Why We Need A Portland Arts Tax

Just yesterday afternoon, another poor hipster artist was hauled off by police as he played a violin in front of the federal courthouse. The excuse that the police offered for this travesty of the arts was that the 25 year-old was naked, and his arrest was in no way a reflection of the merits of his artistic endeavor.

If it hasn’t been clear to you before now, this should drive the point home: we need an arts tax in Portland so that the hipsters will have enough money to buy shorts.


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6 Responses to Why We Need A Portland Arts Tax

  1. ZZMIke says:

    Just don’t let the cops catch any of those nekkid cyclists playing a violin/

  2. James says:

    If being naked in public will get your arrested, W(hy)TF is the ‘naked bike ride’ condoned?

    • maxredlines says:

      The cops claim that there are a number of factors: time and place (so apparently it’s less offensive) and the high degree of mobility makes enforcement “impossible”. That’s their story, and they’re sticking to it.

  3. ZZMIke says:

    Hey! That was “performance art”. In some cities, he would have been applauded.

    • maxredlines says:

      Given that they facilitate the “naked bike ride” here, along with other weirdness, it’s kind of surprising that the cops left the doughnut shop and moved him.

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