Craig wrote me an email and sent this:
Bangkok, a.k.a Krung Thep, Thailand Southeast Asia
Friday, November 23, 2007Andy of HoboTraveler.com
My first thought was, yes, it is pointed the wrong way.
Boy Genius from India put this up; I am not sure, I think I may point in the other way and keep the branding correct, this is a Favicon.
I think I will celebrate, Craig does not like this small Hobo symbol on the page, he thinks I need to do work. It is one of the few things on the page that I think is close to perfect, it is about 100 percent created the way I want, it portrays a Hobo and the site perfect.
The little Hobo guy is first, I want people to know I am not scary, fun, and like to joke, life is good. Then second, as I told him, I want to say, a Hobo can or I want to say,
F##k off, I am free, I can do what I want, I obey no rules, except the rules I respect.
In addition, from a Marketing point of view, annoying is remembered.
However on a deeper level, a few layers down in the curiosity levels, and for the intellectuals. This symbol is enmeshed in the core essence of travel. This is a real Hobo symbol, that real Hoboes, not some Backpacker, who is traveling the planet, who has analogous behavior. I mean the real close to a bum, maybe sometimes a tramp guy who jumped on a train to travel to look for a job.This symbol is for all travelers and tourist, we are the same.
NOW… The Five Star, Six Star, or Jet Set Business Traveler
Same Same as they say in Thailand.
We both want a Map, as Alex so brilliantly recognized, and Google Earth spends millions to put on the net because they too understand.
Guidebooks are written, internet sites are made, millions if not billions of dollars are spent to explain what this symbol says.
A Hobo would tell other Hoboes with this symbol, they would take a soft stone, a crayon, paint, whatever was available, and make this mark on a walk, post, doorway, somewhere, I am knowing or feeling like a Hobo I would say wherever they wished.
Saying, Go this Way…
This is the best way to go, and if there is one thing I want to tell people, rich or poor, five stars or minus one, there is a best way to go for you. A Hobo wants to tell Hoboes what is the best way to go for a Hobo.
CNN Business Traveler wants to tell the business traveler what is the best way to go.
Conde Nast wants to tell some very defined audience where to go.
Google Earth wants to show you the path.
So when I say F##K off, I am not saying I do not like you, I am saying, I am Free, I demand, and I will fight to earn money my way, to live my life free. I have worked on this site for about 10 years; I have given my time and life to make it work. I will not be under any person or any government, entity or God that I do not respect.
I will point myself first in the right direction, and I will point you second in the right direction. And what Alex explained so brilliantly in the book The Beach, there is a Map, and we should share it.
His whole book was saying, you cannot hide the map, others will come, and for moment in time, you will find your paradise.
If someone points the way, someone you trust.
A favicon (short for 'favorites icon'), also known as a website icon, a page icon or an url icon, is an icon associated with a particular website or webpage. A web designer can create such an icon, and many recent web browsers can then make use of them. Browsers that support favicons may display them in the browser's URL bar, next to the site's name in lists of bookmarks, and next to the page's title in a tabbed document interface.Hobo Witchcraft