[MOTSM] Webbed in Denver: The First Spidey Hunter Report Is Out
I probably shouldn’t write this article right now, mostly because I am ridiculously excited and on the verge to put stars and hearts everywhere, which would hurt my image of a balanced adult, but here we go anyway:
Juan a.k.a @backslashagain, one of the Denver Spidey Hunter, just sent me a report of their night out, tagging and being all gangsta-within-the-limit-of-the-law.
Now, if this news doesn’t get you excited, it’s probably because you haven’t lived through or read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Reports that were sent my way during the great Mouth Taped Shut viral campaign.
The reports were what glued us altogether and created a real community; thanks to them people who had the chance to live the experience on the field could share with those who were stuck in the wrong places.
Reports are the uncontrollable factor and I love them.
Of course markofthespiderman is a different beast and there might not be that many opportunities for reports, but just like Doug, the man-who-started-it-all during MTS, Juan found a way to share his story (and treats us with beautiful old-school camera pictures!).
Webbed In Denver
It started at around 6:30 with a call from the official giving the directions. We were to meet at behind an alley at 8PM. The directions led to an underground bar were a police officer and a girl with a spider hoodie checked ID’s. To enter the bar, we had to knock twice on the metal door – way to build up the excitement.
Totally had a secret meeting feel to it.
Once inside, we handed in our spider-phones and signed the papers. I didn’t have the presence of mind to take a picture of them, or pay attention to the letterhead, so I can’t comment on who was running the show.
After giving half an hour for everyone to arrive, we were a little bummed only three teams decided to join us. Well, that just meant more spray paint for us! The officials introduced the rest of the team, which included our very own artist vigilante (see his work here).
Following the usual pattern, we jumped in a van and sped into the night.
The first location was a parking lot and a big wall calling for us. The area was already cordoned off with police tape when we arrived, which only reinforced the vibe of being in the midst of something shady.
I think all 5 operatives were surprised at how easily we took to tagging these Denver streets.
We also suffered a minor mishap when our main handler snapped some pictures with her phone and accidentally dropped it right on a stencil – and the fresh paint. Spiderman makes his mark in many ways! So let’s hope the official pictures don’t have a red tinge to them 😉
The second location was a bar whose owner is a big supporter of the cause. He was more than happy to lend us his wall to put our mark against crime.
We all agreed the markofthespider-man against the black wall looked kick-ass and is sure to raise some eyebrows. While we worked under the cover of dark, there would be interest from those brave enough to risk a Thursday night out in Denver, and for such bravery, those lucky few would receive some of the QR code cards other people have posted about.
An hour after we left our underground HQ, we reached our third and final site.
We were a little dubious as to how much traffic this road would get (it was two blocks from a major road) but the area was definitely on par with the mood of the night.
Here we are, at what feels like an old warehouse, the streets are empty, we hear the cars off in the distance, a man in a hoodie quickly ushers his dog across the street. Had it not been for the police officer with us, I’m sure some neighbor would have called the popo on us.
This is where we made out last stand. Armed with brand new cans, we start setting up the four-piece stencil.
This monstrosity was so big, we needed our tallest operative to finish the job and with her help can definitely say that we have been #webbedinDenver!
Kuddos to the Denver Operatives, a big thank you to Juan for sharing his night with us, and may this campaign offer us many more opportunities for reports.
To Be Continued…