A Series of Increasingly Aggressive "Don’t Touch My Car" Warning Signs

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Well, I’ve finally found a use for the hundred-odd photos of “Don’t Touch My Car” plaques I’ve shot at various car shows over the past 10 years, and it’s this, a veritable art piece depicting the warnings in order of least to most aggressive.

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I can’t tell you when or why I first started taking photos of these signs, though the cover image, from July 2011, has to be one of the first.

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Y’know, that photo might’ve been the very first in the series—I just thought it really neat how the decal put itself right in the mirror when I lined up my viewfinder that way accidentally.

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I also can’t tell you why arranging them in this order, from über-polite to borderline-illegal-threat, is, to me, at once funny, beautiful, and sad; or why it feels correct, like it adds something to the series.

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I can’t tell you which one is my favourite; I’ve seen several creative ones over the years, but sometime the angle or lighting is just better on some than the others.

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But I can tell you that this space – and I guess more importantly my life – is going to look at least a little different next year.

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As I’ve just informed my colleagues, I’ll be leaving my position as chief editor of Autofocus.ca at the end of December, to join Cletus at the National Post’s Driving as a writer-editor. There’s doubtless going to be more time to write there, so expect to see more posts here, too.

(Bonus non-aggressive warning sign below)

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I’m quite looking forward to it, and hopefully I’ll be able to post here in the New Year about what a wonderful transition I made.

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