First, to be clear: I don’t want to be arrested and will do nothing illegal to encourage it. Though I have to be up in 2.5 hours to catch the train to Occupy Wall Street, I just wanted to share a fun(ny) creative moment that’s very useful to all Occupations.
As I said, I will do everything to avoid being arrested, but I will also do everything to protect the continued occupation of Zuccotti Park to the extent that it does not abuse the park or locals. (I’m glad drumming was reduced to 2 hours a day between 1100 and 1700.) The effort to avoid arrest may come into conflict with defending the occupation.
So I wanted to be prepared in case I come down on the wrong end of that equation. Since this movement began many have been arrested for unjust reasons. I’ve seen enough videos and photos of wrists bloodied and purple fingers. So I just spent half an hour of precious sleeping time making ridiculous Conan-like leather bracers to keep my wrists from being lacerated or my circulation cut off if I’m zip-cuffed. When I couldn’t find the nylon twine to lace the bracers up, I became frustrated because I’d rather be in bed.
Suddenly I realized I could just wrap my forearms in duct tape. Of course that would hurt coming off, but more importantly it would strip a precise area of your arms of hair for a long time…which could look somewhat institutional if you work professional environments. Then I thought to cut the footie off a crappy old sock I should have thrown out years ago anyway and use it as a lining for a duct-tape bracer (above). Not only can I use old socks, but I can probably peel off and reuse the tape, thus keeping my hair—which you can see would be conspicuous in its absence.
We can’t all afford leather, tools, eyelets and whatnot. But we can surely all afford socks and duct tape. The latter is always around Occupy sites anyway. I’ll have my tape and scissors at dawn if you have the socks.