“Pee On Me” Trump Busts Pop Up Across Brooklyn
Several small statues of President Donald Trump, as he looked circa 1980, with yellow signs reading “Pee on me” are popping up throughout Brooklyn. The statues encourage people to let their dogs (and possibly the people themselves?) to urinate on the bust of Trump which is placed atop a small patch of astroturf. The author of the statuettes says people’s reaction was “some of the greatest reactions anyone has ever had to anything, ever.”
The statues were placed throughout Park Slope last Friday evening, near the intersection of Union and 7th, Daily Mail reports.
The astroturf they’re placed on has been sprayed with dog potty-training aids that actually encourage any dogs who happen to be passing by to relieve themselves.
The “author” of the masterpieces is advertising professional Phil Gable, who runs the brand content studio Porcupine Armadillo. Gable explained that he used the much more youthful 1980’s version of Trump because he believes that’s how the president views himself.
“I went with the younger-looking Trump because I think that’s probably how he sees himself, especially when he’s paying Russian escorts for golden showers...”
What inspired him? Aside from promoting his company (“the kind of people who appreciate this sort of thing are also the kind of people I love to work with”), Gable told Gothamist:
It was partly a public service. As a dog owner, I know people get understandably annoyed when dogs pee on their flower beds. But a dog’s instinct to pee where another dog has previously peed is quite strong. They need positive places to pee. If you reward them enough for peeing in appropriate places, that’s the best way to keep them from peeing in places that annoy people. So I sprayed the whole thing down with a dog potty-training aid to make it attractive to initial users. I think we’ll have critical mass very soon.
And it was largely just a personal expression of my own disdain for Donald Trump, both as a President and a human being. I find it cathartic anytime I can express disdain through comedy, especially if it’s related to politics. And this case, it’s both funny and useful, which makes me happy. I know this isn’t a grand gesture of protest. He’s not going to hear about dogs peeing on a tiny statue of him and just say “That’s it. Now, I’m stepping down.” But everybody has their own way of dealing with things. For some it’s marching. For me, it’s humor and satire. Sometimes it’s a video, sometimes it’s on stage, and this time it happened to be a weird little art project. And I felt like this week was a particularly disturbing one in the ongoing shit show that is the 45th Presidency, so it seemed like a good time to find a new, funny way to express the disgust that so many of us feel.
While I was setting it up, one woman came by with her two daughters. They really liked it—they took pictures with it, and she thanked me and said “This is the kind of thing that makes me love Brooklyn.” And being near people who appreciate this kind of thing on that kind of level makes me feel a little more hopeful.
The Democrats pee on the Constitution. Pee on free and fair elections. Pee on individual rights. Pee on free speech. Pee on truth.— Pamela Geller (@PamelaGeller) October 10, 2018
Pee on America. So this is hardly surprising.
These ‘statues’ are appearing throughout Brooklyn#midterms - Vote like your freedom depended on it. pic.twitter.com/6g63gET2Jq
The little statuette spotted on 7th and Union Friday was gone within a few hours, since it was not secured to the sidewalk, but Gable told this week that he has made more. He also plans to “make another fresh batch soon.” The new ones will include cables to anchor them down, ensuring they are “physically secured in place.” And they’ll all be the more youthful Trump you see here.