Future Materials to Test and Related Projects

DISCLAIMER: This is an art project, the artists are not making any claims that these instructions will prevent you from being harmed by guns. Consider this website for information purposes only and use at your own risk. The artists are not responsible for the outcome of you following these instructions.


Elisha Walker, Ashton O’Hara and Kandis Kapri’s murders were all reported on August 14, 2016. This makes 16 transgender women murdered this year. My grief about this is immense. It also motivates me to continue to share this information. We must armor ourselves. If you can, take self defense or boxing classes. Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson talked about carrying a brick in your purse. DO IT. Also, a baking sheet combined with a few cutting boards in a backpack or jacket lining may be a good barrier against many knife attacks and small bullets.

See this video for proof, but beware, different cutting boards have very different materials. If you can help compile a list of the right brands of cutting boards, please leave a comment or get in touch. Look for cutting boards made with UHMW, Ultra-High Molecular Weight plastic.



Also, travel with a buddy whenever it is at all possible. Ask a friend to walk with you. I love you. Take care of yourself. Take care of each other.

And to our cis allies, please work to end the social isolation and devaluing of trans women of color. This is deep personal work. It will take a long time. Do it.


Related Projects

An important art project that has informed this project is Nao Bustamante’s Soldadera, which recreates the dresses worn by revolutionary Mexican soldier women with Kevlar.

Kama La Mackerel’s From Thick Skin to Femme Armour is an inspiration.

Pedro Reyes’ project Palas por Pistolas asked people to hand in their guns to reduce violence in Culiacán, Mexico and melted them down into shovels for planting trees.

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