Dig this brilliantly-devised graffiti artists coat, lined with cans of colored spray paint: genius! It is the perfect example of devising/hacking/creating tools for your own unique needs and vision.

It reminds us this principle from Bruce Mau’s Incomplete Manifesto for Growth:

Make your own tools. Hybridize your tools in order to build unique things. Even simple tools that are your own can yield entirely new avenues of exploration. Remember, tools amplify our capacities, so even a small tool can make a big difference.

photo via Tumblr ?

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6 replies on “graffiti artist’s custom tool coat for making art on-the-fly

  1. No, I had no idea about this terrible tragedy. Thanks for letting me know. So this coat is something of a memorial. But so sad.

  2. Is this Bruce McGee’s coat? Looks like he used wishbones to make a sign.

  3. What eagle eyes you have. Hadn’t noticed the wishbones. Brilliant. The image was unattributed, but it makes sense that it might be his.

  4. Sorry, I can’t say that this is okay. I live in an inner-city neighborhood where surfaces get graffittied all of the time. Typically, the painters are white, middle-class folks–they are not local residents. Why do you suppose that is?

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