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Philly Street Artist YOMI Underscores the Ineffectiveness of U.S. Gun Policy with New “Dear America” Stencil Series

June 22, 2019

Thank you, YOMI… Really appreciate the directness and urgency in this new stencil series.

The two new Dear America stencil installations documented in this post by Philly-based street artist YOMI are located at Jefferson street and Frankford avenue in Fishtown and on Hope street between Hancock street and Girard avenue in Northern Liberties. They both read: “Dear America, gun violence in our country is so frequent that people are becoming repeat customers.”

A sad, disheartening truth.


See pervious work from YOMI around Philly here, including this 2018 installation about school shootings.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Alan Stanton permalink
    June 22, 2019 3:25 am

    I’m from London (UK). So I speak a different variety of English. Conrad, could you please tell me what Yomi means by:
    “Dear America, gun violence in our country is so frequent that people are becoming repeat customers.”

    • June 22, 2019 9:11 am

      I can’t speak for the artist, but I see it as a comment on the proliferation of guns in the U.S. along with relatively lax, uneven gun control throughout the country. “Repeat customers” reads to me like there’s so much gun violence here that many people are now experiencing that violence multiple times in a lifetime.

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