Chalk is Cheap! Invercargill Vegan Society members have been drawing positive animal artwork across the city. We use harmless chalk, which washes away in the rain.
Check out our biggest project to date, a tribute to the late Tom Regan by the Water Tower.
Ha, with our “mixed weather” this summer, our messages may only last a few days! We love when appreciative pedestrians ask us what the drawings are about, and we’ve had unanimously had positive feedback. “Good on you, keep up the messages in the newspaper”, “great that you’re getting out there and standing up for what you believe in”
However, we DID have one incident where some young pre-teen boys decided to act tough during the school holidays! You’ll see what they drew soon :-)
We interested many people, pedestrians, mothers with push chairs, cyclists…..and some teenage boys. They hung around making obscene jokes, and eventually asked if they could join in. They weren’t going to be scared off by a couple adults, they were standing over us as we crouched drawing. Taking initiative, we decided to work with them, in getting them to go away. In a school teacherly voice, we told them “we’re drawing in this spot, but choose some chalk and theres a good spot just there”, twenty metres away.
It stopped them asking us “sexual questions”, and it only cost us 10 cents worth of chalk to get rid of them politely, without drama. What’s the worst they could do? :-)
Well, their doodles needed “improving”. We fixed this one up into a cow, advocating people go vegan! You’ll never guess what these rude little boys had originally drawn… :-)
We also tidied up this existing graffiti with chalk and a deep respect for animals :-)
We were trying our best to “convert” people to veganism, but there are some tough cookies out there! After a few days, this “Go Vegan :-)” message had a reply, “NO”! Oh well, it was worth a try! :-)
The new Invercargill Skate Park opening. The very first “tag” was temporary chalk :-)
Our dear friend Pip the rooster died in June 2014. Living just north of Auckland with vegan friends Kath and Bill, we met Pip during our Will Tuttle voyage. He was a lovely little bird, and a great mascot for the “Chicken Appreciators Group” :-)
In June 2014, we met Dr Jane Goodall, presenting her with an award from the Invercargill Vegan Society! We also helped save 465 hens from certain death. A Mosgiel egg farm was closing down, and Dunedin vegan Tayla O’Driscoll launched a project to save as many hens as possible! We were glad to help out such noble work. We celebrated the lives saved by Invercargill adopters with this Queens Park chalk art :-)
For our porcine guitarist friend Pig Freud, star of the VegFest UK festivals :-) Pig Freud is currently playing benefit gigs for grassroots vegan activists. The Invercargill Vegan Society is very honoured to have been picked as a supported group.
Chalk is cheap, and we have a great time leaving positive vegan messages while we chalked the sidewalk :-) Keep an eye out for future street art :-)