‘Ambush’ fashion show gets past MARTA security

How did a dozen male models and swarms of spectators go unnoticed by MARTA authorities?

A Sept. 13 event that could be described as an ‘ambush’ fashion show featured male models in boxing headgear strutting down a hallway-turned-catwalk in the Buckhead MARTA station.

Similar to a flash mob, the planned event lasted about 30 minutes, and transit security was none the wiser.

Jeremy Craig, MARTA communications specialist, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that MARTA just learned of the incident earlier this week. “We had no knowledge that this was going to happen,” Craig said.

A video of the event directed by local artist Andrew Litten recently caught the attention of numerous media outlets. It shows men in their early 20s wearing edgy street clothes and an array of interesting hats and headgear. One man holds a cigarette loosely in his mouth. Others raise brazen hand symbols toward the camera.

MARTA officials told Channel 2 Action News in a statement that the agency is investigating the incident. “MARTA has historically been a strong supporter of the Arts and often partners with a host of cultural organizations to sponsor events on our property. However, the activities that took place at Buckhead Station last month were not approved or condoned.”

Fashion designer (b).Rick (pronounced “brick”) and art director Dieter Grams planned the show, which they titled “Boys Don’t Cry.”

“We went through the proper steps of reach out to Marta, they never responded to us,” the show’s creators told Channel 2 in a statement.

The video also depicts vandalism. Above the makeshift catwalk, a MARTA sign that read “No Smoking All Trains” had been defaced to read “No Crying All Trains.” A spray painted black line slashed through the word “smoking,” and “crying” was scribbled its place.

The artists do not take credit for the vandalism.

“We distributed invitations throughout the summer so people all throughout the city were aware, so quite possibly one of them is responsible for the vandalism, which we have heard has been removed,” they said. “No one was harmed; no major damage was done to any infrastructure. It was about art… Can’t imagine why anyone would not be happy about it?”