DON'T HONK IF YOU'RE HORNY
For this year’s political season, I’ve designed a new bumper sticker and brochure to mail to my 200+ constituents, as well as a few others—like the MTA department presidents; the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission; the commissioners of Transportation and Cultural Affairs; Hugh Hefner; Brooklyn Woodwind & Brass (a horn retailer); President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; Vice President Joe Biden; Bernie 2016; Hillary for America; Bill Clinton; the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s musical instruments department; magician David Blaine; Lynne Tillman; Brian Lehrer; and many artists I admire.
Don’t know who to vote for? Don’t honk if you’re horny!
I believe this work cannot be weakened by appropriation—in fact, that would only strengthen the Global Horny movement. It would warm my heart if the Don’t Honk if You’re Horny phrase was co-opted into mass consumer culture, emblazoned on a t-shirt hanging outside a souvenir shop on Canal Street in New York City, or among the graphic tees at an Urban Outfitters or Hot Topic.
Don’t Honk if You’re Horny is an ongoing project that I started in 2015.
With Hunter’s MFA studios situated at entrance of the Holland Tunnel, the noise of constant honking, especially during rush hour, pollutes the environment. In an attempt to combat the honking I painted the words, “Don’t Honk if You’re Horny” on the window of my studio, which faced eastbound traffic on Canal and Watts Streets. While the honking didn’t necessarily stop (maybe it lessened), for me, the words shifted my perspective on the noise. Just think about all those un-horny people stuck in traffic :(
But when it’s silent ;)
After a couple of months the painted words were removed at the request by a neighboring building. This censorship led me to bring my message to the street in the form of bumper stickers. During rush hour, I handed out Don’t Honk if You’re Horny bumper stickers to cars, trucks, buses, and taxis stuck in traffic.
Contextual reading: NYTimes article, Stop the Honking? New York Suggests It's a Lost Cause