Tie One On – Only in OB

by on December 30, 2010 · 21 comments

in Culture, Environment, Ocean Beach

Urban Art by April Cromer, photos by Jim Grant

By Jim Grant

As I drove down Sunset Cliffs yesterday afternoon in the light rain with a squall line approaching from the west, I noticed the street sign at Monanco and Sunset Cliffs had been decorated.  I thought,  “how cute” – since I take lots of photos and even get them out to the public on occasion I thought this might be a photo op.

It was drizzling now and getting blustery and I was getting wet. I shielded my camera, got out and walked over to the sign for a better look.

“Holy Hell these are men’s neck ties!” I said as I laughed out loud.

I snapped a few shots, and as I did, I noticed this blue car parked 40 yards away. A woman got out and started walking towards the “Tie One On” pole. I asked her if she lived around here and she said, “yeah in OB.”

We chatted about the pole and I told her I am a little bit of a photog and this would make a great story.

She finally confessed it was her art work.

April Cromer, a designer, tied on ALL the mens neckties in the traditional knot none the less. I have a hard enough time tying one on in the mirror… but she tied a 100 with great knots on a pole!

I asked her, “What was behind the idea?”

She simply said,  “I wanted to get people to think.”

I told her well it worked for me…. She asked what popped into my head when I saw the Urban Art Pole.

I responded, “The first thing I thought was somebody had retired and after wearing neckties for a lifetime they were sending a message to the world that they were done with ties!!!”

April wants people to add to her urban art if they feel so inclined!!  ONLY IN OB huh?

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

avatar annagrace December 30, 2010 at 11:48 am

The ties that bind? :)

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avatar Charley December 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

Good photo-op and nice article – it’s a relief to read something that doesn’t raise the hackles on either end of the dog…thank you Jim !

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avatar jim grant December 30, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Good clean fun and nobody is pissed off WOW !!! …the story is on CNN right now on the web page…They told me a producer may run it live as well over the next few days !!

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avatar annagrace December 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm

Workers of the world untie!

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avatar dave rice December 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Kinda cool…and haha to anna! I haven’t had any use for my ties the last year or so, might go down and tie one on as part of the traditional ‘tying one on’ for New Years tomorrow…

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avatar annagrace December 31, 2010 at 8:39 am

Dave- maybe there’s a tradition waiting to happen as OB ties one on for New Years. Poles and poles of ties…. I love the thought of it! That’s even better than festivus!

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avatar OB Mercy December 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I LOVE OB in all it’s eclectic glory!!

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avatar OB Mercy December 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Hey Jim, I’ve looked all over CNN’s web site and haven’t seen the story. What section is it under??

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avatar jim grant December 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Go to the search bar….try tie “one on in ocean beach”

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avatar jim grant December 30, 2010 at 9:21 pm

google tie one on pole ocean beach….comes right up.

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avatar Sunshine December 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm

great way to tie one on for the new year. no dui, no arrests, simple knotty fun! wonder if the $2 thrill has any ties laying around that may be up to the task?

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avatar Abby December 30, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I have a sewing project that calls for a lot of ties, and I am drooling!

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avatar Jon December 31, 2010 at 7:18 am

Hey Abby, I have at least a half dozen or so I can donate to your project. Hit me up if you’re interested.

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avatar Patty Jones December 31, 2010 at 10:23 am

Anyone else got some ties to donate to Abby’s project?

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avatar Frank Gormlie December 31, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Hey Abby, what is your project and how do we get our old ties to you?

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avatar Abby December 31, 2010 at 4:48 pm

I want to make a dress like this one: http://www.instructables.com/id/Steampunk-Necktie-Corset-Dress/ (sans goofy hat).

If anyone wants to donate they can bring them to the next meeting I guess, or drop them by my place if you know where it is.

If I get too many I have a few other tie related project they can go to. I love making new stuff out of old stuff!

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avatar dave rice December 31, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Ditto the others – do tell! I probably need to keep a couple around in case I get one of those ‘job’ thingies again someday, but I could likely spare a few…

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avatar OB Mercy December 31, 2010 at 10:13 am

Cool, thanks Jim. I posted it on my Facebook page so my friends all over the world can check it out!

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avatar OB Mercy December 31, 2010 at 10:28 am

Oh I used to have so many, and I got them all at thrift stores where they are all pretty much $1-3 each.

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avatar dave rice December 31, 2010 at 11:40 am

Now front page news on the U/T, though a little less than insight is provided…

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avatar jim grant December 31, 2010 at 12:10 pm

yeah i saw it…i had hoped they would ” at least” use one of my photos for being hand feed a nice local tip !!

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