Having a Wartime Pin-ups party is an easy and
fun way to combat the isolation engendered by
the present political climate and to make a
political statement that reaches a lot of people.
The idea originated as a contradiction to the
traditional wartime pin-ups which are displayed
in barracks. Our "Pin-ups" are photo-copied
8 1/2" X II" collages of pictures
and print from the popular press that have been
subverted to express our thoughts. Below we
list an outline of what we did.
(1) Invite 4-10 friends for a 3-4 hour party
and ask them to bring over magazines, newspapers,
scissors, white glue, glue sticks and perhaps
(2) Have approximately 100 sheets of 8 1/2"
X II" white paper on hand.
(3) A paper drop cloth made the final clean
up of the paper clippings much easier.
(1) To help get started, look through the publications
cutting out ANY phrase or picture that catches
your eye. You do not need to be developing an
idea of the finished Pin-up yet.
(2) Pool everyone's clippings and see which
ones work well with each other. Once you get
an idea, you can work individually or communally
to produce the final Pin-up. Since the collages
will be photo-copied, be aware that high contrast
pictures work best and that light blue copies
as white and red copies as black.
(3) Layout the clippings on an 8 1/2" X
11" sheet of paper and glue them down lightly.
(4) Within an hour or two, you should have many
striking comments on our transgression in the
gulf and other related issues.
(1) Photo-copy several sets of the finished
Pin-ups from the originals for each of the participants.
If you wish, you can put a Wartime Pin-ups logo
on each which consists of a peace sign followed
by "War Time Pin-ups." Affixing an
identifying logo helps us notice our proliferation
(2) Each participant can then affix them in
prominent public places, such as, airports,
train and bus stations, shopping malls, corporations,
defense contractors, government buildings, museums,
etc. We found that it was easy and fun to put
them up inside bathroom stalls for people to
ponder in private. This kind of installation
was in keeping with the traditional war time
pin-ups that were enjoyed in private lockers.
Send them to friends to copy and be put up across
the nation and the world. Trade them like baseball
cards. Please use tape and no wheat paste or
glue; we want to educate not to anger workers
who would have to clean.
Have a great time and if you
get the chance, send a few of your Wartime Pin-ups
me to let me know how it went. I would
love to see copies of your posters.
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