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Chasing the bathroom fame

newly renovated bathroomChase was a quiet boy. He was an only child and his parents had him later in life so were older than his peers parents. He was very bright and was consistently in the top three students of his classes. He had a handful of friends but they all preferred each other to Chase and he was often left out of group activities. It all changed one summer when his school underwent bathroom renovations in Melbourne. When the kids all returned to school the bathrooms were brand new, it caused more of an uproar than you could imagine. Chase was of course far less disgruntled than all the other students. They were all upset because their years of vandalism on toilet walls and sinks and mirrors had been ripped down and replaced with shiny new blank canvases.

History had been removed from the school bathrooms and with it, the kids legacies had vanished. Chase took the opportunity to reinvent himself, he was smart like that. He began a mural on the bathroom wall but kept his identity anonymous, much like the popular graffiti artist Banksy. Chases’ mural was the first artwork to appear on the bathroom walls since the Melbourne bathroom renovators moved out. There was a communal respect for the new bathroom art and no-one challenged it or competed with him for space. Rumours were flying about who the artist was and of course no one suspected it was chase. He wasn’t even really interested in telling them but it was found out when some of the older boys set up a hidden camera to see who it was. That tape changed Chase’s life forever. He was suddenly a bathroom artist extraordinaire. The bathroom renovators weren’t happy and were called in a few months later but the legacy lasted far longer than the mural.

Chasing the bathroom fame