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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Pants [287]

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We Don't Need No Stinkin' PantsJanuary 10 was the Improv Everywhere No Pants Subway ride. This was the ninth annual event and it is ‘celebrated’ all around the world. Each city organizes people to ride their subways with no pants on.

I went to photograph the event.

The DC event started at C – street park (formerly Hyde Park) near the L’Enfant Plaza Station. It was 28°F as the organizers briefed the participants on the deptantsing.

C - Street Park in DC, near L' Enfant Plaza

The Briefing

Groups were made based on birth month and each group was given a different Metro line to ride.

The March birthday group gathers

The March birthday group gathers

Pants were removed after boarding the train, and the groups dispersed to other trains at each stop.

Waiting for the train

Waiting for the train

Quick! Take off your pants!

Quick! Take off your pants!

The participants were asked to pretend there was nothing odd about not wearing any pants. I overheard the panted patrons wondering if it was some kind of protest. It was interesting to see people’s reaction, and I tried to capture that in the pictures.

Ridin w/o Pants

Riding without Pants - Not that their's anything wrong with that

Move along, nothing to see here.

Move along, nothing to see here.

What is going on here?

What is going on here?

Double Take

Double Take

One panted family sent their kid to ask a group of the un-panted what everything was about. They pretended that they just forgot to put on pants before they left their house.

All of my pictures are posted here on Flicker.


Written by arangodan

January 11, 2010 at 12:23 am

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  1. lol I had never heard of this. Did you get strange looks when you took your photographs?

    Steve Gallow

    January 11, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    • Not really. People were more interested in figuring out why some others had forgotten to wear pants.

      I’ve been somewhat shy about taking pictures of people on the street. This event taught me two things. People are quite tolerant of a pretty wide range of behavior. If people can handle pant-less subway riders, I think they can handle someone taking their picture. I got caught up by the event and left my shyness behind. I was even popping off a hand-held off-camera flash to get some of the shots in the tunnels.

      I also learned that it is very easy to take pictures of people known not to be self-consious.


      January 11, 2010 at 11:53 pm

  2. Uncle Dan, I am so jealous you got to go!
    These photos are great.
    Now I just have to figure out how to get on that bacon of the month club package… haha.
    I am taking some photos of some crazy things on friday, I’ll be sure to share.

    much love from not-so-sunny-this-week California.


    January 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm

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