A Bohemians at Large Special Report!


Art Animals Invade!

This one has a freeze ray.

Large and often dangerous beasts have been pouring into our cities from lord knows what planet, flaunting their outrageous mutations and daring us to stop them.

    Some say it’s a virus created in Switzerland ( a normally neutral country ) where it was injected Into cattle and exported worldwide. For a time the affliction remained bovine, then spread to pigs and horses.

Piggy back rides, in Bath!

A local strain has caused Alligators in my home town to walk upright. Pelicans elsewhere in the state have grown to unusual size and fish in the port city of New Orleans have started to walk about on land.

Tis’ the End of Days!

A recent incursion of Moose monsters out of Canada has roused new suspicions on the origins of this creeping surge which scientists have dubbed “Fabulosis”.

There are those that claim the creatures are but visions, manifestations of our deepest desires, marching out of the dreams of school children, the ambitions merchants and the minds of psychopaths. Appeals from animal rights organizations have spared these abominations, most of which seem innocent enough, though rumor has it some less G – rated specimens have been taken into custody.


This is the David Lynch cow. It has a right to remain disturbing.

It is also clear that many of the things have sold out, opting to sport corporate symbols rather then the honest work of the common man.


It wasn’t until 2004 that the Militant Graffiti Artists of Stockholm decided to stand their ground, saying that,

“We, the members of The Militant Graffiti Artists of Stockholm feel morally obligated to protect our city against the cows that have invaded our streets.”

And protect it they did, hostages were taken, fiberglass heads rolled – and a message was sent to ad-wizards everywhere that the right to besmirch Stockholm’s streets with garish schlock was a right that belonged to its people!

In light of the recent violence in Sweden, a race of bear mutants has banded together – throwing their paws In the air as if to say “Why can’t we all just get along.” They have traveled to various nations, standing in a circle and preaching their message of peace – but one wonders if there isn’t an ulterior motive. After all, one doesn’t see any other animals among them . . .

All we are saaaaaaaaaaying . . .

Buddy bears today, Tomorrow, The World.

15 thoughts on “A Bohemians at Large Special Report!

  1. scifishiz says:

    This is great! I promise I will read your small novel soon, just been kinda swamped with work and school this week.

  2. rastelly says:

    No worries 🙂 Thanks for
    stopping by. Glad you enjoyed
    the article.

  3. I really like this. So colorful ^_^

  4. rastelly says:

    Thanks for reading. 🙂

  5. jess says:

    You have a great blog. Sorry I’ve just discovered it. If you decide you’d like to write some short NF pieces–all writing related–about creativity, the writing process, etc I’d love for you to do some blogposts for BWG. You’re a really good writer and artist! 🙂 And I liked your Gator Bites contribution too. Keep submitting. You’ll sell your stuff some day. Persistence and patience will pay off for you. I promise.

    • rastelly says:

      Your comment is very encourageing, made
      my day! I’m just getting used to this internnet
      stuff so I’m not sure how exactly to go about
      doing that. Do I send matieral via an email?

      Once again thanks, I am happy to know when
      I’ve been successful. 🙂

      • jess says:

        To discuss this more, email me at jessy31writer (at) aol (dot) com. I don’t know if you remember me but I used to be the prez of Bayou Writers Group. And I remember our speaker at the conference– the YA speaker telling me he thought you were very talented.

      • rastelly says:

        Thanks I’ll definately look into it. 😀

  6. Sharmishtha says:

    it would have been quite cute if it happened in reality. fabulous photographs and hilarious narration. 🙂

    • rastelly says:

      I can’t take credit for the pictures, the fact even
      the Aligator’s are not mine is a testiment to my
      lazyiness with camera’s and cars. The art animals
      actually invading was an idea I came up with when
      reasearching this trend, suggesting they might be
      alive was a cute concept. Other then that there
      are many genuine facts here – the trend was
      said to have started in Switzerland –

      There were cases of vandalism and theft of
      Cow statues in Sweden – Cows are still the Animal
      of choice for many these community art projects,
      Though things other then animals such as musical
      insterments, have been used. “Cow Parade” seems
      to be the most well known project. “Gaters on the
      Geux” and “Trail of Painted Ponies” are two more
      examples from the United States – “Buddy Bears
      Berlin” is a project with a goal to promote world
      peace – (so in a way the bears really are
      coveying a message 🙂

      Cool Globes in Amsterdam, was an enviromental
      promotion, and my reference to animals getting
      “arrested” was a comment on how the sculptures
      were supposed to be “Family Friendly” so some
      more shocking pieces were baned from public
      display. Many of the pictures I used on this post
      are in the public Domain – and can be found on
      Wikipedia’s Cow Parade article.

  7. Love this post. Love that David Lynch cow (mmmm!). Wasn’t this a US-wide art project? This street art thing you’re doing is very intriguing and fresh. Guerrilla art! Yes!

    • rastelly says:

      I think it became prominent in the U.S.
      but started in europe – I read about the
      Designer of the cows sueing an american
      company for violation of copyright, but
      coulden’t figure out how to make it
      funny. Really glad you liked it. 😀

  8. Kai says:

    About ten years ago, I had occassion to be in Chicago,IL and came across this “community art project” displayed throughout the entire city. Everywhere I went, there was a decorated cow statue in front of a store, on the corner, by the Navy Pier. I never quite got what the significane of the cow was and why each particular location. But, they were cute and colorful. Thanks for sharing. Loved the article.

    • rastelly says:

      I think cows were the origional
      animal, that is why everyone
      used them, Also – communitys
      like to use animals/things that
      are some how important to the
      reigon, weather of econimical
      significance or those that are
      merely symbolic of the region.
      Other things like fiddels or
      masks have been used.

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