Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Folk ewe

Though I make no bones about the fact that this is far from a personal blog, I do tend to wax poetic about the totally surreal experience of growing up in the rural south. With that in mind, I present you with this delightful slice of life.

While visiting my mother for Thanksgiving I saw this preposterous bit of graffiti on a stop sign in the old neighborhood. My little sister, who still lives on that same mill hill, was nice enough to snap a picture of it for me on her cell phone.

I can only assume the hillbilly hellraiser in question meant to scrawl the expletive “fuck” on the sign. Instead he wrote the significantly less offensive “folk,” which, I suppose, is a homophone if your accent is thick enough.

I weep for the American educational system.

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9 comments:

Church said...

Hmmm. I read that as "STOP Folk (music)"

Matt said...

Yeah, may be the guy just has a thing about folk music?

Z. said...

So this cat just hates Woody Guthrie? ;)

Matt said...

May be he's a purest and doesn't like people using the word folk when they're referring to traditional music. You'd be surprised the number of folks who get their nose out of shape over that kind of stuff. Kind like how I get annoyed when people call all string band music bluegrass.

So, its less 'Stop folk' as in stop playing it and more 'stop folk' as in stop saying it.

Church said...

Interesting take, Matt, but I can't picture those kind of guys spraypainting stop signs!

Shael Riley said...

The artist was expressing his distaste for the musical genre.

-S

Matt said...

Church you may be surprised, those folkies are weird cats. Totally straight lace in someways and fucking bizarre freaks in others. And god can those cats drink. Remind me someday to tell you about the weekend I spent at Merle Fest in Western NC. Pretty much the most perfect musical fest in the world. Just enough structure to keep things moving smoothly while also letting people just exist as they want.

Anonymous said...

lol gang signs

antisoc said...

I think he meant to write "stop, folks" but ran out of space.