SMOOGSTAG ISSUE 2 by Justin Valmassoi

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SMOOGSTAG ISSUE 2 by Justin Valmassoi

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Self-published

 

A5, 40 pages, black and white digital printing throughout, saddle stitched, 2014.

'“What’s with all the padlocks?” my friend asked, examining my photographs.

“I don’t know,” I replied, either to the question of why Glasgow is absolutely covered in the things or why I feel the need to visually document that fact. “I don’t even know why they’re called padlocks.”

“Footpads,” he said. “You know, robbers. Thieves. Dickheads. They’re locks against dickheads.”

As with most things out of his mouth I had no idea whether this was information he had stored up for the long-imagined day when Alex Trebek and Jeopardy! came calling or something he’d made up on the spot to sound wise. I still don’t. No reputable reference source lists a definite etymology for either compound term, padlock or footpad. ‘Foot’ and ‘lock’ are traceable enough, but that pesky ‘pad’ seems to have emanated from the ether, insinuating itself silently into the lexicon like the footpads of old, silent and conniving, which necessitated the padlocks of today, weighty and inviolate.

And photogenic.'

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