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YouTube Video of Saint Louis Buy Nothing Day 2002 by Aaron Michaels
|| 12/20/2008 || 2:55 pm || Comments Off on YouTube Video of Saint Louis Buy Nothing Day 2002 by Aaron Michaels || ||

Earlier this week I decided to add this archived video to the repository known as YouTube. I’ve had it for 6 years now and decided to finally upload the video because I could not find anywhere else on-line. I still feel the message that we were delivering then is the same as now: don’t go into debt buying presents for others during the holiday season and if you must give presents, try making them first.

The article that was published in the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch regarding this demonstration was the first time my name appeared in newspapers. The story behind this video goes like this….

On October 2nd, 2002 I created a Yahoo Group dedicated to the planning of Buy Nothing Day in Saint Louis. After a few planning meetings and e-mail discussions, the members of group decided to create giant credit cards that we’d drag around the malls in the Saint Louis area. We also produced & handed out fliers with suggestions on how to avoid going into debt during the holiday season.

This video by Aaron Michaels highlights the news coverage we generated and documents the message we were advocating. The first part is a music video featuring a modified Christmas carol sung by Sara Lucas spliced with footage from the news & us dragging the cards and handing out fliers. The second part of the video features news clips & interviews with participants highlighting why chose to demonstrate. I show up around 4:35 into the video.


I haven’t gone out of the way to purchase gifts for my family this year. Its nice that we’ve stopped doing the gifts for nearly 10 years now. I am going to Colorado next week to visit some of my family and I feel my presence will be the best gift I can give to rarely-seen family. Interestingly, I think yesterday’s commissioned map follows closely with this video’s messaging because the client was asking me to make her a gift. It wasn’t like client decided to hitup Walmart for the gift that millions of others might get, rather she went for something that’s truly one of kind.


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Globe Graffiti – Continued
|| 4/8/2008 || 2:01 pm || Comments Off on Globe Graffiti – Continued || ||

Las month I posted photographs of the aftermath of DEBT tagging my friend’s antique globe that I had once used in an art installation. Today, via DECOY’s blog, I find censored pictures of DEBT in action.

Also, for the visually astute, the painting in the background by DECOY (I believe it’s called “Two Headed Monster”) was used as the cover of the popular book The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu.



Globe Graffiti
|| 3/11/2008 || 9:19 am || Comments Off on Globe Graffiti || ||

Back in September of 2006, my friend Alex let me borrow his antique globe to use as a prop in my outdoor exhibition “North, South, East, Westminster.” I felt it made an excellent addition to the installation and was very thankful for being allowed to use the globe. I returned it unscratched and without any new additions.

Fast forward a year and half. Alex lets a street artist and good friend of mine named DECOY borrow the globe. While she was out of her apartment one day, her friend and fellow street artist, DEBT decided to “appreciate” the globe with some his artistic stylings. Click on the pictures below to be taken to her blog entry.

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I am in the Saint Louis Post Dispatch!
|| 11/30/2002 || 12:13 am || Comments Off on I am in the Saint Louis Post Dispatch! || ||

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Nikolas Schiller, 22, of Ballwin, a student at George Washington University, said security officers inside the Galleria were not so accommodating when he tried to hand out “Buy Nothing Day” leaflets inside the mall.

He said he left when they threatened to have him arrested for trespassing.

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