chalk art

Share your message with sidewalk chalk

What’s cheap, dusty and awesome all over?

If you think sidewalk chalk is only good for hopscotch, tic tac toe or draw boobies on Old Man McCallum’s driveway with your grade school chum, think again.

This Buddha Belly badge comes from Rob Shirkey who’s been using this dollar store doodling device in a unique way. On the driveway of his Toronto home, Rob started writing inspirational, informational and comical quotes on his driveway.

He nicknamed it Slow Twitter and before long, Rob’s sidewalk chalk quotes became a regular feature in the neighbourhood. He’d even receive good-natured complaints if he went too long without “posting” a new quote. Depending on the weather forecast, Rob’s quotes could last a few hours, a day, or a couple weeks; the rains deciding when to provide him with a blank canvas.

We’ve seen the awesomeness of sidewalk chalk on a larger scale too. In 2010, Jack Layton, the federal leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, died of cancer. In a spontaneous, beautiful and creative display, the people of Toronto showed their love using sidewalk chalk, covering the grounds of City Hall with heartfelt messages of tribute and respect.

In a world flooded with digital messaging, it’s important to find clever ways to  cut through the clutter and share your message. Sidewalk chalk can be a clever tool to do just that.

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Josh Martin
Josh Martin is the founder and chief blogger at Badge of Awesome. He lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada and is the author of "Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life's awesome and absurd moments" and "Going on a Bear Hunt: Five things cancer taught me about overcoming obstacles."

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