Signs of the Cephalopod Underground

A reader discovered this fascinating graffiti in downtown Minneapolis, near the transit center on Hennepin Avenue.


In Minneapolis! So far from the sea, but I’m not alone in pining for it.

I may have to look this up. This is a travel week for me, as I have to run around taking care of some essential pre-school year duties—I’m actually sitting in the St Cloud mall right now, watching the senior citizens do their laps, while waiting for our car to get some minor repairs and maintenance—and tomorrow I have to run in to the university to attend a meeting and to the airport to dispose of one of my kids for a few weeks. I might have some time to cruise the squid-haunted streets of the Big City for a while.


  1. #1 Corkscrew
    July 31, 2006

    Hah! I see our forces are spreading! Soon we’ll be able to take on those damn deuterostomes on on their own turf.

  2. #2 wisertime
    July 31, 2006

    Just in case you go searching for it, it’s actually in Uptown, right by the library.

  3. #3 David Harmon
    July 31, 2006

    Hmm. Indeed, a “battle”, but on whose behalf? My guess is a local band….

  4. #4 Shaggy Maniac
    July 31, 2006

    “I’m actually sitting in the St Cloud mall right now”

    I hope you’re not carrying a pistol; I’d be afraid you might shoot yourself.

  5. #5 J Daley
    July 31, 2006


    Do be sure to check out this Cephalopod Stencil Art at


  6. #6 J Daley
    July 31, 2006

    There’s also a lot more on the same site

    here although I couldn’t find anything by Baffle.

    More Cheers.

  7. #7 DiscordianStooge
    July 31, 2006

    That’s a tag from the Ahab Gangsters. They’re not really dangerous, but all of them give their names as “Ishmael” when questioned.

  8. #8 s9
    July 31, 2006

    “So far from the sea!”

    It’s a kind of urban fantasy reactionary movement. Here in San Francisco, we had a pack of wild horses running around the BaRT and MUNI systems a few years ago. I miss those. These days, we seem to have become overrun with Sasquatch.

  9. #9 Ethyl
    July 31, 2006

    I wonder if it’s related to the squid and the whale of legend and lore:

  10. #10 Mary
    July 31, 2006

    That octopus is awfully phallic looking.

  11. #11 BJHokanson
    July 31, 2006

    OK now… I just moved to Uptown, and I just walked past this thing yesterday! And of course – because we’re all indoctrinated so well here – my thought was, “Gee, if I had a camera…”

    So what’s the deal? Did I really manage to transmit this message by sheer willpower alone? Or is Uptown just saturated with pharynguloids?

    At any rate, more of these would be a major improvement over the bunnies currently peering down on every other sidewalk.

    (Hennepin and 28th, I believe… or maybe 27th? West side of the street.)

  12. #13 Phoenician in a time of Romans
    July 31, 2006


    At least tell us it’s not worksafe before inflicting kinky cephalopod-ceteacean porn on us!

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