Monday, May 23, 2011

Duct Tape Is Vulgar

Photo courtesy Flickr

Thanks probably to the magazine Ready Made, duct tape is creeping into the mainstream
as an all-purpose construction amenity. There’s a whole culture of duct tape artifacts now. The first one I recall was a wallet.

For slap-it-on assembly that shows, I prefer the more flexible matte black gaffer’s tape, my all-purpose pressure sensitive binder, that leaves no residue. The convenience of storing only one tape makes up for the extra expense of using a standard film industry supply.

That said, vulgar ain’t half bad, and the local university book vendor offers vulgar squared: duct tape printed with Kar Kulchur flames. I’ll be keeping an eye out for it on the street, and I’d bet that the first place I see it is across the worn tennis shoe of a graduate student.

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