By Sarah Singleton Photo by Scott Duncan
Melanie Dinos created 100 “Keep Midtown Janky” stickers last year and gave them out to friends for fun. It’s a year later and the plain black and white stickers can be seen on cars, bikes and doors all around town. She recently made “KMJ” t-shirts and more stickers may be in the works. Our MidMo correspondent caught up to her to find out what the hell “janky” really means.
Melanie Dinos: By definition it is a mix of junky and skanky. We mean it to be more synonymous with funky.
And why Keep Midtown Janky?
Because you can upgrade a neighborhood and open new businesses without completely destroying its aesthetic.
I don’t know if you know, but the Midtown Business Association’s slogan is “Go Your Own Way”, like that old Fleetwood Mac song. What would the theme song be for keeping midtown janky?
“Bad Reputation” by Joan Jett
Oooh, naughty. What’s your advice for bringing back the janky?
Make sure when a new business comes in they don’t put up some new hideous facade that makes the neighborhood look gaudy. And not all big business is bad. The new Grocery Outlet in Midtown is restoring the original mural that was there instead of just painting over it. They’re keeping it janky. It would also be nice if we could overturn this weird food cart law too. All great cities have a food cart population. Portland and Austin come to mind.
K Street: Janky or just skanky?
Skanky, with the potential to be janky.
Where, do you think, is the weirdest place you’ve seen one of your stickers?
Honestly, every time I see one it’s weird. The fact that I made these, and it actually made people think, is awesome to me. The place I don’t like to see them is inside folks’ houses. They were made to get the word out. If you have one on your fridge, put it on your car or give it to someone who will display it for more folks to see. Spread the janky.