Tag Archives: Squatchi

Your Attention Please: The Quatchi Kid!

Looks like Squatchi has a new Quatchi-inspired rival in town, and his name is the Quatchi Kid.

We first showed him down at the bottom of our Quatchi’s Halloween in January post. As it turns out, he’s got his own Facebook page, featuring the funny Adventures of Quatchi the Kid photo album. His raison d’être is to meet “his long lost brother, Big Quatchi.” In the meantime, he seems happy cruising around Vancouver, having his photo snapped by his new fans.

The Kid’s real name is Julian, and the costume was originally made for Halloween by his mom, Janette. Be sure to check out these additional Quatchi Kid pics on flickr.

— Steve

Quatchi Signs!

There are currently a bunch of signs around Vancouver showing the mascot trio with “Welcome” in a variety of languages (the one above is in Greek). This guy Stv is trying to photograph them all, as documented with his cool flickr set.

Turning from official signage to guerrilla art, Travis Nicholson! spotted this flyer on a phone pole — for whatever reason, dialing the number connects you to the Olympics Volunteer Information Center Centre…

Lastly, raincoaster snapped this flyer promoting last Friday’s pre-opening ceremonies protest…

Curiously, Squatchi was apparently absent from this protest, as well as from the Poverty Olympics. However, “The Mascot Formerly Know as Quatchi” does weigh in on the 2010 Welcoming Committee site:

I was a good mascot. I worked hard. Parades, corporate meet and greets, children’s parties, you name it, I was there. But then I asked the wrong question “If this is the green Olympics why did you blow up Eagle Ridge and destroy the Callahan valley? I have cousins that live in those forests.”

I was tasered and locked up under orders of a VANOC security certificate. It seems mascots are another one of those things not covered by the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

They put an evil robot Quatchi in my place.

Don’t worry; I’m safe now. I escaped. And after a few days wandering the alleys of Vancouver hanging out with other folks who have been displaced by the games, I met up with people who were concerned about more than just getting rich. The kind activists of the Anti-Poverty Committee found me a new home, and a new job as official mascot for the 2010 Welcoming Committee.

I also have a new name, Squatchi, to honour the tradition of homeless people squatting in buildings abandoned by their owners, and because the International Olympic Committee owns my old name. I’m afraid they might lock me up again before I can return to my family and once again roam the wild and free mountain forests of the Salish coast.

Join me on Friday February 12 at 3 PM at the Vancouver Art Gallery for a festival of free speech, free games and free food and then a protest parade to greet the torch as it arrives at BC Place Stadium. It’s time for supporters of social and environmental justice to stand up, be counted and take back our city

P.S. Stay away from the evil robot Quatchi; he is dangerous and also smells bad.

UPDATE

If you can’t read it, this wanted poster reads: “Big and Furry call himself ‘Squatchi’. Dangerous subversive leftist liar… Call Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit… (604) 247-8600.”

That’s the ISU’s Media Relations number. Found here.

— Steve

Quatchi Fights the Power!

Actually, it’s Squatchi who fights the power. We last saw him here, where I also misidentified him. According to the Burnaby News-Leader, Squatchi is

a renamed version of official Games mascot Quatchi that a coalition of social justice groups has unveiled to bring attention to issues like homelessness. They say the rebranded Squatchi, who has been “liberated from the forces of corporate promotions,” is so named to reflect the importance of squatting to agitate for more affordable housing.

Here’s a bigger article from the New York Daily News.

As Squatchi’s banner indicates, a big anti-Olympics protest is going down in Vancouver on Friday afternoon, just before the opening ceremonies. Let’s hope Squatchi doesn’t get his skull cracked by the Vancouver fuzz.

UPDATE

Squatchi speaks… Sort of!

Here’s audio of Squatchi at a pre-Olympics press conference.

— Steve

Quatchi is Sick!

The Vancouver Poverty Olympics blog reports on yesterday’s incident at Whistler:

He said that he was sick of the grotesque hype, militarization, and celebration of greed represented by the Olympics. He was comforted by activists from the Olympic Resistance Network, Whistler Watch, Streams of Justice, and Citywide Housing Coalition.

Not to worry: “In the end, Quatchi was able to rise again.”

Who are these people?

The Vancouver Poverty Olympics are brought to you by a group of concerned citizens and community groups who oppose the 2010 Winter Games because public dollars could be more justly spent on ending poverty and homelessness.

Their third annual event is this Sunday in Vancouver — read more here.

— Steve