Wear-a-bill Woes
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Wear-a-bill Woes

Photo courtesy of Brian Rushton Phillips.

We’re not sure most would consider it a sensible way to spend your last dollars. But it’s certainly a way to get creative with your cash.
Brian Rushton Phillips lost his job at a Toronto publishing house earlier this year. We’re sure many of you can sympathize with his situation. He thought of all the possible places he could put his money. Most might lean towards banks, back pockets, even bankruptcy―things that make logical cents sense. Brian Rushton Phillips is not most people. Brian Rushton Phillips decided to invest his very last dollars in a financial security blanket. No, actually―a physical, totally impractical, but unbelievably cool blanket of bills.
Brian’s blanket is his own hand-crafted creation: 208 American dollar bills sewn together with some dark green thread and a Singer. We wanted to know why a Toronto guy took to U.S. tender to construct his masterpiece, but the answer was pretty obvious―well, the first part at least. “U.S. bills are definitely easier to sew than loonies,” he wrote in an email on Tuesday. “However, the choice of currency was mainly determined by its stance in the world market. The American dollar is still the richest and governing currency. The currency and the number of bills used is also representative of the United States’ role in the cause of the 2008 economic crisis.”
It’s a strange concept―calling something “secure” when it’s more susceptible to being lost or stolen and doesn’t stand a chance at earning interest (let alone a coffee or a hot meal). While Brian’s last $208 hasn’t gotten him far in material terms, or job offers (at least not yet), it’s proven to be more of a penny-for-your thoughts project than a cash-tastrophe. “I’d like people to consider their own financial security. Re-evaluate their lifestyle, cost of living and consumerism. The blanket is directed at the financial sector; a comment of the mortgage and personal credit industries.” A brave statement for someone who’s doing some major financial reconsideration of his own.
The poor guy’s got himself a blingin’ blanket but no job. He’s living on credit, with an oversized piece of paper to his name―one that he claims “is definitely not warm, nor wind or rain resistant.” He doesn’t plan to put it on eBay or Craigslist. He doesn’t have a real “job”―right now, he just wants to make people think, just as he’s had to do already. So if you’re reading this article, looks like his job is done.
Hat tip to TrueSlant.