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Bogus Lives

Does anyone know what the slogan means? 


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Just what it says- basically,

Just what it says- basically, fake lives. People not living genuinely.


Depends on if it is a hard or soft vowel

I've always wondered if it is a hard "i" or soft "i" - is there someone named Bogus who is alive, still? Or is it that we have bogus living of our day to day existence?

I read it as a hard "i" - that our lives are bogus.

(Apologies to the aging Mr. Bogus, if I am wrong.)


This graffiti is not specific

This graffiti is not specific to Brattleboro. Over the years I've seen it several places in NYC - on a stop sign near Washington
Square; on the side of a subway car; in huge letters on the sidewalk on the upper West side near Broadway. Have also seen it in Boston.
I think it means disengenuous lives rather than a person.
If it's all signed by the same person they get around!


Google search for "bogus lives"


You'll see links that include two links referencing Brattleboro from 2013 and 2014.


College desktop graffiti memories

In the big English 101 lecture hall, on one desktop, someone had written "Frodo Lives" and someone else, in bigger, bolder ink, wrote across it, "Gollum."


Bogus lives! on Tumblr

A search for “boguslives” brings up a Tumblr page by local artist Alec McPherson. The dot on the "i" is the same "x" as in the graffito. There is also an exclamation point, implying that Bogus is a creature who lives—and the "i" is a short vowel.



This was actually started by

This was actually started by a kid when I was in High School at BUHS. I think he started it around 2005. Still going strong apparently, and he's a traveler from what I hear.


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