Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Awesome Movie Alert! Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles

A quest for fishnets and subculture cachet led me and many of my safety-pinned friends to South Street in the mid 90’s. I could have been a senior in high school or a first year in vocational college – I can’t remember much about 1994 through 1998 (users are loser, kids). But I do remember looking down at some point during my super cool combat boot-clad strut and noticing this:

Near 5th & South.
It looked a lot better back then.  But I dismissed it.  I catalogued it as street art, possibly the product from someone with mental health issues and an art background, a classification I would later use to describe all of my best friends. But, back to the 90’s.  I continued to see these “tiles” in the street, at intersections, sometimes even in the middle of the road. We all saw them, but most of us didn’t really give them much thought.  I proceeded to take these tiles existence for granted for the next 10+ years…until last night.