The Long Arm of the Lawless

sprey_schemeIf you want to write on a billboard that’s too high to reach, you can either get a ladder (which isn’t particularly convenient) or build a spray can extension rod:

Obtain a broom handle or another solid, strong but lightweight wooden pole (#1 in the illustration). At one end cut out a wedge, half the width of the pole. Fit a flat metal bar to the remaining wood (#2).

About 30 cm from this bar (or the height of your spray can), attach a support clamp on which the can will rest (#3). Fit an angle bracket on each side of the pole, about 20 cm from the end (#4).

The spray can should fit between these brackets. Tie a length of plastic coated wire to the flat metal bar (#2) and feed it through a hole in the support clamp (#3) and the screw-eyes attached along the length of the pole (#5). This wire, when pulled, will press down the nozzle and spray the paint.

An optional extra is the roll-top of a deodorant bottle, fitted to the end of the support clamp (#6). This will help maintain an even distance between the spray can and the billboard. You may have to experiment a bit to get the right measurements to fit your can of spray paint.

Although these extension rods are clumsy to use at first, with practice they become very effective. Weigh the advantages of daytime versus night. Alternatively, paint your message on a piece of wallpaper (in large dark letters) in the comfort of your own home. This can be pasted over your chosen billboard using a long-handled broom and a bucket of wallpaper paste.

This is not meant to be taken seriously; it’s purely for entertainment.

- Smashing the Image Factory: A Complete Manual of Billboard Subversion and Destruction

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