Barkers, sandwich boards and, now, the ubiquitous Coroplast arrows held by humans on street corners. You’ve seen them: some wear costumes (Liberty Tax Service provides statue of liberty get ups for their corner-standers) while others seem lucky to have clothes. Some wear ear buds, dance, wave and wag the signs while others just stand there. This report from the Contra Costa Times shows us what we have to look forward to. Meet sign spinner Dijon Rice. Yes, Dijon Rice:

And here’s another video of a sign spinner who seems to take it as seriously as kids used to take skateboarding:

If anyone has seen a professional sign-spinner here in the Pikes Peak region, please let us know where: thebigsomething@krcc.org. Thanks!

 

3 Responses to Human Advertising in Extremis: Sign Spinning

  1. Mary H says:

    The only way I could take the boredom of holding a sign is to throw it around. :) Gotta hand it to them for making the best of it and more.

  2. Darren says:

    Maybe Badger from Breaking Bad wouldn’t have turned to a life of crime had he been able to make enough money from doing these tricks. All he could do was “Helicopter, b*tch!”

  3. adam degraff says:

    sign spinner. sounds very post modern.

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