WASHINGTON (Circa) — With the number of hate groups growing in the past few years, Yossi Levin and Max Cherprack noticed an increased number of graffiti swastikas popping up as well. Their response was #Paint_Unhate, a hate hacking tool using cartoon animals.
"All these movements that we thought were gone in the world are all of a sudden making a comeback, and for us it was like all right we need to take a stand and this is something we came up with," Levin said.
#Paint_Unhate is currently a Kickstarter campaign and is looking for funding, but their goals are lofty. The stencil kit is meant to help it's users to reclaim the space, turning hateful swastikas into symbols of compassion.
"The idea is to turn graffiti swastikas on their heads and to invert the message," Levin told Circa.
The pair teamed up with cartoonist, Mysh Rozov, to bring the idea to life. Rozov created four animal designs, a cat, a pig, a crow, and a flamingo. All the lines of an offensive swastika are reused to create a playful cartoon. The company even offers PDF version of their designs if you need to tackle various sizes.
Levin wants to use #Paint_Unhate into a global discussion in order to make a real impact. Each stencil kit features an additional "#PAINTUNHATE" stencil and encourages it's users and supporters to share the movement in their social feeds.