I’m sure most of us in North America have heard of the Travelling Gnome. The idea is you steal someone’s garden gnome before you go on vacation, then take pictures of the gnome in places all over the world, which you send back to the person you stole the gnome from. Then, when you return, you bring back the gnome and replace it as if it never left. The result, you end up with a great story and experience, and the person who thought their gnome was gone for good gets a surprise in the mail (and their gnome back). Of course over the years the gnome stories have spread all over becoming so popular that a travel booking website uses a gnome as its mascot.
Well it seems the gnome is still on the go, and it looks like his latest spot was in Italy, paying a visit to IAM: Lady_FlameThrower. You may remember her from a ModBlog post a while back about her Watchmen scarification piece. You can see in the photo below that the photographer Alex Hen is featuring not only the gnome, but also Lady_FlameThrower’s surface bar and dermal anchors.
So has the urge to steal a gnome ever crossed your mind? The idea of stealing a gnome is only scratching the surface of what travelers do for fun with their photos. I’ve seen collections of people holding up cardboard cutouts of friends, other keepsakes from houses, and more. Well ModBlog readers, have you taken a gnome or something else on your travels to document the journey?