Hacks, TomFoolery, and Pranks

Yesterday I came up with an idea about a subway hack. It goes something like this:
1) Purchase, or even better, make a pretty porcelain tile or mosaic. Something like this.
2) Purchase tile adhesive and grout.
3) Sneak into the subway, remove one of the broken ugly white porcelain tiles and replace it with the one you brought.

Of course, if caught, you’ll get into a lot of trouble. But that’s true about most hacks.


I bet this is not an original idea.

Faces in the tiles? Interesting.

Gotta have these two books:
“Subway Ceramics : A History and Iconography”
“Walker Evans Subways and Streets”
“Humanizing Subway Entrances: Opportunity on Second Avenue”
“Ceramic Ornament in the New York Subway System”
“Design For Transportation – 1995 National Awards”

Unfortunately they are hard to find and expensive. Well, into my gargantuan wish list they go.

Most of the old tiles were produced by Guastavino Fireproof Construction Company (didn’t know this, will research later)

This is cool, but was rejected (well, it does look a little weird). Maybe instead of a whole wall they could use this in a small tile somewhere.