022 04:09 AM
Ant Nostalgia

I'm too old to remember how long I've known it was done by Pat.

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