Missed Connections: The Coming and Going of Bicycles (that’s life)

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Thursday, August 27, 2009
sorry your bike got stolen. its beautiful. when some guy offered it to me for 40 bucks, i didnt even think twice. i was drunk, missing my bike and figured if not me, someone else would buy it anyways. also, my bike got stolen last week. who knows, maybe you bought it for 40 bucks from some guy on the street. so if you see me riding it, feel free to say hey. maybe we could trade back. if not, you can buy it from me for 40 bucks. id buy my old bike back for 40 bucks. it was way more comfortable than this one.

Craigslist’s Missed Connections as Art

by Jenna Wortham | NY Times

Some browse the “Missed Connections” section on Craigslist in the hopes of spotting a posting from the dapper gent they exchanged a glance with in the checkout line. Others read the listings purely for entertainment.

Sophie Blackall, an illustrator living in Brooklyn, N.Y., saw it as an endless goldmine of material.

“I got completely sucked in,” she said. “I lost about two hours of my life reading them and thought this is just an extraordinary mine of material, ranging from the lyrical, poetic to unintentionally hilarious. Many of them threw out ideas for images to me right away.”

Ms. Blackall, who works full-time as an editorial illustrator and illustrator of children’s books, (most notably, the “Ivy and Bean” series about an unlikely friendship) set to transforming the postings into a series of playful prints using Chinese ink and watercolor. In addition to Craigslist, she says she also pulls from classified ads in the Village Voice and Web sites exclusively dedicated to the digital message-in-a-bottle style listings.

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Sophie Blackall | Missed Connections

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