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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Monsieur Chat

About a year and a half ago, Mister Cat was arrested for tagging a building. He has been tagging places starting from Paris to Geneva and New York for over 10 years, with the most endearing yellow cat with sardonic smile. Personally, I don't think it's fancy graffiti but it would brighten up my day if I saw the cat on the gray walls of asbestos filled buildings in Tokyo. Anyway this former fine arts student actually runs an art workshop for disadvantaged children!

Apparently in the 2002 protests in Paris against the war in Iraq, the cat's image was used in the protesters' placards! A documentary made by French artist Chris Marker entitled Chats Perch├ęs ('The Case of the Grinning Cat') brought international recognition to the yellow cat. Read more about it here.



Now I can't wait to get me a yellow Murphey cat!

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