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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Tenderloin Sign Featuring Hooker in High Heels Is Now Public Domain

Posted By on Wed, Sep 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

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"I fucking love this," a Reddit commenter gushes, appraising the not-so-new, but recently resurrected Tenderloin District sign by user badmonkey0001.

Blogger SF Citizen wholeheartedly agrees: "Bro was on when he made this one."

Designed in 2005, the sign was intended as a parody of the Japan Town signs that dot Van Ness Avenue, albeit with the logo switched from a Peace pagoda to a high-heeled hooker, and the Kanji script switched to graffiti letters. ("Da TL" is the proper translation of "Tenderloin," badmonkey insists).

For nine years, the sign has only existed digitally and on T-shirts, but now badmonkey has vowed to make it public domain. He says he hewed to city specs, meaning the arrow had to point in the direction of the district, the landmark had to be on the left side, and the name of the district had to be written in US English, with a "native translation" ("da TL") below.

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The sign's creator has unleashed it for anyone to pilfer, sample, or  tweak.  No pressure, but we'd love to see a version with an eco-friendly Tenderloin pissoir.

Sadly, the Japan Town equivalent is copywritten.

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