Since their Santa Monica launch in September 2017, Bird Scooters have become a transportation phenomenon worldwide, altering the way in which city dwellers traverse urban landscapes from L.A. to Tel Aviv. Although the company continues to receive its share of backlash (and vandalism) for seeding unsuspecting sidewalks with mini-forests of electric scooters, Bird itself suggested the best way to vandalize their scooters via a partner-project with infamous activist art collective INDECLINE.
INDECLINE, known for producing more than a decade’s worth of videos that have run the gamut from guerrilla art installations that poke fun at President Trump to the highly controversial video series from the early ’00s known as Bumfights, recently released a new video in partnership with Bird Scooters. In the video, a balaclava-clad INDECLINE member grabs a couple Bird Scooters, disassembles them in the back of a white van and then repurposes their chopped up parts to build a sort of tricked-out shopping cart. It is then gifted to a resident of L.A.’s Skid Row who can now more easily transport his belongings, though hopefully not with a per-minute charge.