Here are many more of the pictures that tell the story of the book. From the many people I write about to the city themed tattoos and t-shirts that mark our relationships with our cities to the rituals and traditions that endear our places to us, here are the images that did not make the final cut of the book.
A tattoo is a near permanent connection with your city. I liken it to “marrying” your city. Here are some examples of people that have made that commitment.
Cities have rituals and traditions, and they are often among the most beloved and authentic aspects of that place. Think of Second Lines (the funeral processionals accompanied by jazz bands) in New Orleans. They can be signature aspects of the community that visitors and locals alike appreciate.
Wearing these city themed shirts is a public display of affection for the city. It declares that you have some relationship with that place. Is it love? Maybe–maybe not. But it does mean something when you are willing to buy and pull on that shirt.
Loving relationships are often playful relationships. And play is recognized by psychologists and behavioral scientists as an important and fundamental part of our psyche. We need to play! So how do we play with the city? And how does a city play with us? Public art!